The Rose Garden

The Rose Garden

“We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorns have roses.”
― Alphonse Karr

One of the things that I have enjoyed most during the past two months is walking throughout my neighborhood.  I have made it a point to rise before the sun in order to get one walk in before my work day begins.  My dog, Maui, and my camera have been my companions for these walks.

There is an incredible,

Images Seventeen and Eighteen of 52

Images Seventeen and Eighteen of 52

“Those who wish to pet and baby wild animals “love” them. But those who respect their natures and wish to let them live normal lives, love them more.”

― Edwin Way Teale

When I read the challenge for week seventeen with the 52 Frames project was soft, I started brainstorming soft things that I might photograph.

It didn’t take me long to remember my husband telling me of the

Walking Through the Light

Walking Through the Light

“A painter should begin every canvas with a wash of black, because all things in nature are dark except where exposed by the light.”
― Leonardo da Vinci

I have spent a great deal of my time recently walking through the neighborhood with my camera.  Taking the same route each day helps me look more

Images Fourteen, Fifteen and Sixteen of 52

Images Fourteen, Fifteen and Sixteen of 52

“That which we persist in doing becomes easier to do, not that the nature of the thing has changed, but our power to do so is increased.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

My commitment to create one image per week for a year for the 52Frames project continues.

The challenge for image fourteen was curves.  I spent that week seeking out

Observing Spring

Observing Spring

“A world of grief and pain
Flowers bloom
Even then”
― Kobayashi Issa

Spring is one of my favorite times of the year to photograph.  There is so much color and beauty to be found during the spring.  In a typical spring, I will spend much of my time driving to gardens and other locations in

Our New Normal

Our New Normal

“At times the world may seem an unfriendly and sinister place, but believe that there is much more good in it than bad. All you have to do is look hard enough. and what might seem to be a series of unfortunate events may in fact be the first steps of a journey.”
― Lemony Snicket

A month ago I woke up about this time to get ready to go to work at the elementary school where I have been teaching for almost three decades.  That day seems

Nature’s Comfort

Nature’s Comfort

“The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quite alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be and that God wishes to see people happy, amidst the simple beauty of nature. As long as this exists, and it certainly always will, I know that then there will always be comfort for every sorrow, whatever the circumstances may be. And I firmly believe that nature brings solace in all troubles.”
― Anne Frank

Nature has always been my “happy place”.  For the past decade, I have spent most of my free time traveling to places near and far to experience and photograph nature.

During these unprecedented (in my geographic location and lifetime) times, I have continued to seek

It’s All a Blur

It’s All a Blur

“The world was not wheeling anymore. It was just very clear and bright and inclined to blur at the edges.”
― Ernest Hemingway

Many things are unrecognizable today.  My job as a first grade teacher has completely changed in location and delivery.  I have spent more time at home in the past month than I have in years!  As I work to make sense of this new normal,

Images Twelve and Thirteen of 52

Images Twelve and Thirteen of 52

“Friendship,” said Christopher Robin, “is a very comforting thing to have.”
― A.A. Milne

In these uncertain times, photography has helped whisk me to a place of peace and comfort.

Even with all  that has been going on in the world, I have managed to