Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Lake Michigan in Grey



And sometimes they were grey.  It all depended on the cloud conditions and the direction you were looking.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Lovely Lake Michigan


Lake Michigan has many faces, and even in the course of a few hours she turned from lovely to angry and back again.  Here she is, looking pleasant.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Among the Water Lilies



While on vacation in Michigan, Brian's parents offered to babysit so we could take a morning fishing trip.  There was a lot of fishing and not a lot of catching, but we still had a great time enjoying a quiet morning on this pretty little pond at Baroda Township Park.  The dark clouds kept rolling through, but the sun kept peeking out and thoughtful Mother Nature waited until we were back in the truck before she decided to rain.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Oh, How I Love Hydrangeas


Hydrangeas evoke such a strong sense of place and time for me, pulling me back to my early childhood where the days seemed endless and everything seemed so much larger than life.  A row of hydrangeas ran across the side of our yard, always fully in bloom and dotted with butterflies in my mind.  I have long aspired to take a photo that really captured just how dear they are to me and finally, after many tries, I think I have one.  On a day when the sun was in full force, these lit from the back diffused the light into an image that my memory deems worthy.  Thanks to my sister-in-law for pointing out her beautiful hydrangeas hidden by the side of her house!  I hope one day the sight of hydrangeas will recall beautiful memories for you, too.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Cacapon State Park - Mountaintops and Waterfalls




I can't express how much joy I felt just being around this beautiful scenery all week.  Clearly we need to make getting outdoors a priority.  I feel like at home we do the best we can, frequenting the creek and the nature trails near our home, but I think what we need is to bring back camping to our life.  Wyle was probably ready last summer, but we weren't!  But, I think we've gotten enough rest over the past year that we can try this sort of adventure (and handle being up all night if it doesn't go so smoothly at first).

The first photo is at the lookout over Cacapon Mountain.  I was in love with the lushness of it all, particularly those ferns that carpeted the ground.  The second was an afternoon shot on one of the trails.  The last shot was of a waterfall from atop the little lake in the park.  You can see how shallow the water is at the top.  We spent a few hours trying to catch the trout we saw swimming around there.  They did not want to be caught, however, so we caught a mess of bluegill instead.  What a cool fishing spot.  I am so ready to head back!