Friday, March 20, 2015

Birthday #35

It is hard to believe that my birthday has come around again already.  Life is starting to speed up, like everyone said it would.  I was taking my birthday portrait when Wyle decided to join me.  It is a pretty representative scene of our daily life, I suppose: unmade bed, laundry to be ironed in the background, my child wearing a sleeveless dress on a freezing day, and me trying to get something done and being interrupted. That is life as usual these days, and it is pretty sweet.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Winter Weekend in West Virginia

Recently, I spent a wonderful winter weekend in West Virginia (say that three times fast) with some family. It was high time we learned a few winter sports, seeing as we have a lot of winter around here.  We spent most of our time cross country skiing, which was a lot less scary than I thought it would be.  When the trails were groomed, it was really fun.  When they weren't groomed, it was more challenging and even more of an adventure.  But in no way could I work a camera while keeping my balance, so there's no evidence to share.  We also spent some time ice skating, which I was even more afraid to try, but again, I surprised myself with a small amount of competency!

The highlight of the trip was, of course, the amazing scenery.  Blackwater Falls was partially frozen over and entirely stunning.  The little towns of Davis and Thomas were full of cute shops and interesting buildings and the roads to and from were lined with snow-draped trees to stunning effect.  What a nice way to spend a few days!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Lawrenceville Graffiti

I had the privilege of a tour of an old commercial site in the Lawrenceville neighborhood of Pittsburgh a few years back, before renovations began.  I'll post some photos of the old building another day, but here is the outdoor graffiti.  I believe it is still there.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Tangled Up in White

It has been a winter wonderland here in Pittsburgh, with snow every day for the past week.  I took the opportunity to strap on the snowshoes and take a hike at Beechwood Farms.  The wide, clear trails are perfect for winter hiking.  The thing that struck me most today was how tangled all the bare branches look in the winter.  I never think of them that way in the summer, when they weave themselves into a canopy, but in winter it looks so different.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Fog on the Cooper River

A few days ago I went for  late afternoon walk to Old Santee Canal State Park with the family and unexpectedly encountered this beautiful fog hovering above the river.  How I love this little parcel of South Carolina.  It delights me every time I make it home.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Catching Butterflies


Today was a beautiful day, as warm as any summer day.  Wyle and I went for a walk at Hartwood Acres and she had the pleasure of catching her first butterfly.  She was quick and persistent so I should not have been surprised when she actually cupped it against the grass in her hands.  She was so gentle, but still we had to have a lesson in the ethics of butterfly handling.  She was not going to let it go, but I did coax her into releasing its wings and being content with it sitting on her hand.  I taught her about butterfly dust and how the butterfly can't fly without it and how important it was not to touch its wings.  Despite my lecturing, it was a magical experience for both of us to share.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Autumn Pinks

Here's more autumn color from my neck of the woods.  These pink leaves are so pretty this time of year, and I find the rectangular shapes in the bark to be fascinating.  That's not a shape you often find in nature.