Found

What could be better than a bear and a balloon?

I knew my red balloon photos would not be complete without this bear being part. Adrian represents so many good things in my life.

When I carry him under my arm to have our photo adventures, I feel childlike, expectant, ready to see any and all the possibilities of life surrounding us.

What has been lost can be found. Reclaimed.

Adrian is proof. And so is the red balloon.

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Colorful Choices

Adrian and I made a trip to the forest with a box of 64 Crayola crayons.

We scattered them on the path ahead, leaving the box behind, and even had fun using our crayons to draw a rainbow colored heart.

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Together we picked them all up, put them neatly back in the box, and returned home.

That box sits on my desk.

One by one, I pick the crayons up,  and begin to draw the colorful picture I choose.

Adrian On Edge

Words I wrote a couple years ago:

An edge represents change.
Land becoming water,
darkness becoming light.
It is a place of surrender
and reconciliation
where courage must rise
up from within,
enabling us to step
forward, even if we
fall…
because falling is the
first part of
real change.

While taking a walk a few days ago I stopped at this little bridge overlooking this stream. The way the water had created the circular opening in the snow fascinated me.

I knew I would return to take some photos.

When I went to my bedroom to grab my camera, there he sat, my favorite bear. Suddenly an idea for a first photo appeared in my mind- Adrian positioned on the edge, looking down upon the stream.

He and I hadn’t done a winter photo shoot yet. This was a perfect opportunity.

When I have Adrian along, something magical happens in my heart and through the lens of my camera. I shot all these photos within a few feet of each other. Adrian enables me to see photo opportunities I would normally miss.

He isn’t afraid of edges, or the change they represent.

I’m so glad I have him to learn from.

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Merry Christmas!

I flew back from Florida on Sunday, December 22nd.

My favorite bear, Adrian, made the trip with me. I think he enjoyed the Florida sunshine as much as me.

The day I took these photos it was over eighty degrees, and I was sweating by the end of our photo adventure.

Someone asked me, “Do you look forward to going home?”

I replied,

“Yes, yes I do. I love Christmas, and look forward to spending it with my family.”

Florida is lovely. I went to boot camp there, attended Navy photo school there, birthed five of my six children there.

But Pennsylvania is home, and even with the colder weather here in the northeast, I am extremely happy to be here to celebrate Christmas.

Though I certainly do look forward to more trips to Florida in the future!

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As Adrian and I walked through the neighborhood we noticed the wind had knocked over both Santa and the Grinch.

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Adrian and I enjoyed our walk, immensely. I had an adorable little boy on a tricycle tell me he liked my bear.

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Back here at home in Pennsylvania, enjoying Christmas day.

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Some delightful snowman cookies my daughter Lisa-Noel decorated last night while I was at church for the midnight service. Aren’t they beautiful?

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If you didn’t get the chance to check out Lily’s Christmas book when I posted the link a couple weeks ago, here it is again. The actual hard copies of the book arrived while I was in Florida. One is a present for my granddaughter Harper.

My Mom and I sat and paged through our other copy last night, laughing as we read.

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Having Harper around to celebrate Christmas early (she and her family are now living a couple hours south in Maryland) made this Christmas season extra special

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Merry Christmas, with lots and lots of LOVE!!!

The Thirty-Eighth Day. Graveyard Dance.

For Adrian

Today I danced in a graveyard
wearing a red coat
hearing the applause of
my heart as I
twirled and jumped
trying not to disturb
anyone but me.

The silence remained.
Outside, but not inside
where the music
grew loud and it opened
the windows so wide in my
soul I thought I would
burst visibly.

I did, actually.

And out it came
the last piece
the one I held onto
even though the stream was dry,
had been all those long
years I kept going back
trying to quench my thirst.

There was no water. There never was.

The stones remain, a memorial
to what was lost
and finally found
scrubbed clean and polished
planted deeply in the ground
forever etched with joy,
inscribed with peace.

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The Thirty-Fifth Day. Her Room.

An invitation. Here. Now.

Her room.

Silly pajamas purchased at a thrift store.

Streamers cut and tied.

A fan, turned on high.

A camera on a tripod. Lots of extending and repositioning.

Adrian, of course.

Two hours of fun later…

These images.

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The poster I purchased during my recent museum visit, Andrew Wyeth’s “Her Room.”

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The swirling image you can see near the top of the bed frame below is Adrian, after I gave him a little toss. He landed softly, so no harm done.

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The Twenty-Third Day. Me, Myself, and Adrian.

Took a walk this morning and saw this blue couch by the side of the road. It was a great spot to do some portraits of Adrian and me.

He was a perfectly adorable subject, as always.

Taking these self portraits has helped me to see myself in new ways. In the beginning of this session I looked angry, pensive. I have felt that lately, mostly towards myself.

But as I continued to shoot and the wind blew and Adrian engaged with me, my demeanor softened.

Adrian seems to bring out the best in me.

I have done no retouching to these photos. This is completely natural and completely me.

And completely Adrian, too.

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IMG_7742Our session continued, across the road. I will share those tomorrow.