Friendship and Photography

Friendship and Photography

“There are no faster or firmer friendships than those formed between people who love the same books.”
― Irving Stone

Friendship is one of the most important things to me.  I am so fortunate to be married to my best friend, Randy!

Many of my friends have shared life’s ups and downs with me

Trees, Glorious Trees!

Trees, Glorious Trees!

“Look at everything always as though you were seeing it either for the first or last time: Thus is your time on earth filled with glory.”
― Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

For the past ten years, I have spent a great deal of each summer traveling and photographing.  This summer has been quite different.

Although I have not been able to spend weeks away from home exploring, I have managed to make short day trips to

Image Twenty-Nine of Fifty Two and Finding Comfort in Favorite Places

Image Twenty-Nine of Fifty Two and Finding Comfort in Favorite Places

“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

Each summer, I look forward to spending time in the sunflower fields.  The fields bring me such peace and joy.

This year, I was afraid that

A Special Place

A Special Place

“I believe that each person has a favorite place, a tree, a mountain, or a beach which they want to come back to, even if the return can only take place in the boundaries of their imagination.”
― Sana Szewczyk

I have several places that I return to again and again to photograph.  Roan Mountain is one of those very special places.  One of my favorite times to visit Roan Mountain is

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,

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

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

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