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, 

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 

Composite Twenty-nine:  Christmas Card 2018

Composite Twenty-nine: Christmas Card 2018

“I was early taught to work as well as play,
My life has been one long, happy holiday;
Full of work and full of play-
I dropped the worry on the way-
And God was good to me every day.”
― John D. Rockefeller

Each year, I work to help create two Christmas/Holiday cards.  One card is our family Christmas card and the second one is for my husband, Randy’s, real estate business.  We  work hard each year to try to come up with an idea that will be fun and unique in comparison to

Scavenger Hunt Reveals:  Composites Twenty-two, Twenty-three, and Twenty Four

Scavenger Hunt Reveals: Composites Twenty-two, Twenty-three, and Twenty Four

“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” 
― Maya Angelou

Several years ago, I began participating in an amazing scavenger hunt on Google Plus.  You can read about a previous post I made regarding the scavenger hunt here.  

This week, the reveals for the 24th Creativity Never Sleeps Round Scavenger Hunt began.  Reveals are highly anticipated by all of the photographers who

Getting Lost in Old Salem

Getting Lost in Old Salem

“That frame of mind that you need to make fine pictures of a very wonderful subject, you cannot do it by not being lost yourself.”
― Dorothea Lange

After leaving the Dorothea Lange exhibit and saying goodbye to my friends who experienced it with me, I drove to Old Salem Museum and Gardens.  Old Salem was within five miles of the Reynolda House Museum of American Art where I had seen the exhibit.  It just made sense to go to Old Salem before starting my two-hour drive back home.

I love the quote above by Dorothea.  Although I thoroughly enjoy every minute I spend with friends, I find that I can only truly 

900 Days of School:   Morning Commute

900 Days of School: Morning Commute

“If you can find a way to add some adventure to a mundane daily commute, I suggest you do that. Life is too short, my friends.”
― Robert Hurst

At least an hour of each of my working days is spent commuting.  If I am traveling at a time when there isn’t heavy traffic, I can drive from my home in South Carolina to my school in