The alarm on my phone blared to life at 4 am. I thought where am I ? Why is this happening ? I don’t want to get up ! I am SO COLD !!!! I wiped the sleep from my eyes and went off in search of my dad. Of course he was awake, after all, he does go to bed at 3 o’clock in the afternoon. I kid. He goes to bed at 7pm. I was crabby and cold and completely excited because we were driving up to the summit of Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park, ME to view the sunrise. I rushed to get my camera gear into the van, plugged our destination into the GPS and off we went to the top of the mountain. We made it JUST IN TIME for sunrise. Stepping out of the van, the bitter cold of the morning was breath taking. I could not believe it was memorial day weekend and I could see my breath on the air. I was woefully under dressed ! There were people dragging along their sleeping bags, blankets, and in winter parkas. Here I was in a light fleece. Lovely :) It was a cloudy morning. You could only see a sliver of the sun peeking underneath the line of clouds. I didn’t care one bit. Cadillac Mountain, at 1,530 feet (466 meters), is the highest point along the North Atlantic seaboard and the first place to view sunrise in the United States, and here my dad and I were, taking in the awesome views ! Braving the FREEZING temps and winds were completely worth it. The view was spectacular and so was getting to experience it with my dad :)
Usually, around mid-March, I begin dreaming of the coming cherry blossoms of springtime. It’s probably because if I don’t dream of such springtime-like things, I will go insane and suffocate from the snow and die freezing in a boring world of white and cold. Dramatic, I know.
This year, I wanted so badly to pull off a trip to DC to see the cherry blossoms in bloom on the Tidal Basin. I made it to Washington DC a few years ago after an impulse trip to Baltimore for the night and spent a beautiful Sunday afternoon taking photos of the blossoms from every angle imaginable. All the trees were in bloom and I was a happy camper, indeed (although I’m thinking it wasn’t in fact peak when I was there because OMGosh were there 47856159615231023 bazillion people there this year and it wasn’t like that AT ALL a few years ago !)
I had the chance to go this year and it was beautiful, although SUPER MEGA HOLY COW crowded. We had an amazing time and I’m glad we went ! JG and I stayed with my Aunt Peggy and Pete, who were amazing hosts. I was so happy to be able to visit and spend time with them :) They showed us around the festival and then we went exploring some of the other monuments. All in all, it was a perfect weekend spent with perfect company :)
I have to say that I think this photograph above is one of my favorite photographs I’ve ever taken. :)
All I can say is … there’s more images to come :) These were a few of my favorite close up shots.
On a side note, I was SO SO SO bummed that I forgot to bring my Tamron 60mm Macro lens. It had just been repaired, cleaned and calibrated too :(
On our way home from the Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington DC, we decided to just relax and wander a bit on our way home. We ended up in Gettysburg, PA to see what we could see. We ended up at the Gettysburg Cemetary, across the street from the battlefield. It was very moving just BEING there. I have many photos which I need to work on and will post once they are finished.
There were a few huge magnolia trees in the cemetery which were juuuuuuussssssttttt about to bloom. I love magnolias in general, but absolutely adore the buds on the trees.
The sun was dipping low in the sky, turning the light golden which highlighted the deep magenta pink of the blooms. Here are a few shots, more to come. I was tickled with how well the bokeh accents the gorgeous buds !
I was going through some images on one of my thumb drives and realized that I never posted these photos from an early autumn hike I took in Letchworth State Park.
It was such a gorgeous day ! Perfection. Sunny skies, fall colors just beginning to pop, perfect temperature.
We hiked down into the river bed, which was a no-no according to the signs, but SO worth it. It was heaven just laying on the warm, flat rocks next to the river, watching the sky go by and hearing the sound of the water rush past my ears. It was a moment I will forever remember as a little slice of heaven on earth.
Here are some of my favorite images from that perfect afternoon :)
It’s funny, that when it comes down to it, I am a details gal at heart. When I’m out wandering, the goal in my mind is always to capture the landscape as I see it, the big picture, if you will. However, when I get home and I’m choosing which photos to edit, the ones I fall in love with are always the details, the small stuff.
I was on an owl prowl in Owl Woods in Braddock’s Bay Park a few weeks ago. It was 7:30 AM and the early morning light streaming through the trees was absolutely gorgeous. I was getting frustrated trying to get the right settings on my Nikon to capture what my eyes were seeing. I zoomed in on the pine cones sprouting from the trees(they were so wee and cute! I loved their brown color and their texture!) and there that creamy morning light was in all it’s glory.
Alas, no owls were spotted on our prowl, but I was happy to get two pretty images of these pine cones. I lie, I totally would have rather had photos of the owls we didn’t find ;) But all in all, it was a chilly yet gorgeous morning spent wandering the woods with great company. I cannot think of a more perfect morning :)
Cherry Blossoms are a springtime obsession of mine. I love the delicate color of the flowers and the trees bursting with blooms. I’m hoping to travel to DC this weekend to view the trees in the tidal basin at their peak. Fingers crossed, it’ll happen !
Here are a few of my favorite shots from the last time I had the opportunity to photograph DC’s cherry blossom trees in all their glory :)
My sister in law and good friend are co-writing a blog … http://www.awriteheart.com and I have had the opportunity to do a little shooting for them :)
Here are some images from the shoot. It was a freezing evening with jaw-droppingly perfect light at Braddock’s Bay Marina …
http://www.awriteheart.com – A new Christian Women’s Blog … Coming soon !
(This is my seester, and I am super excited for this endeavor of hers ! She is quite the amazing writer !)