I had a great privilege a couple weeks ago when I was visiting my brother’s family in South Carolina. Remember that beautiful plantation I photographed? I got to do some family photos for my brother’s family and some family friends of theirs at that same plantation a few weeks ago. Here are some of my favorites!
Here is my new friend with her little girls:
And here are my newest Honduran friends:
And here we have the family of my brother and sister-in-law (with his eight youngest children. Unfortunately his two oldest weren’t in town for this photo shoot):
Here is the whole crew together:
Since this was my family I was shooting, I got in on the fun too!
It’s amazing what I can get done with this blog when I don’t have a full-time job during the day this week! Here are photos from a couple Sundays ago when I went with my brother’s family to a local plantation in Sheldon, SC. Needless to say, it was a magical evening. Enjoy!
My brother, sister-in-law, and eight of their ten kids live on Sheldon Family Farm & Dairy where they manage their many goats, cows, ponies, pigs, bees, chickens, cats, dogs, as well as a goose (or maybe it’s a duck?) and a rabbit. I think I’m still forgetting something. Anyway, using the milk from their goats, they’ve created a fantastic line of goat milk soap available here and various stores in the low country of South Carolina. As I alluded to in a previous post, I had some run-ins with the goats when I tried to capture some photos of their products last week, which is documented in some photos below. You can check out some of the beauty of the farm in my post about the farm after a rainstorm. Here are some photos to entice you to check out their great smelling, high-quality (i.e. leave your hands feeling amazingly soft) soaps. 🙂
As I mentioned in my trip preview post, I was able to visit my brother’s farm last week in South Carolina. It was so fun to have family time and to get a glimpse of the farm in action. I got some photos after a rainstorm and also tried to capture some of the great things they have going on with their Sheldon Family Farm & Dairy projects, like the bees and goat milk soap. I absolutely love the soap and can attest to how great the scents are and the great feeling on your skin after using it. If you’d like to order some for yourself, check out their website. I’ll post more photos of the soap business in another blog post soon.
Here are the photos I got after a rainstorm one evening:
Hey ya’ll! (I know, it just doesn’t work coming from me, but I like to try to fit in with local vernacular when I can.) 🙂 I’ve been hanging out with my brother’s family in South Carolina this week. It’s a beautiful area here in the low country. Here are a few sneak peeks of a post or two I’ll try to share soon of the great things I’ve seen and photographed. Enjoy!
My last post about the Road to Hana wasn’t my final experience in Hawaii and even though it’s taken a long time, I wouldn’t feel ok until I closed up the Hawaii posts with this wrap-up. 🙂 Here are photos from the various places we explored on the last two days Samantha and I spent visiting with Shara and Mike before we returned to the mainland.
If you’re just tuning in, I’m finishing up posts of the beauty I experienced on my spring break trip to Maui with my high school friends Samantha and Shara. Near the end of our trip, Samantha and I took a day to explore the Road to Hana on Maui (Shara and Mike have done that trip quite a few times, so they sat this one out). Sadly, the weather didn’t cooperate with us for spectacular blue sky photos, but it was still a memorable day exploring such a gorgeous area.
The Road to Hana is a remarkable road full of twists and turns and over 45 one-lane bridges (which usually coincided with a beautiful waterfall right next to it) that leads to the town of Hana on the east side of Maui. It took a few hours to get to our destination, Kipahulu in Haleakala National Park, with many stops along the way to enjoy the gorgeous beaches, waterfalls, and other unique sights.
The end of our trip (before we took the road back in the evening) included a four mile hike through the National Park (and a breathtaking bamboo forest) in POURING rain (hence the lack of amazing bamboo and waterfall photos since I wanted my camera to survive) to Waimoku Falls. They were pretty spectacular, especially with all the recent rain to make them more powerful… totally worth the rainstorm hike. As Sam and I lamented the weather initially, we decided to embrace the day we were given and the chance to make so many memories. Check out the sights below!
Welcome to another day from my trip in Maui. This one happened to be a very long and full day. We work up around 3:30 A.M. to head up to the Haleakala summit to watch the sunrise. My friends who live there have seen much more spectacular displays of the sun rising over the clouds, but I was content to see the sun break through a few times. I was amazed at how different the landscape is up by the Haleakala Crater… it eerily felt a bit like Mars up there! On the way down the mountain we saw a rainbow… there’s a reason Hawaii is known as the Rainbow State!
Since we were already on that side of the island, we decided to explore a couple of the early stops on the Road to Hana (I’ll be doing a separate post on our Road to Hana journey which happened the day after this one). We stopped to see the rainbow bark on some eucalyptus trees and then we explored a bamboo forest. Both sites were really beautiful.
That evening, Shara and I decided to go to a beach not too far from their place in hopes that there would be a pretty sunset. God didn’t disappoint us at Keawakapu Beach near Wailea. Check out His beautiful creation as seen on this great day in Maui back in March!
It’s a really unique plant- check out more info on Wikipedia.
I had hoped to combine events so I wouldn’t bombard you with Hawaii posts, but I’m having trouble because it was such a beautiful trip. I have way too many fun things to show you here, so bear with me. 🙂 Today I’m going to show you pics from the day that epitomizes a Hawaiian vacation- adventures at the beach and a luau.
We went to Ukumehame Park in Lahaina on a gorgeous afternoon for some water adventures. I decided to attempt paddle boarding because it looked a little easier than surfing. Unfortunately it wasn’t quite easy enough for me to master in a mere 20 minutes on the water, but it was fun to try it! Shara’s husband, Mike, was incredibly patient with me and my meager attempt to balance on that large board. And Shara and Samantha did a great job cheering me on from shore and capturing a few photos that made me look relatively skilled at staying up on the board! They also captured my failed attempt to stay up on the board for any prolonged amount of time. (See photos below).
After the paddle boarding/sitting on the beautiful beach adventure, Sam and I went to the quintessential Hawaiian tourist experience- the Old Lahaina Luau. They have that thing down to a science- complete with a mid-meal light rain shower with a double rainbow for our enjoyment! 😉 It was a fun, educational experience with some delicious Hawaiian food, leis, a pig roast, hula dancing lessons, cultural demonstrations and hula show topped off with a beautiful beach sunset. Sometimes you just got to embrace the whole tourist thing and go all out! It was a fun time and gave me all sorts of flashbacks to TV shows that filmed Hawaii episodes like The Brady Bunch and Saved by the Bell. 🙂
Here is the photographic evidence of all the fun!
When I was on my way to Maui, walking around farmland wasn’t the first thing I thought about doing. I think that was one of the most surprising things about my trip- Maui has so many different types of land and sites… there was so much more to see than just beaches!
On one of our first days there, Shara, Samantha, and I explored a few different areas of eastern Maui. We started out with a visit to the Upcountry Farmers Market in Pukalani. It was definitely the most picturesque farmers market I’ve ever seen! We tried some Kombucha tea and lilikoi (passion fruit) butter while picking up some avocados and veggies. We followed that with a delicious brunch at a french restaurant. Then we visited the farmlands off of Thompson Road… farmlands that happen to belong to Oprah! I had no idea she owned so much farmland on Maui. It was a beautiful road with great sites going uphill and looking out at the coast below.
From there we went to the Ali’i Kula Lavender Farm and got to explore a bit before the downpour. See the photo below taken after we made it back to the car… should’ve brought a raincoat!
We finished off the adventure by stopping at a couple picturesque spots on the journey home- the Hui Noeau Visual Arts Center in Makawao and the Makawao Union Church. Check out the photos below!
I haven’t had much time since my return from spring break to get my photos posted (it’s testing season at school), but don’t worry, there are many to come! This trip was a pseudo high school reunion for my friends Samantha, Shara and me. Samantha and I set off from Ohio to spend a week visiting Shara and her husband who live in Maui and I couldn’t have asked for a better spring break adventure. I’ll start with our first day in Maui for this blog post, which I posted a preview of while I was there.. Our first morning there, (with jet-lag’s assistance for a somewhat early wake-up) we went to Maaelea Bay and took a whale watch cruise with the Pacific Whale Foundation. I was very impressed with how they do tours and how informative the guides are throughout the watch. I think my favorite part was when they put a microphone into the water below us and we were able to hear the whales singing below the surface of where we were. I also enjoyed that we saw a brand new calf often (though he/she didn’t show off much for photos) and quite a few pairs of whales. I just found this video someone took in February in the same area (silly me forgot my drone equipment to better capture the event!), so check this guy’s video out if you’d like to see what it looks like from above. A big thank you goes out to Shara and Mike for loaning me their zoom lens and polarized filter so I could get optimal photos of the whales!
Here are a few highlights from the expedition. Hope you enjoy them!
I’m still in Hawaii visiting a friend of mine from high school and we were able to enjoy this sight the other night. I couldn’t help but think of this verse from Psalms while we soaked in the beauty of it all. God does good work.
Guess who’s traveling again! Get ready for some beautiful photos from Maui coming your way soon. 🙂
Making February fun since 1981! (Groan, I know, but I couldn’t resist it.) About five years ago, I started this thing where I tried to make the drab month of February a bit more enjoyable by celebrating my birthday all month long. I’ve documented this by specifically pointing out blessings numbering my number of years in facebook photo albums since the year I turned 28. I decided to post it to my blog starting last year with 32 Reasons I Love February. Being the picture-happy person that I am, I couldn’t keep it at just 33 pictures, so there are a few collages in there. There’s nothing fancy or professional about these photos- I just focused on capturing memories without the stress of fancy editing. Here are 33 things that I loved about February this year. Enjoy!
Check out their Sheldon Family Farm & Dairy’s Facebook page!
You may recall my newest niece’s newborn photos from summer and her lovely family’s photos from last spring. Now I’m thrilled to bring you Betty’s six-month photos, as well as photos of the four kids together. One thing is for sure, my siblings make really beautiful children. I absolutely love that I live just fifteen minutes away from these little niblings (does it count as a word if it’s in urban dictionary but not on dictionary.com?) who never fail to make me laugh and give me lots of love every time I hang out with them. Alright, enough words, here are the little beauties!
I’m sure most of you have had your fill of snow pictures over the last couple days, but I had to find something productive to do with my snow day home from teaching… so here’s my blog post of snow pictures! 🙂 Since Thanksgiving, I’ve had my share of snowy days in both Pennsylvania and Indiana. Yesterday was a one-of-a-kind day. Over 11 inches fell in one day here in Indianapolis before the arctic chill set in. I took a walk over near the White River to enjoy the tree-lined snowy roads and get some photos. It felt so strange to be all alone on these city streets. I couldn’t help but marvel at how beautiful it all was. God made a lot of beauty in this world. I enjoyed the beauty yesterday and today I’m enjoying (and feeling very grateful for) the invention of electricity and heat to keep me warm inside in this -9 degree weather! In stark contrast to my last blog post, I give you the recent winter wonderlands I’ve experienced:
When I went to visit my friend Ali in Costa Rica in October, we took a side trip to Panama, a country I hadn’t been to before. We walked across a rickety bridge and caught a taxi to another part of the coast to get a water taxi to Bocas del Toro. Bocas del Toro are islands northeast of Panama where Christopher Columbus visited in 1502. We stayed on the main island called Isla Colón and we were able to take some tours and water taxis around to other nearby islands. It was a great, relaxing adventure. Here are a few highlights from our fun time!
It’s Christmas break from teaching, which means I get to catch up on my blog posts! I had the fantastic opportunity to go to Costa Rica over my fall break in October and visit my friend Ali, who lives just outside of San Jose. Here are some photos from my time there. It was so fun to see some of the sights of the area and to see Ali’s life in action. We finished the trip with a fun trip to Panama, which I’ll post about soon.
Here’s another outdated post! Remember this beautiful family? Well, they’ve added another adorable child and they’ve given me another niece to love! I’m no newborn photography expert, but when my brother and his wife had a new baby, I had to try my hand at capturing her beauty. Here are some photos of newborn Betty taken back in August. She’s grown a bit since these photos. Enjoy!
The return to teaching has put photo posting on hold for a bit, but I did want to check in and say hello. While I was in Australia last month, I kept a list of words and phrases that I noticed as being different from the way we talk in the U.S. I’ve already forgotten what a few of them mean. I thought it might be fun to share the list here. Feel free to correct any mistakes or add to the list in the comments section!
- Running writing- cursive
- Excursion – Field trip
- Maths- Math
- Lego- Legos
- Overtake- Pass
- That’s ok- You’re welcome
- Wally- Waldo
- Baddies, meanies, goodies- Bad guys, good guys
- Wind screen- Windshield
- Jumper- Sweater/sweatshirt
- Dummy- Pacifier
- Cot- Crib
- Pram- Stroller
- Nappies- Diapers
- Duna- Comforter
- Dobbing- Tattling
- Whinge- Whine
- Slice- Cookie bars
- Tick- Check mark
- Made redundant- Layed-off
- Postie- Postal worker
- Sook- ?
- Packing up- Putting away
- Drink driving- Drunk driving
- Needles- Vaccines
- Capsules- Infant Carseats
- Good on you- Good job
- Windy- Gassy
- Arvo- Afternoon
- Brekky- Breakfast
- Cuppa- Cup of tea
- Bin- Trash can
- Textas- Markers
- Yabbies- ?
- Love heart- Heart
- Macca’s- McDonald’s
- Capsicum- Peppers
- Vegemite- really strong flavored yeast spread
- Pavlova- Delicious meringue dessert
- Prawn- shrimp
- Chuck a sickie- Take a sick day
- Sunnies- Sunglasses
- Caravan park- Trailer park
- Suss- ?
- Shouted- ?
- Bush-walking- Hiking
- Sultanas- Raisins
- Fringe- Bangs
- Scrum- Rugby huddle
- Try- Rugby touchdown
- Piggy in the middle- Monkey in the middle
- PowerPoint- Electrical outlet
- How you going?- How are you?
- Physio- Physical Therapist
- Torch- Flashlight
- Salvos- Salvation Army
- A lead- Leash
- Health cover- Health insurance
- Barrack- Cheer for
- Fairy floss- Cotton candy
- Hundreds and thousands- Sprinkles
- Fairy bread- bread, butter, & sprinkles
- Uni- University
- Infants- Primary grades
- Supper- Tea
- Footpaths- Sidewalks
- H (pronounced hache)- H (pronounced a-ch)
- Pokies- Gambling game
- Cruzy- ?
- Plaits- braids
- Zed- Z
- Serviettes- Napkins
- Kindie- Kindergarten
- Singlet- Undershirt
- Petrol- Gas
- Toilet- Bathroom
- Lounge room- Living room
- Coriander- Cilantro
- Hire- Rent
- Caught out- ?
- Boot- Trunk
- Tip- Tag
- Indicator/ blinker- Turn signal
- Pegs- ?
- Telly- TV
- Ta- Thank you
- G’day- Hi
And here are some words they use more often than we do:
- Muck it up
After posting this the first time, my sister filled in some of the holes I left.
And because no post is complete without a photo- here’s a throw-back photo that I rediscovered from my trip to Australia three years ago. It was taken at a park in Toowoomba.
I have lots of amazing photos to post in the next few weeks. Stop by again soon!
On Wednesday the whole crew (my sister and brother-in-law, their kids, my brother and sister-in-law, and I) went to the Blue Mountains, located west of Sydney. It was a gorgeous day and the kids did great! We had a morning tea picnic before hiking down for a view of Wentworth Falls. Then we had a delicious lunch, play in a park in Leura, and we made it to Echo Point just in time to see the sunset on The Three Sisters formation. Enjoy the photos!
On Monday, my brother, sister-in-law and I took three of our nephews down to Circular Quay to explore the Sydney Harbour Bridge/Opera House/Botanic Gardens area. We dealt with the bright midday sun for photos of these iconic sights, but I thought I’d share them anyway. The highlight of the day for my nephews happened during our picnic lunch. The six of us were sitting eating our food on a hillside when all of a sudden a kookaburra swooped down right beside us and landed in front of us with a piece of ham in its mouth. My seven-year-old nephew, John, called out, “Ouch!” and held his sandwich up to us. The kookaburra had taken the piece of ham out of his sandwich that John was holding up beside him between bites! It was unbelievable! Thankfully John wasn’t hurt badly and now he has a good story to tell. 🙂
In the afternoon, my brother Lee and I did the Bridge Climb on the Sydney Harbour Bridge. It was a once-in-a-lifetime memorable experience. The only bad part was that I couldn’t take a camera with me, but at the same time I was forced to just take it all in and not worry about camera settings. 🙂 We had perfect weather for the trek- the sun lit up the opera house and city skyline perfectly. It’s hard to describe how beautiful it was up there with a 360 degree view. They gave us lots of time to drink it all in. It was great to see the bridge construction from so many angles by climbing through it and above it. At one point we were climbing a ladder with cars driving past on both sides of us. The view was honestly breathtaking- the harbor out to the coast, the opera house, the city buildings and suburbs sprawling all the way out to the blue mountains.
Here are some photo highlights from the day.
I’m finding it challenging to post much in the midst of these busy days here, but I did want to check in here on the blog. I got my Australian animal fix last week when I went to the Koala Park with my friend Jen and her family. Here are a few of my favorites from the day.
As you may remember, I received a Lilly Endowment Teacher Creativity Grant last year to study photography and go to Cambodia to capture a story through photos. I had a wonderful experience in Cambodia, capturing pieces of its history and projects of hope for its future (scroll through these posts to see more)! As a result of my experience there, where I had my own chance to view the world from a different perspective, I wanted to start a photography club at the school where I teach. With the help of a fellow teacher and friend, Mrs. Tsu, we worked with a group of ten fifth and sixth grade ESL students to help them view the world differently through photography.
We were really thankful to all the people who contributed cameras, batteries, and memory cards to help supply our crew. We had a great time getting to know these kids from the U.S., Burma, Mexico, and Iran. We challenged them to look around their school and home for things that represented beautiful, ugly, shapes, shadows, reflections, candids, and portraits. It was really fun that I was able to use some of my photos and stories from my experience in Cambodia to guide their photography. At the end-of-the-school-year program, Mrs. Tsu put together a great slideshow of pictures the students took, as well as some of them in action as photographers. The students also chose their favorite photo to have framed and displayed at the program. Below are some highlights from our club and display.