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

Spring in Charleston

Spring in Charleston

“No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn.”
― Hal Borland

Each spring I enjoy spending time in Charleston, South Carolina.  Typically, I will spend several consecutive weekends photographing the beauty of spring in Charleston.

This has not been a typical spring.  While I was unable to make multiple trips to my favorite spring destination,

Finding Beauty at Botany Bay

Finding Beauty at Botany Bay

“Learning to distance yourself from all the negativity is one of the greatest lessons to achieve inner peace.”
― Roy T. Bennett

Spending time in the natural world has always given me a sense of peace.  The sounds, smells, and sights of the natural world

Image Seven of 52

Image Seven of 52

“I feel like I was the whole color wheel as a kid. And growing up means losing some of that.”
― Katie Kennedy

Week Seven of my journey with 52 Frames gave me the challenge of creating an image for the theme: 

Image Six of 52

Image Six of 52

“If you obey all of the rules, you miss all of the fun.”
― Katharine Hepburn

It is important to learn the “rules” of photography so that you can use them to help you create compelling images.  It is also important to know when it is time to break the rules.

This week’s challenge for 52 frames was the