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Spring Awakenings

March 5th, 2013

It is hard to believe with the dreary weather and snow today that spring is only 14 days away! I am ready for the emergence of new life and the carefree beauty of the outdoors that comes with this time of year. Along with the arrival of spring, I have plans for a fresh start in my photography business. Several people have asked me recently why I haven’t been blogging so I thought I’d give a quick update.  I’ve been very busy this winter working on some exciting ideas that I will be sharing soon on my newly designed website and blog. For those of you who have not heard, I now live in St. Charles and will be staying in the area. I really have spring fever right now and cannot wait to get back outdoors for more sessions.

Here are a few reminders from last spring to “warm” you up on this cold winter’s day.

Newborn baby girl

robin

spring-12

wren

spring-14

Where man sees but withered leaves,
God sees sweet flowers growing.

~Albert Laighton

 

It is hard to believe with the dreary weather and snow today that spring is only 14 days away! I am ready for the emergence of new life and the carefree beauty of the outdoors that comes with this time of year. Along with the arrival of spring, I have plans for a fresh start in my photography business. Several people have asked me recently why I haven’t been blogging so I thought I’d give a quick update.  I’ve been very busy this winter working on some exciting ideas that I will be sharing soon on my newly designed website and blog. For those of you who have not heard, I now live in St. Charles and will be staying in the area. I really have spring fever right now and cannot wait to get back outdoors for more sessions.

Here are a few reminders from last spring to “warm” you up on this cold winter’s day.

Newborn baby girl

robin

spring-12

wren

spring-14

Where man sees but withered leaves,
God sees sweet flowers growing.

~Albert Laighton

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Our Trip To Yellowstone | Travel and nature photography

September 28th, 2011

Bob and I just got back from an amazing trip to Yellowstone with Austin Lehman Adventures.  I can’t imagine a better way to see Yellowstone for the first time. We were able to relax and really enjoy ourselves thanks to our wonderful tour guides Jeff & Tatiana! They took such great care of us and were full of surprises! We’ll always remember the fun we had and treasure the new friendships with others in our group. Everything was so beautiful some of these shots look fake, but I took them all except for a few when we were on the rafts. Here’s a video of some of my favorite images.

 

Bob and I just got back from an amazing trip to Yellowstone with Austin Lehman Adventures.  I can’t imagine a better way to see Yellowstone for the first time. We were able to relax and really enjoy ourselves thanks to our wonderful tour guides Jeff & Tatiana! They took such great care of us and were full of surprises! We’ll always remember the fun we had and treasure the new friendships with others in our group. Everything was so beautiful some of these shots look fake, but I took them all except for a few when we were on the rafts. Here’s a video of some of my favorite images.

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San Antonio – Imaging USA

January 23rd, 2011

It’s hard to believe that just 4 days ago I was walking around San Antonio in 70 degree weather. I got home Thursday night to 8 inches of snow and my outside thermometer showed 8 degrees – wow what a difference a 3 hour plan ride can make. Anyway, it’s still great to be home, nice and cozy inside, as the snow continues to fall.

Imaging USA, the photography convention I attended was amazing. I can’t wait to put the new skills, ideas, and props I bought into use.

The trade show – shopping heaven for photographers.

My hotel was about 7 blocks from the convention center – a beautiful walk in 65-70 degree weather on the River Walk along the San Antonio River.

These boats gave tours all day up and down the river.

The restaurants were prepared for the chili evenings (around 45) where tourists still sat outside for dinner.

It feels a lot like Mexico here.

Then you walk past the occasional restaurant that makes you go hmmm. Italian food, jazz, and belly dancing?

There are American flags everywhere.

And just as many lone star flags.

In fact, there are stars everywhere. I shot this through a star in the bridge railing.

Stars on the chairs and even the napkins shaped like a star.

There are beautiful and unique fountains and waterfalls all along the River Walk.

And if you look closely you’ll see little critters along the way.

As I look out my window at all our snow, it’s hard to believe I shot this little bug in a rose just 4 days ago.

I walked past so much rich history and architecture every day – it was amazing.

This walkway into The Alamo was another area I walked past on my way to classes each morning.

On the last day I was able to spend a little time actually touring The Alamo.

The walk back to my hotel each evening was just as beautiful as the morning walks.

I loved the last part of my walk on this tree lined street in front of my hotel.

I stayed at the historic Sheraton Gunter. Supposedly there’s a room on the 6th floor that’s haunted by a woman murdered there in 1965. They say you can sometimes see her in pictures, but I never got that lucky.

 

It’s hard to believe that just 4 days ago I was walking around San Antonio in 70 degree weather. I got home Thursday night to 8 inches of snow and my outside thermometer showed 8 degrees – wow what a difference a 3 hour plan ride can make. Anyway, it’s still great to be home, nice and cozy inside, as the snow continues to fall.

Imaging USA, the photography convention I attended was amazing. I can’t wait to put the new skills, ideas, and props I bought into use.

The trade show – shopping heaven for photographers.

My hotel was about 7 blocks from the convention center – a beautiful walk in 65-70 degree weather on the River Walk along the San Antonio River.

These boats gave tours all day up and down the river.

The restaurants were prepared for the chili evenings (around 45) where tourists still sat outside for dinner.

It feels a lot like Mexico here.

Then you walk past the occasional restaurant that makes you go hmmm. Italian food, jazz, and belly dancing?

There are American flags everywhere.

And just as many lone star flags.

In fact, there are stars everywhere. I shot this through a star in the bridge railing.

Stars on the chairs and even the napkins shaped like a star.

There are beautiful and unique fountains and waterfalls all along the River Walk.

And if you look closely you’ll see little critters along the way.

As I look out my window at all our snow, it’s hard to believe I shot this little bug in a rose just 4 days ago.

I walked past so much rich history and architecture every day – it was amazing.

This walkway into The Alamo was another area I walked past on my way to classes each morning.

On the last day I was able to spend a little time actually touring The Alamo.

The walk back to my hotel each evening was just as beautiful as the morning walks.

I loved the last part of my walk on this tree lined street in front of my hotel.

I stayed at the historic Sheraton Gunter. Supposedly there’s a room on the 6th floor that’s haunted by a woman murdered there in 1965. They say you can sometimes see her in pictures, but I never got that lucky.

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South America Day 2 – from Argentina to Uruguay

June 23rd, 2010

On this morning we are crossing the Rio de la Plata from Buenos Aires Argentina to Colonia Uruguay. This river is a combination of the Uruguay River and the Parana River. It separates the borders of Argentina and Uruguay and opens to the Atlantic Ocean. It took about one hour for our ferry (Buquebus) to cross to Colonia.

We were greeted when we arrived in Uruguay by the family that would be hosting us with for the week. They took us into the old part of Colonia so I could take pictures. This place was amazing – I could have stayed there and taken photographs all day. Colonia del Sacramento was the only Portuguese settlement along the Rio de la Plata and was founded in 1680. For years it operated as a contraband port, evading the strictures imposed on trade by the Spanish crown. Today it is a resort city, a port, and the trade center for a rich agricultural region (http://gosouthamerica.about.com/cs/southamerica/a/UruColSacto.htm). I wish this area was close enough for photo shoots!

From here we had to drive a little over an hour to the ranch where we would be staying for the week. We stopped in a little town along the way to pick up another truck which gave me the opportunity to hop out and snap a few pictures. The schools in Uruguay are very crowded so students only go half a day. We were there around noon so the morning students were leaving and the afternoon students were arriving. What was interesting was their transportation. Almost all were on bikes or scooters. We actually  saw one scooter with an entire family of 5, but were in the car and I couldn’t get a shot. This is a public school and the students wear white uniforms. They were so kind and loved looking at the pictures I took. This is a very safe town and they don’t even lock their homes or bikes.

Here’s our home for the week – Virgen De La Ayuda. Javier, who cooked amazing meals for us every day, actually picked oranges off that tree and squeezed fresh orange juice for us – awesome!

Tomorrow Isabel and I make a trip to Montevideo, the capital of Uruguay.


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On this morning we are crossing the Rio de la Plata from Buenos Aires Argentina to Colonia Uruguay. This river is a combination of the Uruguay River and the Parana River. It separates the borders of Argentina and Uruguay and opens to the Atlantic Ocean. It took about one hour for our ferry (Buquebus) to cross to Colonia.

We were greeted when we arrived in Uruguay by the family that would be hosting us with for the week. They took us into the old part of Colonia so I could take pictures. This place was amazing – I could have stayed there and taken photographs all day. Colonia del Sacramento was the only Portuguese settlement along the Rio de la Plata and was founded in 1680. For years it operated as a contraband port, evading the strictures imposed on trade by the Spanish crown. Today it is a resort city, a port, and the trade center for a rich agricultural region (http://gosouthamerica.about.com/cs/southamerica/a/UruColSacto.htm). I wish this area was close enough for photo shoots!

From here we had to drive a little over an hour to the ranch where we would be staying for the week. We stopped in a little town along the way to pick up another truck which gave me the opportunity to hop out and snap a few pictures. The schools in Uruguay are very crowded so students only go half a day. We were there around noon so the morning students were leaving and the afternoon students were arriving. What was interesting was their transportation. Almost all were on bikes or scooters. We actually  saw one scooter with an entire family of 5, but were in the car and I couldn’t get a shot. This is a public school and the students wear white uniforms. They were so kind and loved looking at the pictures I took. This is a very safe town and they don’t even lock their homes or bikes.

Here’s our home for the week – Virgen De La Ayuda. Javier, who cooked amazing meals for us every day, actually picked oranges off that tree and squeezed fresh orange juice for us – awesome!

Tomorrow Isabel and I make a trip to Montevideo, the capital of Uruguay.

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Best of 2009

January 28th, 2010

A few of my favorite images from 2009!

 

A few of my favorite images from 2009!

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White Squirrels

January 5th, 2009

Ollney is a small town in Southern Illinois known for their unique white squirrels. They run free in the city park where the town has built them special homes in the trees. I spent an afternoon last week walking through this beautiful little park taking pictures of these unique white and fast moving grey squirrels. Here’s one of my favorites.

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Ollney is a small town in Southern Illinois known for their unique white squirrels. They run free in the city park where the town has built them special homes in the trees. I spent an afternoon last week walking through this beautiful little park taking pictures of these unique white and fast moving grey squirrels. Here’s one of my favorites.