Summertime

Over the summer we took a big family trip across the pond to celebrate Brody’s graduation. He’d never been outside of the U.S. before and what better excuse? We flew to London, then hopped a train to Wales and then took a ferry over to Dublin. It was quite the little whirlwind adventure!

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Jesse Jones Park Round Two

As I mentioned here I volunteer with a group of 9th grade science students on digital photography for science concepts. We frequent a local park/wildlife preserve in our endeavors at capturing life science images and I usually take images of my own right along side the kids.

Some years we also visit a local arboretum to seek out images but this year we decided to just try another side of the park and see what we could come up with, here are some of my images from that day.

No snakes this time but there are some bugs and a frog, be warned!

New Orleans

I didn’t take as many pictures, while wandering around New Orleans, as I would’ve liked over the weekend. Someday, I’d like to just go with a group of fellow photogs and wander various areas with our cameras at the ready capturing whatever moves us. I feel like our different styles, perspectives and approaches would lead to some interesting comparisons when it comes to the final pictures. That is already happening a bit, as in the case of this gate post, since I was walking with CharlieSue through the Garden District.

More to come!

Mentorship

For several years now, I’ve volunteered with my sister’s 9th grade science classes. We use digital photography as a way to help solidify science concepts for them and the kids really seem to love it. They are excited about learning how to capture what they see in nature through a camera and they have been extremely successful in the district science fair as a result of our efforts. I am super proud of each batch of kids (I really am) but this year in particular, there is one student who is just a natural at photography. I look forward to great things from him in the future.

Over the weekend, the kids attended a carnivorous plant talk and then we did a photo walk through the park where the talk was held. Here are some of my images from the day.

WARNING: SNAKES AND BUGS BELOW

Wanderlust

One of my favorite things to do is discover a new place, be it here in the states or across the pond somewhere, even the thought of exploring somewhere new makes me entirely giddy. I have a whole board (on Pinterest) dedicated to places I hope to go someday, scads of bookmarks, guides for the future and every year we’ve been lucky enough to cross one (or two or three) off the list. This year we visited Wales and Amsterdam. Our lovely friends Kristie and Duvain were married in Wales and we were fortunate enough to not only attend but make a proper vacation out of the journey and extend our visit a bit.