It’s been a busy 10 days, but I wanted to catch you up on what’s been going on with me lately. In addition to the previous senior photo shoots of Sami Jo and Vivian, I attended a Bengals football party at a friends’ house, but didn’t watch a minute of the game. I’m not much of a sports watching fan. I enjoy the conversation with friends at parties and love to be active, hiking, jogging, biking, etc. I contacted an acquaintance, who is a model, to see if he’d like to meetup at an area park for a quick outdoor photo shoot and to get to know each other a bit better. He usually does magazine or runway modeling, so I thought a fun casual shoot might be a change of pace for him. Isn’t he cute…
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” ~Marianne Williamson
“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
“To love yourself right now, just as you are, is to give yourself heaven. Don’t wait until you die. If you wait, you die now. If you love, you live now.” ~Alan Cohen
“When virtue and modesty enlighten her charms, the lustre of a beautiful woman is brighter than the stars of heaven, and the influence of her power it is in vain to resist.” ~Akhenaton Continue reading
“Children are the hands by which we take hold of heaven.” ~Henry Ward Beecher
“The soul is healed by being with children.”~Fyodor Dostoyevsky
The weather forecast for Day two of our Hocking Hills hiking adventure predicted rain late in the day, so unlike the previous day, we left our rain coats, umbrellas, and waterproof camera bags back at the cabin, because we started out early. Mistake! While taking in the amazing scenery at Ash Cave it began to pour rain. Fortunately for me, I was lagging behind taking photographs, under the shelter of Ash Cave, while my girlfriends were caught in the deluge. Not a bad place to get stuck for 10 minutes!
We ran into a photographer who was kind enough to take our photograph before the rain. Even Evan (the dog) posed for the camera…
The 1/2 mile trail at Cedar Falls leads to the waterfall….
The sloped forest hillside afforded beautiful photography opportunities…
Our cabin’s location (only a few miles from Cedar Falls) made it convenient to head back there for lunch before our afternoon hiking at the stunning Rock House, which I’ll save for tomorrow!
A quick two-day mid-week trip to Hocking Hills State Park for hiking followed by soaking in a hot tub with girlfriends was just what the doctor ordered! Located in Southeastern Ohio, 2 1/2 hours from Cincinnati, the rugged cliffs, breathtaking gorges, cascading waterfalls, and flourishing forests of Hocking Hills State Park, afford visitors a pristine outdoor wonderland. Our first hike was to Old Man’s Cave. The well-marked one mile round trip trail, includes both man-made and natural steps. The view from inside the mouth of the wide cave looks down onto a small stream and stone bridge…
Autumn is one of my favorite times of the year to visit this park…
My latest assignment for Cincinnati Refined was to find the most colorful “leaf popping” streets within selected Cincinnati neighborhoods, so off I went, on a 40 mile journey and was amazed that I only found a few colorful trees! It seems that Autumn is arriving late. This was the most vibrant tree…
A peek at a bit more of “the” tree…
On the way home, this bean field and sky shouted for me to stop…
So…I’ll be going out again next week hunting for Autumn!
I know what two of my greatest passions in life are…photography and travel! So, it’s no surprise that I couldn’t help but stop to take photographs of the sunset while on the way to photography class…
Trees are so cool…even in winter and I love Churches!
We are swimming in beauty and don’t always see it!
I awoke this morning to a vision of white all around me…glorious snow! My kitty Katie was even in awe!
The kind of snow that clings to every branch and creates a magical world of silence, surrounding you with nature’s calm beauty.
Traipsing outside in my house slippers, with my camera and tripod, Katie followed me everywhere I went. My husband nicknamed me Doctor Doolittle because our dog and kitty follow me everywhere.
“When snow falls, nature listens.” ~Antoinette van Kleeff
“Snow flakes are kisses from heaven.” ~Author Unknown
- The Perfect Snow-Day Craft (potterybarnkids.com)
- Residents start the new year in the snow (beaconnews.suntimes.com)
- Green Bench (s3city.com)
- Snow is in the forecast – it’s January: commentary (pennlive.com)
- New Year brings New Snow (907firesidetales.wordpress.com)
- Blizzard warning issued for Halifax, up to 30 centimetres of snow possible (metronews.ca)
- Ombre/Gradient Nail’s: Snow (llewsoba.wordpress.com)
I went outside again this morning to capture the rising sun and loved the way the trees cast a long shadow. Most of the snow has melted since yesterday.
Ault Park is one of the many beautiful Parks in the Cincinnati area, with frequent events, such as “Art in Ault” that I attended this past week. The work of Holly Schapker, a local artist, was on display along with complimentary wine and music!
I arrived early to take some photos. The pavilion has wonderful architecture for photographs and the gardens are beautiful!
As I passed a small group of attendees, I couldn’t restrain myself from asking to take the photo of this lovely lady and her stately Poodle!
Spring is so full of possibilities and life! The trees grow fuller, the flowers blossom and our world turns green! Living on five acres, surrounded by trees, I often feel disconnected…as if I’m in a cocoon. I like the quiet…the sounds of nature–chirping birds, rain pattering, things growing.