Tag Archive: photographs


I had finally joined the rest of the first world people by procuring an iPhone. These were some of my first self portraits using it. My Nikon D40 was still out of commission at this point. I may have sent it out to be repaired. This was shortly after we moved into our tiny apartment. I feel like that was so long ago now and sometimes like it never happened at all. The first one was a night we had some company over. It was really late, but I was enjoying the night and didn’t want it to end. Although it is super yellow and orange I really like that shot. I like the composition and expression. The second one was done with a few different apps. I like that one too. It was fun to create something using a new device and media. I like all the layers.

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“It’s getting late, but does the night have to end?” ~Me

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“A grownup is a child with layers on.” ~Woody Harrelson

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Life can be a Whirlwind

Blogging looks like it will be taking a break for a bit. I just started back at VCU. I’m taking 3 classes, but 2 are 400 level and 1 includes a teaching practicum. I am also preparing for the class I will start teaching in 3 weeks. On top of that my husband is also going to school full time, we have a 2 year old and our 8 year old is starting the 3rd grade next week. This weekend we are going to Indiana to visit family. When it rains it pours and right now I am overloaded with stuff to do. Not that I am complaining, I love having stuff to do, but because of that I may not be blogging as frequently as I was. I am very grateful to all my followers, there are over 100 of you now! Thanks to all who read, like and comment! I will be back when I can! Hope everyone is well!

As a little treat here are some photos from my 1st 2 days back at school. Enjoy!

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 VCU the place for you! 1st day of school, 8/22 and my birthday!

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My drive into the city takes me along the James River and in from the eastside.

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I might be done with my 365 project, but I haven’t stopped taking self-portraits. Me walking by Monroe Park on Campus.

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

All four of these shots where taken with my crappy cell phone. The first one was at my parent’s house. The other three were in different bathrooms, haha. The only one I like is 247. I really like the water on the mirror and how it distorts my reflection. Other than that these photos SUCK!

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“Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed.” ~ Attributed to both Jonathan Swift and Benjamin Franklin

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“Hair brings one’s self-image into focus; it is vanity’s proving ground. Hair is terribly personal, a tangle of mysterious prejudices.” ~Shana Alexander

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” I will not let anyone walk through my mind with their dirty feet.” ~Mahatma Gandhi

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“We never know the worth of water till the well is dry.” ~Thomas Fuller

I had taken this photo as part of a photo a day project with the prompt being “Water.” A simple shot with my iPhone, using an app I really like called TtV Camera of the bathroom faucet with the water running. I posted it on Facebook and didn’t think too much of it. One of my friends freaked out and wanted to see if I knew the person in the reflection. I was like, “What? What?” I was in the bathroom alone, in the AM before any of my family was even awake. Sure enough there is what looks like a person in the top of the faucet on the top tier of the part where the water comes out. It looks like a short woman with poufy, dark, shoulder length hair with a dark dress on. I have watched every episode of Ghost Hunters, so I went straight to trying to debunk it. I went back and took more photos with the same app in as close to the same position that I could get in. There was nothing that even remotely looked like that figure. The faucet was dirty, but I didn’t clean it between photos. Plus the dirty parts show up as white, not dark. the figure blocks the door frame, that was one of the things that made it strange. If it was part of the door it would only show up on the door, not in front of and beside it.

 

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The first photo with the figure.

 

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An enlarged close-up with the figure circled.

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A shot with no figure. There is a highlight on the door that clearly does not show up in the photo with the figure, because she is standing in front of it!

 

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This is what is reflected in the faucet. If there was a woman standing there she would have been very short, about 5 feet tall. She also would have been standing partly IN the hamper. My husband and I worked together to see if we could recreate it and it was not possible. I had to move the hamper and I was way too tall to reflect totally in the faucet.

 

I am not saying this is a ghost. I never felt, heard or experienced anything paranormal other than this photo in that apartment. We did have the City Point Cemetery right behind our apartment. It could have been a ghost passing through. It could have been a time slip. it could have been a view into a parallel universe for all I know. All I do know is that it is something unexplainable.

These three shots were taken when we moved into our super cheap, tiny, old apartment. It was nice to be on our own again and have our family back together. However we moved from a large three bedroom house to a small two bedroom apartment. Our bedroom didn’t even have a closet! When the movers left the place had boxes stacked from floor to ceiling in every room. There were even boxes in the backyard. We spent the next month or so going through everything we owned, throwing away stuff, giving things away, taking loads of stuff to the Goodwill and storing things at my parent’s house. It was an overwhelming process. Now that we are out of there I wish I would have kept some of the things we got rid of. Although it was nice to purge and have less crap. The first shot was in our bedroom after we had made it “livable.” You should have seen it before. The second shot was in my favorite room in the place, the bathroom. It was big, spacious, had a closet and a window with plenty of light. I was standing in front of our new shower curtain with the window light coming in from behind. The third shot was on the back porch with the sun low in the sky. I took all three with the borrowed Nikon D40. I like all three of these photos, even though it was a stressful time in my life. I did manage to find the good in the experience, but I am glad we don’t live there any longer.

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“The world is moving so fast these days that the man who says it can’t be done is generally interrupted by someone doing it.” ~Elbert Hubbard

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“If you go, go in Peace it makes the flowers sweeter along the path.” ~Mike Dolan

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“It is the little shadow which runs across the grass and loses itself in the sunset.” ~ Crowfoot

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

All of these shots were random. The first one was with the crappy cell phone in the bathroom at my parent’s house. I felt kinda sexy that day so I decided to take a pic. It was low light so it didn’t come out so great. I think I liked the photo then, it’s ok now. The second shot was with my friend’s Nikon D40 driving in the car. I was probably headed to my in-law’s house in Suffolk, but not sure. I love to drive, especially down long country roads with not many cars. The Gary Numan Cars song is one of my family’s favs. The lyrics are pretty much how I feel about driving. 🙂 The third shot was at my in-law’s place. It was summer, I was sitting on the floor playing with the kids and taking pics of them. I had my feet on the rocking horse, you see where this is going. It was also with the D40. All of these shots are pretty boring, nothing spectacular, nothing terribly bad.

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“Beauty is the first present Nature gives to women, and the first it takes away.” ~Méré

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“Here in my car
I feel safest of all
I can lock all my doors
Its the only way to live
In cars” ~Gary Numan

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“Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.” ~Kahlil Gibran

Both of these shots were taken in the backyard of the apartment we ended up renting. It was August last year and I snatched up a cheap apartment even though we didn’t end up moving in until November. The backyard’s fence was the wall of the City Point National Cemetery in Hopewell, Virginia. I really love cemeteries and literally having one in the backyard was pretty awesome. The first shot is a straight shot with the graves in the background. The second was edited in Photoshop, obviously. Not really happy with either one of these shots. They are ok, I guess.

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“All say, “How hard it is that we have to die” – a strange complaint to come from the mouths of people who have had to live.” ~Mark Twain

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“The moment one gives close attention to any thing, even a blade of grass it becomes a mysterious, awesome, indescribably magnificent world in itself.” ~Henry Miller

I have always loved dragonflies. At some point my Mom and I started buying each other things with dragonflies on them. Whenever I see one now it reminds me of her. I know they always will, even when she is no longer in this realm with me and that gives me comfort. These are photographs I have taken over the past years, with the oldest being from 2009, plus some fun quotes. Enjoy!

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Deep in the sun-searched growths the dragonfly. Hangs like a blue thread loosened from the sky. ~Dante Gabriel Rossett

 

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I pick the prettiest part of the sky and I melt into the wing and then into the air, till I’m just soul on a sunbeam.  ~Richard Bach

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Flying without feathers is not easy; my wings have no feathers.  ~Titus Maccius Plautus

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You were born with wings, why prefer to crawl through life? ~Rumi

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Those who gave away their wings are sad not to see them fly.  ~Antonio Porchia

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The fairies break their dances
And leave the printed lawn.
~A.E. Housman