Recent Photography: Shelter Pets, Snow, Smoky Mountains, and Stars


*waves excitedly* Thanks for clicking on this post, whoever you are! I hope you’re ready for a lot of pictures. I’ve taken quite a few since my last recent photography post. πŸ˜€

We shall begin with some photos that I took when I went back to the animal shelter shortly after Christmas. πŸ™‚

There were a lot more kittens this time! This is Tallie…




And Callie. πŸ˜€ Time for the dogs!

This is Thumper. There was an entire litter of puppies there! They’ve all been rescued or adopted since I took these photos, as have several of the other dogs and cats. πŸ™‚

ISN’T THIS GUY ADORABLE?? His name is Red. 😍













And finally Ellie. πŸ™‚ Yes, I’m aware that the background of this picture looks weird. There were some little boys volunteering there who kept accidentally getting in my photos and IΒ kept having to edit them out. XD

While we’re on the subject of animals, here are some photos I took of Ember the other day!

Ember loves chin rubs, head scratches, etc.

I love this one! XD

Here’s a couple of photos of Ninja as well. πŸ˜€

Β Now onto a slightly less adorable but still (hopefully) interesting subject. πŸ˜€ Have any of you ever heard of free lensing? If not, you can click HERE to learn what it is and see some beautiful examples of it. The basic idea is to remove your lens from the camera body and hold it slightly in front of the camera. This creates pictures with an extremely small focal point and interesting lighting. I’ve been experimenting with it for a while now, and here are some of the results:

What do you guys think? Pretty cool, huh? πŸ˜€

Another photography experiment that I’ve been working on is photographing the stars. The main thing I’ve learned so far is that it’s a lot harder than it looks. XD

These four pictures are pretty much the only decent ones I’ve gotten so far. πŸ™‚

Β Do y’all have any tips for me to get better star photos? I’m going to keep trying, and I’ll try to update you on the results in a future post. πŸ˜€

Now for some travel pictures! We went to Colorado and Nebraska a little while ago, and I took quite a few pictures of the pretty landscape. πŸ™‚

This odd-looking rock formation was called Chimney Rock.

The car windows were foggy when I took this photo, and I think it makes it look pretty cool!

These next photos were taken at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge in Colorado. It was such a cool place!

THOSE ARE BISON, GUYS. It’s times like this when I really want a zoom lens so I can get epic close-up bison pictures. XD

Okay! Now for some random photos that I’ve taken in various places over the past few months. πŸ™‚

I took this while swinging in the backyard. My goal was to capture the moving background, which I did by using a slow shutter speed (around a 15th of a second) and a low ISO/high aperture to keep the photo from being washed out. There’s some random boring camera information for you. XD

I saw this water dripping in an alleyway and my mom graciously allowed me to stop and take a few photos. πŸ˜€

I honestly forgot which flight I took this on or where we were even going. πŸ˜› Our flight was majorly delayed on the way home from Colorado, so we ended up spending a very long day on a bunch of connecting flights. It was rather exhausting.

In one of the airports we were in, there was this train to take people to the different terminals that drove right over the rest of the airport. Every time it came by I expected it to go flying off the tracks, but thankfully it never did. XD

We saw this gorgeous sunset at the Christmas tree farm that we went to a few weeks before Christmas. πŸ™‚

OKAY, TIME FOR SNOW PICTURES! *throws virtual snowballs through the screen*

When it first snowed several weeks ago, we got up early in the morning to find that none of it was sticking at our house. So we all got in the car and drove a few miles to this little church and played in the snow there. It was so much fun!

The next time it snowed, which was last week, it actually stuck at our house! It was SO pretty and amazing. Most of my siblings had never seen snow before, and it was so fun to see their excitement. πŸ˜€

My littlest brother, Ezra, has this stuffed polar bear that he carried around all morning while he played in the snow. It was so adorable!

Alright! I think that’s enough photos for one post. XD Thanks for taking the time to read this! Have a wonderful day. ❀

Favorite and least-favorite photos from this post? Have you gotten any snow lately?


99 thoughts on “Recent Photography: Shelter Pets, Snow, Smoky Mountains, and Stars

  1. Ahhh the animals are so cuuuuute!!! Can I just have them alllllll ❀ ❀ ❀
    Wow! The pictures of the stars are gorgeous! I’ve never seen so many stars in real life before – just pictures of them.
    You’re so talented at photography πŸ˜€
    Lydia ❀

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    1. Haha, aren’t they?? XD
      Thank you! πŸ™‚ Oh wow, really? You need to come over then. πŸ˜› We can see a ton of stars here. πŸ˜€
      Thank you so much, Lydia! ❀

      -Clara ❀


    1. Thank you, Liz! Yeah, free lensing is interesting! No, that’s actually a jet in the star picture. πŸ™‚ Haha, yes, I’m pretty amazed that we got snow! XD Thank you for commenting!

      -Clara ❀

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  2. AWWWWW! I love all of the shelter animal pictures, but I especially love Shadow. And Ember is so photogenic! How do you get her to look at the camera?

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    1. Thank you, Catharine! Yes, Ember is adorable. πŸ™‚ She thinks my camera is quite interesting for some reason, so I didn’t really have to do much to get her to look at me! XD

      -Clara ❀


  3. Incredible photos! I really liked the photo of Ellie – there’s just so much story in it. She’s missing an eye, right?
    Ember and Ninja are adorable. VERY ADORABLE.
    That lense thing (I don’t remember what it’s called) is really cool! I love the way it blurs out the rest of the image except the focus.
    Those star photos are wayyy better than any I’ve taken XD
    And the Colorado/Nebraska landscape is so gorgeous – especially through the lense of your camera!
    Keep up the good work!

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    1. Thank you, Tess!! I’m glad you liked the photo of Ellie. πŸ™‚ Yeah, she is missing an eye. She actually got adopted just a few weeks ago, which I was pretty excited about. πŸ˜€
      YES. They’re so cute. πŸ˜€
      Thanks, I agree! It’s really fun to do.
      Haha, well thank you! XD
      Yes, it is pretty! πŸ™‚ Thank you so much for your lovely comment!

      -Clara ❀

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  4. All of your pictures are so amazing! You’re so talented! I love all the pictures of the animals and that new technique is pretty cool. Haha, I used to have that textbook. Those landscapes are beautiful. Stars and the snow look amazing in your pictures too. It actually snowed last week and so we got the week off(except for Tuesday). The snow didn’t last long, just slush. However I did get a couple pictures. I mainly use my phone for photos, I’m not super into photography and I don’t like carrying a camera around apparently. Hey, do you have any tips on plotting novels?
    ❀️ Diamond @

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    1. Aw, thank you SO much, Diamond! πŸ˜€ Ooh, that’s neat that you got some snow!
      As for tips on plotting novels, I really don’t know – I’m terrible at plotting. XD I recommend asking Madi ( for advice on that!

      -Clara ❀

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  5. Beautiful photos! My favorite ones were all of the travel ones! I’ve been trying to figure out for a while how to get the pin button to show up on my photos. Do you remember how you did it?

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    1. Thank you, Rose! πŸ™‚ Wow, I actually didn’t even know there was a pin button on my photos until you pointed it out. XD Sorry, I wish I could help you, but I have no idea how I did that…. πŸ˜›

      -Clara ❀

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  6. I love the pictures of the kittens; they’re so cute! πŸ™‚ Also, the free lensing pictures were cool to see. I like the light bokeh ones best. And I think your star pictures are really good! Did you use a tripod? I especially like the second and fourth stars pictures. I don’t have any tips for you, though, because I’m not knowledgeable about night sky photography. I tried taking photos of a super moon last year, and they didn’t come out well. Do you have any tips for me? πŸ˜‰
    On another subject, I loved seeing the pictures of Chimney Rock! It reminded me of the computer game Oregon Trail, because that is how I know about it. Have you heard of the computer game?
    I also really like all your landscape photos. They’re so beautiful!
    Your snow pictures are pretty, as well. We did get a bunch of snow a couple of weeks ago, and so we made snowmen and a snow cave. That’s mostly all melted though, but last night we did get a dusting of snow.

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    1. Thank you, Sassafras! I’m glad you liked my star pictures – yes, I did use a tripod! My main tip is to use a really slow shutter speed while your camera is on a tripod – but for moon photography, you’ll need a zoom lens as well or else it won’t look like much else than just a small white circle in your picture. πŸ™‚
      Oh, yes, I’ve played that game before! We were actually talking about it while we were there. πŸ˜€
      Thank you! πŸ™‚ Oh wow, that sounds like so much fun! I made a very small snowman with our snow, but that was about all that I could make. XD

      -Clara ❀


      1. You’re welcome! Yeah, that’s what my moon pictures came out as.
        That’s cool that you’ve played Oregon Trail before! Which version did you play? We have the 4th edition, though I don’t know that it actually works on any of our computers anymore… πŸ˜›

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    oooh, stars. ❀
    i also love the ones with mountains in the backround, and the snow pics. πŸ™‚
    Most crazily, ~Olive

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    Ahem. Wow, those animal shelter pictures are great! It sounds like you’re really helping them out. πŸ™‚ My favorite of the cat photos was probably Shadow, and my favorite of the dogs was probably Red. YES he is adorable. β™₯
    Speaking of adorable… so are Ember and Ninja! heart eyes I especially love the pictures of Ember. She looks a lot like Jinx except… prettier. πŸ˜‰
    OOH FREE-LENSING. I still want to work on that. I took, like, five pictures, but didn’t exactly get the hang of it. Your pictures are wonderful, though! My favorite of those are the first one (of Lila’s (?) eye), the one of the mechanical pencil, and the blowing bubbles ones. πŸ™‚
    OH STAR PICTURES. heart eyes again I absolutely ADORE star pictures, but I really bad at them and still trying to learn. :/ I love yours! Especially the first two – they’re gorgeous! The hardest thing for me has been to get my camera to even focus on the stars? It just keeps readjusting which is quite frustrating. And then, of course, you pretty much HAVE to have a tripod or it will just be a blur… sigh I hope you find some good tips because I could really use them. XD
    Wow, those trips sound really neat! I especially like the Rocky Mountain photos – they’re gorgeous!
    Ahh, random photos! I really like the lettuce one ( πŸ˜› ) and the last water drop one especially. Also thank you for the random and helpful camera information. πŸ˜€
    EEK! Snow pictures! I love snow pictures, and yours are lovely! I think my favorites are the on of Ninja and this one…

    Also that’s adorable about Ezra. XD β™₯
    Well hopefully those many favorites count for my favorite? I don’t think I could pick just one. :O As for least favorite… ooh boy. scrolls through entire post Alright, here are a few I think could be left out. (the bokeh ones were neat (obviously I LOVE BOKEH!), but they started to all look the same after a while. πŸ˜‰ ) (this one seemed a little grainy and blurry.) (this one didn’t have the best lighting, in my opinion.)
    And that’s about all I can muster. πŸ˜› I LOVED this post, dear, and I adore your photography! Thanks for taking the time to make this enormously wonderful post for us! πŸ˜€


    1. YAAAY! Thank you SO much, your comments always make me so happy! πŸ˜€
      Thank you! YES, I loved Shadow and Red. πŸ™‚
      Haha! Ember does kinda look like a mini-Jinx, doesn’t she? XD
      OOH, you should definitely try free lensing!! I bet your pictures would be great! And thank you! πŸ™‚ Something I figured out that really helped me is this: On Nikon lenses, you have to hold the aperture ring open while you’re taking pictures, while on a Canon lens, it automatically stays open. If you don’t do this, your picture will be really dark. Here’s a video explaining it, because it’s kind of hard to describe. I used the rubber band method that the lady talked about in the video:

      Thank you so much, I’m glad you liked the star pictures! πŸ˜€ Oh my goodness, the focusing took me SO long to figure out. XD I did a ton of research and most everything I read said that you had to use manual focus, so I did. What I did was I spent a super long time getting the manual focus adjusted just right, and then I marked the right spot with a little piece of washi tape on the lens so I wouldn’t lose my focus. I also had my camera on a tripod and had the shutter speed at around 15 seconds, I think. There’s probably a better method for star photography, but that’s what worked for me. πŸ˜›

      Thank you and thank you and thank you again! πŸ˜€ And THANKS for picking your least favorites as well, that is so enormously helpful!! So far you’re the only one who has done so. I think people don’t want to offend me or something. XD πŸ˜›

      Thank you again for your lovely comment, Allison!! ❀

      -Clara ❀


      1. Aww, you’re so welcome! So do your posts. πŸ™‚
        She does!
        Ha ha, well thanks! I hope to figure it out… if I ever have time nowadays. XD
        Oh, thank you SO much for the tips, dear! And the video link! That’s super helpful. πŸ™‚
        Wow, that was super helpful too, Clara! πŸ˜€ Thanks so much! I did try manual focus for a bit and it worked better, but you’re right, it’s SO hard to figure out what to focus it at. The washi tape idea is great! I shall have to try that. πŸ˜€
        Oh you’re most welcome! Ha ha, well I’m glad I didn’t offend you. XD I know how helpful that can be!
        You’re most welcome again, dear. This post deserved a long one. πŸ˜›

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  9. I love your photos, Clara! πŸ™‚ All the dogs and cats were so cute, and it made me smile when I was looking at their photos. And, I loved the ones of the stars! I don’t live in an actual big city (like New York City or Chicago or Dallas or something) but I live in a suburban area where I don’t really get to see that many stars. So, thanks for sharing them! Oh, and this is a little random, but I thought the pictures of the brown weed/thistle things you took pictures of on your trip kind of look like Truffula Trees. πŸ˜‰

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  10. Oh my goodness, Clara, I believe I have Ember’s twin! I have a lovely black female cat named Echo who is my precious. These pictures were wonderful-have you considered sending them to the shelter? They could be used for their website, and I’m sure they’d appreciate it!


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    You’re seriously talented at Photography!
    Wow Wow Wow!
    Way to go Clara!😊

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