Friday, July 7, 2017

Looking Down

I have been wanting to go to Kinzua State Park in Pennsylvania since I heard about it several years ago.  It's basically the remains of a railroad tressle that used to bridge the gorge.  It was destroyed in a tornado a few years back.  It was only partially rebuilt, as a way for people to walk out and look over the gorgeous landscape.  I had fun looking down, taking photos, just as autumn was hitting its stride.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Sunrise Paddleboarders at Isle of Palms

I just returned from a wonderful week at the Isle of Palms in South Carolina.  I grew up near here, but had never actually stayed at the beach overnight.  It was so nice to just roll out of bed, slide on some sandals and my camera pack to photograph the sunrise.  No getting up at 4 a.m. to drive an hour and probably forget something and get my car all sandy on the return.  Nope!  Island life is glorious.  

I, of course, took lots of sunrise images but these were my favorite.  When the beach was so empty, it felt like Mother Nature and the paddleboarders were putting on a show just for me.

Thursday, June 22, 2017


I just loved seeing these wild bluets dotting the open spaces under trees, popping up among the  moss at Keystone State Park during our trip this spring.  They are so tiny, so delicate, but it's amazing how much they change the landscape, cheering up even the most dreary of spring mornings with their presence.  When the sun did finally begin to shine, it lit up these pretty little flowers as in the first image.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Approaching Doran Beach

I somehow never shared this one from last summer's trip to the Pacific.  It's the path to Doran Beach, at Bodega Bay.  I love all the ice plant (I think that's what the reddish vegetation is) and the beach grasses against the blue sky.  I can feel the breeze on my face just by looking at this image.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Yosemite Forest

As I start to look ahead to this summer, I also spent some time looking back at the last one.  I found this late afternoon picture from Yosemite that I really liked.  

Monday, May 15, 2017

Dogwood Blooms

I have been wanting to add a dogwood bloom to the flower collection for some time now, and this year I made a concerted effort to go out and shoot them.  I took lots of photos of wild dogwoods (to come later) but this was my favorite shot, of a tree at my daughter's school.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

In the Driver's Seat

Cool girl alert!  W was having a blast playing in the driver's seat while I unloaded groceries the other day.  She is always uniquely herself, this day in cat ears and some ridiculous sunglasses that we got at an Easter egg hunt.  She thought she was pretty cool, too, with a big-girl seat belt and the seat pulled up so she could reach the steering wheel.  What a blessing it is that it's so easy to make her happy.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Shadyside At Night

I took this long exposure several years ago in Pittsburgh's Shadyside neighborhood, out of a car window if I can remember correctly.  I love how all the neon lights convey the energy of the neighborhood's night life.

You can find it here in my shop.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Spring Flowers

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, March 24, 2017

Sleeping Beauty

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

Squaw Valley Park in Snow


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.