Tag Archive: nature


Instagram a Day: Day 3

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I saw these purple mums at the grocery store back in Fall. They were the last purple pot and they were calling my name. My daughter and I planted them in our garden and shortly after that all the flowers died and fell off. It sat barren and dead looking for a couple of months. One day I noticed a few purple blooms poking out from the bottom. I was amazed that it bloomed again so late. Plants are wonderful!

I just added tons of magnets to my Etsy Shop. These are all handmade by me, using original photos and drawings. Check them out!

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Both of these photos were taken on my first trip to visit the 21 acres my Dad purchased out in the country. All my life that man has been talking about buying some land, to hunt, fish, relax and to share with his family. He finally did! He couldn’t be more proud to say that he owns this land and I was excited to see it. I got to ride in the back of my parent’s car, just like I was a kid again. That is photo 311. The land is lovely. It has this sense of peace about it. I can’t explain, but everyone who goes there just feels peaceful. I enjoyed my first visit, hence photo 312. It even warmed up a bit and we didn’t have to stay so bundled up.

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“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” – Henry Miller

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“Nature never goes out of style.” ~Author Unknown

All of these photos were taken on a lovely Autumn day. My daughter was taking a nap (my husband stayed behind) and my son and I decided to go for a walk and explore the little park behind our apartment. To get to the park we must walk beside the City Point Cemetery which has a wonderful stone wall all the way around. The first two photos are taken on and against the wall. It was late afternoon so the sun was starting to make its descent toward the horizon creating a beautiful light and great shadows. It was a perfect day for taking photos. That explains why I ended up with three of them. The last shot was taken on a cliff top. I sat my camera on a wooden post that was in the ground, maybe it was part of an old fence at one time. I think this is my first photo for this project of me from behind. It’s really weird seeing yourself from that perspective. I really love all of these photos. It was a nice day, nice memories and great photos. I love all these quotes too.

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“Because I could not stop for Death,
He kindly stopped for me.
The Carriage held but just ourselves
And Immortality”
~Emily Dickinson

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“Turn your face to the sun and the shadows fall behind you.” ~Maori Proverb

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“No spring nor summer beauty hath such grace
As I have seen in one autumnal face.”
~John Donne

Two hundred and forty

A lovely Autumn day. This crazy vine on the tree in my parent’s front yard was screaming to have it’s photo taken. So why not include myself? This photo isn’t the greatest, but that vine is rocking! A random thought only because this is number 240: Why is it that if the number 4 is spelled foUr the number 40 is spelled forty? What happened to the U? The U makes it the number 4! The English language makes no sense. I feel sorry for anyone that has to learn it as an adult. It’s no wonder I can’t spell anything, cause it makes NO sense!

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“How beautifully leaves grow old. How full of light and color are their last days.” ~John Burroughs

These shots were taken at another of my all time favorite places in the world, Maymont. It is a huge estate park in Richmond, Virginia. It has a petting zoo, wild animals and birds, beautiful gardens, trails, a waterfall, a mansion, the list goes on. I have been going there since I was a kid and I have SO many good memories. I wanted to get married there, but it was beyond my price range. This day was my first time back after living in Texas for 3 years. I can honestly say that every spring I would long for Maymont. It was one of the things I missed most about Virginia. Just talking about it makes me want to go there now! 🙂 The first shot is in their Nature Center, which is a large exhibit all about local Virginia wildlife. I was taking photos of the turtles in one of the aquariums and realized my reflection was in the glass. Why not use it for this project? Love the abstractness of this photo. I’m a sucker for reflection anyway, and turtles are frickin’ awesome. The second shot was sitting by the eagle exhibit while I was waiting for family to use the bathroom. The shot is ok, nothing great. On the other hand, it was a great day at Maymont, as usual!

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“If all the beasts were gone, men would die from a great loneliness of spirit, for whatever happens to the beasts also happens to the man. All things are connected. Whatever befalls the Earth befalls the sons of the Earth.” ~Chief Seattle of the Suquamish Tribe

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“You can’t be suspicious of a tree, or accuse a bird or a squirrel of subversion or challenge the ideology of a violet.” ~Hal Borland

Yet another photo from the bench swing at my parent’s last summer. I’m starting to realize I sat out there a whole lot when I lived with them. Maybe I was trying to escape for a bit. Maybe it was because my kids needed to run and play. This shot isn’t the greatest. I do like the movement, which was intentional. I do enjoy the colors. It makes it a bit more interesting than just a straight shot. I was also reading Thoreau at the time, so the quote is fitting.

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“Sometimes, in a summer morning, having taken my accustomed bath, I sat in my sunny doorway from sunrise till noon, rapt in reverie.” ~Henry David Thoreau

What Remains

What remains when the body decays? How is it that the bones can be left in a pile? So clean and white? Nature takes care of all, the living and the dead.

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Two hundred and sixteen

This day I took my kids to one of my favorite places in the world. A lovely park in Enon, Virginia that recently was renamed, but the new name means nothing to me because it will always be Point of Rocks Park. I have been going there since I was seven. It was very close to all the houses I lived in through most of my life. I have good memory after good memory of it. It is even where my husband proposed to me under a moonlit sky. This was a hot summer day, but we packed some water bottles and headed out for a hike through the trails and marsh walk. It was a lovely day and my not quite 2 year old daughter did really great. She kept up with us even though her little legs got tired and I had to carry her some. This is us sitting on an overlook toward the end of the hike. Love my family, and love this day.

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“Those who dwell among the beauties and mysteries of the earth are never alone or weary of life.” ~Rachel Carson

Both of these shots where taken in an attempt to get a good shot of my eyes using my extra flash with the reflector. Both shots were good enough to keep. I liked the close-up one and left it as is. The full face shot, I thought, could use a little something. I took an old photo of a swamp that I had on my computer and played around with layers and filters in Photoshop. I like how it came out. It’s not my best work, but it’s good. I like taking quotes from my favorite songs. I had been listening to Beirut a lot, so I wanted a quote from one of those songs. The other quote is one of my favs from a NIN song.

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“Those were our times” ~Zach Condon, Beirut

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“She reads the minds of all the people as they pass her by hoping someone can see” ~Trent Reznor, NIN