Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Neighborhood




With the the days being longer, I like to make the most of them by taking walks as
often as possible.  Even if it is just a quick wander through the neighborhood.
In the spring and summer it feels like my favorite time of day, dusk, lasts so much longer. In the winter it seems that as soon as the sun begins to fade, it’s night in a matter of minutes. But during these warm months, the sun just hangs out on the edge of the horizon for quite some time.  This is my favorite to to take a walk.  I love how the landscape looks in the setting sun’s golden glow.










Monday, July 17, 2017

Central Park





While in New York City for a few days last December, a visit to Central Park was something to check off our to do list. I hadn't given the park much thought before visiting, but when we got there, it was a bit of a strange experience to stand someplace that has been so popular in countless TV shows and movies. It was hard to believe I was actually there. 




One moment you are making your way through streets lined with skyscrapers so tall they block out the sun, while dodging mobs of people and crazy taxis. The next moment, you find yourself surrounded by trees and nature and feel like you have been instantly transported into another universe. 





But before you can forget where you are, a quick glance up towards the sky, and the sunlight you forgot existed, reveals all the huge buildings towering up over the tree tops. It is a surreal sight. 




















My pictures may give a false illusion that the park was quite secluded, when really it was quite the opposite!  People were everywhere of course! 




I found myself being very impressed with central park. The woodland landscape against the biggest buildings I have ever seen was a very picturesque sight. 

We wandered around the park for a while, ate a pretzel from a street cart, took in the sights, and then got stopped by a man dressed as a monk who put bracelets on our wrists before we knew what was happening then tried to make us pay $20 each for them. We gave him one $5 and ran away. All in all, a pretty successful walk in Central Park.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Tulips


I’ve grown to really like Tulips. They never were one of my top favorite flowers, but I like that they seem to stay in bloom longer than any of my other bulbs, which bloom for a couple days and then turn into what looks like an old brown tissue. This fall I am going to plant an absurd amount of them and watch my yard explode with tulips when the spring comes.



This pointy white one must have came in the variety pack I bought, even though the picture didn’t show any like this. I’ve never seen a pointy leaf tulip before. I hope he comes back next year.


(Not a tulip, I just liked how this other plant looked!)






 I saw this bee hanging out while I was taking tulip pictures. It’s rare to see an actual honey bee these days!




Friday, July 14, 2017

The Return- And Favorite Photos of 2016


Wordpress ended up being an irritating website to work with so my photos will begin making the long and arduous journey back to blogger as it appears it is not currently possible to import them. So they will be re-posted here in between brand new posts :)

It made sense to start the return with my favorite photos of 2016. 






Skyline view of my favorite city.























Friday, October 21, 2016

Cat Photos Friday #124- Mad Boys

I had planned to do a spooky photo shoot for today, but the cats had other plans apparently.  They thought it would be a good idea to break into the attic one day while we were at work. But their idea went downhill fast when all the weird smells up there caused a case of non recognition aggression. Which means that Chester and Jeeves didn't recognize each other and wanted to kill each other. 

So now they have to be separated for a few days until their brains reset and they remember each other again.


Chester was so messed up by the experience that I let him chew on the catnip I've been growing. in hopes of making him more chill. 






Ever since we let those kittens into our house over a year ago, just the slightest weird smell will set the boys off. If I diffuse the situation quickly they're only weird for a couple hours, but if not, then it takes days for them to act normal again.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

A Drive Through a Cloud


These are some more photos from a day on the Blue Ridge Parkway last year when when we drove through a storm cloud.


The Blue Ridge mountains are tall enough that when the storm clouds descend, the mountain tops become engulfed in the cloud.

As we drove along, a storm rolled in and began to settle above us. It wasn't long before it completely surrounded us!


The sight was amazing, but there was no room to safely pull over and snap pictures. So I stuck my camera out the car window as we cruised along through the mist. 
My camera has been though a lot.


The storm was fast moving, so it never blinded us completely. But there were a few scary moments where we could hardly see!



Something silly happened while the storm was approaching.. My hair started standing up!!  The electricity in the air maybe? It was strange. 


We almost didn't drive up to the mountains this day because of the impending storm, but I am so glad we did!