This sweet outgoing couple gave me the opportunity to photograph them last night, their silhouettes like statues set before the array of colors displayed at sundown.
This really enjoyable weekend with my little family captured an essence that remains timeless in my memory and my heart. These photographs are not only precious to me, but also was a step forward in my work and accomplishments on a professional and personal level.
I hope you enjoy them as much as we do ..
I've always preferred the sunrise over sunset, but it is a rare occasion that I am out early enough to enjoy it. Sometimes I wonder if my natural clock is set in the tropics of the Pacific; I spent ten days in Kailua on Oahu, loving each moment. This was before my son was born, in 2009 - so I, naturally, planned to fulfill a dream and get up early one morning to watch the sun rise on the East coast.
It wasn't too difficult rolling out of bed at four am (being sure to check for roaches first, of course), as I'd been up at six am each morning - on vacation. Being nine am here on the mainland, I felt like a Goddess there on the island - being able to rise so early with a bounce in my step (prior to an ounce of caffeine) was enlightening and challenged me to fill the day with as many adventures as possible. It also, made me feel like a hundred years old; as while I was rising at six am - I was also crashing around eight - nine pm!
On this particular morning, I woke and crept out to head down duck lane (true story) in the dark; warm salty pacific breeze gently hissed through the palm trees planted between the lanes in the road. This and the lull of my flips shuffling against the pavement, became an unforgettable lullaby under that silent starry night.
At the end of duck lane, the sky began to glow as I turned down a sandy path of overgrown flowers scaling the walls on either side of me. I headed for the East coast somewhere in Kailua, relaxed on an unknown beach, and just as majestically as I had imagined it, gracefully watched the earth rotate, greeting the dawn, with Oahu by Menomena playing in my ear buds.
As those rays pierced across the surf, I became enchanted with the surfers out on the waves. They left just as quickly as I had spotted them; what a beautiful lifestyle, I can only imagine - to say at your eight am shift while in your business suite, that you already went surfing at dawn...
I gathered my things and headed back after a short time; promising that from that minute forth, I would live my life with purpose and ever fulfilling direction - taking one look back upon the graceful glow against the water, I snapped this shot (with my low pixel, point and shoot, early 2000's model no-name brand camera) - blinded to how it actually would turn out.
And to this, I share a gimps in to one of my most savored memories of this lifetime.
I took this shot a few nights ago in Kirkland and is entered in a photo contest at SCCA.
I titled it Bene Velle meaning Wishing Well, as the iconic symbolism provokes my deep emotions for the patients, caregivers, and loved ones, treated at SCCA, and those in my own personal life who have succumb to the disease of Cancer.
A dear friend and I went on a short drive recently, aiming for a mid-day hike to a lakeside, but were pleasantly met with beautiful, fresh snow - and plenty of it! We didn't even make it to the trail head, but stopped along the way and had ourselves a few good snowball fights, wandered along the snowy river, and listened to the creaking trees, heavy among their new weight : : :
I just love the mountains, especially on days like this when you can see the the dimensions of the trees and hills through the particles of fog and clouds, bringing out all the colors of the seasons. Even in the dead of Winter, there seems to be a glow of warmth breathing from the forest that calls my name.
I'm so glad that we got out here this day; not only was it refreshing, but I ended up coming down with a bad case of the flu which seems to be spreading pretty badly this year, and ended up with cabin fever for about three weeks!
This gets me excited for snowshoeing, which I am planning to try for the first time in the next month or so, and I can't wait! There is a frozen waterfall I'm just itching to photograph!