Friday, July 23, 2010

Back to the blog...

I've let the blog have a little breathing room over the summer - yes, that's another way of saying I haven't made any entries - Facebook is too easy, convenient, and quick, and my blog just can't run as fast - Should I keep going?   I'm sure I can come up with a few more excuses!

Anyway...To catch you up, I've been busy doing commercial photography and a lot of horse related activities  - I'm helping Karen develop some new products for Dressage Naturally , and look forward to their introduction in the next few months. Stay tuned D,N fans...

I also had the wonderful opportunity to meet several leading experts in the field of relationships at the Smart Marriages Conference in Orlando. I was assisting Buster O'Connor on a documentary project for Driver's Ed for Love - We filmed interviews with John Gray (Author of 'Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus', and many other books,) and several other experts on the subject of relationships. It was fascinating to listen to people who have spent their careers studying relationships share their insights on where we are and where we are going in the area of interpersonal relations.  

For fun, I've been busy doing studio work with the band  Cinnamon Hill . We are in the middle of recording our first CD, and it has been super fun, with a few bouts of studio hell thrown in just to keep everyone on their toes -  By studio hell, I mean when you're trying to play your best and you're just not getting  the part right and you have to play it over and over and over and over and there's a little bit of stress when you're on the line like that...  but you keep at it until you come out the other side and have a great sound to show for all the hard work.... We're at the early mix down stage with a few songs and I'm really excited with how good they sound....good times...      Look for an early fall release, or maybe just in time for Christmas....that's right, I said it... only 154 shopping days left before Christmas....

Moving into August and September, I'll do my best not to melt in the heat....and add a few more entries to my blog....cheers!

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Coffs Harbour, Macksville and back home

May 28th - Three weeks back in the states and no blog entries?  Yes, that busy! I’m in Conyers Georgia and have a big wedding tomorrow at a lovely estate in the country. Have a little time tonight to post my last (lost) entry from OZ - I started it and never finished - I could write so much but really have had no time and it will be a few more weeks before I am out of the weeds with editing and
the following was written on our last night in OZ...
So that’s it? My 5 weeks in Australia are over? How did that happen so fast? Can I get an extension? 
Yes...all these thoughts are running through  my mind right now - I’m in our motel room in Sydney relaxing after a long day of teaching and travel, mentally preparing for the long flight home tomorrow. What movies will I watch? How many movies can one watch during a 15 hour flight? Ugh... Let me change the subject before I get  tired of flying, especially since I’m not even on the plane yet.
The last few weeks have been a blur - hard work and not much time between clinics - the last clinic was in Macksville, about an hour south of a lovely city called Coffs Harbour - Coffs is the closest ‘large enough’ airport to Macksville - we flew in last Wednesday and rented a little car and drove south along the Pacific Highway. (Down the wrong side of the road still - I’m finally getting sorta used to that ‘stay left’ thing - still weird when you make a right - you have to cross traffic and it is backward in a way that makes you kinda lose your sense of where cars are supposed to be with respect to what you are doing, but we lived so all is well)
The Pacific Highway is a two way highway that occasionally turns into two lane pairs when you come to larger towns, but mostly it winds through lovely rolling hills and coastal rain forests. Several small towns are tucked off the highway - places like Tooramina, Urung, Valla,...
Just north of our destination (Macksville) is a town called Nambucca Heads (rhymes with Nam-trucka, but use a ‘b’) We stopped there on the way down and it was right at sunset - we walked out onto this nice jetty at the confluence of the Nambucca River and the sea. Off in the distance you can see several coastal mountain ranges and ‘heads’, large rock or hill formations that are right on the ocean - usually between the heads there are beautiful beaches and this particular area of Australia is gorgeous - The sun was going down but the last few clouds were going a really nice color of pink. (side note - have I found any places here that I didn’t think were gorgeous?....nope.) 

As we walked out onto the jetty, we discovered that the huge rocks were a public place for people to make art. Drawings and paintings and mosaics were all over the rocks - There were plenty of messages that were just words, like “traveling in Australia 2008, or religious messages or ‘I was here’ type messages, but there were other much more elaborate paintings and even some very elaborate mosaics that people had put a lot of time into - some were really beautiful and it was neat to see. One of my faves is pictured here. Pretty much sums it up for me...
We made it to Macksville after dark and found our little motel, the Mandarin - nice small motel with big rooms. And free internet. First place in OZ to give that away. Actually one of my only complaints with the entire country is the lack of included internet with motel rooms or free internet hot spots. Internet has gotten to be such an integral part of work and staying connected with important things in ones life  that it’s weird to go somewhere and not have it available 24/7. Maybe that’s a sign I need to be less of a slave to my internet habit!
After the first day of teaching, we explored the area a little more and found a fantastic small town called Scott’s Head. More ‘heads’ and beaches and coastal rainforests in close proximity to the ocean. Beautiful. Found a piece of sea glass the minute we walked out on the beach, something I will treasure because I had a personal request from a VIP in my life (Mom) to bring back a piece of sea glass if I could find one while here.  

We managed to explore the same area the next morning - Climbed up onto the top of a head that looked out over the Pacific - beautiful!  We also made time to explore the coastal rainorest on another day - Drove up and up on the coastal rainforest road - rough and remote, wild and diverse - Lowland tropical plants gave way to higher climate trees and flora - primitive bridges and creek crossings in several areas - our little rental car made it just fine, but the land rovers we kept passing were probably saying something like ‘tourists!’ We made it to the top of a lookout before heading back to teach class (remember this is all before 9 a.m....) So glad we were able to make these little side trips, but they really whet my appetite to make a return with more time for exploring...someday!

The clinics went fantastic, all of them - I would take photographs and Karen would teach -  her combination of theory and riding and demos kept everyone challenged and the changes the riders were able to make over a five day period were amazing. It was so neat to see the same progression from clinic to clinic - learning to be clear with your horse and learning how to do this makes a huge difference in the way rider and horse interact. Karen is so good at working on problem areas and helping riders learn ways to correct and change them - she truly has a gift in this department (and she didn’t even pay me to say that...:))  
At the end of each clinic, it felt like we were saying goodbye to family members, as everyone gets to know one another after going through the class and being in close proximity for five days. I feel like I have fifty new friends  - that’s more than I have in the states! (except for the facebook technicality of having lots of ‘friends’, but that doesn’t count...)   surely I kid a bit but the point is, I feel like I have made friends all over Australia - everyone was just so nice and glad to accommodate us wherever we went. It was the trip of a lifetime, and I’m setting my mind to figure out how to have another.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Illabo, Young and on to Macksville

Work or blog, work or blog...

Hard to keep up the posts between all the work involved with the clinics!   We had a great clinic in Young and the time passed all too quickly. Met lots of great people and enjoyed the town - lots of colorful history there, maybe more on that later, but this has to be a quick post - it's late and we have to be up early to start the next clinic in the morning.

After Young we went to Illabo and stayed with Fiona and Rob for a day before heading up to the Macksville clinic. Had a nice walkabout and a sunset Tuesday, then sleep and on to Wagga Wagga to fly to Sydney on the way to Coffs Harbor today.   Lots of miles we are covering!

Wanted to post a few pics and then get some rest, so here is a rainbow - Apparently they are following us around because we see one almost every day...

Here we are on top of a small mountain - we climbed up late in the day and hurried to get to the top before it got too dark - My first real walk in the woods here - main danger was meat ants. Yep. Ants that eat meat. That's right. Keep moving Yankee...


Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Dana's picks from the Melbourne Clinic

Had a little time this evening to go over the images from the Melbourne clinic  -  These really caught my eye... If you want to see LOTS of horse imagery from the Melbourne clinic and the Gold coast clinic, see my smugmug page at the following link:


End of the day rainbow

One gorgeous tree on the property - I revisited it several times throughout the clinic

This barn was on the way to the clinic from the town we were staying in. Functional high art.  

Love the attitude of the horse here.

Each evening on the drive back to town we came to the main road and the sky was doing something incredible...

Several times through the day the sky went from blue to gray...

Took a walk down the farm road at lunch. 

Had a little stormy weather, but it didn't disrupt the clinic at all.  Phew!

Monday, April 26, 2010

Melbourne, Bolinda, Dookie, and Rutherglen....also Howlong?

Just finished up five days in the Bolinda/Lancefiled/Riddels Creek area about an hour north of Melbourne -  Drove up to Rutherglen tonight on our eventual way to a clinic in Young on the 29th. First, yes, there is a town named Dookie, and I was reminded not only of the Green Day album of the same name, bit of all the other things that fall into the category of Dookie. Gotta love that name! The next town over from where we are tonight is called Howlong. I wonder too.

The clinic in Bolinda went fantastic - such an enthusiastic group and all of them made such progress with their horses. It is really fun to watch the difference in the riders and horses from Day 1 to day 5 of these clinics. It's such an intensive schedule you really get to know all the participants and that is an added bonus - Everyone we've met here so far (with the exception of a certifiable lady walking/yelling/screaming down the street in Sydney) has just been great - I feel like I've made many new friends who seem much more like old friends - Great people!

It's going into fall here, and the leaves are changing colors and the temperature is dropping. So strange to have my body thinking it is spring but experiencing wintry (for Florida, that is) weather.

The skies here have really been amazing - every day was different, and even from hour to hour the weather could change drastically - It was chilly this morning, but the day turned out to be a glorious fall like day - there was a circular rainbow around the sun for most of the day, and that was really cool. I saw a perfect rainbow, gorgeous storm clouds, perfect puffy clouds, frontal storm type clouds and other variations on those themes over the last few days - how cool is that? I'll tell you. Cool. Very cool.

During the clinic, we stayed in Lancefield, a cute little town about 15 minutes from the clinic site in Bolinda. The drive from Bolinda to Lancefield was gorgeous - a  two lane country road through rolling hills, lined with mature juniper and pine trees, some beech and eucalyptus (gum tree) too. If it isn't obvious yet, I am quite taken by the landscapes here. I could have spent a week driving around photographing most every field and tree I saw.

As we left the area this evening to drive north, it was more of the same - it is a wine growing region and there are valleys, hills, streams and sheep pastures as far as the eye can see. I was sitting in the back seat constantly thinking, "stop! There's another picture perfect postcard image I could make - let me jump out for just a few minutes. I won't be long." This went on until it was too dark to see... Did I mention it is beautiful here?

We have a relax and recuperate day tomorrow, so I'm looking forward to exploring the area a little after we sleep in a bit! All for now, g'day!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

More photos from Cairns...

Yesterday we had one of those adventure days where you just go and go until you can't go anymore, then you go a little more - totally worth it!

Started off with a helicopter ride out over the great barrier reef - Our Pilot Gus was awesome - (of course I'm saying that because we lived) It was a first for both of us, so we didn't know what to expect, but it is like being in a fish bowl that flies - incredible views in all directions and it almost feels like you are suspended in the air with nothing under you (except a big motor, of course...)

The reef runs 1300 miles along the northeastern coast of Australia and is much farther offshore than the reef in the Florida keys - it starts about 15 miles out and goes as far as 50-75 miles away from the coast  - There are lots of ways to access the reef - boat, boat, or helicopter. Or a really long swim across dangerous waters. For me, I like flying in a’s my new favorite way to see things.

After our flight, we hopped into a very small rental car (the guy at the rental place kept asking us how tall we were as we filled out the papers - by the time we were supposed to get the car, he had us wondering just how small the car was - he had a good laugh when it turned out to be a normally sized very small car...We walked in hunched over when we returned the car, saying our backs were out from having to bend over the whole time...he liked the joke...) 
So, driving in Australia is just the same as in the states, except completely backwards. Stay to the left. And try not to forget!  I let Karen drive, as I am not adjusting to the backwards thing as easily. She did great ( I’m glad to be here to say!)

We went south along a coastal valley, between mountains, through sugar cane fields that completely filled the valley for our entire journey 120 kilometers to the south. It is fall here, and the cane is tall and very green, so the drive was beautiful. They have a small rail system set up to harvest the cane - the rails go unused 11 months out of the year, but when it is harvest time, very small trains are all over the place, crossing the major highway with huge loads of cane. There are no crossing gates or guards, so it might get interesting looking out for all the mini trains at harvest time....
We passed several banana plantations, and the bunches of bananas are in bags to protect them from cockatoos. I can’t believe they have to cover every bunch of bananas to keep the birds off. Super labor intensive. Think I won’t start one of those type gardens. We also saw papayas being grown in large groves - the trees are full of ripening papaya right now, and they look like a large art installation. Beautiful countryside.

We stopped at a few waterfalls along the way to our real destination which I’ll get to momentarily. the Boulders in Babinda and Josephine falls a little farther down the road were both lovely spots in the rainforest. They have a few signs like ‘don’t touch this or that plant, and don’t swim here or there, but mostly it is assumed you won’t go off running through the rainforest, as the flora and fauna are quite inhospitable in places. One vine is called the ‘wait a while vine’ - I think that means something like this...You think it hurts now?  Wait a while...!
We ended up at a magical place called Paronella Park in late afternoon, just in time for the tour - It was built by a Spanish man who was way before his time in many ways - It functioned as a sort of theme park starting in the 1930‘s. Located next to a sizeable waterfall, he installed a generator to provide his park with electricity, many years before the nearby town had power. He built two eccentric looking castles - not huge, but gorgeous works of art. He landscaped the gardens and grounds with tropical trees and plants, and provided a ballroom with a stage for shows and movies. He also installed what was most likely the first disco ball in Australia in the 1940’s, predating the 1970‘s American disco craze by at least 3 decades...

We took a night tour a few hours later (so I could do some photography, thanks Karen...) What an amazing spot - I wanted to stay for several more hours as it was a photographer’s wonderland, but I’m happy with the images I made while there.
There’s a lot more history to Paronella Park - if you’re interested, go google... 
We’re off to Melbourne this evening and we teach again starting tomorrow, so our adventure in Cairns is coming to an end, but it has been a fantastic side trip. 
Ok, so I talk too  much, but I’m sitting in an airport waiting for a plane.
And it is a long wait. 
Enjoy the photos!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Cairns, Queensland

In Cairns now, North Queensland - tropical, lush, humid, wet, rainy, palm trees, tropical plants, rain forests, barrier reefs - nice town from what we’ve seen so far. Wanted to see the barrier reef but it looks like the weather isn’t going to cooperate today - fortunately there are lots of other fun things to do in the area so we will pack in a full day tomorrow doing things other than dodging box jellyfish and great white sharks....

We took a gondola ride today up over a National Heritage Rainforest site - it was beautiful - super lush and green - birds, butterflies, huge tree ferns and waterfalls along the way made it a wonderful experience. The cable runs 7 kilometers to a cute little town called Karanda - touristy, but there were several stores with really nice aboriginal art - some of it is just beautiful - it’s also good to see the artists can make a decent living from their artwork...

Here's my found art shot of the day - glue from a sign that had been removed... 

After Sydney, I was quite fit from all the walking, but I think I’ve gained a few kilos (yes, kilos) since then from all of the great food we’ve been eating. Think I need a restaurant intervention...

More tomorrow...

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Gold Coast and Brisbane Area

It's been a whirlwind five days in Gold Coast - so busy I haven't even had time to write about what we've been up to, so I'll try and fill in the blanks from the last several days...yes, we leave for Cairns (1600km north) tomorrow after the clinic ends, so onward with our itinerary!

Upon our arrival to Brisbane, we were picked up by Irma who drove us to her place north of Brisbane - She has a lovely home and made us a great dinner which we shared with a few other people, Fiona (who helped arrange all the clinics in Oz) and Silka (who was one of the attendees at the clinic here.) Saw lots of photos of Irma and her husband Neville's cattle station (huge ranch) which was located several hundred kilometers west of Brisbane...Made a mental note to visit if the chance arises in the future...

Next day we woke up to a gorgeous view - the house was in the middle of their property on a hill and there were open pastures all around - She has kangaroos and koalas on her property, but we did not see any - we were warned the night before about the cane toads, who have become a major nuisance in Australia - Handling (and especially licking them) is not recommended, as they secrete toxins through their skin or glands or somewhere...) Originally imported to eat cane (sugar cane) beetles, the toads refused to eat a single beetle, but flourished on the continent regardless - peril at every corner apparently, but we managed to stay safe so far, so phew...

Speaking of peril, ask Karen to tell you about her spider story!

We made our way to Gold Coast where the actual clinic is being held - It was a shock to come into a city that looks a lot like Miami Beach - huge skyscrapers on the beach, super touristy, super posh, and trendy. We have a room on the 26th floor of one of the high rises, and drive ten minutes every morning to a nice horse facility - We are told that this area of Queensland has the highest concentration of horses in Australia  - hard to believe amongst the skyscrapers and all. We look at the beach every morning when the sun rises, and keep meaning to walk on it, but we are too tired! Yes, we are working that hard... Tomorrow morning we promised ourselves we will take a morning walk at 6 a.m.. Who needs sleep anyway!

Ten ladies are attending the clinic, and it has been a great time getting to know them and their horses. It's been fun photographing them and watching them make positive changes in their riding skills - At the end of each day, I come back to our room, download images, edit, tweak, and post the images to my smugmug site. Makes for along day, but how lucky am I to be working here!  Everyone at the clinic is super enthusiastic about Karen being here and we are daily asked "when are you coming back?"  Our answer for now is... ask Karen...I'm ready!

The birds here are something else - super colorful, loud, big, exotic, and fun to watch and listen to - There are a few Kookaburras who show up every morning and they make the coolest noise - think of the Tarzan tv show monkey noises - that is the kookaburra's call. Too cool. Just learned they are a type of Kingfisher - you learn something new every day!

Have enjoyed the people everywhere in Oz. We were treated to a lovely dinner this evening by  Eliza and Kelly, two of the clinic participants - It was fun to visit with clinic attendees outside of the daily classes. Eliza has been a fantastic help  - she has been our wheels while here, picking us up in the morning and taking us back to our hotel every night - It's so nice to have the driving taken care of, as the whole wrong side of the road driving thing is still confounding to me...

Ok, so late, so many good things to say, so little time! Will try to catch up at our next stop in Cairns - we visit the great barrier reef and rain forest there, so we are looking forward to it!

Monday, April 12, 2010


Last day in Sydney today - We're having a morning cappuccino and croissant at the Tropicana cafe as we have the last several mornings - we come here for the free internet (and the incredible food and coffee...great excuse, huh?) It's a few blocks up a hill from our room and has been a nice morning ritual.

Yesterday was just incredible - Paula and Graeme of Ribbleton Warmbloods took us for a drive north of Sydney to Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park - Along the way we made several stops to eat and sightsee - the mountain roads reminded me a bit of curvy two lane roads in western North Carolina, but with eucalyptus trees and sandstone boulders. Gorgeous drive on a glorious day - couldn't have been more beautiful, and it was great to get out of the city to see the nearby countryside. There is much water along the route and so many beautiful overlooks and public places to enjoy the scenery.

We had a light snack at a little waterside cafe before heading up to an amazing overlook of Barrenjoey headland, where we saw some sort of large (3 feet long) dragon lizard thing...

Ventured further inland to have a nice lunch at Pie in the Sky cafe, a meat pie specialty place up in the mountains - All sorts of meat in a pastry crust, and they put gravy on the french fries and peas I had on the side. And I thought only southerners put gravy on everything...

We had a visit to Ribbleton farms to feed the horses before heading back to Sydney for dinner and it was a lovely place - beautiful grounds and horses -

To top off the day, we made our way back to town about dusk and had dinner on the north side of Sydney Harbor, overlooking the bridge and Opera House - I felt like I was living in a postcard.The view was lovely and Paulette and Graeme were just wonderful hosts for the day, so it was a very special time indeed.

We fly up to Brisbane this afternoon for the next leg of our adventure.

Enjoy the images!

Pie in the Sky!

Luna Park, North Side of Harbor Bridge

Our fantastic hosts, Graeme and Paulette

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Sunday there, Monday here...

Nice day yesterday, went to the Art Museum of New South Wales - saw some awesome Aboriginal art as well as many other great pieces of art from the last several hundred years - a beautiful museum and exhibits. One of my favorites was the final art projects for high school seniors - super creative and well thought out works - Knocked my socks off...

Also visited the maritime museum (I am such a tourist all of a sudden...) learned a lot about Australia's history I had forgotten about  - fascinating and I have no patience to tell you about all that...Aussies love their sailing and one section of the museum was dedicated to sailboat racing - my favorite covered the annual beer can regatta held up in Darwin - People make boats out of beer cans and have a 'regatta' - (Aussies predate the Red Bull flugtag by several decades, but a similar idea. good stuff...)

While at the museum, we were visited by these gorgeous little lorakeets - we saw some at the park the other day and were amazed at their color (and vocal prowess...loud!) These little guys were everybody's best friend as long as the food held out...

We ended up at world famous Bondi Beach at sunset and watched the surfers and beautiful people from a restaurant overlooking the beach. Fish and chips are an aussie staple, so we enjoyed some as the sun went down. See photo...

All for now - are off to see a National Park today with a local Warmblood breeder - looking forward to another lovely day...

Saturday, April 10, 2010!

Have spent the last two days all over Sydney, at least the parts we could see in two days.  We started at the Opera House on Friday and took the tour - what an amazing structure and story. We then wandered over in the Botanical gardens which are huge and absolutely gorgeous - we were harassed by a large flock of cockatoos - they are loud and obnoxious and comical at the same time. I'm glad they don't live near my bedroom window.

Later in our exploration of the gardens, we heard another noise up in the trees - we looked up to find hundreds of fruit bats hanging upside down. They look like small dogs with vampire wings (not mentioning any small dogs by name, mind you) and are harmless but quite freaky when they are flying nearby - they show up as a large shadowy figure approaching in your peripheral vision - yikes!  No vampire bat bites to report at this time...

We then proceeded to climb the Sydney Harbor Bridge (with help of course...) It was an amazing climb - we went up at dusk and reached the summit of the bridge at twilight - looking out over the city and the Opera House was absolutely spectacular. The bridge is almost 400 feet above the water at that point and what an adrenaline rush to be up there! Good times.

I've posted a few of my quick picks here for all to see - the only shot I missed was the one on top of the bridge - they don't let you take cameras up there for safety reasons - I was kinda bummed at first until I was on the climb and realized you don't need to be fumbling with a camera on the climb - too dangerous....

anyway, my hour of internet cafe is about to run out, so I will post images and be back later...

quick captions - Koala, wildlife experience or something like that, next to Sydney Aquarium
Darling Harbor at dusk, dinner at a fine Thai restaurant...
Botanical Gardens, downtown Sydney
View from atop our Motel at Rushcutter's Bay
Sydney Harbor Bridge - look closely and you can see people climbing up and down the top spans of the bridge - Been there!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Landed in Oz

What day is it? Friday? Thursday in Florida, Friday in Sydney. Ok. 15 hours ahead here. Ok. Jet lag?  Not bad, except I wake up at 1 in the morning and am ready to stay up. Toilets, yes, they flush backwards..not the handle, but the water. Goes counterclockwise. What does it do on the equator?  More interesting things to worry about I am sure...

It is a long plane flight here. But you chase the darkness and it says dark for 83 hours or something like that so you think you need to sleep on the plane so you do, and eventually you think you should be landing soon, and then it is only another 5 or so hours 'til you land, so all is well.

Sydney is beautiful. A lovely city and very friendly people - Had a little exploring yesterday, but today we start in earnest, capped off by an evening climb on the Sydney bridge, right at dusk. Was getting my camera gear all ready for some amazing photography until someone told me they don't let you take anything up with you (something about cars and such below being at risk from fumbly fingered photographers. Or car keys falling out of pockets, etc.) so I will have to describe that instead of showing with photographs.. Drat!

Anyway, staying at a lovely place next to a park and enjoying life in Sydney for the next few days - we fly up to the Brisbane area early next week to begin our work here, so will be sure to soak in the funtime while I can. Photos to follow when I have some time this evening or tomorrow morning.


Thursday, February 18, 2010

My Facebook ate my Blogspot

I've been spending my computer time on facebook and my blog has gotten lonely! Here's a quick catch up on Dana Rasmussen Photography...

What's happening? I'm very busy preparing for a 5 week trip to Australia! I'll be doing lots of horse photography and some sightseeing too. Sydney, Gold Coast, Melbourne, Cairns, and Macksville are all on the itinerary, plus a few other tiny towns I haven't even heard of.  Most of my energy has been in that direction, as lots of details must be handled before I go - I've also got a few weddings to photograph right before I leave and right after I get back  - Things are stacking up quickly as April 6th approaches - much to do!

I've been having fun in the studio doing oddball macro and old objects photography (which can be seen on my facebook page if you're interested).  I'm looking forward to creating lots of new images over the next several months during my travels. There's also a new website is in the works -  my old one is way overdue for a makeover...

Keep checking here during April and early May for posts from the great OZ tour 2010...

Friday, January 1, 2010

Happy New Year!

Blue Moon over Prairie, 12/30/09....

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Happy Holidays!

I wanted to take the time to wish all of you (all 6.8 billion of you) a heartfelt message of love and peace this holiday season. The message this card conveys is simple - Love one another. Such a simple and powerful act will change the world for the better.  Be a rebel in your own time. Rise above the pettiness, hatred, and fear and love one another.  

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Radley and Ansley portrait session

Had a great portrait session on Tuesday afternoon with these two adorable children - Ansley is four now, and she visited me 3 years ago to have her baby portraits made - her younger brother Radley Jr. was ready for his baby portrait so they came to the studio for a session. Radley was a ball of energy and we captured some great photos of him just being super cute - Ansley wasn't going to be upstaged, so she joined in the fun too - she loves flowers, so we went out in the yard and made her a little bouquet for her to take home and pose with. Good times... here's a few of my favorites...

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

St Marks Monarch migration

Late October and the Monarchs are making their yearly pilgrimage to Mexico - They converge on bushes in the St Marks NWR and it's quite the spectacle - lots of people come to see lots of butterflies...Was a lovely day and I was able to get few nice images...