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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.


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


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


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


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! ūüôā 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!


“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


“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.


“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

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.


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

Two hundred and thirteen

This shot really should go with 210 and 211. It is another photo from my parent’s house, when we had to move back in for a few months. I was swinging on the bench swing. You can see their house in the background. You can even see my Dad back there by the gate. I had some free time before I started working then. My kids and I spent a good bit of time outside, even when it was hot. I really like the quote that goes with this one. Sometimes it is hard to come back home, but it never really does leave you. Happy with this shot.


“You can never go home again, but the truth is you can never leave home, so it’s all right.” ~Maya Angelou

One hundred and sixty-six

We had some rain! I took my camera outside to take some photos of the world as it was covered in a layer of water. I thought it would be neat to take a photo¬†of my reflection in¬†a puddle. It was much harder than¬†I thought it would be. The sun had to be in just the right direction and angle to even get a¬†reflection. This is not how I envisioned the photograph, but that fact that¬†I got anything at all isn’t too bad. I do enjoy the rocks, grass, etc… that are in¬†focus underneath the water.

“Some people walk in the rain, others just get wet.”¬† ~Roger Miller

Another neat photo I took this day.

One hundred & forty

Spent the evening outside taking photos of flowers, bees and butterflies. My sweet little neighbor girl came over to watch and she picked these flowers and gave them to me. I stuck them¬†behind my ear and took a couple of shots. This isn’t my favorite photo but was one of the nicer¬†evenings I’ve had in a while. It was lovely to be outdoors with nature taking photos, which I love to do.

“Let us dance in the sun, wearing wild flowers in our hair…”¬† ~Susan Polis Shutz

One hundred & thirty-one

I had seen these little purple flowers bloom just out the back of our house in the mornings for days. I knew that I wanted to take a shot out there. Finally I got my chance, put on my simple black dress, set up my tripod with camera. This shot was an ordeal. It was a bit chilly¬†out and overcast.¬†¬†I tried to get the spot that I would be sitting on in focus, but it took many shots.¬†My daughter was running about and¬†away. I kept having to¬†chase¬†after her once she got too far. ¬†Once I forgot to take off my flip-flops, many times I looked terrible and the first few weren’t in focus. It took forever, but it was worth it. I really love this shot.

¬†“I will be the gladdest thing Under the sun! I will touch a hundred flowers And not pick one.” ~Edna St. Vincent Millay


Day forty-six¬†was a beautiful Autumn day. I was urged¬†by its beauty¬†to take some photographs outside. I managed to steal a few minutes while my daughter took a nap. I went outside to our small wooded area beside our house and took some shots behind some branches. It was nice to¬†take photos outdoors. I get so busy during the day that I either forget or don’t have time and then I end up taking them at night inside. I ended up taking other photos of the nature around me. It¬†helped remind¬†me that being a photographer means really seeing your surroundings.

“Man’s heart away from nature becomes hard.”¬† ~Standing Bear

A couple of the other photos I took that day.


Day thirty-six was a nice day. It was cloudy, but not too cold. An ugly Sunday, so the song says, but ugly in a good way. Peaceful. I ventured out into downtown with my son. It was quite empty. We drove around for a while and hit up a thrift store before heading over to the new home of the Killeen Civic Art Guild, of which I am a member. A group of us meet there to clean and organize the new space. As I was about to head out I decided to walk around the building and take some photos. It is a renovated church that has some nice architecture. I took some nice shots and started to walk back. I figured, hey dummy, you have your camera, take some pics of yourself! Took a few as I walked and this was the best. Editing was more than it looks. Used a gradient layer to create a warm color. I changed the exposure and lighting as well. Also created a vignette type look using lighting effects. I like this one and I think it captures the kind of day and mood that I was in.

“I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in.”¬† ~John Muir
Here is my favorite photo of some of the windows.