Atlanta Day Trip 1: Lake Alatoona & Acworth Hiking

For Christmas, our friends Val & Sam got us an awesome day tripping book! In late January, we chose Acworth and Lake Allatoona as our first local day trip adventure. We hiked around Red Top Mountain and down around the lake.  It was chilly and dry, but it afforded me an opportunity to photograph a landscape in the raw.  The surroundings lent themselves to black and white.




I made a small flower arrangement for Valentines weekends. :) I have always loved flowers!

Ice Rings

Last night the moon had a double halo around it. I got excited and went outside to shoot it, despite my right shoulder hurting like hell.

A 22° halo is a halo, one type of optical phenomenon, forming a circle 22° around the Sun, or occasionally the Moon (also called a moon ring or winter halo). It forms as sunlight is refracted in millions of randomly oriented hexagonal ice crystals suspended in the atmosphere (wikipedia).


I’ve taken to making wallpapers again. Jeremy was very generous to me this Christmas and bought me a Macbook Pro! It’s changing the way I choose to do web development and greatly increased my photography editing productivity.

In any case, I’m spending a lot more time on it at home now than before and make wallpapers for it now and then. I’m heavily motivated by ideas and methods that push for success and getting what you want using practical longer term methods. Theodore Roosevelt’s quote has always spoken to me. Also today we had a space pun thread on Facebook so I’ve had space images and vocabulary running through my head all day.

Voila, new wallpaper! Download the Full Resolution File at 2800 x 1800.


Happy Monday!

Source image is Full-field image of a stellar jet in the Carina Nebula, imaged by Hubble’s WFC3/UVIS detector. Did you know that all images produced by NASA and published on APOD are public domain? Pretty neat.

Christmas 2014

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! This year, it’s also been the most relaxing year for us. We both had two weeks of unused vacation so we chose to just take the weeks off to be home and enjoy the peace. Busybodies like us are actually pretty damn terrible at doing nothing so we wound up finding new furniture to put in the house, will wind up rearranging two rooms and have been out everyday seeing friends, family, and just running around doing all out shenanigans. We’ve either been at restaurants, entertaining people at our house, or marathon eating at other people’s homes. We did make sure to turn off the alarms, sleep in, and enjoy every slow morning this vacation. Waking up in my own home, with my wonderful husband, and having so many people to love and be loved by is a wonderful blessing, and one an awful lot of people don’t have.

Last week, Mercy Care had their yearly Robert L. Mason, Jr. Candlelight Memorial for those who died while homeless. This year it was extra solemn becausethe homeless were being murdered while they slept this season. Thankfully, the killer has been caught. So many people came to remember the ones that had passed and Mercy Care collected coats and handed them out to people that needed them while they spent another winter night outside. Friends came to light a candle and remember. A choir sang songs that just.. were really uplifting despite the circumstances.

1 . the human race; human beings collectively.
2. humaneness; benevolence.
There was humanity in the event: the sense that we are only meaningful when we love our brothers and sisters, love our enemies and friends and that we view ourselves collectively.The need to keep that at the forefront of my holiday this year and my 2015 was refreshed in those moments. As we are called to love, I can’t forget we love because he first loved us.
We hope your Christmas is full of all the things you wished for, and know that all the donations and clothes and everything you’ve given this year really does make a difference to people.