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I'm going to try firing up the blog again for 2016, especially the nature/landscape side of things. It is in desperate need of a redesign so I will be working on that while shooting for KSTV. Unfortunately the slideshows on older posts have been disabled by flickr. You can find all of my work in my gallery.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Riot of Color

In her amazing historical fiction novels set on gorgeous St. Simons Island, author Eugenia Price often describes the fall foliage as a "riot of color." During a peaceful morning walk through the UK Arboretum woods, I knew exactly what she meant! Vivid golden yellows, oranges and reds dotted the landscape and created a vibrant autumn scene.

 I couldn't help lining this shot up to give this guy a fall makeover with a fiery wig. ;) 

Pumpkin Mania

We visited Pumpkin Mania for the first time at Transylvania University and really enjoyed looking through all of the designs. More than 250 carved pumpkins were displayed. The jack-o'-lanterns were carved by faculty, staff, students, and members of the community.

 This is the view of Gratz Park all decked out in fall color. It is located across the street from the steps of Old Morrison where Pumpkin Mania was held.

Kentucky Three Goggles!

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Thursday, October 25, 2012

Fall Exploring


My journey on this day took me to the Lexington Cemetery, but it unexpectedly started raining not long after I arrived. I was caught in a sudden downpour beneath a tree and was thankful for my weather-sealed camera body. :) I ended up driving out Old Frankfort Pike instead. It was a beautiful drive as always. 

I didn't notice Henry Clay's visitor until I was looking through images. I would love to have his "bird's eye view!" 

This is the Sunken Garden at the Lexington Cemetery.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Before and After

I shot this same tree during one of our bad ice storms. I was happy to see it had not only survived, but did not receive the extensive damage many trees did. I love shooting the same location during different seasons and comparing them.

Fall Drive

I received my new camera on Friday and can't put it down. I haven't even looked through the manual or learned the settings, but I keep shooting away anyway. For me, it is the only way to really get to know a new camera and so far I love it. Early this morning I decided to take a drive and ended up at the river's edge watching the Valley View Ferry. Kentucky is so beautiful right now and today temperatures hovered around 80 degrees!

I tried shooting one of my favorite farms, but I had a few visitors. They were very inquisitive and followed me all along the fence line, putting their heads in front of my camera. lol Aren't they gorgeous?

 The ferry operator was kind enough to invite me aboard for a ride across the river. It was a very peaceful view.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

What began as a promising butterfly season was quickly wiped out by the extreme weather. June here in Kentucky was the second hottest on record and July the wettest. At least around my home, we have had a dramatic decrease in butterfly activity. I was happy to see this tiger swallowtail hanging around my butterfly bush this weekend.

We have had a ton of moth activity, however.

I stopped by the Arboretum for the first time this summer. It is hard to believe I have not been there in so long. Life happens! This shot is one of those "happy accidents." It is not a shot I would have designed or even properly executed, but I love the rays streaming down on the sunflowers.

The Children's Garden was closed, but I walked around the perimeter and loved this little scene.

These just say summer to me. I need to get more of these amazing coneflower varieties.


Thursday, March 22, 2012

Cherry Blossoms

It's that time of year again...time to make the annual pilgrimage to the Lexington Cemetery to check out the cherry blossoms. The show was a little early this year with the unseasonably warm weather we have had here in Kentucky. I don't expect the blooms will last past the weekend. Even though they had lost much of their vivid pink hue, I loved walking through them with the petals falling in the breeze. I was a week late and about a half hour past the softest light, but managed to get a few decent shots.

These are in another part of the cemetery and are pale in color, but I love the tall canopy.

I have shot these so many times that I give myself a new challenge each year. The last one was trying to get long, dramatic shadows in the early morning light. This year I wanted a starburst shining between the branches. I seem to be terrible at this. The sun was really low in the sky, but I did manage to get a few with the star effect I was going for. Mission accomplished. ;)

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

March Madness

After seeing so images of tornado devastation, I felt so blessed to be able to wander out in the snow alone yesterday with my camera. I had a deeper appreciation for the beautiful sights and the fact I had a warm, safe home to return to. My thoughts and prayers are with all those affected by the violent storms.

We had our first significant snowfall of the season. At our house, we measured 4-5 inches, depending on where we took the measurement. The kids had a day off school filled with making snow angels, sledding, snowmen and hot cocoa. 

This was the winter wonderland my sleepy street awoke to:

I had to run across the street to get a closer look at a neighbor's tree. Amazing how a few inches of snow can turn something ordinary we take for granted every day into a work of art.


While most of the kids were still snuggled in their beds, I grabbed my camera and headed for the Arboretum. A retaining basin near a local church caught my eye so I stopped off for a few quick shots.

I was hoping to find some snow-covered early blooms to shoot, but was even more thrilled when a pop of color caught my eye in the near white-out. A different type of March Madness here in Kentucky!


Blowing snow from nearby branches created a natural snow globe effect. ;)

I have not had much love for cold and snow in recent years. Yesterday it was nice looking at the world again with some of the same awe and sense of wonder my children held in their eyes. I was definitely counting my blessings!

Monday, February 13, 2012

Easy Homemade Valentines

We made these little guys a few years ago for school valentines. They were so popular, I thought I would share a couple of simple crafts we made this year.

Both of these crafts came from Disney Family Fun magazine and you can find complete instructions for these and others here.

We found the gumdrop hearts and cute heart bags at our local Dollar Tree. We also found gumdrop hearts at Target, but the packages contained fewer candies and were individually wrapped.

Finished bags:

We still need to add tags to the rings. We used address labels for the arrow bags. The kids are excited to take these to school for their class parties. Both crafts were simple to make, the supplies were inexpensive, and the kids enjoyed making them.


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