Monday, October 29, 2012

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Autumn Stroll

Coming down the mountain from Galax, Virginia.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Just Horsin' Around

One of the things I love about photography is you could be going out to shoot something in particular and end up finding something unexpected when you get there.  I was at a photography club the other night and one of the men there said when you shoot photos, always have a goal and a subject in mind and go to that place with an intent to shoot exactly that because that is where your best photos will be. 
But, I find, life sort of has this way of giving you the unexpected, which in the end could turn out to be better than your original goal.  Anyway, that is just my 2 cents.  :)   
I've never been one to follow the *rules*. 

I set out to take photos of a certain thing today and was very disappointed with the outcome and we unexpectedly saw this amazing horse farm on the way home and stopped and got these pictures instead.

This horse was coming out of the barn and decided to start flipping around on his back. It was really beautiful to watch this large animal rolling around like that. I started walking away when I noticed it and had to grab my camera and quickly try capturing the moment.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Capturing the Beauty of Outdoors




I love these photos of Little Foot playing catch. He absolutely loves catching the ball and running off with it. That's why I don't call it fetch. He won't bring it back! 

In the first photo of Little Foot, by accident I hit the button and it took a picture of me holding the ball out in front. It was a complete accident, but I actually liked the way it turned out. 

Log Cabin in the woods.

This is a log cabin some friends of ours live in. You can't really tell it's a cabin from the front, but it's really adorable. We use to live right next door to them in a log cabin of our own about 15 years ago.  

Autumn Tree Reflection

The leaves are turning colors slowly but surely this year. I thought I would capture this pretty fall colored tree in my side view mirror while I was sitting in my Jeep at the park. 

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Simple Apartment

Here is the little apartment I'm staying in right now. It's the apartment over the garage at my mom's house. It has it's own little living room, kitchen, bedroom and bathroom. Little Foot's not allowed in the other part of the house, so he stays up here in the apartment with me. 

I'm pretty much living out of a suitcase right now until I can get my own place again. I took what clothes fit in my suitcase and my computer/office things and a few kitchen-wares from my house and have them here to use. The rest of my things are packed away in the basement. 

I read something the other day that gave me a great idea to do. It said that when you move, put all of your boxes in your new house. Don't unpack! Keep your boxes packed up and only get what you need out of them 1 thing at a the time as you need it. After a month or so, whatever you haven't taken out of the boxes, you probably don't really need. Then go through your boxes and divide the things into two piles: one for donation and one to sell. A great idea to cut clutter and unnecessary things out of your life! You can even do this if you aren't moving. 

Here is my uncluttered desk area.
Still no stray papers because I've been keeping
everything in my little journal.
My desk looks this way all the time now.
I didn't have to clean up any papers for this pic at all.

The insane amount of stuff I have stored in the basement.
I really don't need this much stuff. 

I'm enjoying living more simple.
With less stuff taking up my life, I have more time to devote towards more important things.
We're having company coming in for the next few days, so I can focus on family and friends instead of thinking of something that needs to be done. 

One of the things I keep thinking about is how Jesus lived a simple life. He didn't own any possessions yet was rich as one can be. When he told the rich young man to go and sell all his things and then come and follow him, he was trying to set this young man free. But he was captive of his things. Letting go is very freeing indeed.  :)

Toy Tractors

These are my dads toy tractors. His favorite tractor was Farmall. He even liked these little miniature versions of them. I know a lot of my posts and photos are sentimental at the moment, but please bare with me. I read somewhere that instead of trying to keep all of a loved ones possessions that has passed on, is to take photographs of the items instead. This way, you still have the memories you can look back on instead of having boxes of physical stuff just sitting around. 

I grew up on tractors so I actually feel quite at home on them.
Here's an old photo I just found of me bailing hay here on the farm,
 I know it's hard to tell it's me, but I was having fun!  :)
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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

On the Farm

These are some roses my dad planted,
 there are dozens on the rose bush that are bloomed. 
They are planted in front of a water spicket
and you can look out the back window of the house 
and see them. It's so beautiful.

This is one of the little calves here at the farm. 
I spooked them again walking out toward them 
with my camera. I still don't have my sneak perfected yet.
This brave little calf thought he would come back 
and check me out though. 
I had just enough time to snap the pic and he went scurrying off again.

Sunday, October 7, 2012


Things should be simple.

Why is it then that I complicate things? I've just experienced a life changing event and it has caused me to look at and examine my life. My dad passing away has had a tremendous effect on me. It has shown me that some things in life are important when what I really thought was important, really wasn't at all. Things are not important. People are.

 I once sold all of my belongings and moved to Thailand. It was a very freeing experience. I let go of things and learned to embrace  a culture and the people of Thailand. Then I came home and started to embrace things again. Our American culture encourages it and I was caught in it's trap once again. Now with one of the most important people in my life being taken away from me, it has put me back on the right course, the course of knowing that people are all that really count. I have started purging my things in order to set my priorities right and make sure my life is full of people and not full of things.

We need things... food, clothes, shelter... I know, so I have decided to start purging things that are not necessities. I've been going through clothes, shoes, everything I own and just weeding out the unnecessary parts that don't need to be there.  One of  my biggest problems has always been paper. Notes, post its, mail, un-filed papers,  the messy desk that I was forever organizing. I stumbled upon a site that shows you how to get rid of paper. It worked. The answer? A journal. Take every single important post-it, to do list, etc. and write those things down in a journal and throw away the loose pieces of paper. Then you have a clean desk with no stray papers anywhere. Everything is inside the Journal. Write your to do lists, reminders, phone msgs, everything, inside the journal from now on. 

It's so simple!

I'm learning to just be simple. Live in the moment. If you ask me what my big goals or plans are next, I don't have the answer because I'm not there. I am here, in the moment and I am going to learn to live in this moment. 

Someone once said, think of your favorite possession, the thing you own that you like the most...

now is this the thing you would want to be holding as you lay dying?

On the day my dad passed away during his last moments, my dad was holding something in each hand. My mothers hand in one and my hand in his other. 
This is all that is important. This and not one thing more.

Everything is different now, I am different.

The world is different now, the world seems changed.

Things are changing.

I am changing.

Change is good.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Old Rusty Trucks

We have a saying here in the south;
 "RUST is a color."

Friday, October 5, 2012

Old Rustic Barns

 This is an old barn right off the road we live on. There are so may old barns around here, it's fun to go around and try to find the most rustic ones you can find. I think this one is just beautiful. 

This is a simple little storage barn that belongs to my friend, she let me come over and take a picture of it. It sits up on a steep hill. That's the Blueridge Mountains behind it.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Daddy's Boots

I've taken photos of my dads boots in the past and framed them, but I was never totally happy with how the photos turned out, so I wanted to try again to get a photo similar to the image in my mind when I think of my dads work boots. You know how after a long hard day working, dad would just kick off his shoes before going into the house, I love the image of those rugged boots sitting there. This photo turned out better than the ones in the past, but it still isn't spot on. Regardless, I love how it turned out!

Monday, October 1, 2012

The Beauty In A Gloomy Day

Today it rained and drizzled nonstop.
I was just going around aiming the camera at everything and snapping pics when I stumbled upon this spider web. I loved how the rain sprinkled little droplets all over it. 

Little Foot was out walking with me and he scared a herd of cows except these last 2 looking suspiciously at us. I snapped this photo then tried quickly to change out my lens to zoom in on them and they heard me clanging my camera around and got spooked and ran. 

A lesson learned today in photography, learn some mad sneaking skills and to be very very quiet when changing lenses.