Sand Hollow

This weekend Jeff and I drove to St. George to dive in Sand Hollow.

We didn’t have much time so we drove down on Thursday night and stayed with Jeff’s friend from high school. Then we headed back on Saturday night.

On Friday, we drove into Hurricane and stopped by Peach Days then headed over to Sand Hollow.

The dive master ended up having car problems and not coming so Jeff tagged along with some other divers as I stayed on the beach with Baxter. After he dived, we went back to Peach Days and hung out with his friend and his wife.

On Saturday, we headed back over to Sand Hollow and dived with Jeff’s friend.

We explored a VW Bus, and sunken plane. There was also a buoyancy obstacle course, a missile, and a toilet.

It was an interesting dive because it was different than anything I’ve done. My other dives have been in salt water and the fish are more colorful and move quicker. Fresh water fish are still cool, but they are slow moving and all seem to be some shade of green.

The plane was small and I was told that someone died in it – although it seemed to be undamaged. Knowing there was a death made it eery to explore. The constant boat hum seemed to disappear when we were around it. There was no way I was going in.

The bus was awesome. I’ve always wondered what it looks like on the inside. Although it is covered in algae, I still want to own one at some point in my life.

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It’s been a while!

It’s crazy how life gets busy and things get pushed to the back of the mind and forgotten about. 

I’ve been working a ton and have some great ideas coming on this blog about clothes :)

I mostly wanted to share some of the images I took of my uncle’s family. I found the perfect location and I’m excited for more shoots there! And if anyone is located in Utah, I would love to meet up and exchange some shoots. (If you are interested, email me at natashapaigephoto@gmail.com)

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First Hike of the Year

Sometimes it’s difficult to get my husband to go on a walk, let alone a hike. But on Saturday he finally agreed and we took the dogs with us!

I wish I had brought my natural density filter for my 50mm lens for some of the landscape shots, but that’s okay. There were plenty of flowers for me to photograph – and here they are.

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Indignation

Indignation: anger or annoyance provoked by what is perceived as unfair treatment.

Indignation is also a novel written by Philip Roth.

I’ve had more spare time than I’ve had in quite a while – like a year! So I’ve needed something to do and I’ve started to read.

There is a small book store close to my house where you can buy and trade in your books. I decided to go in and find some books to read over the next couple weeks and Indignation was one that sounded good so I bought it.

I read it in two days.

I regret that I didn’t just stop reading… I just kept thinking something would happen, but nothing ever did. To me, the book was written in segments that didn’t really connect.

It’s about a teenager that decided to leave home to get away from his nagging father. It’s set during the Korean War and the teenager is focused on his studies so he can make his parents proud and so he won’t be drafted as a soldier and have to go to war. While at college, he changed rooms three times because he couldn’t handle his roommates. He also went on a date with a girl that ended in her giving him a blow job then he was too embarrassed to ask her out again. He got into an argument with the Dean because the Dean thought he was antisocial and the teenager (I honestly can’t remember his name) thinks the Dean is making it up and has no right to pry into his life. During the argument, the teenager threw up over the chair he was in and the rug. He was rushed to the hospital and had his appendix removed. While in the hospital, the girl he went on a date with came to visit him and started to give him a hand job and a nurse saw (the college is against sexual contact, so they should be expelled) but the nurse didn’t tell anyone. The teenager’s mom came and visited him in the hospital and met the girl, but told him not to date her because she has a cut on her wrist and he shouldn’t be dating someone who has tried to kill herself. He agrees, but tries to find the girl once he is released from the hospital, but she went home because she found out she was pregnant. The Dean ends up talking to the kid again and accused the teenager of impregnating her, but the teenager couldn’t have because he is a virgin. Then somehow there is a panty raid and kids are being expelled and girls are going home, never to return to the college again. Then the president of the college talks to all the males and tells them they are wimps and the heroes are the soldiers in the war. Then somehow the teenager died and I guess the book was really a flashback of his life.

The narrator changes in the last chapter and I did not like it. It was like Roth forgot that he had to close the book so he gave a brief ending to the teenager’s life as well as his parents. You never learn anything more about the girl he dated, or the school.

It was a well written book, but it was a weak story line. Roth could have gone deeper into the story and character, instead it was like he was hurrying to whip up a story to publish.

Honesty

I love my husband. I really do. But marriage is one of the most difficult, yet joyful and satisfying things I’ve ever done or put myself through.

Growing up, I never figured living with someone else would be that big of a deal. Even when I went to college and lived with roommates, I didn’t think it was that bad. Of course there were hiccups, but I’m strong and stood my own ground, but I guess the biggest difference is that I want my husband to love me back, I don’t want to hurt his feelings, but I didn’t care about my roommates, especially not the same way I care about my husband.

This past weekend has been the most difficult time in our marriage. It’s been hard – I’ve been sad, angry, happy, and indifferent. There were even times I didn’t know if we would be able to make it through this road bump, and it terrified me. The biggest thing that I had to remember was to keep an open mind. It’s hard and sometimes not fair, but it’s the only way to make it through.

You also have to be honest. I’m someone that gets angry and quiet. I don’t tell you what I’m feeling because I know eventually it will pass and everything will go back to normal. But I knew this time would be different. Through tears, I explained to my husband exactly what I was feeling and it sucked, but I felt relieved. Sometimes you have to be fair to yourself and let the ones you love know how you feel or it’ll never get better.

On a completely different note, I have been loving macro images. I love flipping my 50mm around because it changes the way you see things. Here are a few of my favorite images that I took in the last week.

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Utah Hogle Zoo

Utah’s Hogle Zoo – “Salt Lake City’s most visited paid attraction.” Sounds thrilling, right? Well,  it was.

I remember in elementary, every year we would go visit the zoo. I honestly don’t know if we were supposed to learn anything from it though. It was just a day out of the building and I enjoyed it. Then in jr. high I hated going because I thought it was a place for little kids to go and in all honesty, the zoo was going downhill. The exhibits were small and old. The polar bear ate a glove and died. Something happened to the zebras and they died. They used to have a hippo, but who knows where it went. They had lions and camels. You could always find the gorillas and apes outside, but I don’t remember the last time I saw that.

Anyway, the zoo was going downhill.

Then, when I met my husband, we went on a date to the zoo and they had just opened the arctic exhibit, or whatever it’s called. They brought in a polar bear, some grizzly cubs, seals and sea lions. They built a few under water viewing areas and it was very cool. They also had a new exhibit for the elephants, which is pretty awesome as well. You can watch the elephants walk around and get in the water and play with a few toys. They also had 3 acres of land blocked off for their safari exhibit and it seemed like forever away until it opened.

Now back to real time, last week my husband took half a day off and we ended up going to the zoo. They had half their safari exhibit open with two year and a half old lions that were so much fun! (It was also the perfect time to go – a chilly Monday.) The lions would run with you along the windows and they were just like our puppies. They were curious about the noises we were making and just wanted to play. They were definitely the highlight of our trip.

We actually saw almost every animal in the zoo that day because it wasn’t a hundred degrees in the middle of summer so the animals were out and more active than I have ever seen them.

So I suggest spending a day at the Hogle Zoo and checking out the new additions.

This is the only picture that I liked from what I took that day because there is glass in the way and some weird reflections.

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Great News!

So I’ve got some great news!

First off, I’ve been shooting a lot more. So that always excites me.

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AND second, I was offered an internship in LA with a food photographer! I’m ecstatic and feel like this will open up a world of possibilities! So if you’re in the LA area, message me and let’s set up times to take pictures!

The pictures above were all taken in Salt Lake. The first at the Capital, the last in Nordstrom’s in City Creek Center and the others just on the streets.