Archive for January, 2012

I was waiting at the library on a late Saturday afternoon.  It was snowing outside (finally!), and people were coming in and out.  Returning books, checking out books, shaking the wetness from their coats as they entered from the street.  Each time the door would open, a chilly blast of air would announce the arrival or departure of a library patron.  They were college students, families, young and old.  As I stood there, an elderly man walked out of the main library.  He had a beard and a yellow parka.  There was a spring in his step as he strode through the library foyer.  He stopped and looked at me.

“I couldn’t find the unicorns,” he said.  “I’m going to go look in the lake.”

Then, without waiting for any response from me, he headed straight out the door into the rain and snow.

It was so random.  I’m glad he didn’t want a response from me, because I had nothing.


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I don’t know how winter is in your neck of the woods, but here it is no snow, bright blue skies…it looks like it should be November instead of January.  The other day, outside beckoned.  It was gorgeous!  My kindergartener and I decided it was time to get out and take a walk.  We decided that the park would be best, so we loaded baby into the car and off we went.  As we pulled into the parking lot I glanced at the temperature reading on my dashboard.  24 degrees.  Really cold.  We were there, though, so I thought I would see how long we lasted.  The baby was bundled up well and snuggled into his carseat.  My daughter had on her warm winter coat.  I knew I would warm up once I got moving.

We made it once around the track.  If there had been a path back to the parking lot halfway around, we would have taken it.  My daughter and I agreed that hot cocoa was in order.

After loading back into the car we made the short trip home.  We passed a small farm with a few cows and horses out in the freezing cold.  After a moment my daughter asked, “Mom, how come animals are outside when it is so cold?”

I explained that the animals in our area have coats of fur to keep them warm in the winter.  We talked about animals that have hair/fur and started naming animals that don’t have hair.  Snakes and lizards came up first, then (from the back) “alligators and crocodiles…they don’t have fur!”

Me:  That’s right!  Do you think alligators and crocodiles would be able to live around here?

R:  “No….except the dead ones.”

Photos from when it was slightly warmer…still too cold for alligators or crocodiles though.  Except the dead ones.

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Back in September I had a great opportunity to be second shooter for Tara Winsor of Winsor Photography…she specializes in all types of portraits, but wedding photography is her passion!  And she is terrific.  She asked me to tag along for some wedding formals and I jumped at the chance!  I was super excited to learn from such a talented photographer.  I can see why she loves to photograph weddings…it is so fun to see the love between a bride and groom!  I mentioned this shoot before…the weather was questionable and we got a late start, but it all turned out.  Not only do I love the photos that Tara captured (you can see them here), but I got a few myself:

What does the second shooter do?  It was my job to shoot from different angles…I wasn’t right behind Tara, for example, I was a foot or two to the side.  It was a pleasure to shoot with her and to meet her clients!  Thanks, Tara!

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happy new year

I promise I haven’t dropped off the face of the earth.  Sometimes it feels like I have, but I really haven’t.

This is what has been going on:

He’s almost 7 weeks now, and he doesn’t really like it when I try to do anything at the computer if it involves holding him at the same time.  So I steal bits of time here and there to edit photos.  I promise I still have a bunch to put on here.  Stay tuned…

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