Monday, October 31, 2011


Happy Halloween, everyone!  I'm so excited that next year I will have my own little pumpkin to dress up and take trick-or-treating!  I thought today I'd share these vultures I stumbled upon while walking a trail at Cypress Gardens in South Carolina a while back.  There was a huge group of them, on the ground and sunning in the trees.  I admit they aren't very spooky in the bright blue sunlight, but boy were they large in person!  Have a great night, everyone!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Phipps Conservatory

Saturday the weather was glorious here in Pittsburgh, so we decided to go out and do something fun.  We had never been to the Phipps Conservatory, but had always wanted to go.  It was the perfect outing for such a pretty day.  There are rooms upon rooms inside the conservatory, with different themes such as desert plants, Amazonian plants, and fall color.  Here are some photos of my favorites.  I'll be back in a few days with some detail shots of the beautiful flowers.

Monday, October 17, 2011

I'm Pregnant!

Happy Monday, everyone!  Well, if you have been wondering why I have been posting so infrequently here,  I have a good excuse!  Not only did we move halfway across the country a few short months ago, but I am pregnant to boot!  My sweet friend Bonnie finally took a photo of me, since I have had a time trying to find my tripod in all the boxes!  Today I am 28 weeks along, and believe me, that sweater is making my bump look smaller than it is.  I can't imagine getting any bigger, but I still have 2 1/2 months to go, so I am sure I am in for it.  I am having a girl, and we are naming her Wyle Katherine.  My grandpa is the best example of a human being that I know, so we used part of his name and then also part of my husband's grandmother's name.  I think it has a nice ring to it. 

Needless to say, I am slowing down around here considerably.  I am not out taking a lot of photos, I'm afraid, and neither am I spending much time in front of the computer doing any photo-related tasks.  I confess both activities are a bit uncomfortable, so forgive me for the lack of content around here.  I am looking forward to when Wyle arrives, and we are able to go around together getting great photos, but that will have to wait until next year.  Until then, I'll try and share some photos from the archives when I am up to it.  I also am not reading anyone elses' blogs very often, so forgive me for not keeping up with you all.  Leave me comments so I know how you are all doing!

Until the next time, take care!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Autumn Trees

I haven't been getting out too much lately, but I did look up while putting out the garbage earlier this week and saw how pretty the trees looked against the sky.  The tips of all the leaves seemed to fade into the white, and I liked the effect.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Fiery Mums

Hello everyone!  Sorry to be away for a few extra days but we've been working on the house some more.  With the help of my mother-in-law, we have painted my studio, finally, and my husband assembled the wardrobe that houses all my crafty stuff.  We'll unpack about a million more boxes this week, into that wardrobe, and hopefully things will settle down a little around here.

Aren't these mums gorgeous?  A sweet friend brought them by and they just look like they are on fire in the golden afternoon sun. 

Monday, October 3, 2011

NEW IN SHOP: Leaving Wyoming

I have enjoyed doing self portraits the last year or two, just here and there, and this is one of my favorites.  I took this just outside my front door in Wyoming, just a few weeks before we moved.  It is so simple in composition, but it speaks volumes, to me anyway.  I wanted to convey a sense of place, with the snow and the boots, though really this could have been almost anywhere.  I wanted to take a photo to mark our leaving, hence the suitcase.  That seemed to be about all it needed, to me, and even though I took this six months ago, it still fills me with that sense of simultaneous sadness and anticipation that I was feeling.

"Leaving Wyoming" is now available in my shop, in any size print.