The Badlands

Over the summer this year, I experienced the most unique and breathtaking landscape I had ever witnessed: the Badlands of South Dakota.

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It would not be an exaggeration to say that when we first got out of the car to explore the landscape, I started to cry.

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The vastness, the silence, the slow wind, the rocky ground and the ceiling of the cottony, white clouds, were almost too much for me to process at first. Because it wasn’t a place just to see with your eyes, but to feel it with your heart. And I also felt very small.

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I’ve never been much of a traveler, I think mostly from fear or lack of money. But the long trip to South Dakota changed me. When we left the Badlands on a long stretch of road that seemed to be endless, it struck me right there that there are so many things out there to see, waiting just for me to catch it. The world is beautiful out there and sadly, I think I’ve spent too much time at home. We have such a short time on this earth so going forward I want to try to face the fear and save the money to see as much as I can …

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… And to try to be a role model for future explorers and hooligans.

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Next: Needles Highway, the second coolest place ever.

Photos: Shot with iPhone 8 and Canon Rebel xsi

 

Mount Rushmore and some awesome animals

The first real, full day of the vacation was at Keystone, SD. We drove to Mount Rushmore and on the road we could see it on the horizon and I started to say, “OMG, there it is!!” If you haven’t been to Mount Rushmore, there is a winding road to drive to get to the monument and at one point, all of the sudden you see it in the distance and it’s… well … breathtaking.

I have never in my life ever felt so American.

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After the amazing monument it started to rain and we checked out “Bear Country” which wasn’t just about bears. There were Bighorn Sheep, Arctic Wolf, Grizzly Bears, Black Bears, Lions, Elk, Bison, Badgers, Otters, just to name a few. We saw a bear fight and I really enjoyed watching two adorable young mountain lion siblings acting like siblings.

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All photographs shot with Canon Rebel xsi and iPhone 8

Next stop: Badlands

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It took two days to get us to a landscape we had never seen before. And the long drive was completely worth it.

It has taken a long time to go through all the thousands of pictures I took on our trip to South Dakota and I’ll start with the photographs taken when everything in the landscape changed. They don’t call it “Big Sky Country” for nothing.

 

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Next stop: Mount Rushmore and Keystone, SD

All photographs taken with a Canon Rebel xsi and an iPhone 8.

Genoa OH – 6/2/18

I am definitely not the kind of chick hanging out at 6am on a Saturday, but these are the things you do for your kids, right? We left at the crack of dawn to get to Genoa, Ohio and we met his fellow high school cross country runners; following a nice lunch buffet. And so it seemed, we are now back into 5k season into the fall. Because there’s another 5k next Saturday morning…

But for this photographer, the old town Americana and country vibe in Genoa, Ohio was full of photography opportunities. So I was ‘OK’ to be there. I’m not going to post all of the pics I took of my son and his friends because I’ve been told that it’s “weird” if I post pics of him and his friends on my blog (I’m only doing to post pics of him on Facebook 😉). Funny how things change in generations, but in a way, they don’t change. Remember when our parents found our diaries in the middle of the mattress? 🤔 And our response was like, “Mom, you read my diary?? I hate you!”

Yeah, I’m a mom with a bunch of teenagers now. So I get it.

Here are the pics that I took, no pictures of my son. I’m always inspired by these little Ohio towns when I get out of the Columbus metro area.

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I Spy Something Green

After a 2 year hiatus (which was needed), the garden is back alive (after lots of freakin’ work!). There is still weeding and working to do (and that’s what you get for ignoring your gardens for 2 years), so this is still a work in progress. Here are the first pics of 2018. Definitely more pics coming through the summer as everything grows.

It’s funny though, Why does a young Jersey chick who grew up in an urban setting enjoy planting vegetables and flowers as an adult so much?? I don’t know, but all I know is that I love the feel of the dirt in my hands, the sweat on my neck, the reward of watching vegetables grow from seeds to something I chew on – it’s wonderful!

I haven’t posted all the pics of the garden yet so here’s a sampling. But here is what I planted this year: green bell peppers, habanero pepper, tomatoes, basil, arugula, chives, lavender, snap peas, catnip, lettuce, pumpkins and in the perennial garden we have strawberries and raspberries, a blueberry plant, peonies, roses and some random plants throughout the front and back yards. Oh and Andrew also planted his own seeds of bachelor button flowers. Can’t wait to see them grow! So happy to see him so enthused to plant something.

Also, in this new season, make sure you patronize your local farmer’s market!

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Lettuce

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All photos shot on a Canon Rebel xsi

Exploring the Streets – Columbus OH 4.28.18

Last weekend I went to a tour headed by the Young Preservationists Society and learned lots of more info on this fair midwest city of Columbus. Of course it was also a great opportunity to take some shots in some usual and unique locations – from the State House to an old historic building during construction.

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All shots taken with a Canon Rebel xsi and an iPhone 6.

 

 

 

Asbury Park, NJ USA 4-4-18

During my quick trip to NJ last week, I was able to get away for a few hours and take some shots of the boardwalk in the iconic town of Asbury Park, NJ. Enjoy!

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All photographs shot with a Canon Rebel xsi and an iPhone 6. Edits on Photoshop, Snapseed and DistressedFX.

Depth of Field: MetroParks at the MAC

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I had no idea that last June, when I took a serendipitous drive to a park to take some shots of the sunset, that it would change the course of my work this year. On a whim I submitted this photograph to a juried exhibition late last year and this January I found out that my photograph was selected. Ecstatic that I got in, I also immediately started to take stock of what the heck I was going to do with all these photographs that I take and maybe it just felt like the right time to go full tilt.

Over the years I haven’t done anything with them. Mostly out of a lack of confidence, a lack of time or money to invest, or personal derailments, I’ve never really valued my art. And maybe all it took was one photograph to be discovered or to change my perspective.

Sometimes my passion is writing, sometimes it’s making paper, sometimes it’s crafts, sometimes it’s working with animals, but over the years I have always come back to photography. And there must be a reason for that.

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Locals! Opening Reception for Depth of Field: MetroParks at the MAC is coming soon! Meet me there on Thursday, March 22nd at 6-8pm. There are 40 works in the exhibition.