The Road Ahead

The road of life offers many opportunities and challenges,


and sometimes it’s hard to distinguish between the two.

Sometimes the direction seems foggy or unclear,


with obstacles blocking the way.


Soon enough though, the way will be made clear, and we’ll see the future as it should be.


The world around us will be peaceful once again,


while the spirit, made stronger because of the struggle, soars.


This small collection of photos was taken at various points this past week, a week that was filled with far too many twists in the road, and not near enough opportunities to use my camera.

I’m quite sure that many of you experienced the same.  Let’s all just breath … it’s going to be okay.

I Want to Shoot Like Liana!


Have you visited Liana’s blog?  Her work inspires mine.

No, I am not the poet / writer that she is but if I can gain even a measure of her skill with the camera, I’ll be satisfied.

Many of the photographers that I follow inspire me, and I plan to highlight some of them over the next months.  When one of my images aspires to the style of someone I admire, I’m going to post mine, referencing the photographer at the same time.

Perspective on Snow

Winter’s morning sun reflects on a length of chain typically adorned by the flowers of summer and spring.

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Darn Trailer!

I am so lucky to have this view right outside my office door!

I love the variations in color – the greens, tans, blues, whites – and then there’s that trailer!



Everyone knows what it’s like to come home from vacation with a ton of digital images to sort through, delete, edit, and post.  Well, add to that my ignorance with technology and getting photos from camera to tablet and back off tablet.  Ah well … lessons learned (and still to be learned in terms of patience).

Part 1 of the 2013 Bike Trip involved a 550 mile ride to Urbanna, Virginia and back.  It was a glorious 3 days on the Rappahannock River and on the Middle Peninsula.  I’m home for 24 hours before heading back out. Lots to do, including figuring out that technology problem, before getting back on the bike early tomorrow morning.  Can’t wait!

For now, know that I enjoyed …




The beauty of the water …

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The elements …

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The wildlife …


A whole lot of fun with the GOAs (Girls of August; friends from grad school 20 years ago; this was taken with someone’s phone; I’m in the VT cap) …


And a little history on the way home … Appomattox, Virginia … the old jail house


Hope you enjoyed these! More to come!!

Life. Is. Good.

Not that there aren’t roadblocks and hurdles, but those challenges allow us to appreciate the peaceful, soulful times.

I am a fortunate woman.


From the Deck: The New River

The snow has stopped and spring has truly arrived!  It’s time for motorcycle rides, outdoor festivals, baseball games (that’s for you, Ralph), and Happy Hours out of doors.  Okay, and yard work.

Bull & Bones at the River ( has a wonderful deck overlooking The New River and it’s a wonderful place to enjoy a glass of wine with friends at the end of a long day at work.  And of course, the early evening light is perfect for photography.





The Colors of Nature (and the new bike!)

It was a beautiful evening … one of those times when the light captures the colors of nature perfectly!  I met with Pam to enjoy a glass or two of wine after work and the view was our reward for working hard (well, the view AND the wine AND the friendship).

Purple and Gold


Green and Silver


Blue and Rust


Amber and Grey


Olive Green and Dark Brown


Blue, Grey and Buff


I wish I could say that I took these pictures while on a bike ride …


At least I CAN say that I at least have the new bike!!!

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The 2013 HD Softail Slim!

Just call this color AWESOME!


Raleigh: Perfect Opportunity to Practice Portraits!

I have so much to learn about photography, and even though I am thoroughly enjoying the process, I am often impatient with my less than rapid growth.  I particularly need to improve my skill with photographing people.

On Monday, I had the chance to visit with Amy and Debbie, and while we enjoyed our catch up time, sweet little Raleigh enjoyed her snacks and playtime.  It was the perfect chance to practice and I had fun photographing her.

Raleigh chattered all evening, and was often smiling and playful, but my favorite shot was this one.  Don’t you wonder what she was thinking?



She sure loved those apple slices!


And managed to entertain us as she ate.


This was the best one in B&W


Was she ready to get out of the highchair?


Or just ready for bed?


Either way, she’s pretty darn sweet and made the perfect subject for portrait practice!

Brrrrrrrr ….

I am rarely cold, but for some reason this unexpected ice storm has me chilled to the bone!

Still … it’s easy to find the beauty!

First, from the inside looking out …



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