Spring has sprung here in Pittsburgh. It actually began a little sooner than normal this year, but I am totally fine with that! My brunnera, in the top photo, may be my new favorite spring flower. They are very dainty, but now that I have a few of them together in my garden, they are more visible. My daffodils are also very small in stature (does that make them jonquils?) but as soon as they began to push through the snow-crusted earth my heart began to beat a little faster. And the violets, that spring with joy from my lawn, have been one of my favorites since I was a little girl. I just can't choose a favorite. They all bloom at the same time and usher in my favorite season.
Friday, April 14, 2017
Friday, March 24, 2017
I've been thinking this Sleeping Beauty portrait over for a few months, and after five sessions, we finally got the shot I was looking for. My daughter's favorite Disney character, for a long time, was Princess Aurora. But my child hated pink, and wanted the blue version of Sleeping Beauty's dress. So my mother-in-law made this exquisite gown, which has seen a lot of good use. I wanted to take this portrait not only to add to my daughter's collection of character portraits, but also so we would always remember this wonderful, hand-made dress, so lovingly made, even after it no longer fit.
Tuesday, February 14, 2017
A few days ago the world was white. I went for a walk in our local little park, Squaw Valley. I found some little tracks on the trail and followed them to this magical little spot where the branches arched over, making a tunnel.
Saturday, December 10, 2016
Sunday, December 4, 2016
The paths at Bodega Head are sandy, cut between many varieties of wildflowers and succulents. including ice plant, which has been a favorite of mine since I first saw them on the California coast in my childhood.
Thursday, December 1, 2016
I might not recommend you take your four-year-old to Bodega Head, as it is a long way down, and there are no safety measures. But frankly, that's part of the reason I like it there. It's just a path set on cliffs, and with that comes a sense of adventure and dangerous beauty. That, however, could be a little too dangerous for small children, so I recommend hand-holding at all times. Grandpa did that for me, so I could take photographs, and Wyle was so good. We explained the danger of falling off a cliff, and so she took it very seriously.