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

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, 

Scavenger Hunt

Scavenger Hunt

“Following that scavenger hunt of curiosity can lead you to amazing, unexpected places.”
― Elizabeth Gilbert, Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear

I am always looking for ways to learn and grow as a photographer.  A couple of years ago, I learned about

Mammoth Hot Springs

Mammoth Hot Springs

“Somber Yellowstone Park and its colored hot springs, baby geysers, rainbows of bubbling mud – symbols of my passion.”
― Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita

This summer was my second opportunity to visit Yellowstone National Park.  The first time I traveled to Yellowstone was with my family two summers ago.  The second time I traveled there was with a group of great friends and fellow photographers this summer.  Both times visiting Yellowstone National Park, I was most captivated by

Midway Geyser Basin

Midway Geyser Basin

“Yellowstone, a place so special and awe-inspiring that after exploring it in 1871, the Hayden Expedition conceived of the original concept of the world’s first national park—and set-aside of 2. 2 million acres containing more than ten thousand thermal features, canyons, waterfalls, and wildlife—so no man or corporation could ever own it.”
― C.J. Box, Free Fire

This summer I had the opportunity to experience Yellowstone for the second time with some very dear friends and fellow photographers.  I will break up my experience in Yellowstone into several posts.  For this first post, I would like to begin the journey at

Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls

“Childhood memories are sometimes covered and obscured beneath the things that come later, like childhood toys forgotten at the bottom of a crammed adult closet, but they are never lost for good.”
― Neil Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane

When I was a child, one of the biggest vacations my family and I took included a visit to