A Walk Through the Woods

A few days ago, I took some time and got out into the woods. I do a lot of trail running this time of year, but I don’t take the time to slow down and smell the roses as much as I should. I felt like I needed to do that recently, so I did. I took my camera along too, because it’s been feeling neglected lately.

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I watched dragonflies hover over the lake.

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And honeybees collect pollen.

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And I stumbled upon a Blue Heron preening itself on a fallen tree. Herons are one of my favorite birds. They are so awkward and graceful at the same time.

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I really need to do this more often. I think it is important for us all to remember to slow down once in awhile. It’s so easy to get caught up in a quick pace and become so myopically focused on the end goal that we miss all the good things happening around us.

You can see the rest of the photos from this hike on my flickr stream.

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The Sandhill Cranes Are Back

I took the kids on a bird watching expedition this afternoon to see the sandhill cranes that migrate through here every year. I look forward to these birds every spring. Their call sounds almost prehistoric; I always imagine that a pterodactyl would sound similar.

I was a little late getting out this year, so we didn’t get to see as many as we have in previous years.

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There are a few more photos on my flickr stream if you are interested. I might go out again this weekend and see if I can catch a few more photos of them before they head north.

Happy Holidays!

I haven’t had a photo of the kids together for a few years, so I decided this year it was time for a new one. And just to make things more interesting, I decided to take a photo with the kids and the pets. Trying to get 2 kids, 2 cats, and a dog to all look into the camera at the same time was a challenge to say the least. Lots of treats were involved.

I transformed our dining room into an impromptu photo studio. The cats were immediately interested in the props I set up in the dining room.

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Unfortunately, they lost interest once everyone else wanted to join them.

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We had to wait for my daughter to primp and find her shoes. My son chose to use that time to get a snack.

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We never did find her shoes, but everyone was getting restless, so we decided to forge ahead shoeless. And after many, many practice shots….

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We finally got one that will work for the Holiday cards. And I didn’t even need to Photoshop any smiles.

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Wishing you peace and joy this holiday season!