Aiken Trials 2017

Aiken Trials 2017

“There is no dishonor in losing the race. There is only dishonor in not racing because you are afraid to lose.”
― Garth Stein, The Art of Racing in the Rain

This weekend my camera and I went on a new adventure.  Thanks to great friends and fellow photographers, I had my first experience at the Aiken Trials, located in Aiken, South Carolina.  You can read all about the Aiken Trials and get information about the history of this great event here.

I arrived in Aiken, SC, when the gates of the event opened.  I watched as an empty field around the track

A Magical Snow

A Magical Snow

“When snow melts, what does it become?’
It becomes water, of course’
Wrong! It becomes spring!”
― Natsuki Takaya

This is the last week of winter.  I was really disappointed that I did not get the opportunity to photograph a pretty snow event this winter.  Before Sunday, we only had one winter weather event, earlier this season.  It was not pretty precipitation.  It kept me indoors for awhile, but did not amount to any great photography.

Sunday my area received a magical snow.  I call it magical

Gibbs Garden in Spring

Gibbs Garden in Spring

“She turned to the sunlight
And shook her yellow head,
And whispered to her neighbor:
“Winter is dead.”
― A.A. Milne, When We Were Very Young

Spring is an amazing time for photographers.  There are beautiful changes everywhere just waiting to be captured.  There are places that are high on my list to photograph each spring.  One of these places is Gibbs Garden.  In the spring, there are more than twenty million daffodils blooming in the garden.  Two years ago, I took in this magnificent sight for the first time.  Last spring, although I visited the garden in the spring, I missed the peak of the daffodils and just caught the tail end of the bloom.

The garden was scheduled to open

Saying Goodbye to the Circus

Saying Goodbye to the Circus

“To grow up is to wonder about things; to be grown up is to slowly forget the things you wondered about as a child.”
― Henning Mankell, When the Snow Fell

I was saddened to hear that May will be the last show for the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.  Once I heard the news, I talked my husband into getting tickets to see the circus one last time.  After talking him into the idea of going to the circus, without a child in tow, I began looking forward to my last experience with the Ringling Bros. circus.

There are memories that you carry as an adult that take you back in time.  The circus, for me, is one of those fond memories.  I associate the circus with family.  I remember vividly going with my parents and watching in awe as the performers took me to magical places.

Family Time

As an adult, I enjoyed taking my son to the circus.  I hope he holds fond memories of the experiences, as well.

A lot of this year’s show took place on ice.  I found myself most attracted to the parts of the show that I have seen from year to year.

Ringmaster

Clowns

Lion Tamer

Although I didn’t beg for souvenirs (not much, anyway), somehow, the child in me came back to life as I watched my last performance of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.

Sense of Wonder

I will always be thankful for the magical moments that linger in my memory of my visits to the circus.

 

 

Welcome Spring

Welcome Spring

“It’s spring fever. That is what the name of it is. And when you’ve got it, you want—oh, you don’t quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!”

― Mark Twain

Earlier this month, Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow, predicting six more weeks of winter weather.  Apparently, the Carolinas
Camping on Capers Island: A Closer Look

Camping on Capers Island: A Closer Look

“Our life is frittered away by detail. Simplify, simplify.”
― Henry David Thoreau, Walden and Other Writings

My last post, Camping on Capers Island, SC, gave background and details about my recent primitive camping trip with great friends.  If you missed it, you can read that post by clicking on the orange link.  With my post, I included images that gave an overall impression of the landscape of Capers Island.

What I find, as a photographer, that I really enjoy

Camping on Capers Island, SC

Camping on Capers Island, SC

“Never while anything is left of me shall this… camp be forgotten. It has fairly grown into me, not merely as memory pictures, but as part and parcel of mind and body alike.”
― John Muir

Tents, sleeping bags, campfires…oh my!

I have never been much of a camper.  The only camping I have ever done was when my son, Jeremy, was in Cub Scouts.  He needed to have a parent to go with him in order to participate.  I love my son more than anything, so I went.  I went until that magical time when he became a Boy Scout and no longer needed an adult to go with him.  I felt that my camping days were forever over at that time.

That was, until last weekend.  My life changed

Ron Clark Academy

Ron Clark Academy

I just returned from the most meaningful professional development opportunity I have had in my almost thirty years in education.  I am filled with enthusiasm, joy, and ideas to bring back to my classroom and school.

I found out about this opportunity when a high school friend of mine, who is now also an educator, posted on social media about a life changing experience she had when visiting