September Rain

I love a good rain swept day. For some, a rainy day is gloomy and disheartening, but not this girl. Cold rain and gray skies appeal to my imagination. They transport me to mist covered moors or islands in the North Sea–a made-up place in the back of my mind. They are magical.

So this morning I decided to take a trip to the park and attempt to capture some of those feelings that the rain inspires within me. It probably would’ve been easier with a model. Self-portraits are hard. It’s nearly impossible to be objective about your own face and I can’t seem to keep myself in focus if I stray from the middle of the screen. Maybe next time someone will go out onto the moors with me.

Cumberland Falls

I’ve not posted anything in forever–mostly because I don’t get out of the house much and there’s only so many pictures of Romulus and the plants that I can reasonable post online. But, we managed to steal a day at Cumberland Falls, and it was a lovely day, so I thought I’d share some photos. They are mostly of plants and animals, of course.

Terra Cotta 

Yesterday on my way home from work I stopped at a local summer flower shop and it had these lovely pots for sale. I’m on a mission to put all the plant babies in terra cotta pots–I have a habit of giving them just a little too much water–so I’m always on the look out for unique clay pots. Aren’t these just beautiful?

I’ve found a deep sense of tranquility taking care of the many plants that now are sharing my apartment. It is a strange thing to try to be in tune with the needs of creatures so different from myself. I go about the house moving someone from a shadowed place to a sunny one, testing soil for dryness to see who needs a drink, and dusting leaves while checking for unwanted pests. Plants can be a lot of work, but the peace they lend me is worth every minute of it. 

Red River Summer

Today I got the chance to run around the Gorge with an adventurous new friend, Ben. We scuttled up a rope to reach the top of Cloud Splitter and he even–successfully–encouraged me to climb/crawl through a cave to get a better view of the Gorge. We also took it easy and spent some time playing with the camera and lounging around in a handy little hammock. Of course we finished off the day with pizza.