I don’t know what’s worse. Having too much time on your hands and being bored out of your gourd or not having enough hours in the day to catch up on all the stuff you’ve got going on. Considering our current insane multi-project (over) workload, I’m definitely going with the latter. Which kind of explains my palpable absence in the Reflections department. So, I do apologize. But part of the problem, truthfully, is photography. Or rather lack thereof – supporting photography for all the nutty things that I write about and ask my husband to create some semblance of a photo that could illustrate my occasional quirkiness.

Honestly, a lot of material writes itself around here because cool stuff happens all the time while I’m sitting at my desk typing away and just like that, the moment’s gone and I have nothing to show for it. I don’t know how many times I’ve Skyped Adam begging him to come home so he can snap a shot of the humongous crane that regularly visits his new-found fishing hole. Or the baby bear that went lolloping across the rocks by the pond one day. Remember, we live in the Boonies and our neighbors lean on the feathered and furry side.

So, he finally bought me a camera. Me! You may wonder why in the world I would ever attempt making an image considering the titan photographer I’m married to. But I have wanted a camera for ages. You know, for documentation. I love my new little Nikon Coolpix. For one thing, it’s so tiny! And you all know how I adore baby-sized things. It’s no bigger than a cell phone, so it’s easy to slip it into my pocket when I go for my daily walk and capture a few interesting things along the way. But, I have to admit, I’m old school and am used to a viewfinder and not having to hold my camera out to frame up a shot. I have smacked myself in the face NO LESS THAN three times forgetting this thing is digital.

I’m not proud.

Here are some of my first shots.

This is our back yard. The view from my desk. Not bad, huh?

Our Back Yard
Our Back Yard

One of my favorite trees in dappled afternoon light on my way out of the property. One of these days, I’m going to put a bunny statue in it. It’s begging for some woodland creature to call that place home.

After a grueling uphill hike, this is my reward. The view from the top. On a clear day, I can see all the way to Charlotte, which is completely awesome. I never get tired of this view. Ever. It’s inspiring.

View from the Ridge
View from the Ridge

Look at the daffodils starting to peek out. Hope springs eternal.

Daffodils
Daffodils

Crossing over the first bridge on our property. That water’s freezing, y’all!

The Creek
The Creek

Back at the ranch. This is the fork in the road. Take a right to go to our studio.

Home – left; Studio – right
Home – left; Studio – right

The cork collection in the studio kitchen. I hot-glued them on top of the half-wall’s ledge for a cool border.

Cork Countertop
Cork Countertop

Now, back to the house, Woody End. My beloved fish pond. Poor things under the ice. Hang in there, guys! Spring is just around the corner!

Fish in Frozen Pond
Fish in Frozen Pond

Look at that gorgeous light on the orchid in the atrium. I adore all my indoor plants, but I can’t wait to get outside and start to dig in the dirt.

Orchid
Orchid

My very most favorite person on the entire planet. This is actually a photo of the television monitor – Adam’s on-screen camera debut for an exciting upcoming photography video series he’s producing for all you food bloggers out there. He’s a star! We’ll keep you posted…

My Favorite Person – The Photographer
My Favorite Person – The Photographer

Peace and love,

-Cheryl

 

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