Friday, September 30, 2011


I've been seeing this neighbor lately.  He used to feed in the back yard until we put the fence up.  After that, it was weeks before I saw him again, but now he takes his lunch in the neighbor's yard.  Smart fellow, that groundhog.

Monday, September 26, 2011

NEW IN SHOP: Season of Apples

"Apple Blossoms"

"Ripening Apple"

"Autumn Apples"

"Apple Harvest"

It is officially fall and I can feel it in the air.  The leaves are beginning to yellow and the mornings are crisp and cool.  That means apple season is nearly here!  When I had my own apple trees at our last home, this was one of my favorite times of year.  I had so much fun afternoon after afternoon photographing these trees, which produced the most delicious little apples.  When I was done every day with the camera, I would collect all the ones that had fallen to freeze and can them, and I made about every apple recipe I had on hand.  There is something really special about the urgency of a harvest, in making sure none of nature's bounty goes to waste.  I hope one day we will again have fruit trees of our own so we can experience this all over again. 

To celebrate the season, I am now offering these four prints in my shop that show these pretty little apples from blossom to harvest.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Beechwood Farms Flowers

Happy Monday morning, everyone!  I hope the weekend treated you well.  We had a lovely overnight visit from an uncle, though my poor husband had to work both days this weekend.  I suppose that is the price you sometimes pay for freeing yourself from a desk job. 

Last Friday I met up with a friend and her (almost) three-year-old for a nature hike at Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve, which also serves as the headquarters for the Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania.  There are five miles of hiking trails that are bushwhacked through the six-foot-tall flowering bushes and the neighboring woods.  I was eye-level with these pretty wildflowers when I took this shot.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Missing Apple Trees

I sure do miss the apple trees we had in our backyard in Wyoming this time of year.  I spent day after day photographing them last year, and then weeks making every sort of apple recipe you can think of.  I suspect the dogs miss them too...they loved to snack on the ones I didn't pick up off the ground.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Reworked: Wind River Mountains

Here is another attempt at some alternative processing for a less-than-stellar photo.  The original is below:

Saturday, September 10, 2011

River View Alternative Processing

I have been trying to work out a way to digitally process my second-rate photos so as to salvage them.  Sometimes composition can be great, but there is nothing minor you can do to fix flat lighting, even in Photoshop.  This image is a good example (see original in previous post), and I spent yesterday working and reworking this image.  I came up with two versions that I liked, both heavily reworked in Photoshop.  I like them both for very different reasons.  Do you like the look of either of these? 

Friday, September 9, 2011

River View

Here's another shot from our day at the Allegheny National Forest.  I'm not sure what river this is, but it was pretty even in the overcast conditions. 

I can't believe it is Friday already.  I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Allegheny National Forest

Despite the constant drizzle this weekend, Bri and I decided that we must get out of the house. We had been putting off a trip to check out the Allegheny National Forest for weeks now, waiting for perfect weather or to get things checked off our to-do lists. Yesterday, we took advantage of the holiday to finally just go.

It was beautiful.  The rain just made everything look even more lush.  I was hoping the rain would also chase away any other visitors, but the area was not as secluded as I had hoped.  We did, however, discover lots of cute little towns that dotted the forest that we will have to return to explore more thoroughly.

Still, the fresh air and gentle rain were just the refresher Bri and I needed after so many weeks of doing doing doing.  I can't wait to go back.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

The Shop Is Open

I just wanted to drop by the blog today and let you know I have reopened my shop!  I'm so excited to be back in business that I am offering free shipping anywhere in the world for a week, on 8x12 prints and smaller sizes.  Just use the coupon code "REOPEN2011" upon checkout!  The final day to use the coupon code will be September 10th.

Thursday, September 1, 2011


Every time it rains here, pretty little mushrooms pop up all over the yard.