Wash Woods cemetery

Last week, I visited False Cape State Park— a park that is between Virginia Beach and North Carolina and accessible only by foot, bike or paddle boat… or tram. The idea of a tram tour wasn’t too exciting since I like to meander and take photos and watch birds, but there was NNOOOO way I was going to walk 10 miles roundtrip with a heat index of over 100F (37.8C)! However, I knew there was a cemetery from the Wash Woods settlement that had been abandoned in the 1930’s, and the cemetery was on the tour– so off I went. Am so glad I did! Got some great shots of herons and egrets along the way, and the cemetery with it’s sea shell gifts was well worth the trip.

sunset paddle

It’s been a several years since my first kayaking trip through the mangrove tunnels near Sarasota, Florida. I’ve been kayaking a time or two since, but it’s been awhile…so when my husband and I saw the sign for a sunset paddle on the very calm Back Bay in Virginia, we decided to sign up. As soon as I got in the kayak, I realized I forgot that you get really wet, especially when you paddling technique is somewhat lacking. I also realized that I can’t paddle a kayak in a straight line to save my life! and that whole paddle on the right side to go left– ha! forgot every time! It takes a lot of mental focus to move in the correct direction, especially for someone who just wants to look around the whole time. Fortunately for me, the other couple on the trip were also fairly novice so my struggles weren’t quite as obvious.

All of the effort was worth it though– I saw an owl fly by, a heron, an eagle nest (but no eagle), and had a lot of fun with a workout (surprisingly didn’t regret it the next morning either!) Another fortunate thing was that I got to borrow my cousin’s waterproof camera, so I was able to get some pics of the trip!

Strolling through Banshee…

Hearing that Banshee was going to start shooting in a town near Pittsburgh was quite exciting, and that excitement grew a several weeks ago when a friend sent a picture of the Banshee Sheriff’s Department sign. It took awhile, but we finally made it to Vandergrift to see “Banshee, PA”. Rumor had it that they would be shooting yesterday, so we were hoping to see some Banshee Sheriff’s cars and possibly some of the filming, but unfortunately they have just brought back all the equipment and don’t start filming until this week. Perhaps we’ll make it out again to see some action! Meanwhile, I did shoot some of the buildings and will still be thrilled when the new season airs that I was IN BANSHEE!

it’s been awhile…

Awhile….?  Wow, like 8 months… Where has the time gone? What have I been doing?  I’m not sure.  Let’s see– I’ve started quilting again and made a few of those, that’s probably one of my main time-sucks.  And work has gotten more intense, so I’m kinda exhausted. And there’s been some home improvement projects going on…  I also adopted a dog in February and she’s great! She really isn’t the best togging buddy, though– but i just can’t bring myself to leave her home while i go out and spend time with my camera.  She’s just too much fun to be with :)

This weekend, however, I had to run some errands and I also wanted to take some photos. I haven’t had my camera out since June!!  In August, a new botanical garden opened in the Pittsburgh area– and while I did go out and take some photos on the opening weekend– I never got around to posting them.  When we were there, wandering through the meadow area, I was upset that I hadn’t brought my macro lens and swore that we would go back in the next week or two with it… that ended up being like 7 weeks.  I can’t wait for spring and hope to find lots of bees and beetles and shield bugs and lady bugs and maybe even a preying mantis! but for now, I found a ton of grasshoppers!  See…

 

Over Christmas, I spent the week with my nieces and nephew (oh, and the rest of the family…). I always come with plenty of craft and game ideas for the kids, but this year… as we were wondering around one of those “everything’s a dollar” stores, my husband spied an aisle of glow-jewelry and got a bright (hehe) idea for a fun time with the kids, that was really all a project for me ;-) So, a basket full of necklaces and bracelets in every available color later, and a rave with a 3, 6, and 8 yo in the basement, and this is what we got! The kiddos had a blast, and I got to take some really cool shots. Trying to get them to do anything planned was a bit like herding kittens, so everything here (except my poor attempt at drawing angel wings) was spontaneous. Maybe it’s just because I did it with kids, but I see animals and dinosaurs in a lot of the shots… what do you see?