Key Largo Canal
This is how I spent several heavenly days in February a couple of years ago! My husband and I left cold, grey, snowy Virginia, to don our flip flops and bathing suits for a few days. This yacht was just one of many beautiful yachts alongside just one of many beautiful homes lining the canal in Key Largo, Florida. As we boated along this lovely canal, the yachts and homes just seemed to get more and more beautiful as we anticipated spilling out into the Atlantic Ocean. It absolutely was as peaceful as it looks. I’m hoping there are many more visits (especially wintertime visits!) to the Florida Keys in my future.
One week until this peaceful little beauty will be in my (home away from home) neighborhood. Year after year, I find this home, in Bluff, Utah, so cool and restful looking amid the hot, red, dusty rock of the Southwest. One week…
This early morning reflection in New York City offered a different and interesting way to photograph some of the city’s beautiful highrises. The trees growing in the rooftop gardens added a nice surprise of softness amid the stark hardness of the buildings.
Exactly two weeks from today, I will be waking up to this beautiful sight. These are the Twin Rocks… landmark of the Twin Rocks Trading Post in Bluff, Utah. They are said to symbolize the twin sons of Changing Woman and her husband, the Sun, in the Navajo Creation Story. I am so excited to revisit this breathtaking land so rich in belief, history and tradition.
As the countdown to the mission trip, 2012 continues, the shot of this old sign brings excitement to my spirit! It is found on the side of an old structure in Bluff, Utah, a small town of around 300 people, located in the San Juan River Valley. Bluff is the heaven that our mission teams calls home for a week that can only be described as… well… I cannot find the words to describe it, other than such a blessing. If you’ve never been on a mission trip, I highly recommend it… not only for what you will share with others, but also for what they will share with you! 17 days…
These old farming tools were shot at a very interesting gem of a place in Radford, Virginia known as Ingles Farm. Ingles Farm is a working farm that was originally settled in the 1750s by William and Mary Draper Ingles. It has great historical significance going back to the days of westward expansion, and is, to this day, operated and preserved by family descendents. The story of Mary Draper Ingles is one of true bravery and incomprehensible trauma and strength. A visit to “cabin days” at Ingles Farm is very enlightening, to say the least.
I continue to learn that old junkyards can be very interesting playgrounds for someone armed with a camera. I’m hoping there is more of this kind of shooting in my very near future! It’s really a lot of fun to find those things that speak to you from the rubble.
I have always been intrigued by old, rustic barns. Generally, the older and more in disrepair, the more intriguing. I find their varying shapes, colors, textures, building materials, and settings fascinating. They really almost give me a feeling of comfort. This great barn is an old favorite somewhere along the highway between New Mexico and Cortez, Colorado. I love the rusty colors in the roof, and the beautiful, blue Southwestern sky as its backdrop.
In the summer of 2006, almost all of my family met in Nashville to embark on a several day trip on a river barge with RiverBarge Excursion Line. It was fun, relaxing, and scenic. Along the banks of the Cumberland River, these smokestacks at the Cumberland Power Plant shot above the treeline and begged to be photographed. Built in 1970, and standing 1,001 feet tall, these are some of the tallest chimneys in the world.
The Premiere Motel, along Historic Route 66 in Albuquerque, NM, is one of the several roadside motels in the area that still features its classic signage. Many of these old motels are quite interesting, colorful, and fun to photograph. Although I’m not sure of their modern day luxury, their nostalgia is unbeatable.