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Saturday, August 8, 2015

Those Summer Nights

A birthday tradition started last year: going to the local interactive fountain for my oldest daughter's birthday.  Unfortunately, both last year and this year were unseasonably chilly the evenings we went, but the girls insisted on staying despite their shivers and chattering teeth.

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Thursday, July 30, 2015

I miss doing landscape photography.  When I first started taking photography classes, back when everyone was still shooting film (which still feels like only a few years ago to me), I never wanted to photograph people.  My peace was found in capture the beauty that God had created all around me.  Photographing people was stressful, because people move, and the younger the people, the more they moved.  Now that I am a mother, most of my pictures are of my children.  They do move, all the time, and it can be stressful because I have perfectionist tendencies and ideas of the "perfect picture" that I want to capture.  It is best when I just let them play and capture them while they are doing their own thing, when I choose not to worry about the best portrait.  Those pictures often end up being better than the portraits I attempt to take, but I still try to capture "nice shots of everyone smiling and looking at the camera."  I must enjoy suffering.  Still, I think landscapes will always be my peace.

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Saturday, July 25, 2015

My neighbor coordinated a really wonderful block party, which included a firework display.  I didn't get a chance to take pictures of the Fourth of July, so I went ahead and tried my hand during the neighborhood display.

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Saturday, May 16, 2015

Flower Picking

My family went flower picking for our first time. Not only did we come home with some beautiful tulips, but we had the opportunity to take some pictures.

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Cooper's Hawk

A few weeks ago, the girls and I saw a hawk in a tree just in front of the house.  I tried to get a picture of it, but apparently the mighty hawk is a bit camera shy.  I had barely raised the camera to my eye when it took flight.  Sadly, I was not able to get my camera settings correct before the hawk was gone.  Last week, my second oldest went out front to play, and the she quickly came scampering back into the house to breathlessly tell me that the hawk was back.  I snatched my camera off the table, asked the girls to stay in the house and watch their brother while I tried to snap a few pictures.  Since I remember how shy the hawk is, I took the pictures through the branches of some trees that were by my house.  After looking at the pictures, we discovered our local hawk is a Cooper's Hawk.

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Hurray! Snow!

We finally got a really good snow.  Well, we had a decent one before, but last weekend we got about 10 inches!!  It was all powdery, so not good for fort or snowman building, but great for sledding.  Since it happened on the weekend, my husband was home.  I was able to escape the house and go for a snowy walk all by myself, which of course meant I brought along my camera, and this is what I got.  I wish it had been a wetter snow, as they tend to be a bit more picturesque, but you can see how hard it was snowing from these.

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Sunday, February 22, 2015

Quick Post

Just a quick post to show you what's been keeping me busy.

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Aren't they cute?  What a good way to keep busy.