Month: January, 2012

~ Kushtaka 2011 ~ Plymouth WI Photographer

January 26, 2012

This the time of year when I get to some of my personal photos that I didn’t have time to edit during my busy season. Therefore, you will be seeing a few warm weather posts in the coming weeks.


Anyone ever heard of that before? Friends of ours have a sister and a son who live in Alaska. There is a legend there of the shape shifting “land otter man” aka Kushtaka. As I read a bit more about it on Wiki, it can be a rather dark tale. However, these friends of ours make anything into great fun. In honor of the “land otter man” they set up 100 foot tarps for man to act like otters sliding down a hill… picture a huge slip ‘n slide. Participants hose down, soap up, run, and slide head first to see how far they can go. It doesn’t take long for the mud to form at the end of the tarp. Being that this was the 2nd annual Kushtaka event, they learned that it was best to have a 2nd tarp for the younger kids to keep them “safe” – but it looked like it was so the adults can get more runs in and be crazy.

These are the times that I love to be the “photographer” as it was Labor Day weekend and not nearly warm enough for me to participate. Please keep in mind that not all of these have the best focus as people were careening past me. Sometimes focus is overrated anyway. 😉  HERE ARE THE BIG KIDS…


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What to Wear! Plymouth WI Photography

January 24, 2012

I was reminded by my fashion guru sister-in-law at Wild Ruffle to put up another “What to Wear” guide.

Apparently, I missed posting a holiday set so you will get 2 in this post.

Remember, everyone does not need to wear the exact same outfit or color. You can find an outfit that has a few colors in it for one person and pull out colors from that for everyone else.

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~ California Vacation ~

January 12, 2012

We decided to take a trip to Oceanside California this year over Christmas instead of giving gifts to each other. It was an absolutely wonderful decision. We had lots of quality time together and made memories that will last far longer than “stuff” that we would have bought for the kids. A huge bonus was also getting to spend time with my aunt and her family. We had adventures at Legoland, Sea World, and the Wild Animal Park. We were so blessed to be able to go to each of these parks. However, I think I enjoyed time driving with the top down and hanging at the beach even more. There were so many pictures taken that it was hard to condense them down for the blog. I’ve broken the pictures up into a few themes.

Here we are flying out on Christmas Day!

This was hanging out at the Oceanside Pier before taking the train to Old Town for lunch. Funny thing… my cousin Nat is 4 months younger than Jayda. From behind, they looked like twins with their same colored ponytails, navy hoodies, and plaid chucks.

When we got off the train, the sun was about to set so we darted over to the beach. This was the only sunset that we caught and I’m so glad we did. Our crazy WI kids were soaked up to their waists from playing in the ocean. It was maybe 50 degrees when the sun set that night. I have no clue how chilly the water was. I used the fisheye lens for all of these shots so please pardon the extreme vignette that came straight out of camera.

Since Aunt Bon knows EVERYONE, on “Beach Day” we got a private boat ride from the Harbor Police. It was a blast to cruise on the ocean and visit the crazy sea lions that live on the buoy. After that, we hung out at the beach all afternoon. We hoped to catch another sunset but the marine layer took over around 4:15 so there was nothing to see… literally. You could hardly see right in front of you.

And finally, here are some other favorite shots from our trip. We had tons of fun. It was absolutely worth it!

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