orange

It’s horrible nasty slushy weather out there today so I thought a touch of bright orange would help my mood. Here’s a round up of my favorite photos from this fall, and luckily they all had a touch of orange in them. I miss Autumn weather already!

Photo Oct 04, 2 41 20 PM

Nov 02, sunset

Photo Oct 29, 5 22 07 PM

Photo Oct 20, 5 20 23 PM

Photo Oct 06, 11 54 44 AM

goodbye summer, you were fabulous

I’ve been meaning to share a few of my favorite photos from this summer, and well, ugh. I started going through all of the images I took over the last few months, and then I got overwhelmed by the sheer number of them and kind of gave up. My photo “filing” system is incredibly bad. Like every couple of months I tend to dump everything from my iPhone into a folder on my computer and call it good. I have some stuff copied over three or four times, and some things I seem to have lost completely. I need a better way but eh, organizing photos is so boring and I’d rather just go take more pictures.

Anyway! We had a very busy summer, with Josh going away with friends for a week, and then with his grandmother for a week, and then we all went to Florida for another week. Then there were all of the small weekend or day trips we tried to do, plus, you know, working at our actual jobs. I’m tired just thinking about it! Looking back through the images makes me smile though, so I hope you all like them.

daylily in Maine

Daylilies at my mother’s house in Maine.

pool

We spent ridiculous amounts of time at the pool. When he was home anyway!

spider macro

I’ve been trying to get 10,000 steps a day, every day. Taking photos on my walks keeps me wanting to go so I have A LOT of critter pics.

beach sunrise

I’m not generally one to get up in time for sunrise, but it was worth it in Daytona Beach Shores.

surfboard

I think everyone in Florida owns a surfboard. Right?

lighthouse stairs

Lighthouse stairs. Easier going down than up. Especially when it’s 95ish out. That’s temperature AND humidity. Ahem.

hard rock cafe

Humongous touch screen at the Hard Rock Cafe in Orlando.

Ferris wheel

Ferris wheel at the Marshfield fair. Probably my favorite summer picture ever.

I hope your summer was as fabulous as ours was. Now on to my favorite season, Autumn! (We won’t speak of what comes after that.)

macro

I had a new obsession this summer, fueled by a birthday/mother’s day present I bought myself with some cash that unexpectedly showed up in the mail – an adorable little 3-in-1 lens called an Olloclip* that attaches to my iPhone. One lens is a wide angle, one is a fish-eye, and most importantly (to me!) the third is a macro. If you’re not familiar with macro photography, it’s basically an extreme close-up on a subject, making it larger in the photo than it is in real life.

Sounds easy! Um. No not so much! As I quickly discovered.

There is definitely a learning curve to taking decent macros.

First, you have to be extremely still. Even the slightest movement, like say breathing, will cause major blurriness.

You also need really great light and you have to get extremely close to the subject. Objects in camera are much closer than they appear! Insects don’t like this very much. Okay, at all.

I have many many photos of things that I thought were going to be great shots as I took them but when I went back to edit the images they were often blurry and/or out of focus. The worst are those perfectly composed frames that are ever so slightly out of focus. Just a hair closer and it would have been perfect. Arghhh!

My persistence paid off though, and I managed to get some fairly nice images. Here are a few of my favorites. (Which you’ve probably seen before if we’re friends on Instagram or FB, sorry!)

 

leaf macro

I think that’s me in the reflection.

moss spore macro

In case you’re wondering, those are moss spores. Really.

dragonfly macro

I took this while standing on a sidewalk for many minutes with cars whizzing by me. I’m certain they were wondering what the heck I was doing. I’ve named this dragonfly Patience, as she was very patient letting me take her photo.**

flower macro

I guess I should have titled this post “Green” eh?

Have you tried taking macro photos? I’m going to try to get a single snowflake this winter, but I’m not sure it’s possible. Any other suggestions?

*Not even a little bit sponsored. Unless you count my mother-in-law who gave me the money I used to buy it!

**I’m just pretending she’s a she because the name fits. I wouldn’t know how to tell otherwise.

purple

I’m pretty swamped with work this summer but when I have time to spare to take a walk, I’m kind of obsessed with taking photos of flowers. It’s just that time of year, if I don’t do it while everything is blooming now, I’ll totally regret it come January! I’ve been trying to post about one photo a day on somewhere social media just because it makes me happy when I look at my own profile pages and see them. Yeah, dork, whatever.

Here’s a selection of purple images I’ve taken over the last couple of months, I hope they make you happy too. 🙂

chives

Chives.

iris

Iris close up.

iris 2

Same iris.

echinacea

Purple coneflower, also known as echinacea.

lilac

Lilacs.

In case you’re wondering, these were all shot with my iPhone and edited in the Camera+ app.

 

through the wires

Little League is finally over. We lost in the 2nd round of playoffs on Saturday, and while I’m a little sad it’s over I’m also all “Woohoo, our weekends are freeeee!!”

Every Winter when we’re holed up in our house avoiding the cold and snow, we look forward to all the things we can do when it’s Spring again. And every Winter I forget that Spring means baseball. Our lives are not our own during baseball season. There are two or three games a week, including every single Saturday, plus practices squeezed in when we can. UGGHHHH. We love it AND we hate it.

I have a serious case of bleacher butt and I think I’m going blind from looking through wire mesh so often. I don’t even recognize my own kid without a gray metal X crossing his face.

In the first round of the playoffs last Tuesday, Josh had both a great catch at 3rd base and his best hit of the season. We were down 2 players but we still managed to beat the 5th place team.

Well, just before he made the great catch, Josh was hit by a line drive in his right foot. He shook it off and kept on playing.Turns out, it hurt like hell and he never said anything because he knew if he didn’t keep playing they would have to forfeit the game. He’s right, they would have only had 7 players and would not have been allowed to keep going.

I can’t even with THIS KID. If that had been me, I would have been writhing on the ground calling for a whaaaambulance!! But he never complains. I don’t understand.

Anyway, he mentioned the foot a few times during the week but it never seemed THAT bad and wanted to keep playing. Okay. Well, by the end of the day Saturday it was feeling pretty awful. By the end of the day Sunday it was swollen and he was hopping on one foot. Off we went to urgent care and while the x-ray came back clean he has to use a boot and crutches for the next few days so the sprain has time to heal. His field trip to the Science Museum tomorrow should be super fun! Is it wrong that I’m secretly glad that I can’t be a chaperone this time? Forget I said that.

So all that for the love of baseball. If he can do that, I’ll sit and look through a wire fence all day, any day for him.

Photo Apr 19, 5 26 06 PM

Photo Jun 04, 5 38 32 PM

Photo May 04, 8 00 52 AM

Photo May 04, 7 55 33 AM

As long as I can take pictures while I’m there!

 

You know you need winter to end when…

You pine for the pool every time you drive by it – at least 4 times a day.

The amount of static in your hair/clothes/cat actually might electrocute you.

There is a constant coat of sand and salt on your lovely hardwood.

You gain back 8 pounds and you’re desperate to start running again. But damn it’s sooo cold!

All of your photos start to look alike – and not on purpose. There is nothing else to shoot.

Photo Jan 31, 10 53 42 AM

Photo Jan 16, 7 42 29 AM

Photo Feb 15, 8 15 09 AM

Photo Feb 18, 6 00 42 PM

Photo Jan 29, 7 44 46 PM

I think I’ve reached my limit of pics of bare trees for one year. All of my other recent photos are of the boy or the cat. Yeah, I’m ready for spring.

Did you hear we’re supposed to get another snowstorm again this weekend? *headdesk* I miss green grass and daisies!

 

a year in photos

I don’t really do those typical year end wrap-up posts, of course because I don’t really blog enough to bother! Since photography has become kind of a favorite thing for me lately, I thought I’d share a few iPhone photos that I never got around to posting here before. Btw, I stopped posting on Instagram and I’ve gone back to Flickr – come find me there!

frosty

cherry tree 2

fairy tree

escalator

moss pic

sunshine

funky flower

border bridge

cherry tree

Happy New Year friends, I wish you all the best!

there are no words

I’ve spent the last few days trying to think of the right thing to say.

I just can’t.

Wishing you all peace.

xo

summer of fabulous

I can’t believe summer is almost over and school starts next week. Noooo!!

Honestly, I’m not normally a huge fan of summer, since I kinda really hate the heat. I’m really more of a fall person, but I absolutely loved these past few months.

A couple of days ago, out of the blue, Josh told me that this was his best summer ever.

He said was the perfect mix of play dates with friends, going to camp, swimming, spending time away from home without us, and staying home and hanging out with us.

With my job in a lull since the end of June and Damon able to take a little time off here and there we actually got to DO things together.

I’ll probably never have another summer off from work again so I tried to make the most of it. We went to the beach, the Science Museum, a couple of fairs, and a parade. Then there were trips to the farmer’s market, picking strawberries, and visits with friends and family.

We played board games, and Legos, and football.

Josh and I spent ridiculous amounts of time at the pool. I even got some Sunday naps with my cat while the boys went biking!

I learned how to RUN and lost 35 36 pounds. No really.

Josh learned how to play chess and swim like a fish.

We enjoyed every single minute. (Even the 5am runs.)

I think it was MY best summer ever too.

 

New York City, in photos

Here are some of my favorite photos I took while I was in New York for BlogHer last week. It was so hard to choose! All of these were taken with my iphone.

Amtrak baby. So much better than flying.

I have a thing for taxi pics. I took a lot of them. I can’t explain it.

You know I couldn’t go to NYC without getting at least one shot of a manhole cover right?

I loved Central Park. I desperately want to go back and spend more time wandering there.

I pretty much want to go back and wander everywhere.

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