Succulents | {The Serenity Project}

Maybe it’s from all the time I have spent in the Southwest, but I love succulents. I love their symmetry and the tones in the plants. I love that they are hearty plants for the most part (i.e. difficult to kill). They are survivors, and they are beautiful. I love to photograh them too, digitally (as above) or on film (below). They always make for beautiful, patient subjects.

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(film: Porta 400)

It’s been really rainy here in South Texas this winter. Many days are dreary and gray and I haven’t gotten out much on photo walks. But spring is coming for all of us, and hopefully with it the opportunity to get outside a bit more!

The Serenity Project is a monthly collaborative photography project. Participating photographers wish to bring a sense of peace, calm and serenity to their images. Please continue to my friend Iris Nelson Photography – Metro Phoenix Photographer to see what brought her some serenity this month. I always enjoy her posts!


Tiny Worlds | {The Serenity Project}

Wherever we live, our family has always joined the Botanical Gardens. I love having a membership because we can visit whenever we want, and spend as little or as much time as we want there each visit.

We visited last weekend and had the place to ourselves! What a treat on a weekend! Yes, it was a little chilly, but not too awful. It was a little breezy and overcast, but still a beautiful day for a walk.  It was such a lovely morning, with the people I love most in the world.

I brought my macro lens with me this time. Usually at the gardens, I try to take many photos of my daughter, but this time I really wanted to focus on macro. Turns out when my attention is directed somewhere else, she ASKS me to take photos of her! So I took  a couple. But most of my photos that day were macro images. It’s so fascinating what we see when we take a closer look at the world! This isn’t a season of blooming flowers or beautiful leaves; everything is pretty brown. But still, tiny treasures could be found everywhere. This is one thing I love about photography in general and macro specifically–it forces us to take a closer look at the world, and to see possibilities around us.

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And one of my daughter, finding some serenity!

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The Serenity Project is a collaborative photography project. The participating photographers aim to capture a sense of peace and calm with their imagery. Please head over to Wendy May – Scottish Photographer to see what brought her some serenity this month.

November in South Carolina | {The Serenity Project}

We spend a week in South Carolina with my in-laws every November.

My mother- and father-in-law live in a quiet rural town outside of Columbia. One of my favorite things to do while there is to take photowalks, either with my husband in their neighborhood or just by myself in their backyard. The light there is so beautiful, and very different from what I am used to in the sunny Southwest.

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Life is just a little slower there. It’s great to have some time to take a walk, read a bit, spend some time outdoors in the cool air, make s’mores and drink mulled wine by the fire after dinner.

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I enjoy taking time to slow down and take in nature through my lens.

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I know my daughter will look back on these trips from her childhood with fondness and warm memories. I’m so thankful we have the opportunity to spend some time with family at this time of year.

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(all images taken with Velvet 56)


The Serenity Project is an ongoing, monthly collaborative photography project. The participating photographers wish to capture a sense of peace and calm in their imagery. Please head over to the talented Wendy May – Scottish Photographer to see what brought her a little serenity this month.

Flowers and Light | {The Serenity Project}

When the light filters through flower petals, they almost seem to glow.  I love seeing flowers and plants lean toward the sun, as if they love the way the warmth and light feels on their face, as we all do. This is a summery image, taken on a sunny autumn day at a Botanical Garden. These flowers are quite tall, and really beautiful; a lovely gift on a gorgeous day.


Photographers participating in The Serenity Project try to convey a sense of peace and calm in their images each month. Please continue the circle to see what brought my talented friend, Iris Nelson – Metro Phoenix Photographer, some serenity this month.

A Single Rose | {The Serenity Project}

We are often out and about in the middle of the day, which isn’t the best time to take photos. But, every now and again, I’ll come across something like this- a perfect rose spotlighted and surrounded with greenery.

I’ll snap the photo and then run to catch up with my family. I won’t think much about it, until it’s up on my computer for editing.

And then, sometimes, I’ll see it for the simple gift that it is, a little bit of hidden beauty on our walk. Maybe the light wasn’t perfect, but it works for this image, in this moment.

Five minutes later the light would have been different, a week from now the rose might be gone.

Something simple and fleeting captured, when it would have been easy to just walk by.


The photographers in The Serenity Project circle wish to convey a sense of peace and calmness in their images. Please take a look at my good friend Iris Nelson – Metro Phoenix Photographer  to see what has brought her some serenity this month.

The Japanese Tea Garden | {The Serenity Project}

Recently we visited the Japanese Tea Garden. To be honest, I wasn’t expecting much; I thought we would walk around for maybe half an hour, take a few photos, and then head to lunch.

We were pleasantly surprised with this beautiful park!  The garden has a long history and first opened in 1919. Since then, it’s been through several renovations, the most recent in 2008. Now it’s a beautiful, serene oasis in the middle of a bustling city. September 16, 2017-ECC_7993EileenCritchley1September 16, 2017-ECC_7981EileenCritchley1September 16, 2017-ECC_7988EileenCritchley1September 16, 2017-ECC_7991EileenCritchley1September 16, 2017-ECC_7983EileenCritchley1September 16, 2017-ECC_7980EileenCritchley1

We all enjoyed our walk through the garden, looking for flowers, waterfalls, butterflies, and koi. What a beautiful way to start the weekend! We will definitely go back.

(All images taken with Lensbaby Velvet 56.)

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The Serenity Project is a collaborative photography project. The participating photographers aim to bring a sense of peace and calm with their images. Please click over to  the talented Wendy May, multi-genre photographer, Aberdeenshire to see what brought her some serenity this month.


Wildflowers | {The Serenity Project}

We were fortunate to get a little bit of rain last week. It was desperately needed and much enjoyed! It rained for almost an entire day and of course days like that make me want to do nothing but curl up with a book all day. Unfortunately, there are errands to run and it wasn’t to be a lazy day after all.

The rain brought a little beauty into our lives in the form of wildflowers in my yard. A few days after the rain storm, I noticed many of these flowers popping up across the city in the medians on the road and in yards. Texas is known for its wildflowers, and I am happy to have them in the summer! I know they won’t last long (lawn mowers don’t discriminate), but I love having their simple beauty in my yard for a little while.


This one has a teeny tiny spider web on it.

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They are mostly white, but I found a few yellow ones too.

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I’m looking forward to enjoying the wildflowers of spring, and (as it turns out) throughout the year!

The Serenity Project is a group photography project which aims to bring a sense of peace and calm in imagery. Please visit Jessica Nelson, central Maryland Wildlife Photographer to see what serenity she has found this month. I have know for sure it’s something beautiful!

A Photowalk | {The Serenity Project}

In the  quiet space between the chaos of school and homework, work and meetings, appointments and obligations, beauty and serenity can be found on a walk around town.


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Taking a walk with my family and my camera is my favorite way to spend a morning.  It’s a great way for us to discover our city, whether we have lived there a month  or a year.

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I love taking photo walks. You never know what you will find.

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You might even find beauty under I-35!

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What else is summer for, if not discovering magic?

One of my goals with photography is finding a place of mindfulness, simplicity, intention and serenity with my images. I am thrilled to join the Serenity Project, a collaboration of photographers striving to capture a sense of peace and calm within their imagery. Please continue to follow the circle by visiting the talented Maria Russell and seeing what brought her some serenity this month.