Desert Moonrise

moonrise in the desert

Desert Moonrise

This gorgeous scene was one we came upon while exploring beautiful Arches National Park a few years ago.  The colors of the desert are so rich and rewarding at certain times of the day.  I love the reds and oranges in the rocks in this shot, and the rising moon just made it a “must shoot” situation.  I am so grateful to have traveled to so many stunning places across the beautiful United States.

Skyward

evening sky over west texas

Skyward

Today we are headed to the great state of Texas to spend our daughter’s 26th birthday with her and her husband.  We will be flying this time, and in honor of our trip, I thought I’d post this picture of a beautiful big Texas sized sunset sky.  Although I adore the gorgeous trees and hills of Virginia, I do love to see an endless sunset over the flat plains of Texas every now and then.  It’s food for the spirit…

Daffoldil

orange and white daffodil spring flower

Daffodil

I am loving this Spring and all of the lively colors it has brought.  Having spent much of my life in places that either don’t really have Spring, or where Spring lasts only a day or two, I find Springtime in Virginia to be so nice and long.  It seems that every day another beautiful color shows itself.  I’m loving it!

 

Orange Bloom

Orange Bloom

This shot was taken in the summertime in Vermont.  I don’t think I had ever seen a flower quite like this, and I still don’t know exactly what it was.  At the time, I was struck by how delicate the petals appear – almost like crepe paper, yet they had just withstood a windy downpour.  I am often impressed by the strength and determination of what looks to the eye to be fragile and frail.

Jack O’Lantern Mushrooms

Jack O’Lantern Mushrooms

Hiking has got to be one of my favorite activities.  I love the physical exertion, the quiet, the connection with nature, the accomplishment, and the encounters along the way.  These Jack O’Lantern mushrooms were a colorful surprise along the trail of a wonderful little hike here in Virginia. These are even said to glow in the dark!  As Spring continues to tease us today, I look forward to spending more and more time outside appreciating my surroundings.

Fall Sky

Fall Sky

I’ll admit I have a thing for trees… all kinds of trees.  (As my friends would tell you, even dead trees.)  They are always changing, and are so full of history, and purpose, and promise.  And, although this beautiful tree made for a lovely foreground, it is actually the breathtaking fall sky that caught my attention.  By the end of summer’s hot haze, I love those days that have a “Fall blue” sky.