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Wow…It’s been a long time!

September 8, 2014

It has been a long time since I posted — but I haven’t stopped taking photos. I have a ton of photos to post, and I am going to try to get them up over the next month. In the mean time, I’ll catch you up on what I have been up to using some of my instagram favs!

Boston Marathon – Through my job, I have had the opportunity to work with a Boston marathon fundraising team. In the aftermath of the bombings, this year was an incredible year to be connected to the Boston marathon – and it made Marathon Monday even more exciting. As I mentioned in last year’s post on the bombings, my cousin who was running was one of many who did not make it to the finish. This year, she grabbed her number in a heartbeat, went back out on the course and ran the 26.2 miles to the finish line. My highlight of the day was getting to see her around mile 23 and give her a big hug — and then knowing that she finished. I had to get to my cheering spot early in the morning, and had the opportunity to snap Beacon Street when all the barriers were up and the police were doing their final course sweep. It was a little eerie and exciting. I deleted the instagram version of the photo so here is the orginal. You can see the instagram version here.

Beacon - Boston Marathon

Wedding! – A close friend of mine from high school asked me to be a bridesmaid in her wedding — and it could not have been a more fun experience. The other bridesmaids were such a great group of girls, and her wedding was spatular and so much fun. I was honored to be included in their special day and cannot wait to hear about all the adventures they will have. The bridesmaids kicked off the wedding festivities with a bachelorette weekend in Miami. It could not have been a better weekend and set the tone for a fun summer. During the weekend we went on a sunset boat ride. Here is a photo of the Miami skyline as the sunsets and storm clouds move in.

Miami Sunset

In other fun news, after about 8 months of an empty house my parents moved and brought home a puppy one month later. Her name is Roxie and she is spunky and PERFECT. One of her favorite spots right now is under an ottoman in my parents living room. We don’t know what she will do when she can no longer fit. I took her on a short car ride (from the driveway to the street). She sat in the front seat and didn’t know which way to face. She has a lot of learning to do.

Roxie

While I was home in Cleveland, my friend and I took a day trip Pittsburgh. I had never been to downtown Pittsburgh, and I enjoyed exploring it. On our way out, we stopped at a look out and I captured this shot of the city on a rainy day.

Pittsburgh

I also had some wonderful excursion in the Boston area:

Overnight trip to Nantucket

Nantucket

Day trip to vineyards

Vineyard

Sand Sculptures on Revere Beach (make sure to return for more photos!)

Sand Sculpture

And most recently, a trip to the Harpoon Brewery, which also included enjoying the Boston Harbor.

Boston Harbor

I hope you enjoy these photos and make sure to check back soon for more photos!

Insta-Snow

March 3, 2014

The winter has felt particularly snowy. Almost every week the weather forecast includes a snow storm, and although they aren’t horrible storms, they tend to fall during rush hour, when everyone this on the road. Here are a couple of instagram photos I have taken of this white winter.

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photo 3*this last photo isn’t that great, but it’s of Two Turkeys in a Tree I saw running one day and I’m slightly obsessed that I saw turkeys in a tree.

 

Boston Winter Thaw

March 2, 2014

This winter has felt rough. Granted it is my second winter in Boston, and other then Nemo, last winter was on the mild side. This winter has been plagued with polar vortexes and snow storm after snow storm. Finally, last week we got a winter thaw! The timing of it could not be more perfect because I had a friend up visiting! The beautiful weather allowed us to enjoy strolling around downtown, walking from the Commons to Copley, skating on the frog pond (my first time!) and a night out in the North End.

And of course the snow allowed me to snap some great photos of downtown Boston. Enjoy!

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Abandoned

March 2, 2014

When I see a page title with “photos of abandoned places” I can’t help put click and admire the beautiful photos of abandoned places. I love when photographers can take abandoned places or objects and place them in a composition that is compelling. A goal of mine has always been to go into the abandoned warehouses around Cleveland and take photos of the aged infrastructures of Cleveland’s golden days, but have yet to do so.  The closest I have come to succeeding is taking a photo of one of my favorite abandoned buildings when it was in the middle of the process of being torn down.

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It was exciting for me to see the theme of this week’s photo challenge: abandoned places. At first I didn’t think I would have a moment to get out and take a shot for the theme. However, I lucked out when I remembered I had photos left from over this falls apple picked expedition of a pile of abandoned apple creates and other various abandoned objects.

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Wordless Wednesday

November 6, 2013

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Fall Apple Picking: APPLES!

November 3, 2013

I don’t know how often I post about going apple picking. Apple picking is my favorite fall activity and I use it as an excuse to take my camera out to an orchard. Last fall when I went apple picking, we picked an orchard that felt very commercial and crowded. Although those trees were perfect for climbing and there were plenty of apples, commercial and crowded are my least favorite descriptions to associate with apple picking. When looking for an orchard, I wanted to find one that was the opposite of last year’s trip. My friends and I found a place about 40 minutes north of city: Westford Hill Orchard. It was the perfect size, there was still a variety of apples, free hay rides, spiced apple cider and cider donuts at their farm stand, and it was almost empty. We had a blast picking apples. And I left with a collection of photos. I will be posting photos from the trip this week, so make sure to check back for additional photos organized around specific themes.

To launch the series I decided to post three photos where the focus was the apples.

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PS: Sorry for the lack of posting lately. I began a new FULL TIME job in September and it has been sucking up my time.

Algonquin Park: Beaver Pond Trail

September 14, 2013

During my family’s trip to Algonquin, we took a walk around Beaver Pond Trail. This interactive 2 km trail winds its way around a pond/lake where you can see a beaver lodge and dam. Hikers can take a guidebook with them and read about various facts, learning about beavers and the lodge/dam making process. The path was not too difficult and takes you to a great lookout point at the end of the trail. If you are ever in Algonquin I strongly suggest picking up a guidebook at the Visitor’s Center and heading down to Beaver Pond Trail for a wonderful walk.

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