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Last night while sitting outside with Michael I was watching Beansy on his dog run. It’s a long run that gives him plenty of space to run as well as getting caught up in the bushes and trees around the house. At one point he was walking slowly and his leash had wound around a group of fallen leaves. Even though he wasn’t “caught up” up on anything he pulled those leaves like it were this heavy weight. It got me thinking.. I realized that it was like a metaphor for life.. I know it’s a stretch to equate a dogs leash with life but just hear me out.

Beansy’s lead will sometimes gets caught up on a tiny little twig or literally a piece of grass. He yelps to be freed up because he thinks that little bit of resistance won’t allow him to move forward. All he has to do is be patient and try to trudge forward a little more then he’s used to. It’s like life.. when something comes along that appears to not allow us to move forward we get stuck. When all we have to do is try a little harder and we can set ourselves free and moving forward. Same thing with the leaves caught up in his lead last night.. he moved forward but it was burdened more then usual. However the more he moved forward the more the leaves disentangled themselves from the lead and he was again freed up.

I bet if we took the time to pay attention to the simpler things around us.. such as a dog on his run we would see these lessons to remind us that we are not all alone.. every walk of life has their own trials to work thru however great or small. We just need to keep moving forward, gently with an open heart and an open mind.. and have faith in those lessons. Sometimes we may see the meaning behind what comes at us.. sometimes not. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again.. it really is about the journey..

~ peace ~


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These photos are from this morning outside where it was very chilly and a bit foggy. While the leaf changes and crisp morning herald a change from summer to fall I relish these times. Fall has always been my favorite time and this fall even more so. While the seasons are changing so am I. I don’t think ever before has there been such a parallel.

On that note..I know it’s been a while since my last post. There’s been quite a lot going on. The transitions that started out at the beginning of the  summer have continued into this late summer almost autumn time. In fact one of the things I had to do was come up with a name for my upcoming photography show in Portland next month and a co worker had come up with it after hearing me talk about so many changes going on.. she said “why not call it Transitions”. I said “that is perfect”. I already knew some of the photos that will be in this show and I knew it was going to be around Hayley in some ways as well as other changes that have happened over the last few months. I think this show will be a pretty personal one as my images will reflect. While they may not look it to someone else I know that the images I will hang will all have a meaning relating to transitions of late. Hopefully people seeing them will maybe see there own transitions in them as well.

A little bit of photo talk here.. I’m very excited to announce that I’m shooting my first wedding next month as well. I’m a bit nervous but really am looking forward to it. Hopefully I will have some photos I can show from it and depending on how it all goes I may try to do more smaller weddings using only natural light as I will be at this wedding. Thank you Julie for placing your trust in me and my creative mind!!

I’ve also  been trying to do more editing techniques as can be seen here. I’ve mentioned before how I used to shy away from a lot of editing but I’m liking the look lately of what I’m doing and I think it’s pretty obvious that they are tweaked and that I’m not giving the false impression that I’m trying to pass something off as this was how it was naturally when I shot it. Not sure if that makes sense but that was why I initially shied away from it. Now I find it allows me to be more creative and show a little bit more of my own emotion in the image.

Well I think that’s enough for now.. hope everyone is enjoying this beautiful fall weather if the season applies to you.. where ever you are remember to enjoy today and make the most of it.

~ peace ~

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Michael and I went to the Windsor Fair this past Sunday. My first time going there. I loved it. Had all the small town activities. I was bummed they weren’t having the woodsmen’s day that day. A girl can’t have everything I guess. We were able to see lots of animals. Many goats, as pictured above, cows, chickens and horses. Again… I loved it.. love shooting animals.. with my camera of course. I also got to get my fried dough fix for the year.. well.. maybe I could use one more piece.. with all that butter, cinnamon and sugar and the best part.. the powdered sugar on top if it all.. mmm.. may have to find another fair..

~ peace ~