The unusual beauty of cactus always surprises me. This cactus was especially colorful, and helped to remind me that interest and beauty can be found even in what appears to be ordinary and unexciting. The constant challenge comes in allowing myself to see it.
Mabry Mill is one of the most photographed places on the Blue Ridge Parkway. It is historically interesting, as it was constructed in 1903, and has operated as a blacksmith and wheelwright shop, a sawmill, and a gristmill. It is extremely picturesque, with the setting putting on various shows of color, depending on the season. If you are ever fortunate enough to find yourself on the beautiful Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia, be sure to spend a little time exploring Mabry Mill.
Monument Valley Riders
On one of my very favorite trips through Monument Valley, in Utah, we were in and out of the car a million times shooting some of the most beautiful landscapes, when we came upon this picture perfect scene of four riders on horseback in the valley. It was just such perfection. It was as if a movie set had been placed before us. Though this photo was made several years and many Monument Valley trips ago, it continues to be one of my all time favorites.
I love the colors of this little guy. He does look just a little put out that his peaceful day in the pond was so rudely interrupted by a bunch of crazy people chasing him around. He is a permanent resident of the pond at the house we rented near Stowe, Vermont a couple of summers ago, and brings back great memories of a fun family trip full of all kinds of adventure… including frog catching!
The more I come across this image in my photo library of a sunflower set against a fall sky, the more I like it. The strength of sunflowers always amazes me. Its huge, dense head is actually a mass of thousands of flowers, and can weigh several pounds. At its center, the flower petals are actually in a very complex spiral pattern. In addition to its beauty, the sunflower’s determination to withstand the conditions of its environment and reach the sky is inspiring.
The name of these shade loving flowers, Bleeding Hearts, has always been intriguing to me. These were shot in the beautiful Hahn Horticulture Garden on the campus of Virginia Tech. This garden of nearly six acres is a beautiful place to explore.
Clouds on the Mountain
We have had many cloudy, rainy Spring days lately. A few days ago, I snapped this picture of the clouds hanging low and hugging the mountains surrounding beautiful Ellett Valley. Although I perceive these dark days as dreary, they certainly do call attention to the transformation we are making into the warmer months. The many shades of green in this valley are truly breathtaking.
Today’s post is dedicated to an amazing spirit, and my sister’s dear friend, Karen O’Briant. Two days ago, after an all too short life on this earth, Karen overcame her long battle with cancer as she entered into the mystery and wonder of the resurrection. Karen affected everyone who knew her by her faith, her strength, and her joy, and I found this quote fitting in remembrance of her.
“Some people come into our lives and quickly go. Some people move our souls to dance. They awaken us to a new understanding with the passing whisper of their wisdom. Some people make the sky more beautiful to gaze upon. They stay in our lives for a while, leave footprints on our hearts, and we are never the same!”
Shooting food is something that has intrigued me for some time. I haven’t done much of it, but am hoping to do more as this blog unfolds. A couple of years ago I was visiting my daughter in Houston, TX, and we stopped by Canino Produce Co. It was a bit overwhelming, to say the least! All I can say is, be ready to stock up on great fresh produce, and be sure to take your camera!
Rocky Mountain Pine Tree
Having lived around lots and lots of pine trees, surely I have seen many of these blooms before. Once I “really saw” this one, though, while on vacation in Rocky Mountain National Park, I realized just how intricate and beautiful they are. This reminds me to be more present in my everyday surroundings.