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Colleen Miniuk-Sperry
CMS Photography: Arizona-based outdoor/nature photographer & writer
CMS Photography: Arizona-based outdoor/nature photographer & writer

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Back from a bit in southern Idaho, where I had the chance to photograph at the off-the-beaten path (and very peaceful) City of Rocks National Reserve. While hiking among the majestic granite spires, I found this dandelion seed head in a busy field of flowers, which not only inspired a photograph, but also a haiku.
Read the Making the Image and Poem on my latest blog post at…/making-the-image-what….
"What Lies Within Counts," City of Rocks National Reserve, ID
Tech info: Canon 5DMII, 100mm with two 12mm extension tubes stacked, ISO 800, f/2.8 at 1/500 sec.

#abstract #abstractphotography #dandelion #macrophotography #cityofrocks #idaho #naturephotography #naturepoetry #poetry #haiku

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While the idiom goes, “A picture is worth a 1000 words,” sometimes I find I have a little more to say about a place or experience than just 1000 words. Although I have composed poetry to accompany my photographs for a number of years, few people outside of my immediate family and a couple of close, trusted friends have ever read my written creations. Until now…

Read my first publicly-shared poem, "On Becoming a Wave" and some additional background about Making the Image and Poem on my blog at

Since it's the first time I've shared with the world, I'd welcome your thoughts about it so leave me your comments here or on the blog post. Anyone else write poetry to supplement their photos?
"On Becoming a Wave," Cannon Beach, OR
Tech info: Canon 5DMII, 24-105mm at 32mm, ISO 400, f/9 at 0.4 seconds.

#landscapephotography #landscapephoto #cannonbeach #oregon #oregoncoast #oregonphotography #coast #ocean #oceanphotography #poetry #poem #naturephotography #naturepoetry  

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"Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness." ~ Desmond Tutu

While photographing in southern Utah recently, we had a most spectacular panoramic view of Capital Reef National Park and beyond from our camp situated at about 10,000 feet. Our perch served as a perfect spot to watch the light dance among the clouds as the afternoon monsoon storms rolled across the Colorado Plateau.
"Revealed by the Storm"
Tech info: Canon 5DMII, 100-400mm at 210mm, ISO 100, f/11 at 1/40 sec., polarizer.

#landscapephotography #landscapephoto #storm #stormy #weather #light #Utah #CapitalReef  

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"I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn't say any other way... things I had no words for.” ~ Georgia O'Keeffe
After my dear friend pointed out this beautiful swirl in a sego lily to me, I had no words to describe it. Instead, an abstract photograph immediately popped into my head, where I visualized focusing simply on the interplay of colors and shapes (which drove my use of a shallow depth of field to convey this visual message).
Have a great weekend everyone! May you find things you can't find words for...
"Unfurl Your Tendrils"
Tech info: Canon 5DMII, 100mm macro with two 12mm extension tubes stacked, ISO 800, f/2.8 at 1/160 second.

#wildflowers #wildflowerphotography #macro #macrophotography #abstractphotography #abstractart #abstract #segolily #flowerphotography #flower  

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"Enjoy the little things in life because one day you`ll look back and realize they were the big things.” ~ Kurt Vonnegut

Although there were plenty of beautiful blooms in the mountains, I spent well over a half an hour ooh-ing and ahh-ing over the patterns in a yellow salsify seed head (which looks like an oversized dandelion seed head) while on my recent trip to southern Utah. And it's one of my favorite memories - and photo - from it!
"Joy in the Little Things"
Tech info: Canon 5DMII, 100mm with two 12mm extension tubes stacked, ISO 400, f/2.8 at 1/320 sec.

#yellowsalsify #wildflowers #wildflowerphotography #flower #flowerphotography #macrophotography #abstractart #abstractphotography #littlethings #joyinthelittlethings  

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"To me, every hour of the light and dark is a miracle." ~Walt Whitman
Back in town after a week long jaunt to southern Utah filled with explorations of new lands, amazing light shows (thanks to the monsoon), marveling at the little things (including an incredible wall of tafoni along the canyon walls as seen in the photo below), and as always, lots of great times and laughs with great friends.
"Stone and Lace"
Tech info: Canon 5DMII, 24-105mm at 105mm, ISO 400, f/11 at 1/125 second, converted to black and white during processing.

#tafoni #blackandwhitephotography #abstractphotography #utah #canyon #landscapephotography #rock #erosion  

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Happy New Year everyone! Here’s hoping your 2015 has started off well and is your best year to date! In celebration of the close of 2014, I’ve posted my favorite 15 photographs from last year (including some new ones not previously shared before) on my blog at

Thank you one and all for your continued support, friendship, and laughs in this fabulous journey!

#bestof2014 #landscapephotography #abstractphotography  

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Getting settled back into the office after an amazingly productive two-week trip to Oregon's southern coast.  Haven't been able to process images from this past adventure yet, but finally starting to catch up on my July trip through the Pacific Northwest (yes, I'm backlogged!).  On the way home to Arizona, I managed to catch an exciting psychedelic sunset at Sparks Lake outside of Bend, Oregon.  What a site to see, too - nature never fails to disappoint!

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Tech info: Canon 5DMII, 16-35mm at 30mm, ISO 100, f/18 at 10 seconds, 4-stop graduated neutral density filter, basic post-processing (including de-saturation!).

Interested in making your own photographs at Sparks Lake and other Oregon scenic gems?  Join me on the "Oregon Sampler" photography workshop, sponsored by Arizona Highways Photography Workshops, from May 18-22, 2015.  For more information and to register, visit

#oregon #oregonphotography #sparkslake #sunset #sunsetphotography   #landscapephoto   #landscapephotography +Landscape Photography +Landscape Photography Show +Margaret Tompkins +Jim Warthman +Kevin Rowe +Johan Peijnenburg +David Heath Williams +Tom Hierl +Carolyn Lim +Howard L. Smith +Kai Kosonen +Sheila B. DuBois +Toshi Nakamura +David Pilasky +Bill Wood +Tony Phillips +Jeff Beddow

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Hope you'll join me for a FREE presentation for my "Going Beyond the Cliche" tomorrow night at 7pm right here on G+!  This show/talk is for you if you're interested in learning more about the creative process, tapping into your individual interests, background, and experiences, and building deeper emotional connections to create unique visual expressions that transcend the cliche with your photography.

#landscapephotography +Landscape Photography +Landscape Photography Show +Margaret Tompkins +Jim Warthman +Kevin Rowe +Johan Peijnenburg +David Heath Williams +Tom Hierl +Carolyn Lim +Howard L. Smith +Kai Kosonen +Sheila B. DuBois +Toshi Nakamura +David Pilasky +Bill Wood +Tony Phillips +Jeff Beddow
#photographytips #photographytipsandtechniques #photographytipsandtricks #photoeducation #creativity #creativephotography #creativeprocess #creativeart  
Landscape Photography Show Episode #40 with Colleen Miniuk-Sperry "Going Beyond the Cliche"
Come join +Colleen Miniuk-Sperry  and the +Landscape Photography Show  Team on Tuesday September 23rd at 7 PM PDT/8 PM MDT/9 PM CDT/10 PM EDT.  

Be sure to circle the +Landscape Photography Show page!  We have a new look and a new URL!!

Share your favorite landscape photographs that are non-iconic, creative, interpretative photos . Maybe one of the panelists will select your photo as the Show Starter and give you a shout out on air!

Join the fun on Tuesday September 23, 2014 at 7 PM PDT/8 PM MDT/9 PM CDT/10 PM EDT.  See you there!!
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