I will admit…it takes a REALLY good photographer to impress me. I look at photographs every day….hundreds of them every day…most are just, you know, same old same old…every once in a while, I see a shot, and just say, “WOW”. The other day, a good friend of mine sent me a link to a story about a Russian photographer named, Elena Shumilova. I had my normal reaction to seeing a link to check out….which is…ok, I’ll check it out, but probably some lame photos…

WOW….Elena’s photographs BLEW ME AWAY. Really good stuff. I have been visiting her site daily since and have probably looked at her photographs a few hundred times. I can’t get enough of them. As it turns out, her photos have gone viral. I am now seeing her photos all over social media and the press. In just a few days, she has become famous. Good on her, and well deserved…and get this…she just started taking photos two years ago. Amazing. Here is a link to her 500px portfolio….

Inspired by Elena, here’s a photo of my own daughter from the boat on the Li River in China during a foggy, rainy afternoon….