The snow came down for hours yesterday - silent, soft flakes. I'm tired of the snow, but it still works it's magic. You can't help but feel the world is enchanted for those few, quiet hours when everything's covered in a pillow of pristine powder.
After our car broke down, my grandparents graciously offered to sell us one of their cars. The only problem was that it was in Florida. So, within a week, we booked our one way flight to Tampa and prepared for a week of travel through the south. We spent a relaxing few days in Bradenton … Continue reading summer roadtrip
I watched a squirrel groom her fluffy tail then scratch hyperspeed, her hind leg thwack-thwack-thwack against her side We were alone by the monument, two mammals feeling the sun on our faces in February Holding our breaths that the winter had fled for good - for now
or, Why Walks are the Best After taking Daniel to school on Monday afternoon, I looked about me on the drive home and realized suddenly that it was a beautiful day. We had about a week and a half of weird, dreary weather; it messed with my mood - everything felt stagnant. But Monday was … Continue reading by a different route
It seems we're addicted to walks, at least during this curiously warm week in the quiet days before regular life demands our attention again. On Monday, I went for a walk by myself to clear my head, twisting and turning through residential roads. There's been some drama - and some loss - in my circle … Continue reading walks
When our original plans of visiting a nearby park were dashed, we simply ventured over to another one. It wasn't much for looks until the sun started pooling at that magic golden hour angle in the sky. Daniel found a beaten down pathway across the creek and we had a brief but satisfying outdoor adventure.
I haven't been able to get out much lately. Between being poor, the weather looking like the above every other day, and Daniel being bogged down with schoolwork, we've been hesitant to get out there and enjoy the Virginia landscape. But I'm pleased to tell you that even our meager, rented backyard holds treasures: a … Continue reading backyard
When my sister was in town, I discussed with her how I'd really like to achieve a better bokeh effect by purchasing a 50mm lens. A photography major, she scolded me promptly, telling me that achieving a shallow depth of field had everything to do with knowing how to adjust manual settings, not with buying … Continue reading shallow dof