If you’ve been following along since my July 2015 roadtrip via Instagram or here on the blog, the number of cameras I took with me made me stand out as THAT tourist.

The one with all the cameras always taking a photo.

Granted, I wasn’t the other kind of THAT tourist, the one taking photos with a ginormous iPad that I spotted everywhere I went (soapbox moment: people, use your phone or buy a real camera of some sort that is ONLY a camera. Holding up an iPad that the rest of us have to duck around or zoom past even more is far more annoying while traveling than it is at a wedding).

But … here’s the thing, and I’m not the only photographer who has said this (or something similar)…

The fact that I’m always taking photos means I’m also noticing far more details than the average person is while viewing a destination/sight in front of them.


Because, in my years of photographing anything and everything, I’ve learned that noticing all the details is key, especially when someone is paying you to make sure there’s not a bad detail standing out in their portraits!

These photos were taken on our partial hike to Taft Point that I blogged a couple weeks ago … I fell behind a bit because I kept stopping every time I’d see a detail that was as photo worthy as the scenic vistas that Yosemite is known for. And, I want to remember these details just as much as the 180° vistas at Glacier Point and Tunnel View.


Tiny purple blooms as small in size (if not more) as my thumb. The ‘carvings’ created by an insect in the bark of the branch on the left. Pine bark all over the ground at the edge of the trail where it fell from nearby trees.


Weathered sun bleached wood. Tiny puffs of grass and other ‘weed’ like plants. Scattered pieces of bark.


Pine needles. Moss growing on dried branches. Tiny pinecones. More insect ‘carvings’ …

taft-point-trailhead-pine-tree-detailsBaby pinecones.

taft-point-trailhead-yellow-bloomsYellow puffs growing next to a random rock a few feet from the trail edge.

taft-point-trail-little-treeA tiny tree growing out of the mostly stone landscape.

taft-point-trail-tree-detailsThe start of life on a somewhat bigger tree (than the one in the previous photo).


Blooms lying on a tree branch (presumably placed there by another tourist).

So the next time you see THAT tourist who appears to never pull the camera away from their face or that never stops snapping photos with their phone (or the dreaded iPad), grant them a little grace and stay silent (even if you’re only mentally grumbling). See if you can figure out what details they’ve picked up on that haven’t jumped out at you just yet …

  • Amanda | Chasing My Sunshine - July 19, 2016 - 9:01 am

    Oh I love this post! I’m just getting into the camera-always-around-her-neck tourist phase. And honestly, I freaking love it. I was wandering around Puerto Rico with my family, though, and I could tell that I was holding them up and felt a lot of pressure. I still have a lot to learn with my photography confidence, so I see this post as a dose of inspiration. And you manage to capture such beautiful details! Love it. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Christine - July 19, 2016 - 9:06 am

    I love this! It shows that you have a different perspective that a lot of people.ReplyCancel

Summertime in the South is hot AND humid. Summertime in the Southwest is just hot. Dry heat. Not exactly my ideal destination in July or August, but come late fall or winter, I’m totally game to adventuring desert climates when ice storms shut down roads around here …
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… and while I can’t seem to keep any plant alive, succulents included, cacti are one of my favorite plants to admire and photograph when I spot them. Around where I live, prickly pear cactus is fairly common (my dad has one that randomly came up along a fence line in his pasture) … but the rest of these are not.

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I’m hoping to spy a great many cacti during my October trip to New Mexico, if only in local landscaping in ABQ!

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Note to self: pack the macro lens just in case …

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What is your favorite landscape to explore? 

Personally, I love mountains and forests the most, but desert landscapes are right behind them on the list 🙂

  • Leigh | Campfires & Concierges - July 15, 2016 - 7:38 pm

    I always loved the mountains and never imagined I’d love the desert as much as I do. A week of trail maintenance in Saguaro National Park pretty much sold me – something about those saguaro…Tucson is definitely on my destination list for next year’s road trip!ReplyCancel