Fall colors making an appearance near The Beauty Spot, TN.
Some pictures from Long Branch Environmental Education Center. This place was pretty neat.
Some pictures from a short walk in Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest, an old growth forest about 2 hours west of Asheville, NC. Some of the tulip poplars there are over 400 years old.
We found a recently hatched luna moth. 💚
Some cute Kentuckian.
Playing around with evening light and the poppies growing in my garden.
(Also realizing it’s time for me to figure out how to clean the sensor on my camera.)
Went out to my favorite spot over the weekend. Dodder has taken over the high spot above the meadow below Sam’s Knob.
Flowers in the meadow.
Lots of sweet bee balm in the meadow.
Black Balsam in the distance.
Views from the short trail up to Sam’s Knob.
Views from the top of Sam’s Knob.
Flying Cloud Farm is only 6 miles from my apartment. They have community UPick flower fields, so I find myself there with my macro lens pretty often.
Here are some shots of my garden from earlier in the week. The tomatoes in the front bed are about two feet taller than I am right now and I think collectively they threaten to bring down the stakes. Next year I’ll opt for metal instead of wood.
My first dahlia bloomed! (!!!!!!!!)
Ammi and zinnias.
Not pictured below: the squash and the cucumbers that won’t stop growing.
Pictured below: very tasty pickles.
Garden critters – including a monarch caterpillar! There are at least 5 of them nestled in the milkweed and we’re all really excited about watching them pupate.
You guessed it. Another moody, gloomy, winter botanicals post. I can’t get enough of these dreamy vintages lenses. I could walk around anywhere all day and not get enough of the swirly bokeh. Anyway, spring can’t come soon enough, and I’m thrilled that we’ll see subtle signs of her in the coming months.
One fun thing about January so far: I’ve been really into tarot cards. On the advice of a very experienced tarot reader, I purchased a really lovely deck. I’m absolutely hooked! There has been a really neat theme in the cards I’ve pulled so far.
Moody tones of green. We found a mantis egg sack nestled on a horsetail stem. I sure do love vascular plants and I’ve made a mental note to return to this spot with the macro lens in the next few weeks to try to find hatched babies
Excited to finally have some time to play with the film camera. More to come on this later as I slowly begin collecting what I’ll need for home development.
Sweet moments with this wild girl.
A former classmate asked me to photograph her in her wedding gown, so we had some fun one (very bright) day. Hoping to get more practice with portraits in the coming months! It’s definitely trickier than insects or flowers. Especially the editing process.
January has been lovely so far. It will conclude with my 31st birthday and hopefully some warmer weather. I’m really hoping to see signs of spring early this year.
Here are some recent pics of Mulato and some cozy morning shadows for good measure.
The garden has quadrupled in size.
(Hoping that diatomaceous earth will take care of what I think are flea beetles munching on the eggplant.)
There is a national park in the middle of nowhere in the middle of South Carolina. Who knew. It’s a pretty cool place with a really neat history. The cypress trees were beautiful. Here are some pics from an afternoon moseying around.
Blooms from the South Carolina Botanical Gardens.
Some pictures from a walk on Cat Cap Loop trail in Pisgah National Forest. The lady slippers were not quite ready to bloom, but hopefully I’ll see some soon.