Country Back Roads

Oh, how I have come to love those country back roads here in Wyoming…

It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything on my blog. Not because I haven’t had anything I wanted to share, but a few weeks back I mentioned to my husband, Bill, that I was frustrated with the little point and shoot camera I have been using ever since I first started my blog, because it was starting to stick when I would try to capture a picture… So if I was trying to take a picture of an animal etc. by the time that camera would actually snap the picture the animal was already long gone. That camera was never even mine to begin with, my mother bought it for Bill for his birthday years ago, and I just started using it for my blog because I never had a camera of my own… I know, poor me right?

Anyway, unknown to me, Bill mentioned to my frissy, Robin, (who is a master photographer in my opinion, and who has had her photography published in NYC, you can see her work at ) that he wanted to buy me a new camera, and wanted her thoughts on a good, affordable, camera that he could buy me as a surprise… I love good surprises so that would have been the best one for me at this point in my life when I am trying to take pictures of where we are traveling, and what we are seeing..

Well, frissy suggested to Bill that she would like to send me her first big girl camera for me to try out and see if I would like something like that. OMG! When the camera she sent for me to practice on arrived, I almost had a heart attack to see that it is a Nikon camera, complete with two lenses, all the attachments, and a carrying case. I LOVE that frissy has that much trust in me to let me practice on this expensive camera… but OMG, I was afraid to even take the camera out of the case for fear I would screw up something on it… I have never even looked through the lens of a camera like this, let alone try to practice with something like this…

But slowly, I started trying to take pictures with frissy’s camera. And little by little I was confident enough to send her a few pictures as email attachments to show her how I was doing and let her know I was loving the camera and the practice of getting used to a “big girl” camera…

Finally, I got confident enough to take some pictures that I wanted to post on my blog, but every time I tried to post them I got an error message… Long story shortened, frissy, and her husband, Bob, were able to tell Bill and I what we needed to do to change the pictures from one file type to another that my blog would accept. Only one problem with that… they told us what to do, we thought we did it… but finally realized (after a week), that we did do what they said… but we failed to save the changes within the camera… and that is why it has taken me so long (weeks) to get pictures from the camera she is letting me use to practice with, to my blog…

However, I am happy to say today I am finally able to share some pictures I took while Bill and I were traveling down some back country roads here in beautiful Wyoming. I have a LONG way to go to get right with this kind of camera…, but I’m having a ball practicing with it. Take a look…

Bill and I took a drive down a winding country road on the backside of the Buffalo Bill reservoir called South Fork Road. A beautiful drive filled with lots of unexpected surprises…


Like this beautiful green valley with a river running through it.


Bill and I just couldn’t get over how clear this river was and how secluded this little hidden treasure is from where we are located. If the locals had not shared this gem with us… we would have never know how to get here.


Bill and I had no clue that this beautiful green valley was just beyond the mountains where we are staying. That is just another reason we love this type of work/camp experience… We learn what the typical tourist would not learn…


There are baby fawns to be seen now everywhere. I barely captured this one through the windshield of our car as it was running after it’s mother. Not a good picture but the best I could get with almost no time to get the camera ready…


Of course there are lots of horses along the back country roads. And this one just happened to pose for me …


This is the backside of the Buffalo Bill reservoir from where we live. No matter where you look… it’s all beautiful.


Lots of almost hidden treasures grow here if you look for them… And now that I am looking for them I am finding lots of little treasures like these little flowers hidden among the dried out grasses…


I am loving practicing with this new to me camera that my frissy loaned to me. I will to continue to practice, and I hope I make her proud of my efforts, knowing I have a long, long, way to go… But one thing I have learned is the journey is the best part of it all to me… πŸ™‚

Thank You Frissy for trusting me with you first, and my only, “big girl camera…”

Little, by little, in baby steps… I WILL learn…

Stay Tuned



6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Ellen Kaufman
    Jul 17, 2016 @ 23:29:26

    Beautiful pictures! You are great with the camera . Keep up practicing and some day you’ll have your big girl camera all of your own.
    Love you guysπŸ’œπŸ’«βœπŸ“ΈπŸ“·


  2. Bill
    Jul 17, 2016 @ 23:57:58

    The country is beautiful here when you get a chance to explore the back roads. I am proud of you, with the big girl camera.


    • beyondcinderella
      Jul 18, 2016 @ 00:44:18

      Yes, Bill, the country is beautiful here. And I am so glad that we make it a point to see all we can on our days off. Thank you for your kind comments regarding my abilities with the “big girl camera.” I love it and will keep trying to perfect my skills… xoxo


  3. gotham girl
    Jul 18, 2016 @ 02:37:59

    Gosh…let me try to find the right words. I LOVE the fact that you are willing to learn…and even more so that you are getting it! Oh how I can’t wait to photograph are doing ONE FINE JOB frissy!! Proud that you are using my first big girl camera…so very, very proud. Keep making photos! The key is to practice each and every day. Trust me…voice of experience…and still learning! LOVE YOU!!!!!!


    • beyondcinderella
      Jul 18, 2016 @ 12:30:20

      Thank you frissy. I am having lots of fun practicing and I do read the on-line manual and try to learn something new to practice everyday. Everywhere I look now I see something that I want to take a picture of. I don’t expect to ever be a great photographer like you are… but I do want to be able to post decent pictures on my blog… XoXo


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