Celebrating our BEAUTIFUL National Parks…

Happy 100th Birthday to our gorgeous National Parks! My favorite is the Great Smoky Mountains National Park! Which is your favorite park?

The Smokies are special to me because it is where I saw my first snow! It just so happens it is my #1 favorite place to photograph if you are not surprised from my portfolio! ๐Ÿ˜€โ›ฐโค๏ธ๐Ÿ“ธ ย I have been to the Smoky Mountains 8 times in 2 years during Spring, Summer, Fall, & Winter๐Ÿ™‚!!!

The Smokies are definitely a heavenly place for me! ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป

A photo of me shooting streams in the Smokies during theย spring.


HLW Smokies Raphie Snow Working

Here I saw my very very very first snow! I couldn’t believe it. One day it was fall foliage and then the next was 22 inches of snow on the tops of the mountains! To see 22 inches of snow for the first time is something I will never forget, especial when your a girl from Florida!


My Photographic Happy Place!

The Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens is in my top 3 favorite places to take pictures. It is full of opportunity for all types of photographers. You can spend a whole day in just one section!!! I know I could! It is so peaceful and all the animals are always up to getting their picture taken! ๐Ÿ˜ธ You can photograph birds to elephants to monkeys to snakes. You can even create an image to look like you are shooting on an African Savannah of an exotic animal.

The Jacskonville Zoo has over 2,000 animals and is known for their Land of the Tiger and Range of the Jaguar. I don’t think a month goes by without having to go photographic the animals ย and flowers. I have gone so many times, the animals practically know me ๐Ÿ˜„ I have named each and everyone one that remembers me every time I come. They always hold a pose for the camera. The animals are so used to people being around their environments, they know how to work it when a camera is held up to them. The birds would have to be my favorite at the zoo and favorite animals to photograph overall. They have such character, attitudes, & priceless expressions.

Check back at my blog tomorrow to see my latest zoo shots from last week! If you have any questions about zoography comment below!

Happy Sunday! ๐Ÿ™ˆ๐Ÿ™‰๐Ÿ™Š