Think what a better world it would be if we all, the whole world, had cookies and milk about three o'clock every afternoon and then lay down on our blankets for a nap. - Barbara Jordan FOCUS: Life Unscripted A comfy couch, a cozy blanket, and an afternoon nap. One of life's simplest pleasures. ... Continue Reading →
Give me books, French wine, fruit, fine weather and a little music out of doors. - John Keats FOCUS: Life Unscripted Tonight we had the rare pleasure of attending an outdoor concert at the Denver Botanic Gardens. Concerts at the Gardens are a wonderful experience. The stage is set up 'in-the-round' in a sunken... Continue Reading →
Do I like my coffee black? Are there other colors? FOCUS: Life Unscripted Coffee and the morning paper. One of life's simplest pleasures.
To sit alone in the lamplight with a book spread out before you... such is a pleasure beyond compare. ~Kenko Yoshida FOCUS: Life Unscripted Curling up with a good book and a glass of wine after a long day. One of life's simplest pleasures.
I will stay, just to walk beside you for one more day. ― Jess C. Scott, Skins, Animal Stories FOCUS: Life Unscripted Walking the dogs. One of life's simplest pleasures.
An apple is an excellent thing... until you try a peach. - George DuMarier FOCUS: Food One more edition to my 'Taste of Summer' series - peaches. Now I realize that Georgia is famous for its peaches. And I've tried them. In fact, I've tried many of them. And they taste just fine. But,... Continue Reading →
It never gets easier. You just go faster. - Greg LeMond FOCUS: Sports We are huge cycling fans in our household, and a highlight of our year is late August when Colorado hosts the USA Pro Cycling Challenge. The best part of this race for us is attending the final stage of this 7-day... Continue Reading →
Life is like a roller coaster ride. You can scream every time you hit a bump, or throw your hands up in the air and enjoy the ride. FOCUS: Around Town Lakeside Amusement Park opened its doors in 1908 and is one of the oldest amusement parks in the United States. I remember going... Continue Reading →
Friends are like melons; Shall I tell you why? To find one good, one hundred you must try. - Claude Mermet FOCUS: Food It is true that melons are some of trickiest fruits to 'get right'. I've seen people thump, smell, roll, weigh and do all other sorts of 'tricks' to find the perfect... Continue Reading →
You say tomato, I say tomahto... FOCUS: Food Continuing with my 'taste of summer' theme from yesterday, today I am focusing on heirloom tomatoes. Oh, how absolutely delicious they are... juicy, sweet, and oozing with flavor. They simply put the common hot house tomato to shame. I wish I could claim to have grown... Continue Reading →
...ears of corn letting their auburn hair wind down to their stalks. - Toni Morrison FOCUS: Food You know summer is nearing its end when the Olathe sweet corn from the western slope of Colorado makes its way into the markets. All it needs is a quick char on the grill and a slather... Continue Reading →
...August hangs at the very top of the summer, the top of the live-long year, like the highest seat of a Ferris wheel when it pauses in its turning. The weeks that come before are only a climb from balmy spring, and those that follow a drop to the chill of autumn, but...August is motionless,... Continue Reading →
The incredible, edible egg. FOCUS: Food This has got to be one of the strangest things I have ever seen. In this photo, my son is holding a raw chicken egg that is perfectly intact, despite it's shell being gone. In this semi-transparent state, we can get a glimpse into this little wonder of the... Continue Reading →
It's a jungle out there... FOCUS: Nature Every year about this time I think to myself, "Wow, we sure have planted a lot of vines in our garden..." That's because every year about this time, those vines start to enthusiastically take over everything in their path. They hang from the fence, creep up the sides... Continue Reading →
Deep in the sun-searched growths, the dragonfly hangs like a blue thread loosed from the sky. - Dante Gabriel Rossetti FOCUS: Nature I went to photograph the beautiful gardens at Washington Park today, and much to my delight a little dragonfly just happened to perch itself on top of a nearby flower. It sat... Continue Reading →
[S]he drank to life, to all it had been, to all it was, to all it would be. - Sean O'Casey FOCUS: Life Unscripted A perfect ending to a week brimming with so many momentous occasions... Cheers to this wonderful life!
Look Ma - No Braces!! FOCUS: Life Unscripted / Portrait Wow, what a week... First my son gets his driver's license, then my daughter moves away to college, and today my son gets his braces removed. Phew! I'd say we've hit a 'Milestone Trifecta' in our household!!
However painful the process of leaving home, for parents and for children, the really frightening thing for both would be the prospect of the child never leaving home. - Robert Neelly Bellah FOCUS: Life Unscripted Tomorrow my daughter officially heads off to college. The bags are packed and the excitement is high... She's been... Continue Reading →
The year most of my high school friends and I got our driver's licenses, the coolest thing one could do was stand outside after school and twirl one's car keys like a lifeguard whistle. That jingling sound meant freedom and power. - Sloane Crosley FOCUS: Life Unscripted Today my son got his driver's license.... Continue Reading →
If you're not living on the edge, you're taking up too much space. - Anonymous FOCUS: Sports Today I was back at the climbing gym with my son. He just started getting into rock climbing back in January and since then he has progressed enough to now lead climb and tackle 5.12's. If you... Continue Reading →
Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, Nothing is going to get better. It's not. - Dr. Suess FOCUS: Life Unscripted Each year we participate in the Food Allergy & Research Education (FARE) Walk, which raises money to support food allergy education, research, advocacy and awareness. Researchers estimate that up to 15 million... Continue Reading →
I'm the kind of girl who loves her cowboy boots and her heels. Best of both worlds. - Unknown FOCUS: Portrait I had another great senior portrait session this week. By request, I split this session into two locations to capture both the sugar & spice sides of this spunky high school senior. We started... Continue Reading →
Mary, Mary, quite contrary How does your garden grow? With silver bells and cockleshells And pretty maids all in a row. -Mother Goose FOCUS: Flowers (Digital Art) There is a street right near my house that is bordered on one side with a long row of tall backyard fences. The fences are set back about... Continue Reading →
My little dog - a heartbeat at my feet. - Edith Wharton FOCUS: Animals My two little Havanese are slaves to routine (theirs not mine), and one activity we can always count on is a nightly 'run like hell' session around the house. These sessions happen quite spontaneously. One moment all is peaceful and quiet,... Continue Reading →
A watched pot never boils. But turn your back for one moment, and it is guaranteed to boil over! - Proverb FOCUS: Everyday Object So I think my creativity muscle was a little fatigued today. Perhaps it was due to the paltry 3 hours of sleep I got the night before... When I told my... Continue Reading →
It's not the photographer that makes the picture, but the person being photographed. - Sebastiao Salgado FOCUS: Portrait 217 days into this Project 365 and I still find that photographing people is my favorite. Whether I am meeting someone for the first time, or whether I have known them for years, seeing others through... Continue Reading →
Old MacDonald had a farm. E-I-E-I-O... FOCUS: Animals Today we had lunch with some friends at a kitsch-y restaurant called White Fence Farm. This was my first visit to this family-style restaurant that features a country store, petting zoo, old cars, live entertainment, and 'the best fried chicken you've ever tasted'. It's a bit like... Continue Reading →
The mountains are calling, and I must go. - John Muir FOCUS: Landscape We took the Jeep out today for a 4WD trek up the east side of Rollins Pass. In the early 1900's, railroad advertising called this route the "Top O' the World" as it crossed over the continental divide of the Rocky Mountains,... Continue Reading →
To photograph is to hold one's breath, when all faculties converge to capture fleeting reality. It's at that precise moment that mastering an image becomes a great physical and intellectual joy. - Henri Cartier-Bresson FOCUS: Landscape Late this afternoon I visited the Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield, which is located several miles south of... Continue Reading →
After you cook a dish repeatedly, you begin to understand it. Then you can reinvent it a bit and make it yours. A written recipe can be useful, but sometimes the notes scribbled in the margin are the key to a superlative rendition. Each new version may inspire improvisation based on fresh understanding. It doesn't... Continue Reading →