I was trying to take an artsy picture the other day with our DSLR camera and I just could not get the lens to focus on what I wanted it to. And I was sure, as per usual, it was operator error. But then I took a closer look at the lens and saw this.
Do you have those places that just make you smile? They might not be specifically meaningful for any particular reason. But whenever you encounter them you just find yourself smiling somewhat awkwardly to yourself until you realize people are looking at you strangely. A quaint little street in Cambridge, Maryland has that effect on me. Cambridge is a small, coastal town on the eastern shore of the Chesapeake Bay where we lived for 5 years before our move to Curacao. (more on why I was back in the area here) High Street is my smiley spot, it is a cobblestone street that in it’s hay day housed top level executives of the Phillips Packing Company and not only do I find the stately, historic houses amazingly gorgeous, but during the holiday season it’s always fun to see how the current owners do up their festive decor … or don’t do up any decor at all. :) Lucky for me, I found myself smiling to everyone I saw on that street on a sunny December day and here is what I saw. Double chimneys galore and apple wreaths and arrangements above the door. (If you expect this whole post to rhyme, I will just warn you now that you will be sorely disappointed.) :)
Over a month after vacation is the right amount of time to post the pictures, right?!? Yeah, sorry about that. :/ And thank you to everyone who has repeatedly requested the pics. It’s nice to know you want to see our random take-aways from our little worldly excursions to sometimes obscure places. And this time around I was armed with a few new tools. You know about the new camera we bought in August, but I didn’t tell you that I had also been studying up a bit. A little refresher course on some photography basics and then a little more advanced photo mumbo jumbo in the form of e-books. Specifically, these e-books from Kristen Duke Photography. Both of these books print out in a convenient 4×6 inch page size … perfect for stashing them away in your camera bag for continual reference. And trust me, you will want to do just that! I have found the info I learned in these two little books invaluable as I continue to learn and experiment with my photography skilz. :) Say NO to Auto is the perfect book for anyone ready to take that first step and get your camera out of Auto mode. Kristen gives easy to follow instructions on how to find the appropriate buttons on your specific camera, great insight into aperture adjustments (which I loved since I’m all about adjusting my aperture these days) and breaks down the 3 basic steps to understanding manual mode. If you feel like you have that all under control, Get Focused is the e-book for you. This is the perfect follow-up for those of us who are working in manual mode, and now need an understanding of how to make our photography more creative and unique. Kristen shares 12 of her personal tricks for … continue reading
Man. I have been so so busy. Like crazy busy. Like I can’t even catch my breath busy. And it’s all because I discovered the devil best. thing. ever. Apple tv. You know it? It really is going to be the death of me. I imagine it’s like Netflix. Where you can watch whole episodes of seasons passed of your favorite shows.
HAPPY FRIDAY, Y’ALL! Said in an exuberant tone with a sigh of relief . :) If you’ve been reading along you know we’ve had a stressful week in real life. And, because I am a moron crazy, I have also decided to tackle a living room overhaul throughout the next 8 weeks. I am definitely still looking for you to share your living room inspiration here if you have any. Please! Soooo, I thought it only fitting that we relax at the virtual beach this foto friday. These are all pictures from our 2 1/2 years here, as I have not seen a beach up close and in person, other than the dog beach, in quite awhile. But, I’ve got my umbrella drink ready and we’re settling into the beach chair now. :) I went back to the very beginning to find this one. We got married shortly before we moved here and I had bought these flip flops from The Nest that said JUST MARRIED on the bottom when I walked in the sand. Awwww. ;)
Well, we are still enjoying our little vacation so I thought it only fitting to share with you some photos of a vacation we took last year to the Dominican Republic. Most people know of places like Punta Cana and Puerto Plata and stay in all-inclusive resorts with all the amenities anyone could wish for. But we tend to travel just a little bit differently. I hope you enjoy some of the highlights from our very off the beaten path journey through small fishing villages in the DR.
I really don’t ever mean to rub in what my current life is like. But, I know sometimes it just happens. And, today, might just be one of those days. So, so sorry. ;) I found myself spending the day at my friend Suzie’s last week and here is just a little of what we endured enjoyed on a random pretty typical day. The view to the right.
I don’t know about you, but me and sunrise don’t really get along. We’ve just never quite seen eye to eye. Like ever. Never ever. Well, maybe, just that once. Yep, OK, I’ll give her one time. But mostly she just finds me a little grumpy, irritated and in need of more sleep coffee. And I find her a little smug, pushy and in my face. In a “here I come, ready or not” sorta way. But, me and sunset … we are BFFs. With a capital B. F. F. Is there really anything better than a lazy summer night with a sunset in the distance? No, I say, there isn’t. And in honor of my relationship with sunset, here is a collection I have had the opportunity to enjoy over the years.