Through a few months of computer crashes, new hard drives, more computer crashes, and finally a new computer….I have decided to show my face again and get back to the weekly photo challenges! My, how I have missed the creativity they seem to inspire! This weeks photo challenge was “Two Subjects”. I find myself having a bit of spring fever on a day like today, and seem to have “silly” in my bones after being outside with the kiddos for a good part of the afternoon, so here you go:
Hope – “to cherish a desire with anticipation”
While growing up, my one “hope” or desire was to have a child/children and be able to be a stay at home mom. Once I achieved that goal, the word “hope” took on an entirely new meaning.
I hope they are healthy. I hope they have a good life. I hope they stay safe. I hope people are kind to them, and that they experience as little heartache as possible. I hope they find happiness. I hope they find someone, someday, who loves them as much as I do. I hope they have children of their own. I hope they live long, prosperous lives.
I have so many hopes and wishes for my children, and every night when I pray, I always ask for these things for them. Hope, I have found, is really all that I have.
Every once in a while, you end up with a day that is almost perfect.
Today was that day.
We all need those days to hold on to. For on those other kinds of days, the not so nice days, we need to have these pages in time to pull out…..to dust off ……and to remember.
Do YOU remember?
You have them, too.
If you close your eyes and let your mind go, you will find yourself there. Back to one of those special places on a special day…..that day that was as close to perfect as days can be.
Today was day 4 of my visit to the NC mountains. Today, not only did I get to have a fantastic visit with a dear friend, I got to go waterfall hiking with my most treasured of all people….my family. We went to Pisgah National Forest and hiked to Toms Spring Falls (a.k.a Daniel Ridge Falls). One of the most beautiful places to be in WNC is in Pisgah, as no matter what you are looking for (vistas, waterfalls,streams, pathways, bridges)…it can be found there.
Here are a few snapshots into my day. And if I ever get lost, if I ever can’t seem to locate these images in my mind, thank God I can come back here. Thats the beauty of photo blogging. 🙂
This morning I awoke to my former life. I was back in North Carolina. Back in the mountains. Back to the place I used to call HOME.
I made my morning coffee and waited patiently, looking out the window into the receding darkness.
The sun started to rise. The colors emerged. The peace in my soul started flowing again.
Nothing could be more simple than that.
In light of the holiday season (the shopping, decorating, wrapping, and photo sessions for Christmas Cards), I have fallen behind on my blogging once again. I was out on location for a couples session last night. At the beach. In the north. In January. Although we froze our tushies off, it made for some stunning images (which I hope to add to my blog later tonight).
As we strolled along the beach, we came across this tree. I rarely pause a photo shoot to take a picture for myself, but I know this couple well…and I simply could not resist the stunning image this ice covered tree presented me with. Its something that even my fancy camera couldn’t really do justice to. But here it is anyway, as I am now able to happily post my “Winter” photo Challenge.
To quote something I saw a friend post on Facebook recently: “The winters will drive you crazy until you learn to get out into them.”
― Parker J. Palmer
“Often one finds one’s destiny just where one hides to avoid it.”~Chinese Proverb
Ok….had to slip a few more hiking photos in. Yesterday we hiked through Pisgah Forest to a waterfall called Skinny Dip Falls. It was worth the short (but difficult) 1/2 mile hike into the forest to see this waterfall. The trail was gorgeous (and had the most interesting tree I have ever seen)…and the waterfall consisted of 4 falls along a beautiful stream. In the summer, people swim here in the clear deep swimming hole section of this area. In October, it was quiet and deserted (just the way I like it!) as ythe water is too cold for swimming. Hope you enjoy the photos!
This week, I have been fortunate enough to travel to the mountains of North Carolina to take photos of the fall colors there. Talk about a fabulous opportunity! Feeling blessed to be able to be here, I thought this weeks photo challenge was a great time to share some of the images I have captured with all of you. Enjoy!~
One of my most favorite things to photograph, I have an entire folder on my Mac dedicated to sunset pictures. Its so interesting to me, that the same “view” from my backyard can vary so intently each night by the sun, the clouds, and the time of year. Here are a few I have taken in the past few months…I couldn’t pick only one! 🙂 Enjoy~!