Saturday, November 16, 2013
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Now that it has snowed here (an inch or two, today), I am finally getting around to showing you some autumn photos! I'm sorry I am so far behind but that is just how life is now. In fact, these are photos I took LAST YEAR that I am just now getting around to processing. That's right. I'm more than a whole year behind. I hate when my files stack up like this, but it is more important to get out and shoot and let the files languish on my hard drive than to not shoot and feel all caught up. I am definitely pickier about what and when I shoot since my time is so limited, but even still, it is hard to keep up. The ratio of shooting to processing time is quite vast. I don't know if everyone realizes that. To shoot digitally means that you can take hundreds of photos in minutes, and that can take hours to sort through.
Anyway, here is Pittsburgh in her autumn glory, if a little late. I am glad I did go out and take these last year because a lot of rain really battered the pretty leaves from the trees this year and I spent a lot of time saddened that the foliage had thinned out so quickly this year.
Friday, November 8, 2013
Here is one last peek of Beechwood Farms in late September. I found this little sunny spot while I was walking with Wyle. It was late afternoon and the sun was just lighting up this one little patch of grass while everything around it was descending into shadow. I loved it, and the little white flowers in the background. Which do you like better, the horizontal or the vertical? I can't decide.
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
It is somehow November already. But we need to go back and revisit September for just a moment. It was truly beautiful. As a kid, I remember my mom being allergic to Goldenrod, and as a result, I just hated it. But many years removed from that, I have to say I now find it beautiful. Which is good, because Pittsburgh is covered in it in the late summer and early fall. There is a field of it at Beechwood Farms, where I love to go and take photos, though you can't get a feel for just how vast it is from these pictures. It is like a sea of gold, and the bees just buzz from bloom to bloom, forming a collective cloud of activity that hovers just above the plants. It's so pretty, and so alive. I tried to get a few shots of the bees, but Wyle, who was in the backpack, did not want to sit still, so those didn't work out. But I hope you get an idea of just how lovely it was. Amid the goldenrod there are tangles of other wildflowers, like in the first shot, making pretty vignettes that break up all the gold.
Monday, November 4, 2013
Thursday, October 31, 2013
I had the pleasure yesterday of guest posting on The Pittsburgh Mommy Blog. I wrote about something that has been bothering me for some time - how my child will grow up so differently here in Pittsburgh than from how I did in small-town South Carolina. Writing this piece helped me to see that it's not a bad thing, and, that in fact, there are just as many positives that I can focus on as Wyle grows up. I want to thank Nadine for the opportunity!
Anyway, I hope you all are having a great week, and of course, a great Halloween tonight! Have fun and stay safe!
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Towards the end of our vacation at Lake Champlain, we decided to drive up and visit Ausable Chasm. We had looked at brochures for it and were not quite sure it was worth one of our days, but I am so glad we went. As you can see, it was really amazing. This privately-owned attraction has several different options for hiking and rafting through the beautiful natural formations. We hiked a three-mile trail, that hugged the chasm walls and gave us amazing views. It was one of those days were it is sunny one minute, and quite cloudy the next, but it didn't rain on us, and the clouds at least relieved us from the heat a little. We were a sweaty mess by the time we finished the trail and returned to the visitor's center, so I'll spare you the family photos of us.. I think next to riding the ferry back and forth across Lake Champlain, this was my favorite part of our vacation. We took the baby in the backpack and I think she enjoyed the scenery, too. The admission price is a little steep, but I think it is well worth it if you plan to make a day of it at Ausable Chasm. We later learned that heavy rains have twice flooded the place, ripping down walkways and bridges and since it is a private enterprise, you know that your money is going towards maintaining the immaculate trails and facilities.