Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Autumn Hike

 The leaves have all fallen here in Pennsylvania, but technically it is still autumn.  I took these on a hike a few weeks ago, when the weather was a little warmer and the afternoons were golden.  Truly, I like that part of autumn.  I'm still learning to like this part, when everyday you look to make sure it hasn't snowed, and you walk outside and then right back in again to get mittens and a hat.

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving here in America and I want to wish all of you a lovely holiday.  Even if you are visiting the blog from abroad, I hope your life is filled with things to be thankful for.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

2016 Wall Calendar

I'm so excited to share my new calendar with you.  It's the first I have ever made.  I worked with a printer here in Pittsburgh to make it a reality, and I'm so pleased with how they came out.

This limited edition calendar (only 40 made) was inspired by the joy we can find in nature's pleasures.  Here are the details:

Dimensions - 11x18

Seven pages, perforated at the top so you can tear them off and save them.

Hand-numbered (by me) on the front.

Includes two metal grommets at the top so you can hang it on your wall.

It's available in my shop and you can pick one up in person this weekend at the Wings and Wildlife Art Show at the National Aviary here in Pittsburgh.  I'll be by the penguins!

Thursday, October 29, 2015

McLeod Plantation

In June I visited McLeod Plantation in South Carolina with my daughter and my mother.  It is newly opened, and it is the first plantation I have been to where the majority of the narrative was about the Africans who had been enslaved there.  We had a really fantastic tour, and enjoyed a picnic lunch on the lovely grounds.  I'm afraid I didn't get the best pictures, since it was midday, but I think you  can get the idea from this single shot what a stunning place it was to spend a day.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Clouds and Lines

I found this image while rooting through some old files and I loved the simplicity of it.   You can find it in my shop

Monday, October 19, 2015

Wings and Wildlife Show

Hello everyone!  I am excited to announce that I have been chosen as one of the artists for the Wings and Wildlife Art Show at the National Aviary here in Pittsburgh.  If you are feeling fancy, join the artists (and the birds) for the opening black tie soiree on November 6th.  Ticket sales benefit the aviary, and you'll have the chance to bid on one of my works during the silent auction.  You can get your tickets here.

My work will also be available during the marketplace, November 7 and 8, with admission to the aviary.  I can't think of a more fun place to exhibit, so come on by!

Friday, October 16, 2015

Scenic Overlook

On our way back from Cacapon we traveled lots of curvy roads through the hills of the Laurel Highlands, stopping often to enjoy the beautiful views.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Raindrops on Leaves and Pods

We did get a good bit of rain on our vacation, but it just made everything that much prettier.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Cacapon State Park Summer Vacation

We spent another summer vacation with Grandpa at Cacapon State Park in West Virginia.  We had such a great time there last summer that we decided to do it again.  There were lovely late sunsets behind the mountains, lots of fishing, and more hiking this year since Wyle was up for longer walks.  We did the Tower Trail which led to, you might not be surprised to hear, a water tower.  We picked blueberries on the way back to the cabin, a surprise and a delight.  

Even though we went a little later this year, the water was colder than last year.  So we didn't do much swimming, but we watched everyone else, wondering how they weren't hypothermic.

I am not sure what this structure is in the woods there, but it was fun to explore.  West Virginia has some wonderful state parks and I highly encourage you to visit them.  We really enjoyed our second summer there.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Beam of Light on Brick Building

This old brick building stands at the beginning of a bike trail we enjoyed this summer.  When we finished our ride, the sun was high overhead and made this beam of light right to the door.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Morning Has Broken

While in South Carolina this summer, I woke up early and just drove around Moncks Corner, on streets I had never been on, despite growing up there.  I rounded a bend and this was what I saw.  It's so crazy to think what we sometimes miss in our own backyards.  And this proves you don't need to go somewhere exotic to see true beauty.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Curious Crow

I love my backyard birds, including the crows.  They are actually interested in what we do around the yard.  I took this while on a picnic with my daughter in the grass on a lovely summer day.  There were three crows in and near this tree (a favorite of mine).  They were watching us, and talking to each other (or us?) for at least a half hour before they flew off.  Corvids are just so smart, anyway, but it is more than that.  They are truly curious and observant.  They don't just react, like the songbirds, flitting here and there when you get too close.  These crows, they watch you.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Aqua Door

I spotted this aqua door (my favorite color!) on my backroad travels this summer.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Wyle With Eggs and Nest

It's rare that my child wants to cooperate for a photoshoot, but I have realized I have to make it fun for her.  This time she got to play with a bird's nest and little eggs I normally keep on my dresser (and that she usually can't touch).  She was sincerely delighted and that is really the thing that makes this photo work.

Saturday, September 12, 2015


I know it looks like I oversharpened this image, but it is just the sun shining off the texture of the frog's back.  I watched and waited to snap this until he was puffing out his chest, and I loved all the ripples the water made as he did that.

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.