A Different View: Chicago Architecture Tour

I'm spending the next week as basically a tourist in Chicago.  Sure, I've been living here for nearly a year, but I haven't gotten a chance to do a lot of things yet.  With a few days off and my mom in town visiting, it's the perfect time!  We started yesterday with a cold and dreary architecture boat tour on Lake Michigan and the Chicago River.  How cool to see the city from a different angle! Chicago Architecture Tour  landscape skyline city photography

Sanctuary

I have a thing for church sanctuaries. I think it's because I grew up in so many of them, and they are all beautiful in completely different ways. And because there are just so many little beautiful details in them. The symbolism is wonderful. So whenever I get the chance, I like to photograph them. Here are some images from a weekend spent at Second Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis. "Why did men worship in churches, locking themselves away in the dark, when the world lay beyond its doors in all its real glory?"   - Charles de Lint

10 on 10 | August 2013

Whew!  It's been a crazy month, so picking just 10 photos was realllllly hard this time around.  But I decided to mainly focus on our trip to Washington state (Whidbey Island and Lynden) to visit my extended family.  It was gorgeous, as always.  One of my very favorite places and this trip sure didn't disappoint!
The beautiful summer flowers have been in bloom, so I've gotten some fun floral macro shots too lately that I just couldn't resist sharing. :)
By this time next month I'll be in Chicago, starting my big Chicago adventure, so that will certainly be a big change around here!
This post is a part of the Light Inspired 10 on 10 blog circle, so please follow the circle around to my friend Jessica's post to see what she has for us this month!

Be Lucky : March 2013 Blog Circle

It's hard to believe another month has gone by already!  Last week was Spring Break at the school I work at, so I enjoyed a week off.  It was wonderful to finally have some time to cross some things off my to-do list, spend some time with my camera, and read a book or two!
I also spent Friday going up to Oklahoma City for the day with my mom and a friend.  We, of course, did some shopping and then we headed into the city and spent some time at a park downtown.  It was a really nice and even though it was chilly, I enjoyed photographing the flowers, plants, and especially the ducks!

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This post is a part of a blog circle!  Please follow the circle around to Andrea's post - I'm sure she has something great to show you this month!

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Landscapes: Second Attempt

After this attempt didn't go quite how I'd imagined it, I spent some time this weekend reading up on landscapes and decided to give it another try.  I dragged my mom and my camera bag to the state park outside of town around the time of the sunset.  I had a blast and came back with quite a few keepers!  I can definitely see landscape photography something that I learn to love!

Foggy Landscape

 The other morning when I woke up, it was foggy.  I'd never been so excited to see fog in my life.  You see, I've been seeing all of these beautiful foggy photos for months now - foggy portraits, foggy landscapes...  I've been dying to try some foggy photos of my own, but we haven't had fog!  Anyways, I rushed my getting ready as fast as I could so that I would have a little bit of time to take some photos before work.  I grabbed a few lenses and my camera bag and rushed out the door.  As I got into my car, I realized that I didn't have a plan.  "Okay," I thought, "I'll just drive around, find a cool landscape with some trees or whatever, pull over and take some shots.  And they'll be awesome. And everyone will love them, I'll sell calendars with my photos and pay off all my student loans."  Something like that.  Anyways, I quickly realized that I have no idea what I'm doing when it comes to landscape photography.  And I wasn't brave enough to just pull over on the side of the road.  I ended up parked in a parking lot at the edge of town, fiddling with my aperture, and very disappointed. 

Yesterday I ordered a tripod and read up and landscape photography, so hopefully my next attempt will go a little more smoothly.  For now, here is my feeble attempt at a foggy landscape.

Day 27 - 32

Almost a whole week behind... yikes.  Playing catch-up today!

Stained glass at church after everyone left and we turned off the lights.  The light shining through was too much, I couldn't resist!

I swear the dishes were multiplying - just when I thought I was done, I'd turn around and find another pile that I'd missed!

Sitting on the porch with my brother and Bella stood by the door.  I could tell she wanted to come sit with us. :)

I installed more ram on my computer all by myself!  It was incredibly easy, really!

My mom needed 3D shapes for school, so I made some for her.  And they were so fun and colorful!

Time for a new sketchbook since the old one is falling apart!

day 19

My mom starts school on Monday, so this weekend was the end of summer (I still have a while left in mine)  We both wanted an adventure, so we went out to a state park a few hours from home and went kayaking & hiking.  It was the perfect adventure!
Neither of us had been kayaking before, but it was lots of fun and so beautiful & peaceful!  I wish I could've brought my camera on the kayak, but you can imagine that wouldn't have been a good idea!  So a picture from our hike will have to do - I love that you can see the ripples in the water!