Autumn in Oz

Autumn in Oz

“I shall take the heart. For brains do not make one happy, and happiness is the best thing in the world.”
― L. Frank Baum, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

In September, my husband, Randy, and I traveled to Beech Mountain, North Carolina, to visit the Land of Oz.  We were there for an annual event, called 

Thankful Reflection

Thankful Reflection

“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

It is difficult for me to believe that I have let more than a month pass without posting here on my blog. I have had every intention of

USC Football Game

USC Football Game

“Keep your eye off the ball. Ninety percent of what’s important happens away from the focus of attention.”
― Gregg Easterbrook, The Game’s Not Over: In Defense of Football

This past weekend was Parents Weekend at the University of South Carolina.  This was our third year attending Parents Weekend.  The time since my son has started college has gone by in a blink.  It amazes me that next year will be his last year as a college student at USC.  Randy and I  had a joyous time spending the weekend with my son, Jeremy, his girlfriend, Abi, and Abi’s father, Dan.

One of the big events during Parents weekend is the football game.  The weather that morning

Puppy Love

Puppy Love

“Happiness is a warm puppy.”
― Charles M. Schulz

This weekend I had the amazing opportunity to spend time with wonderful,  adorable, warm puppies.  I have been following their story since before they were born.

A friend and former coworker, Jenna, is

Linville Falls Winery

Linville Falls Winery

“The Mad Hatter: “Would you like some wine?”
Alice: “Yes…”
The Mad Hatter: “We haven’t any and you’re too young.”
― Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

Last weekend, my dear friend, Jennifer, asked if I would like to join her for the Grape Stomp at Linville Falls Winery.  A vision

Wood

Wood

“Consider this your permission to indulge that inner anarchist. Stop following the path you ought to take; follow instead the one you long to take.”
― David duChemin, VisionMongers: Making a Life and a Living in Photography

I am so grateful that I was able to travel during the summer.  My destinations included Yellowstone, Grand Teton National Park, and the surrounding area.  This trip was during my last week of summer break.  Since it was at the end of the summer, I am just now getting the chance to dive into the images that I took there.

I find that images look different

Fall is Coming!

Fall is Coming!

“Autumn seemed to arrive suddenly that year. The morning of the first September was crisp and golden as an apple.”
― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Although it is not yet autumn, there were signs of the coming season everywhere this past weekend in the North Carolina mountains.  The temperatures were shifting from one season to another.  Sweaters and jackets that had been packed away and forgotten were suddenly a necessity.

My husband, Randy, and I were on our way to an event in 

Driving Home Past Flowers

Driving Home Past Flowers

“If you love a flower, don’t pick it up.
Because if you pick it up it dies and it ceases to be what you love.
So if you love a flower, let it be.
Love is not about possession.
Love is about appreciation.”
― Osho

This weekend was a weekend of transition.  The temperature became cooler and I could feel the world starting to make its transition from one season to the next.  I, personally, was working to make my

Chasing Light at Carowinds

Chasing Light at Carowinds

“And when you see light like this, trust me, it’s like a strawberry sundae with sprinkles.”
― Joe McNally, The Moment It Clicks: Photography Secrets from One of the World’s Top Shooters

The theme park, Carowinds, has been a special place for me since childhood.  While a young child, I couldn’t wait for my parents to take me to Carowinds for a day of adventure.  As an older child (sixteen), I began my first job there.  It was an amazing place to work as a teenager.  I worked for several seasons and made friendships that last to this day.  Now,