Friday, April 29, 2011
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
A couple weekends ago I attended my first NASCAR race. I've been hired by PAC Systems to shoot a few events for them throughout the year and this was on the list. It was definitely a new experience for me since the most I really know about NASCAR has been limited to what I've seen on the news (and I have heard of Jeff Gordon). I guess it was sort of what I expected, but more. I felt sort of like I had walked into an eternal spring break where everyone has to have an RV. It was fun and different, and I thought I'd share a few shots from the evening.
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Thursday, April 14, 2011
I'm growing a garden. Some of you may know that we are spending our first spring in our first house, so this is my first chance ever to garden in anything apart from containers. I found this awesome blog to help get me started, but prepping for a garden in a place that hasn't had much care for a few years takes awhile. We've cut down and torn out most of what was in the yard (most of it overgrown random bushes), and tilled and amended the soil. By the time all that was done, it was a little late for cool-season vegetables, but I planted them anyway. They are coming up but none are ready yet, so we'll see how they do.
I started almost everything from seed. A few things, like tomatoes and peas, I started inside but the rest I sowed directly in the ground. I even drew out a plan to show where everything would go. I thought this was a great idea until one of my dogs (who is intent on letting anyone who walks by know that they are trespassing in her area) ran through my newly planted garden multiple times and mixed things up a bit. So I upgraded the fence I had from 1 foot to 2 feet which seems to be working to keep out the dogs, but now that things are growing, some of them are out of place and I don't recognize everything to know if it's a weed or if it's something I meant to grow. Hmm.
For example, is this eggplant? I sowed 6 plants but this is the only one that is where it's supposed to be. There are others like it in various places around the garden but I'd like to know that it actually is eggplant before I move it to the right place.
Is this broccoli? These things are all over the place and definitely not where they're supposed to be, but I'm pretty sure it is broccoli.
This is a small example of some of the stuff we've been removing. I think this is the last of it!
I do know what these things are....
Basil and marigold
Asparagus (although I think I may not have planted it in the best spot - did you know it grows to 5 feet?)
Blackberries ( I am super excited about these)
Clematis (not food, but you know, I think it's pretty)
My little helper. He mostly likes to peel clementines so that he can put the peels in the compost pile.
Speaking of my little helper, I'm pretty sure one of us spilled some of the carrot seeds in the grass....
Fig. One of the few things already in our yard that we kept. I hope the fruit is good!
Roses, which were also already in the garden, and even though they aren't vegetables, will be staying because I'm afraid I'll kill it if I try to take it out.
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Our butterflies hatched yesterday. 4 of the 5 came out at almost the same time while we were outside in the yard, so I was keeping a close eye on the last one so that we could see at least one actually coming out of the chrysalis. However, during the 10 minute span of time that I was reading to William before his nap, the 5th one emerged. The picture below is of him, taken just after I found him. You can see his wings are still curled up a bit on the edges.
We let the butterflies spend the night inside and this morning we took them out to release them. William was really excited about holding them and we got a couple to crawl onto my hand and then onto his. I tried to get Louie interested too, but all he wanted to do was get to the dogs' water bowl so that he could play in it. Oh well!
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Aly was my 2nd senior yesterday and also someone I've known for awhile - I photographed her mom and step-dad's wedding a couple years ago. She has grown up so much, too. And what beautiful green eyes! I always wanted green eyes when I was growing up.
Apparently, Aly doesn't wear dresses much, but look at her rockin' this one!
This last photo is an especially special one that I'd like to give a little background on. Aly got pregnant a couple years ago, which of course is a less than ideal situation to be in when you're in high school. As a serious athlete, a pregnancy also meant having to miss out on almost an entire year of basketball, which is something that has been very important in Aly's life. In spite of the difficulties and sacrifices it would bring, Aly made the courageous (and I'm sure very difficult) decision to have the baby and to place her for adoption. This photo that Aly is holding below is of her biological daughter, Alex, soon after she was born. Although Aly isn't raising Alex, she and her family have a good relationship with the adoptive family and are able to keep up with how Alex is doing and growing. It has been a very positive experience for everyone involved and I thought it was a story worth sharing.