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Midtown Phone Tour

Last week I had the opportunity to take on a little bit of midtown with phone cameras with a good old friend of mine! We focused on architecture around the arts center area and practiced our phone photo-fu! Scroll through the results!
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Contentedness

Coming home from work, I feel a bit drained some days. But looking at this fluffy mass of complete contentedness is a relaxing activity that feels as good as a nap. :)
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Books

The Handmaid’s Tale

margaret_atwood_the_handmaids_taleWhen I picked up this novel, I wasn’t expecting the sinking feeling I’d get for weeks as I tried to finish it.

Thoroughly engrossing, it made me bleed emotionally. Keeping the pages turning became a tough task not because the book was a boring or cumbersome read, but because the story made me feel so heavy, like reading many of Orwell’s books (Animal Farm and 1984 in particular) makes me feel. In any case it stirred the feminist parts of me, wrung the parts of me that fear powerful religion, and left me laying in my bed wondering how to make sure this kind of stuff doesn’t happen. Parallels with the holocaust, internment, and our current world’s religious tyrannical oligarchies made it feel that much more real.

Excellent read, and probably one of the best books I’ve ever read.

I’ve gotten the idea into my head that I want a physical library of all the books that really made an impact on me. While searching for a good quality hardback, I came across these great illustrations by Ana and Elena Balbusso.

Quotes

RIP: Terry Pratchett

Wen considered the nature of time and understood that the universe is, instant by instant, re-created anew. Therefore, he understood, there is, in truth, no Past, only a memory of the Past. Blink your eyes, and the world you see next did not exist when you closed them. Therefore, he said, the only appropriate state of the mind is surprise. The only appropriate state of the heart is joy. The sky you see now, you have never seen before. The perfect moment is now. Be glad of it.

Terry Pratchett – Thief of Time

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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).

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Wallpapers

Eyes

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.

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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.

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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.

humanity
(h)yo͞oˈmanədē/
noun
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.
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Sunset over Tribble Mill

A couple months ago, Jeremy and I decided to check out a park we’d heard so much about from friends and coworkers. It was chilly, is all I remember, besides the stunning sunset. Everything else we saw that day disappeared into lost memory land and these scenes take up all the space. Despite the early darkness winter brings, I am thankful for far more opportunities to watch the sunset on the ride home during this season. It’s a small reminder of a big, creative, beautifully minded God.

Flying on Fire

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Sunset Reed

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A While

My poor neglected blog! The last time I touched it was my brother’s birthday in August! It’s halfway through November! In October I had the pleasure of shooting two weddings and a couple of smaller sessions. We also went to Washington DC in September and I have a ton of photos to share from that trip!

Here are a few favorites from my October weddings. I have a new couple to shoot this coming Saturday, and I’m so excited! :)

Wasn’t this wedding party fun?
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So romantic.

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Fareeba was a gorgeous bride and Jaheen, one of the most fun grooms I’ve had the pleasure to work with.
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That’s it for this short update. Christmas is coming (and Thanksgiving isn’t even here yet) and I’m getting into the spirit. I’m looking forward to sharing my holiday home with you.