for the love of birches

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“I’d like to go by climbing a birch tree
And climb black branches up a snow-white trunk
Toward heaven, till the tree could bear no more,
But dipped its top and set me down again.
That would be good both going and coming back.
One could do worse than be a swinger of birches.”
~ Robert Frost

weekending

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“It was one of those sumptuous days when the world is full of autumn muskiness and tangy, crisp perfection, and the air so clean and clear that you feel as if you could reach out and ping it with a finger, as you would a polished wine glass. Even the colors were crisp: vivid blue sky, deep green fields, leaves in a thousand luminous hues. It is a truly astounding sight when every tree in a landscape becomes individual, when each winding back highway and plump hillside is suddenly and infinitely splashed with every sharp shade that nature can bestow – flaming scarlet, lustrous gold, throbbing vermilion, fiery orange.”
~ Bill Bryson

the golden hour

 

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the golden hour of the clock of the year. Everything that can run
to fruit has already done so: round apples, oval plums, bottom-heavy
pears, black walnuts and hickory nuts annealed in their shells,
the woodchuck with his overcoat of fat. Flowers that were once bright
as a box of crayons are now seed heads and thistle down. All the feathery
grasses shine in the slanted light. It’s time to bring in the lawn chairs
and wind chimes, time to draw the drapes against the wind, time to hunker
down. Summer’s fruits are preserved in syrup, but nothing can stopper time.
No way to seal it in wax or amber; it slides though our hands like a rope
of silk. At night, the moon’s restless searchlight sweeps across the sky.

~ Barbara Crooker
Small Rain
writer’s almanac

monday morning

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“Morning is an important time of day, because how you spend your morning can often tell you what kind of day you are going to have.”
~ Lemony Snicket

Talia ~ Hamlen Woods

spring bouquet

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windblown

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white flower crown

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I recently had the opportunity to take part in a stylized fashion shoot along with the very talented photographer, Carol MacGregor of Happy Gatherings Photography. While I’m not really interested in formal portrait work, the idea of a casual shoot in the woods on a beautiful day was something I couldn’t resist. And to be able to learn from Carol, there was no way I would pass this up! I discovered that this type of shoot is not unlike still life photography..choosing a theme, gathering props, finding just the right spot with beautiful light. We worked together, posting ideas on a shared Pinterest board and took it from there. The theme we came up with was “woodsy, dreamy, flower child”.  How lucky we were to find the perfect model in my niece, Talia…lovely and sweet and a real trooper as we shot her for over two hours that day! It certainly makes a difference when you love the model you are capturing. I have so much yet to learn, I’m very grateful to have Carol as a mentor and I look forward to working with her again.

The beautiful floral crowns were made by Petal Pushers Floral Studio
Vintage dress from Still Life Home Consignment

And please hop on over to Happy Gatherings Photography to view all of  Carol’s gorgeous professional images..you will be blown away!