Give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread - Proverbs 30:8

Monday, February 20, 2017

Ski Day

This past Friday we took the day off school and work and headed up the mountain for some cross country skiing. The weather report looked decent, but when we got there it was warmer than we anticipated and the conditions weren't all that great. We skied anyway, and were rewarded with some pretty amazing views of Mt. Hood. 

I'm linking up with Good, Random, Fun , Seasons and Life Through the Lens

Thursday, February 16, 2017


With Valentine's Day this week, I had fun creating some photos with hearts....

One of my 2017 resolutions was to practice my violin daily - it's going well and I'm really enjoying it, but it means less time for blogging and other things. I'm ok with that. Right now playing my violin daily feels right.

I'm linking up with Little Things Thursday 

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Black and White - High Contrast

For the past two years I've posted black and white photos on my instagram account daily. There was a clever little hashtag (#bnwruary) and several others were doing the same. It was a good challenge for me and i enjoyed it. My approach the first year was to just post a black and white photo each day. Last year, I focused on creating photos that were mostly white with a little black. This year I decided I wanted to post photos that had really high contrast. I'm not posting daily, but here are a few I've come up with so far. 

We've had such wet weather that I'm not able to get outside and photograph much, so it's fun to have this little project.

I'm linking up with Little Things Thursday 

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

To Edit or Not....

This past summer, one of the things I wanted to do was to subscribe to Lightroom and learn how to edit my photos. Other than a brightness or shapening adjustment that I can do in my basic photo program, I haven't played around with editing much. Part of me wanted to be able to take fabulous, straight out of the camera shots, and part of me just didn't want to spend the time to learn to edit. Well, the summer came and went and I never got around to it at all.

However, a couple weeks ago I was inspired to try a new phone app called Mextures. I still have so much to learn, but it's been fun working on a few photos and seeing how a few edits can really change a photo. 

I'd love to know your thoughts about editing...and if you have any tips to share, I'd welcome them.

before edit...

after edit in Mextures...

before edit...

after edit in Mextures....

before edit...

after edit in Mextures.....

before edit...

after edit in Mextures....

and here are a couple more after edits...

I'm linking up with  Wednesday Around the World and Image-in-ing 

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Monticello Trail

While in Charlottesville, VA at the end of January, I had the opportunity to walk the Monticello Trail from the trailhead up to the Monticello visitors center. It was a lovely walk and I can only imagine how much more beautiful when the trees are filled with leaves.

This was near the end of the trail where you can look back on "Montalto" or big mountain. "Monticello" means little mountain.

I'm linking up with Good, Random, Fun , Seasons and Life Through the Lens

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Welcome February

February is here and in these parts that usually means the first blooms of spring. However...we are expecting another nasty winter storm this weekend, so I don't know if the blooms will make it. 

A new month means a couple new areas of focus for me. In January I focused on reflections in my photography and Mozart in my music. This month, my photography challenge has to do with framing. With this in mind, I took the photo below and I love how it also includes reflections in the window panes.

As for music, this month's composer of choice for me is Felix Mendelssohn. He was born on February 3, 1809 and wrote some beautiful music. I've pulled out my music for his violin concerto and have started working on it during my practice time. A couple years ago the girls and I studied Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream and I'd like to revist that story and listen to Mendelssohn's music of the same title.

These are just a couple of the little things I'll be doing this month. Do you have any goals for February?

I'm linking up with Little Things Thursday 

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

University of Virginia

In my last post I shared photos from my visit to Monticello, Thomas Jefferson's home. Today I'll be sharing photos from the University of Virginia - founded and designed by Thomas Jefferson in 1819. The campus is simply beautiful and has unique architecture design. We walked through the rotunda (pictured below) and the  Academical Village, which is comprised of ten pavillions interspersed with student rooms. It was designed for students and professors to live in the same area. Each has its own classical architectural style as well as it's own walled garden. 

The Rotunda was inspired by the Pantheon in Rome and symbolized knowledge.  

I'm linking up with  Wednesday Around the World and Image-in-ing