Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Foggy Japanese Maples

No, it isn't fall yet.  These are some photos of the Japanese Maple in my parents' front yard.  Again, I took these with the lens all fogged up, but it was on purpose this time.  I really kept wiping it off and it kept fogging back up, hence the color in some and the lack of it in others.  I really like the effect.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

PA to SC Roadtrip - Finally in SC

It took three days and countless stops for fun and diaper changes, but we made it to Moncks Corner, S.C., where I am from and where my folks still live.  It was so nice to take the time to see the back roads and the treasures they hold.  It's not every trip that we can really savor the journey but I really hope we can do it more often and I urge you to, as well. 

This is the Tailrace Canal.  I took Wyle with me one morning to shoot.  She was in the stroller beside me, and gave me about 10 minutes before she had a nuclear meltdown, so my lens had not even had a chance to defog.  I know this photo looks like it is early in the morning, with beautiful mist, but I'd be a liar if I told you that tale.  Yep, that's what it looks like when your lens doesn't have time to adjust to the heat and humidity of a typical southern summer day.  All the years I lived in South Carolina I tried to avoid this, but maybe I have chilled out a little with age?  I think it's kinda pretty this way, even if it was an accident.

Monday, August 13, 2012

PA to SC Roadtrip - Oreo Visit

After we passed through Winchester, we stopped at the home of some friends in Leesburg, VA to visit some puppies.  Oreo, one of the wire-haired fox terriers my mom bred, was had just birthed her own first little of puppies.  Since we were passing so close on our road trip, we decided to stop and visit.  I wish I had taken photos of them; they were so cute!  But I was having too much fun showing Wyle the puppies.  It was so nice to see Oreo again and to know she was in such good hands and so were her pups.

Friday, August 10, 2012


I had fun messing around with these photos from the last post while Wyle was napping one day. 

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

PA to SC Roadtrip - Winchester, VA

Our road trip took us right through the heart of beautiful Winchester, VA.  This town appeared to be thriving, as most downtown buildings were filled with shops and offices, and even the oldest were well-kempt.  The sidewalks were clean and there were pretty planters everywhere.  The streets were lined with trees and shaded not only the businesses but also amazing homes like the Victorian house pictured above.  All these things gave the town such a warm, homey feel, and truly I hope to return one day to explore further.

Mom fed Wyle while I walked the streets for a few minutes, taking these photos.  Then we drove around and around until we figured out how to stop next to an ice cream shop we saw, but upon closer inspection, it was closed.  That was too bad for us, but we needed to move on to meet some friends later in the day, so we left Winchester behind us and headed for Leesburg.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

PA to SC Road Trip - Wooded Hills

The next day on our road trip, we left the wooded hills of West Virginia behind.