Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. I love the food and I love the time with family. It’s not the best time of year for travel, but travel we do, every year to visit my in-laws in South Carolina. It’s a much needed and long anticipated vacation. The weather was beautiful there this year, and I love spending time with my little family and our extended family.
My little niece adores her cousin and my daughter loves her! These two look forward to seeing each other so much and they had such a nice time together. I wish they could see each other more often. As the years go by, we’ll have to try to make that happen. They are so sweet together, and both so full of energy.
It was a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and good food, and a feeling of gratitude for all that we have been blessed with this year.
See what Melisa’s Thanksgiving looked like by clicking here.
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.
The truth is, I get a lot of alone time these days.
Of course, “alone time” isn’t always “me time”. Alone time often means running errands, grocery shopping, laundry folding and all the other little tasks that somehow make up my days.
I love getting pedicures, taking photowalks, working out, taking a yoga class, or hiking when I find myself a pocket of free time. One thing I really love to do that feels completely indulgent and a perfect way to relax is go to movies by myself while my daughter is at school. I don’t do this as often as I would like, but as the year is winding down and the Oscar-worthy movies are starting to come out, I will try to go more.
Reading is something I make time for every day. And if I can have a cup of chai tea or coffee with my book, it’s all the better.
How does Melisa treat herself? Click here to find out.
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.
“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” ― L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables
(Full disclosure: would you believe I have never read this book?!)
For the past six years, we haven’t lived in a four seasons-type climate. At this point, I am more used to maybe two seasons: we’ll call them hot and less hot. BUT, I still think of Autumn as the best season. Fortunately, we recently traveled to New Mexico to visit my mother and attend Balloon Fiesta. We had some beautiful fall weather there! I do believe October would be my favorite season, if I lived somewhere where a true “October” existed. What a perfect time of year- crisp air, leaves changing, cool nights, warm afternoons. Sign me up!
I am thrilled to be a part of a new collaborative photography project, A Thousand Words! Every month we will have a new quote to interpret with an image. Please follow the circle to Alyssa’s post to see how she captured this month’s quote!
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.
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.
I love taking photo walks. You never know what you will find.
You might even find beauty under I-35!
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.