Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Visiting Georgetown, Texas

When I first arrived in Austin, someone told me to check out Georgetown for it's charm and architecture.  It's been on my list of places to explore for the last seven months, and now it's on my list of places I must go back to - preferably on a Sunday morning when the light is low and the crowds are negligible. This trip, unfortunately was on a blazing hot mid afternoon which I know is not a good time to shoot, but somehow I can't help myself.
 I just love reflections and Georgetown has a great old town hall right in the middle, with all kinds of coll shops surrounding it on four sides. Here is a reflection of that traditional building.
The newspaper building has a "paper lady" sitting outside, made up of all kinds of cool headlines. Naturally she is reading.

Cool architecture, fun artwork and a real sense of community, I stopped in a few stores (for air conditioning and research) and it really felt like a place I'd love to live in...or even just spend a few days as a tourist.

More reflections - the traditional building in the background with beautiful Native Indian garb in the foreground.
Love the dolphin watching over the town. What a lovely place Georgetown, Texas is. Looking forward to another visit in the Fall.

Happy shooting friends!

Friday, July 20, 2012

Oh How I Love the Beach!

A recent trip to Long Beach Island, on the Jersey shore, brought home to me just how wonderful it is to be beside the ocean. Besides being close to the invigorating water, there are all kinds of special treats at the beach. World's best crumb cake, sticky buns, clam chowda and other assorted foods you just can't enjoy anywhere else.

And there are great sights and sounds.  The smell of the ocean, the feel of the sand beneath your feet, people watching... The boy in this photo is only 3 years old!

And gathering with friends and family is always the best part...sharing meals, playing miniature golf, hanging on the beach...

 And, as if that isn't all good enough, the icing on the cake was when my good friend Suzi Hoffman brought me to Watermark Gallery in Tuckerton, NJ.to show me that some of my photographs
(as well as some of her beautiful watercolors and my son-in-law's lovely oil paintings) are on display and are for sale. I am so fortunate that she has included my work in redcanoecreative.comhttp://redcanoecreative.com/ which is a selection of artists friends that she cares enough about to get their work exhibited.

All in all, a trip to the beach is rejuvinating and exhilarating. Just what the doctor ordered. 
Now I just need to find time to get back!

Happy shooting friends!

Friday, July 6, 2012

A Very Long Vacation

My sister and daughter posing in front of a Peep Show.
I always live for the next vacation and I generally pack a lot into to every trip. We just returned from a terrific, jam-packed, family and friend visiting, wedding-filled, fun times trip to New York.  

Unfortunately I had written this whole blog and somehow ended up deleting it - so, heavy sigh, here I go again. 

During our month-long trip, we got to 2 weddings: One, a very old friend's daughter who looked exactly like her mother did many years ago.
Jessica and John Murray
And a grand niece of my husband's who did such a great job with making her special day unique and fun. She wore hot pink shoes, the guys wore orange Converse sneakers and the girls wore flip flops with orange and pink flowers. The party was in an open barn and the day turned out spectacularly with lots of children dancing and good old fashioned family fun.
Justine Marsh toasting Jennifer and Robert Treto.

Naturally I had to squeeze in a Broadway play - "Nice Work if You Can Get It" which was hokey and hilarious. We sat in the front row and got to see the costumes and details up close. We had lunch at Carmine's and thoroughly enjoyed our "girls" day in NYC.
We were so close to the orchestra pit, I just had to grab a picture.

My girls, Liz, Teresa, Marian, Kiryn, Kathleen and Mom (Clare)
 One NYC day is never enough for me. I made another trip in a week later to meet my cousins Maureen and Eileen and check out the High Line. 
The High Line was an elevated railroad track that is now a super cool walkway with great views of NYC. In the background is the new Frank Gehry building. 

Some very unusual flowers

Nearby is  Chelsea Market which was a train depot and is now a lovely mall with all kinds of great food - even lobsters!

Our vacation included lots of lunches with old friends and a trip to Long Beach Island in New Jersey (separate blog coming soon). 
Me and two of my oldest and dearest friends, Carolyn and Mary.

One of the nicest treats we gave ourselves was a visit to the New York Botanical Gardens where there is currently a fabulous Monet exhibit. The flowers were outrageous colors and combinations. I could go on forever. Needless to say I took another 1500 images while we were gone.  All in all it was a VERY photographic journey and a wonderful time with so many important people in our lives.

Keep shooting, friends!  And enjoy your summer while creating some great memories to save for posterity.