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Adventures in London, continued…

Good evening, all!

Some of you may have noticed I took a bit of a hiatus from blogging recently.  2015 was a rough year for me and I cut down on a few things, like blogging, to cope.  My hope is to get back on track in the next few months so I can share more of my fun travels and recent photo sessions here. I hope you enjoy!

I didn’t quite finish blogging the photos from my trip to London in October of 2015, so the next few posts will be devoted to the fun that I had in England with my mom, sister, and her family.

Here are a few more photos from Windsor Castle and then some bonus photos from around my sister’s home.  Stay tuned for Big Ben and Hampton Court Palace soon!

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The Queen Victoria statue right outside of Windsor Castle.

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Windsor Castle

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It was so fun to walk this street again with fond memories of it from our visit when I was eight-years-old.

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A shopping area outside the Windsor Castle train station.

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It’s been a few months, but I think this is the Paddington train station.  🙂

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Sundown on Farm Lane

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I loved the evening light hitting the plants outside my sister’s home.

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It was a beautiful evening for a walk with my nieces!

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Such a ham.

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Twice the fun!

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A thistle… pretty close to Scotland.

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I love evening light.

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Doors of Windsor

Hello, my long lost friends!  In an effort to be a better teacher and good friend, I’ve cut back on blog posts recently.  I do hope to wrap up sharing about my October trip and have quite a few fall family photo sessions to share with you one of these days.

I’ll start small with this little post from our visit to Windsor Castle.  I’m a big fan of doors, windows, and entryways.  So much so that I took enough pictures at Windsor Castle to warrant a blog post.

Here are some highlights from the largest occupied castle in the world!

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I’ll start with this little recreation I attempted. The top photo is from my first visit to Windsor in 1989 with my dad on the left and our family friends, the Welches. The photo below is my nephews coming through the same gate.

 

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My nephews hanging out with a Windsor Castle guard.

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Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gardens, and More…

What’s that you say?  You’d like to see more phone photography from me?  Well, if you insist…

While I usually prefer to only post the best of my best on this blog, I’m sort of using this as my trip log and in turn I am exposing my sometimes poor quality phone photography to you all.  I’m assuming you’re not as picky as I am about such things and hopefully appreciate the glimpse of London these pics provide.  After this post, I will have legit fancy camera photos to share… get excited!  🙂

We had the privilege of attending a children's program at the famous Royal Albert Hall with my nephews.

We had the privilege of attending a children’s program at the famous Royal Albert Hall with my nephews.

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Then we took a walk to Kensington Gardens. Fall sure is beautiful in London!

Then we took a walk to Kensington Gardens. Fall sure is beautiful in London!

We stopped briefly to admire Kensington Palace (on right) and then continued on...

We stopped briefly to admire Kensington Palace (on right) and then continued on…

Have I mentioned that I love fall?

Have I mentioned that I love fall?

... to our destination. The Diana, Princess of Wales' Memorial Playground in Kensington Gardens was so well done with lots of fun hidden gems for the kids to discover.

… to our destination. The Diana, Princess of Wales’ Memorial Playground in Kensington Gardens was so well done with lots of fun hidden gems for the kids to discover.

We had an adventurous trip home in the rain, taking many steps deep into the underground to catch the tube then a bus home.

We had an adventurous trip home in the rain, taking many steps deep into the underground to catch the tube then a bus home.

Finally got a sister photo! The next day Mom and I took the boys to Windsor Castle on the train.

Finally got a sister photo!
The next day Mom and I took the boys to Windsor Castle on the train.

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Windsor Castle

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Things you don't see in every McDonalds...

Things you don’t see in every McDonalds…

Things you don't see in every train station...

Things you don’t see in every train station (and why small change is helpful here)…


More of London (from my phone)

Here’s another slightly lazy post much like the last one (from a photography perspective) as I had a few more days where I didn’t have my fancy camera along, but couldn’t resist taking photos anyway.  Please excuse the less than stellar phone pic quality.  I hope you can see past that to the great sights and experiences I’ve had this week.  Here are a couple more days worth of photos and do stay tuned to some better quality posts coming soon!

A run in the rain with my nephews, a foggy day in London town, hanging with my twin nieces, and a trip to the pharmacy with one nephew where my love of Cadbury chocolate was renewed. :)

A run in the rain with my nephews, a foggy day in London town, hanging with my twin nieces, and a trip to the pharmacy with one nephew where my love of Cadbury chocolate was renewed. 🙂

On Tuesday I ventured out on my own to attend Bible Study Fellowship (the lessons are the same all over the world, so I didn't have to miss a class!). The tube part was easy, while the street part was a bit of a challenge until I bought a map. :)

On Tuesday I ventured out on my own to attend Bible Study Fellowship (the lessons are the same all over the world, so I didn’t have to miss a class!). The tube part was easy, while the street part was a bit of a challenge until I bought a map. 🙂

I made some new friends at BSF and went out to a pub for my first Fish & Chips of my trip!

I made some new friends at BSF and went out to a pub for my first Fish & Chips of my trip!

On the wall of the pub.

On the wall of the pub.

Before heading home, I went on a walk to see Buckingham Palace.

Before heading home, I went on a walk to see Buckingham Palace.

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The front gate and documentation that I was there.

The front gate and documentation that I was there.

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The Victoria Monument across from the palace.

The Victoria Monument across from the palace.

Had to get a selfie with the palace to prove I was there. :)

Had to get a selfie with the palace to prove I was there. 🙂

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Walking away, toward St. James's Park

Walking away, toward St. James’s Park

Had a really pretty walk along St. James's Park before I took the Underground back to my sister's place.

Had a really pretty walk along St. James’s Park before I took the Underground back to my sister’s place.


A Sunday in London (from an iPhone)

Hi there!

I’m behind on blog posts (story of my life), but wanted to check in from my visit in the UK.  Woohoo for Fall Break and a sister who lives in London!  I’ve been out a few times without my fancy camera and haven’t had much editing time, so this post won’t have the highest quality of photos, but I figured you all won’t care about that as much as I do.

So here you have my first day in London, as seen from my iPhone.  Fancy pics will be coming soon!

I arrived to a wall of welcome signs!

I arrived to a wall of welcome signs!

I got to meet my two-week-old niece Sunday morning!

I got to meet my two-week-old niece Sunday morning!

We went to my brother-in-law and sister's church near St. Paul's Cathedral Sunday morning.

We went to my brother-in-law and sister’s church near St. Paul’s Cathedral Sunday morning.

Apparently this place holds some history to it. :)

Apparently this place holds some history to it. 🙂

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Church Building

Postman's Park is right next to the church. I had to get a photo of this squirrel. Last spring, my Dad randomly announced

Postman’s Park is right next to the church. I had to get a photo of this squirrel. Last spring, my Dad randomly announced “England squirrels have pointy ears” after the topic of England came up. It cracked me up, so I had to document whether or not English squirrels’ ears are different than American squirrels. I like to imagine that these ears are a bit more pointy, even if they aren’t. 🙂

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This memorial display is in Postman's Park and I found it to be such a beautiful, tragic glimpse into the past.

This memorial display is in Postman’s Park and I found it to be such a beautiful, tragic glimpse into the past.

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Here are some samples of the tiles displayed at the memorial. I was struck by the ages of the people who passed away, as well as the graphic descriptions of their passing.

Here are some samples of the tiles displayed at the memorial. I was struck by the ages of the people who passed away, as well as the graphic descriptions of their passing.

Here are some samples of the tiles displayed at the memorial. I was struck by the ages of the people who passed away, as well as the graphic descriptions of their passing.

Here are some samples of the tiles displayed at the memorial. I was struck by the ages of the people who passed away, as well as the graphic descriptions of their passing.

Here are some samples of the tiles displayed at the memorial. I was struck by the ages of the people who passed away, as well as the graphic descriptions of their passing.

Here are some samples of the tiles displayed at the memorial. I was struck by the ages of the people who passed away, as well as the graphic descriptions of their passing.

After church, we explored a bit before catching the tube back home.

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Nearby is this awesome park created from an old church building's walls. The garden part is based on where the pews and columns were in the original church building.

Nearby is this awesome park created from an old church building’s walls. The garden part is based on where the pews and columns were in the original church building.

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Time to visit St. Paul's Cathedral!

Time to visit St. Paul’s Cathedral!

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My nephews set this shot up all by themselves!

My nephews set this shot up all by themselves!

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Mom and I with St. Paul's behind us. We may or may not have sung a bit of

Mom and I with St. Paul’s behind us. We may or may not have sung a bit of “Feed the Birds” from Mary Poppins as we watched the pigeons on the steps. 🙂

Love the reflection of St. Paul's in a nearby building.

Love the reflection of St. Paul’s in a nearby building.

Of course we had to get a phone booth photo! Many thanks to my mom for capturing the photo of the photo-taking. :)

Of course we had to get a phone booth photo! Many thanks to my mom for capturing the photo of the photo-taking. 🙂


Sneak Peek: Lots to Come!

Hi there!  It’s been a busy few months here.  I’ve just returned from a cross-country road trip from Indiana to Los Angeles and have lots to share from that adventure!  Here are some sneak peeks of sessions and travel posts I will be sharing soon.  Stay tuned!

Here is a recreation of a shot I took of three of my brother's children a few years ago.  More photos of my brother and sister-in-law's family coming soon!

Here is a recreation of a shot I took of three of my brother’s children a few years ago. More photos of my brother and sister-in-law’s family coming soon!

This is the lovely baby who came from the last maternity photo session I posted.  Look back for more newborn photos of Liam soon!

This is the lovely baby who came from the last maternity photo session I posted. Look back for more newborn photos of Liam soon!

I've been photographing these kids since this big sister was six months old!  Look back soon for newborn photos of this beautiful baby sister!

I’ve been photographing these kids since this big sister was six months old! Look back soon for newborn photos of this beautiful baby sister!

We took our time exploring Utah on the cross-country road trip.  Here is a shot of Bryce Canyon.  More to come soon of Arches, Capitol Reef, Bryce, and Zion National Parks.

We took our time exploring Utah on the cross-country road trip. Here is a shot of Bryce Canyon. More to come soon of Arches, Capitol Reef, Bryce, and Zion National Parks.

We finished our journey in Los Angeles.  Here is a photo from outside the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.  More Cali photos will be posted soon!

We finished our journey in Los Angeles. Here is a photo from outside the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. More Cali photos will be posted soon!


Throwback Thursday: Malacca at Night

In continuing some of my recent posts, I’m still going through old photos from my Southeast Asia adventure in the summer of 2012.  During my quick solo trip to Malacca (aka Melaka) City, in Malaysia I had a great time walking around photographing to my heart’s content.  It was great eating at a delicious Indian restaurant (where I’m sure I looked quite foolish, not knowing for sure how to properly eat what I ordered) and taking in the sight of the canal from the back patio of the hotel where I stayed. Here are a few of my favorite shots from that time.

Right before the sun started to set, as I was searching for a good dinner spot in Little India.

Right before the sun started to set, as I was searching for a good dinner spot in Little India.

Outside where I ate dinner.  The trees were filled with birds, making it one of the noisiest parks I've seen.

Outside where I ate dinner. The trees were filled with birds, making it one of the noisiest parks I’ve been to.

My dinner in Little India

My dinner in Little India

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A pretty great way to spend the evening on my hotel's back patio!

A pretty great way to spend the evening on my hotel’s back patio!


Throwback Tuesday (Is that a thing?): Walking Around Malacca City

As mentioned in my previous post, some photos from my Southeast Asia adventure in July 2012 got lost in the shuffle of life and I’m finally getting back to editing them.  Here are some photos from my quick trip to Malacca City (aka Melaka) in the Malaysian state of Malacca, northwest of Singapore.  I concentrated my exploration in the touristy areas of Little India and Chinatown. I feel like this post contains a bit of sensory overload, but then I remember that’s kind of what my first day was like there.  I don’t have my travel journal or travel book with me right now, so I apologize for not having more details about what these sights are, but I do hope you enjoy these photo highlights!

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My delicious lunch- their well-known chicken rice ball dish

My delicious lunch- their well-known chicken rice ball dish

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I loved the picturesque canal

I loved the picturesque canal

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The town center where I had a few people ask to have their picture taken with me…

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Decorated Trishaws are quite a sight to behold!

Decorated Trishaws are quite a sight to behold!

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And here's some proof that I was present in all of this... a couple selfies and a random fake giraffe feeding from a museum I visited.  :)

And here’s some proof that I was present in all of this… including a selfie with Mr. Universe and a random fake giraffe feeding from a museum I visited. 🙂


Flashback Friday: St. Peter’s Church in Malacca, Malaysia

Hi there!  Welcome to my very random Friday blog post.  I’m currently on spring break from teaching and I’ve had a chance to revisit some photos that I never got around to editing a while back.  I just can’t bear the thought of having gone on such a fun adventure and not sharing the photos, so thanks for indulging me by checking out this throwback post…

Here’s some background:  In June and July 2012, I had the awesome opportunity to travel to Southeast Asia as a recipient of a Lily Endowment Teacher Creativity Grant.  You can learn more about the photography club I started and the great things I saw happening in Cambodia on the blog with much gratitude for the experiences the grant allowed me to have.  One bonus of my trip was the time to travel to Singapore, visiting my cousin and her family.  While there, I took a quick side trip to Malaysia, visiting the city of Malacca (also known as Melaka).  When I returned from my southeast Asia adventure, my life got a little crazy, as did my photography business.  I continued to teach, travel, and photograph, and found that time got away from me and I didn’t get to edit and share photos from my many adventures.  So I’ve decided to revisit those photos and share some over the next few months.  I hope you enjoy these somewhat outdated photos!

When I got off the bus in Malacca, I started to explore and was immediately drawn to this church, St. Peter’s.  I think that after spending a couple weeks in Cambodia where Christian churches are uncommon, I found this church to be a novelty and enjoyed checking it out.  While the date is somewhat in question, most believe that St. Peter’s was erected in 1710.  I loved capturing the light pouring into the sanctuary and appreciated the more modern installation in front of the church remembering Jesus walking on water.  I hope you enjoy these photos.  More Malaysia photos will be coming soon!

 

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Honduran Countryside

In my last post, I showed you some sites from the city of Tegucigalpa from my trip in November.  I had the chance to leave the city a couple times to visit a school and coffee plantation in a cloud forest, as well as going to my friends’ wedding at a beautiful place called Casa Blanca in the village of Santa Lucia.  I’ve also included a few personal photos at the end since the focus of my trip was more on people than places and I wanted to share a little bit of the great time I had with some of my favorite people who happen to live in Honduras.  🙂

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Breaking photography rules again and posting a photo taken through a car window. I just loved what a classic Honduran scene it is… had to share.

 

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Coffee plants in a cloud forest outside Tegucigalpa

 

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This is a coffee plantation that supports an orphanage and school.

 

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I believe this is the blackberry section of the ranch I visited.

 

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This is a coffee plantation that supports an orphanage and school.

 

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A soccer field on the ranch for the students and families.

 

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A soccer field associated with the school and orphanage.

 

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I love this view on the drive back toward the city.

 

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I love this view on the drive back toward the city.

 

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My friends Johana and Miguel got married at a lovely place called Casa Blanca in the village of Santa Lucia, outside Tegucigalpa.

 

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My friends Johana and Miguel got married at a lovely place called Casa Blanca in the village of Santa Lucia, outside Tegucigalpa.

 

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My friends Johana and Miguel got married at a lovely place called Casa Blanca in the village of Santa Lucia, outside Tegucigalpa.

 

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My friends Johana and Miguel got married at a lovely place called Casa Blanca in the village of Santa Lucia, outside Tegucigalpa.

 

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My friends Johana and Miguel got married at a lovely place called Casa Blanca in the village of Santa Lucia, outside Tegucigalpa.

 

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My friends Johana and Miguel got married at a lovely place called Casa Blanca in the village of Santa Lucia, outside Tegucigalpa.

 

Here is a photo of a few of my wonderful friends I was able to visit with during my trip.  It was so fun to be present for my friends' wedding!

Here is a photo of a few of my wonderful friends I was able to visit with during my trip. It was so fun to be present for my friends’ wedding!

I can't resist posting a few personal photos here of some of the wonderful people I was able to visit with while I was there.  It's so hard to believe my former first grade students are now in high school!  It was also great to see my friends' expanding families!

I can’t resist posting a few personal photos here of some of the wonderful people I was able to visit with while I was there. It’s so hard to believe my former first grade students are now in high school! It was also great to see my friends’ expanding families!

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One of my favorite views ever- being above the clouds. 🙂