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Snow Birds Bring Good Luck - Los Angeles Fine Art Photographer

Out of all the possible dates/seasons, we headed into Yellowstone National Park when the biggest snow storm of decades descended in the area. For such reason, nothing ordinary remains that way anymore. To us, it means much more room on the canvas to flex our creative muscles.

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Dead-Tree-in-Snow-Canary-Springs-Yellowstone-National-Park-USA-Copyright-Jean-Huang-Photography

While at Canary Spring, my favorite elements were there for me to play with - the snow, the geothermal features, and… And, it must be our lucky day. On the day when the temperatures plummeted deep down in the negative zone, complicated by heavy snow fall which allows close to zero visibility, we met a small bird. This encounter reminds me of a time almost one year ago in Japan, when birds and snow brought me such joy and, consequently, much luck in an international photography contest. I now understand why yuki* (Japanese for snow ) has a special place in Japanese people’s hearts.

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Small-Bird-in-Snow-Canary-Spring-Yellowstone-National-Park-USA-Copyright-Jean-Huang-Photography

As to the bird’s name? My first impression when I heard was that it’s such a serious name. And for me, serious and creative do not co-exist very well. By the time I was done creating, I forgot the name. Now, I feel lucky, but guilty. :P

* Yuki (
) also has the meaning of happiness.

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Holiday Greetings from Us to You - Jean Huang Photography

Writing one of these year-end posts has never been easy. Today, I find myself more so at a loss for words.

It doesn’t mean 2018 has been a lackluster year. It’s a year that I continue to listen to the whispers of my heart and morphed and changed consciously and subconsciously.

It has been a year that I have a lot to be grateful for. My vocabulary for wildlife, and especially birds, has grown. Great strides have been made in learning about them, some of whom you’ve met here. Remember the burrowing owls (see
here and here), the red-crowned cranes (here and here), the monkeys that take hot spring bath and the fox that I felt a personal connection with? I know my sister from Barcelona would be proud. A year ago, all I could muster was something like “a pretty bird” or “that yellow bird”. 😊

This year saw me going back to THE favorite country of mine (not one of) - Italy, where my Assistante and I continue to enjoy great food,
be immersed in culture and make friends. And despite common conception about French people, we made our way into France. If you are interested, I will share my experience with the people there.

Not that I’m trying to make a career out of winning photography/art competitions, I was lucky this year to be
among the finalists in a prestigious international contest.

It has also been a year of worry, fear and sadness. Some people I care about have been taken away from this world, including someone that I only got to know for one year. And as if it’s not hard enough, on a whim,
someone that I call family was taken in the middle the holidays when the smell of roasted turkey still lingers.

While I cuddle and reminisce the ones that leave an empty chair this holiday season, I’m also reminded that we are all made of something perishable. We don’t have “forever” to say good-bye and sometimes even one second is a luxury.

Finally, I’d like to send our wishes to you with an image of these birds of elegance and Japan’s national treasure. I hope these symbols of love, prosperity and good health will keep you well for the coming New Year!

With much love and gratitude (sometimes, attitude
😜),

Ciao!

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'Tis the Season for Family - Los Angeles Travel Photographer

‘Tis the season for family reunions around the world. Here in the US, Thanksgiving starts off a month-long series of holidays and events for get-togethers.

Family comes in all shapes and forms as if it won’t be right if we don’t take a concentrated dosage of reminder how life is supposed to be. Concentration means higher pitch, bright colors, and, almost guaranteed, deeper valleys. You know I wasn’t just talking about wines, music, holidays decorations and… and depressed wallets. :-)

Everybody in our lives come for a reason. There’s no customization when it comes to family and, therefore, family comes as is.

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Burrowing-Owl-Family-Stare-Down-Salton-Sea-California-USA-Copyright-Jean-Huang-Photography

In my earlier days, if I come home and find myself being greeted by a family like the one depicted in this image, I’d want to turn around. But, I’m a big girl now. I may still prefer turning around and spending time with “more pleasant people”. I’d stay and try to see through the surface and accept the challenges that this certain family brings, or simply patiently waiting for them to reveal why in the world they come to my life. ;P

Happy holidays and enjoy the family! You know you will miss them the other 11 months of the year. ;-)

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