The Black And White Project on Google+ featured a challenge this week titled “Tools of the Trade.” While I was working on the next issue of USHJA In Stride magazine on Friday, editing and writing articles, managing freelancers and attending conference calls, I took a short break to set up this shot. As an equestrian journalist, I could have included so many more tools: my computer, iPhone, copies of the magazines, programs, prize lists and other materials my work […]
It’s not often that we have temperatures in the 60s and 70s in Virginia in late December, but after a month of snow and ice, today was a nice reprieve. I took Cameron to Shenandoah Valley Golf Club to hit balls on the range. There were still some patches of snow around, but I was told many of the golfers who had played today opted to use yellow balls instead of the traditional white. That’s dedication! I’ve played this venue many times, […]
It was a beautiful spring morning, and I took advantage of the weather and time in between deadlines to ride at Skyland Farm before meetings and projects took over the day. The first ride was aboard my old friend Escada, a beautiful gray, warmblood mare that has been previously featured in my blog. I hadn’t ridden her for several months, and it was fun to reunite with her and enjoy the sights and sounds of a morning on the farm, […]
I have fond memories of Earth Day from my childhood. I recall many special events, field trips and volunteer efforts where I got my hands dirty, cleaned up streams, planted trees and hunted for salamanders in window wells. As a student at John Muir Elementary School and then a Natural Resources major in college, I learned to appreciate Earth Day from the ground up as I studied ecosystems, geology, Rachel Carson, the extinction of species, biochemistry, botany and global deforestation […]
For the first time today, I visited the Clarke County Courthouse as a juror of my peers. Even though being called for jury duty came at an inopportune time as I have a major deadline this week, it was something I was looking forward to experiencing. As it turned out, this criminal case was settled while the assembled potential jurors sat in a comfortable waiting room just outside the courtroom drinking coffee, reading and chatting about the local high school […]
This week’s WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge asked us to document a typical day in our lives visually. So, today I decided to focus on some of the small moments of my life that constitute the routine. After getting started this morning, I realized that capturing some of these often unrecognized tasks is really more of what life is all about than special occasions that always seem to be what we find when we open scrapbooks and photo albums. For me, […]
My trip to South Carolina this week has been so full of fun and photography that I ended up killing my laptop during a batch of downloading. I managed to revive it today, but it’s still quite under the weather. Thankfully I brought two portable hard drives so I didn’t lose any images, but editing has been put on the back burner until I return home. My old faithful MacBook Pro is long in the tooth, and I’ve been carefully […]
I wasn’t exactly pleased to spend the day shoveling snow at the end of March, but I have to admit the gorgeous morning after was worth it. I woke up to an amazingly beautiful sunrise, and before I even went downstairs to let the dog out I grabbed the iPhone off the charger and snapped this one out the window. After peeking outside after the dog, I quickly got the “real” camera and went out in my pjs because I […]
It’s 31 degrees with a windchill in the 20s, and the Clarke County Crew soccer team members aren’t deterred. I, on the other hand, only managed a 15-minute walk on the trail with Peppermint before my hands and ears were nearly numb. I know spring is officially here, but someone needs to tell Mother Nature!
I found this bicycle leaning up against a sign post in downtown Charleston, South Carolina. I really liked the rough texture of the brick wall and the contrast between the shine of the well-kept bike. A lost image from the depths of the iPhone photo gallery edited in Camera +.
We had a flashback to winter today with snow showers cold rain and gray skies. The Phoebes woke me up, and as I watched them fly around the backyard searching for food I hoped they were having success. With more snow in the forecast tomorrow, it could be tough finding insects.
We traveled to Indianapolis, Indiana, for the weekend to spend time with family and friends. I always enjoy staying downtown, and on this trip I wandered around with my cameras doing some street photography. I used the iPhone on this day and experimented with a variety of apps and filters, including Camera+, HDR Pro and Snapseed. It was nice to be incognito walking around with just my iPhone, and I totally blended in to my surroundings as one of many […]
This week’s WordPress Challenge fit in perfectly with my week. We had 20″ of snow, and I spent some time outdoors with my iPhone, capturing images around my home and neighborhood during and after the storm. I had intended to take out my DSLRs the past few days, but it seemed each time I bundled up to go outside to dig out, it was simply easier to put my phone in my pocket and combine shoveling with photos. I’ve really […]
Well, this evening’s sunset over the Shenandoah Valley certainly looked beautiful and it made up, in part, for a tough day digging out after our 20-inch snowfall of yesterday. We managed to get the Tahoe dug out and to the top of the driveway so my husband could get to work this morning, but that was all the good luck we had. Even with our wonderful neighbor moving snow from our driveway with her Kubota tractor, I managed to get […]
Today was Love Your Pet Day, so, of course, I had to find a recent photo of Peppermint, my favorite girl. She loves to cuddle in bed, especially when there are lots of fluffy comforters and pillows. Sometimes it’s so hard to get up in the morning when she stares you in the face with those pleading eyes: “Don’t leave me!” Of course, Love Your Pet Day is a nice excuse to give your favorite companion some extra attention, but, […]
A few of my blogging friends have established a new weekly challenge that encompasses the iPhone and different editing apps. And because my iPhone is one of my most-used cameras, I thought I’d jump right in and play along. This first challenge is Nature, and due to my frequent walks on the paths of the State Arboretum of Virginia, I’ve recently collected a few images in this theme. This photo was taken in Camera+ and edited using the Clarity filter. […]
I made a quick trip down the road to Ayrshire Farm in Upperville this afternoon to drop off a photograph I donated to the Le Bal de Fur, a ball to benefit the Blue Ridge Wildlife Center. I enjoy visiting this estate, which often hosts fund-raisers for local conservation and animal-rescue and welfare organizations. It’s lovingly kept by Sandy Lerner and has a wonderful stable full of Shire horses as well as a collection of rare breeds of livestock raised […]
You would agree that it seems quite cold outside today? So, we are not alone in our opinion of the weather, and I discovered that another species feels this way as well. So, we have a mouse or two (or a dozen) in our garage this winter, and, although I’ve tried to ignore them, this week they chewed their way into the birdseed and dog food bags and made a rather large mess for their diminutive size. Yesterday, we picked […]
We finally had a nice winter day, so Cam and I took the dogs for a walk at the State Arboretum of Virginia. We chose the three-mile loop and enjoyed stretching our legs and letting Peppermint and Derby, the dog that we’re dog-sitting this weekend, run through some of the open fields. It was the calm before the next storm, and the cirrus clouds made for a nice backdrop to the beautiful scenery. In addition to getting the dogs some […]
Peppermint has developed a predictable schedule. On weekdays she stays curled up in bed most mornings while I get Cam up and ready for school before the sun rises, but on weekends or holidays, when we want to sleep in, she’s the first one up and ready for action. If I’m not awake by a “certain” time (whatever that may be in the Jack Russell mind), she pounces on my chest and licks my face until I get up. This […]