Inspiration Locally

Inspiration Locally

Where Do You Get Inspiration?

Sure, it’s easy to get inspiration when you’re traveling to a distant land or visiting exotic locations. But where do you get local inspiration as a photographer when you’re in your home turf? I struggle with this at times but today I got some inspiration from a travel blogger who writes for the NY Times. Sebastian Modak is an incredible writer and blogger who is this year’s 52 Places Traveler awarded by the NY Times. (Instagram @sebmodak and So today he inspired me to add a new post to my blog and chronicle some local adventures.

So let’s start with our recent trip to Scottsdale, Arizona. We picked this somewhat local spot as a nice, easy getaway with the potential for sun and warmth. Well, that didn’t exactly happen but we still had a great time visiting friends and staying at The Phoenician. Here are some of the desert landscape photos I took – it’s really quite beautiful just below Camelback Mountain.

Scottsdale was extremely cold even though we wished for warm weather. We learned that The Phoenician can accommodate roughly 700 chaise lounges around it’s numerous pools. We only saw one small group on our first day there. Nonetheless, the pool areas around the resort are beautiful.

Because there was a Native American festival in Old Scottsdale that weekend, we were able to see the sights of Old Town and also witness some of the festival activities.

The sunsets were absolutely incredible. Our first night, we visited our friends, Laura and Jim, who live in Fountain Hills. I was able to take several photos as the desert lighting changed dramatically and sunset occurred. Here are the sequence of photos.

Scottsdale Sunset

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In and Around Pasadena

I draw a lot of inspiration from our local sights, Descanso Gardens and The Huntington Library and Gardens. I recently spent time at both even though the inspirational beauty is a little more difficult to find in winter. The camellias at Descanso Gardens were in full bloom.

The next day I was at the Huntington Library and found some special scenes of beauty. Camellias were in bloom and the volunteer rose pruners were out in force. Still, there were ample opportunities to take in the wonder of it all.

So that’s my inspiration for this week. I hope you enjoy some of the photos and continue to follow me this year on the blog. Thank you!


Travel photography blogger based in Pasadena, CA.

This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Marc:

    I just discovered your latest photos from Scottsdale, AZ. Absolutely stunning, your photography skills are brilliant. Keep up the good work, so enjoy your photos.

    1. Thanks for checking, Karen. I’ll be adding more posts late next week from Maui.

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