“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.
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!
Chihuly in the Garden is back in Atlanta. I remember my first year in college, at Georgia State University, when Chihuly in the Garden first came to Atlanta. It was a good experience to see such synthetic shapes mix in with the natural elements of the garden. I was excited when they announced that Chihuly had chosen to do new installations this year and went with my parents. :) We took lots of photos!
This weekend we spent the entirety of Saturday in North Georgia. Between rainshowers we hiked up the incline and then the subsequent 500 steps. It was good to get some exercise as life changes lately have cost me my usual exercise time. The showers kept the temperature down and we got to enjoy some nice cloud cover and excellent water throughput on the falls. Check out all the photos!
The local population of brown-headed nuthatches has tripled since we started feeding them. I have determined this because there used to be two and now there are six. Super scientific. Anywhoo, they hung out around our deck today and I was able to get a few good shots.
I’m reminded of the blessing of having a very multifaceted life when I look at my ring shots. Something about the moments I take at weddings and engagement sessions to focus on this little physical detail which encompasses at once the eternity of the promise as well as the earthbound nature of it’s whisperers.
Jeremy and I stopped by our friends’ Val & Sam’s home in Roswell this morning. One of my favorite things about their home is the forest in their backyard and the well appointed bird-attracting things that are everywhere within it. I brought my new lens in hopes that I’d get to use it and I was not disappointed.
“The sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light in the darkness of mere being,”