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Orange Photograph Collection: WP Challenge 2

12 Mar photograph of an orange poppy with grey background

Here is a collection of orange photographs from my site over the years. I had fun going back and seeing what I had taken photographs of that featured orange. It was amazing to me how many photographs I had that were dominated by the color orange.

There are photographs from all over the country also: Portland, Neskowin, & Salem, Oregon, Camas & Vancouver, Washington, Maine, and New York.

The photographs include portraits, events, sunsets, landscapes, and of course flowers. ๐Ÿ™‚

I hope you enjoy looking back at my collection of orange photographs from the past as much as I did. Have a good week!

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Treasure

20 Feb

This last weekend I was blessed with the ability to go back east to New York for my Grandma’s memorial service. I did not think I was going to make it out for it, but last minute my Mom made it possible for me. That was the true treasure of the week for me. Just being there, with my family, seeing all of them, having conversations years in the making, feeling the emotion that comes with loss, and remembering the years that my Grandma and Grandpa were in our lives.

All of us reminisced about the cottage my Grandparents had in Glenora, New York. My cousin Michael was able to let me tag along with him to see this wonderful little place once more, even though they have not lived there for many years now, we all still find it rooted in our memories.

DSC_0143The church where the memorial service was held is the same church my parents both attended every Sunday growing up. It has beautiful windows, that area treasure the new church’s of today have left behind.


DSC_0070A treasured memory from the past:

greatgrandmabMy Grandma with my daughter, taken about 4 years ago, my Grandma had recently turned 90.

I also was lucky enough to bring a few treasures home with me to share with my kids and remind me of my Grandma, however nothing was as treasured to me as getting to spend a couple of days processing with my family. Of course I would not have realized how much I had missed out on if I had not gone, but it was better than I had imagined. I think it wasย  a combination of being an adult (with no kids to distract me) and having all of us there at one time, that allowed me to have some really nice conversations.

I hope that all of you have had a nice week and are looking forward to a good weekend. ๐Ÿ™‚


Grandma in the Garden

29 Nov

One of the big reasons that I took my trip out to New York was to visit my Grandma on my Father’s side. She is now 93 years old and although she has a lung tumor, she still works out in the garden every chance she gets. She says it is her therapy.

It was fall, so unfortunately, the garden was not in its full glory, but what I really wanted was a picture of her outside near it. She was a bit worn out, having worked for a while in the garden already, but she is looking good overlooking her yard. We sat here and I recorded a couple of short stories before she got tired. I decided I wanted to record her telling me some stories, because it is what I remember most about her, every time I talk to her she tells me about a memory from the past and her life. Interestingly she told me a few stories I had never heard before, and none that she usually tells.

gmrI love her, I admire how much she loved my Grandfather and how she always has something good to say about him, I love that she works in the garden all spring, summer, and fall until the weather is just too horrible, and I hope that she gets to continue to do so next spring.

Here are my finial pictures from New York. Soon I will share my Maine photos. ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope you all had a good day to give thanks with your friends or families and have a great weekend.

This is part of a bank vault in what is now an art gallery for community artists in Elmira, NY. You can walk in to look at jewelry in the vault.

This is part of a bank vault in what is now an art gallery for community artists in Elmira, NY. You can walk in to look at jewelry in the vault.


My Grandma used to live a few houses away from this waterfall, my parents used to swim at the base of it. Can you imagine having it in your back yard, literally?

My Grandma used to live a few houses away from this waterfall, my parents used to swim at the base of it. Can you imagine having it in your back yard, literally?



A waterfall in Watkins Glen (not the state park the town)

A waterfall in Watkins Glen (not the state park the town)

A Day to Sail

22 Nov

While in New York I spent a couple days with each of my Grandparents. My Grandma and Grandpa live on Seneca Lake year round, and even though it was October they still had their sail boat ready for sailing. I am not sure what time of year they usually put it away for the winter, but it was a nice surprise that I was able to join them on a late morning sail on a lightly windy day.

At one point we did have to paddle the boat, but eventually the wind picked back up. It was a very nice fall activity that I wish I knew how to do well enough to go sailing when I am at home. ๐Ÿ™‚




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rainbowaroundthesun1The sky was also doing really neat things, like this rainbow that was circling the sun. It really is lovely to be out on the lake on a sunny fall day. ๐Ÿ™‚

Watkins Glen, New York

14 Nov

The amazing and always beautiful Watkins Glen situated in upstate New York right off of picturesque Seneca Lake, was one of the places I really wanted to visit again while visiting my relatives in New York. I have gone on this hike several times in my life but up until now all of them had been as a youth.

My Grandparents graciously took me to Watkins Glen but decided they only wanted to hike to the first set of long steep stairs. I made it all the way to the top of the last set of very long steep stairs and spent much of the hike alternating between jogging the trail and stopping to take photos.

If you ever have the chance to be in the area I highly recommend this hike, it is adorned with waterfalls that twist and turn in the path of the narrow steep cliffs of slate.













Now that I have photographed Watkins Glen once,ย  I would really like to go back and do it again at another time of day, and with a tripod. ๐Ÿ™‚



Weekly Photo Challenge: Horizon

29 Oct



seneca3ย  senecasailboatsย  senecacloudsย  seneca2ย  seneca1These are all photos I took during my trip to New York that I recently returned from. My Grandparents live on Seneca Lake, which is one of the finger lakes. They have a small sail boat that they still sail, at least when they have another person to ride with them.

I also visited Corning, New York where my other Grandmother lives, which is where the photo of the bridge was taken.

That’s all for now, but I still have a few more photos from New York and a few I want to share from Maine!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Morning

11 Oct

The last week has been a whirlwind of overnight flights, face paced walks (with my luggage in 90 degree weather, stretching at least fifteen blocks, to make it to a good friends wedding in Washington D.C. With a minute to spare), and car rides through Maryland and Pennsylvania, to New York.



In New York I spent two days at my Grandma’s house in Corning and then two days with my Grandparents on Seneca Lake. I fit as much onto that tone as possible including a protest of the government shutdown, a hike through Watkins Glen, and a sail boat ride (and paddle) guided by my 86 year old Grandpa and 83 year old Grandma.


Last night I was dropped off with my Aunt and Uncle in Corning, NY to begin our drive to Maine. We drove for about seven hours, until almost two in the morning, finally crashing in York, Maine at a hotel for the night. During our drive we passed through New York, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine.

This morning we woke up in Maine, had some coffee and are hitting the road again until we get to our destination, which was supposed to be Acadia National Park, however thanks to lovely politicians who don’t seem top think doing their job is an important part of their job description, we can not go to Acadia, so we will be off to the outside of the island.

I leave you with a picture I took right before hopping into the car this morning.

Good morning Maine!


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