Jeremy and I stayed home today in hopes of seeing the eclipse passing over our town. We set up shop right outside on our driveway around 2pm and watched the moon cover and uncover the sun. It was a an amazing experience. Jeremy found an unused space blanket – which is pretty close to what eclipse glasses are – and we tied it around my lens and pointed it at the sun. I got some spectacular shots that I am so happy with.
The moon begins to inch over the sun.
The clouds cleared for a nice shot of the eclipse + a few sunspots!
The clouds rolled in and out but thankfully there were more thin than thick clouds.
This was my favorite cloud cover photo.
This teeny sliver was as close to totality as we were going to get from our own neighborhood.
This photo took my breath away when I loaded it off my camera. It was so surreal.
When 2024 rolls around, I hope we are able to go see the eclipse again! It was truly a spellbinding experience.
On my playlist this morning – a fairly popular song. It’s got an excellent vibe. We are under a flood of activity here in our home, our careers, and our lives in general. This song espouses a moment of peace and reconciliation.
Our first full day in Bern!
After many hours of travel, we are finally here in Bern, Switzerland! We are -pooped- so we’re heading to bed. I just wanted to say:
1. Swiss trains are awesome.
2. Swiss people are much nicer than online travel blogs make them out to be.
3. The only other indian I saw here was driving a taxi. Go figure (Not that I can talk, a software engineer).
4. The views are spectacular from everywhere!!!
How spectacular? This photo was taken on the train traveling quite fast during a rainy end of daylight hours.
Yeah, this is the shitty view through double paned glass with reflections from the interior lights and it was STILL AMAZING.
It’s raining here in Bern, and it’s supposed to rain again tomorrow but I’ve already fallen in love with this capital after riding a taxi through a teeny portion of it. Tomorrow – I am going to take photos of all the things!
Back in March, Jeremy and I spent part of our trip to Florida visiting Siesta Key. He had some sweet memories from his childhood – visiting the beach and getting ice cream at ‘The Big Olaf’- a creamery inland. The beach was especially kind to us. There were small schools of fish along the shore, and the tide had gone out – giving us close access to all the seabirds hunting the beach.
Jeremy and I are on the cusp of our next international destination : Switzerland!! As exciting as that has been to plan – I haven’t even written about the last time we went to a different country! My cousin got married last August in Scotland and we just had to go! We found the sweetest little cottage on a cliff and made our base of operations in Scotland in the little town of Queensferry.
Jeremy and I went to Clearwater Beach, Florida to see our cousin get married! During the off-hours we spent a lot of time at the beach and I took a few shots of the evening waves.
“Beyond the East the sunrise, beyond the West the sea,
And East and West the wanderlust that will not let me be;
It works in me like madness, dear, to bid me say good-by!
For the seas call and the stars call, and oh, the call of the sky!
I know not where the white road runs, nor what the blue hills are,
But man can have the sun for friend, and for his guide a star;
And there’s no end of voyaging when once the voice is heard,
For the river calls and the road calls, and oh, the call of a bird!
Yonder the long horizon lies, and there by night and day
The old ships draw to home again, the young ships sail away;
And come I may, but go I must, and if men ask you why,
You may put the blame on the stars and the sun and the white road and the sky!”
― Gerald Gould
My favorite furpal. She’ll be 12 this go-round the sun. May the badassery never cease!
Jeremy’s been doing Kung Fu for a few months now. He started back in the summer and has really loved it. It was a source of stress relief when I would spend long hours at work and as a result be fairly unavailable at home. I’ll write more on work life balance later – but a new hobby that prioritzes both mental and physical discipline can help get through those rough weeks when your spouse is focusing on something else. And it paid off. Jeremy placed first in his group yesterday at the 2016 US Open.
New York City’s iconic skyline is worth a view every time I fly in. This time we went both in the morning, and at sunset. It was worth it to see the different gradients of color and light clothe the city.
A red shouldered hawk was sitting on a post near our shooting location this morning.
A lot has happened between Boston and today. One important thing that happened is that I found myself on one side of my camera with a turkey on the other side.
Jeremy and I went to Boston for Paz’s wedding but had an opportunity to check out some of the city sights and catch up with our old middle school – college friend David.
Our small group friends Thomas and Noke put on an amazing fireworks show at their home this year. I brought my camera and caught a few of the explosions. I hope Jeremy and I can have a similar tradition once we have a larger home in the future! It sure was fun!
See more fireworks
If you haven’t noticed, my cat is really pretty.