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Tuesday, August 2

August 2, 2011 (178/365)

This photo was taken somewhere between the cities of Salzburg and Westendorf in Austria. It is of course of the Alps. Although I can never say how thankful I am to have been a part of this once in a lifetime tour - for my son and I - and the whole Empire Band and Chorus, it can be a challenge when touring with 100 other people, in the sense that - you can't always get the photo shots that you want and how you want them.

You are forever at the mercy of the group (and for good reason when traveling with a large group of high school students). The staff is always concerned with their safety and of course staying together and keeping on the rigorous schedule. So often ... my photos were taken thru the window of the coach, or had lots of people in them (who I didn't know) as we, most of the time - didn't stop for photo opportunities - we quickly had to snap and keep up.

Although that is a great disadvantage for a photographer, it is a great way to get a taste of the different areas - and Lord willing - if you ever have the chance to go back - you can go to those areas you tasted - and really liked - and then have to time to really explore.

This photo was shot thru the window of the coach, as we were driving. The majesty of our surroundings were indescribable. The power of God as seen thru His amazing and beautiful creation.

I was in awe . . .

(more detail of the trip can be found here: Composition-Life)


Dorothy said...

This is a very beautiful scene, even shot through the window! Looking forward to seeing all your pictures.

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Janice K said...

I love the mountains....So beautiful!

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Fabulous, Valerie... So glad you got to go with the group... Next time, you can go back and see more!!!!! Great picture... Wow!!!

Anita Johnson said...

I'm always asking Bruce to, "Pull over, please!" I can only imagine what it would be like in such a beautiful place as this. I did go to Switzerland, Austria and my mom's birthplace in Germany back in High School. Would love to go back now as an adult...with a camera! these shots are beautiful!