Week Ten Composite:  It’s a Colorful World

Week Ten Composite: It’s a Colorful World

“And all the colors I am inside have not been invented yet.”
― Shel Silverstein

This week’s composite started with a gift that I received from my lifelong friend, Dena Roten.  Dena and I have been friends ever since the day I got locked out of my house when I was ten years old.  The gift was

Newborn Photography

Newborn Photography

“‘Cause you’ll be in my heart
Yes, you’ll be in my heart
From this day on
Now and forever more”

-Phil Collins


This past weekend I had the opportunity to try my hand at newborn photography.  It is a day I had been looking forward to for months.  One of my favorite coworkers,

Week Seven Composite:  Happy Valentine’s Day!

Week Seven Composite: Happy Valentine’s Day!

“Dear Valentine, I love you. Whoever you are.”
― Charles M. Schulz

I have been a fan of Valentine’s Day ever since I can remember.  I have fabulous memories of decorating shoeboxes and opening those little envelopes throughout my elementary school days.

Since I have been teaching elementary school ever since 

Colors of Yesterday

Colors of Yesterday

“Art is unquestionably one of the purest and highest elements in human happiness. It trains the mind through the eye, and the eye through the mind. As the sun colors flowers, so does art color life.”
― John Lubbock

Ever since I began this journey in photography, I have been so drawn to color.  I have always admired bright, vibrant colors in the images of others.  Color is what drew me most to the work of 

Week Six Composite:  You’re Missing It

Week Six Composite: You’re Missing It

“Choose your favorite spade and dig a small, deep hole, located deep in the forest or a desolate area of the desert or tundra. Bury your cell phone and then find a hobby.”
― Nick Offerman

I am not yet ready to bury my cell phone, but I have become more mindful about how much time it is taking away from real interaction.

One summer, a very close friend

Nature’s Details

Nature’s Details

“Everything made by human hands looks terrible under magnification–crude, rough, and asymmetrical. But in nature every bit of life is lovely. And the more magnification we use, the more details are brought out, perfectly formed, like endless sets of boxes within boxes.”
― Roman Vishniac

Last weekend, I had the chance to explore the Blue Ridge Parkway on a rainy day with close friends and my camera.  Each time I go out to photograph,