900 Days of School:  Play

900 Days of School: Play

“Play is the highest form of research.”
― Albert Einstein

One of my favorite times of each school day is recess.

As the demands of the academic program have become more and more rigorous for first graders during my tenure, recess is one thing that has remained constant.  Recess is a time when kids can be kids.  I am always so amazed at the abundance of energy that

Almost Spring

Almost Spring

“I love spring anywhere, but if I could choose I would always greet it in a garden. ”

-Ruth Stout

Although the calendar does not show that it is spring, signs of spring are all bursting forth where I live in the Carolinas.  Daffodils are breaking through the surface of the soil, pink blossoms are covering the trees, and 

900 Days of School:  Winter and Spring Holidays

900 Days of School: Winter and Spring Holidays

“I like to compare the holiday season with the way a child listens to a favorite story. The pleasure is in the familiar way the story begins, the anticipation of familiar turns it takes, the familiar moments of suspense, and the familiar climax and ending.”
― Fred Rogers

Holiday celebrations are such a big part of first grade.  It seems there is

900 Days of School:  The Dollhouse (Composite 30)

900 Days of School: The Dollhouse (Composite 30)


“You can’t crawl back in the dollhouse–
You’ve gotten too
big to
get in.
You’ve got to live here
Like the rest of us do.
You’ve got to walk roads
That are winding and new.
But oh, I wish I could
Crawl back with you
Into the dollhouse again.”
― Shel Silverstein

The dollhouse has been in my classroom for years now.  It is a favorite choice for my students when we have indoor recess.  It has seen many hands and has lost a door and pieces of furniture along the way.  The lack of perfection doesn’t deter the students from selecting the dollhouse as a place to spend quality time.

I thought the dollhouse would be an important picture to include in my project 900 Days of School in which I 

The Island Called, So We Went

The Island Called, So We Went

“It always rains on tents. Rainstorms will travel thousands of miles, against prevailing winds for the opportunity to rain on a tent.”
― Dave Barry

Two years ago, during the winter, I took a huge leap (for me) and joined some great friends and fellow photographers on a weekend primitive camping trip to Capers Island.  That weekend turned out to be one of the best experiences of my life.  I wrote a post about that trip upon my return.  If you would like to read about it, you can do that here.

Last year, I was greatly anticipating joining the same group to spend another weekend on the island.  Unfortunately, 

No Regrets

No Regrets

“We should all start to live before we get too old. Fear is stupid. So are regrets.”
― Marilyn Monroe

Last night, as the lunar eclipse show began, I sat working at my computer.  I had a list of reasons why I was not planning to photograph the eclipse.  These reasons included:

  1.  I don’t really have the skills to capture the eclipse.
  2. I don’t have the right kind of equipment to capture the eclipse.
  3. I am exceptionally tired from the weekend.
  4. It is cold outside…really cold.

But…

Not Skiing at Snowshoe

Not Skiing at Snowshoe

“Skiing combines outdoor fun with knocking down trees with your face.”
― Dave Barry

This past weekend, my family and I finally went on a ski weekend that we have tried unsuccessfully for one reason or another to take for the past three years.  This year, it finally worked out.  We packed the car Friday, after work, and headed to Snowshoe Mountain, West Virginia.

This trip was especially important to me since

Flowing into 2019

Flowing into 2019

“Don’t shoot what it looks like. Shoot what it feels like.”
-David Alan Harvey

New Year’s Eve 2018 and New Year’s Day 2019 were special for me for a couple of reasons.  First of all, I got to spend quality time with my husband, Randy.  Secondly, I had somewhat of a personal breakthrough with my photography both New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

During my winter break, I saw that there was a holiday lights event before Christmas at Brookgreen Gardens,  located in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina.  By the time I attempted to purchase tickets for the event, all of the evenings that I could have attended were

Charleston in Shadow

Charleston in Shadow

“Our imagination flies — we are its shadow on the earth.”
― Vladimir Nabokov

During my winter break, I had the opportunity to explore with my camera.  I received a wonderful book, Seeing in Sixes, for Christmas.  Seeing in Sixes is a collection of six image projects edited by Brooks Jensen and Maureen Gallagher.  I think I had this book in my mind as I spent a day walking through the streets of downtown Charleston.

I have spent many trips photographing in Charleston.  This time I was looking for something different to photograph.  When I saw the shadow of ironwork cast upon a tree, my series for the day