Inspired by Life

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Burke Lake, Virginia

A lake is the landscape's most beautiful and expressive feature.  It is earth's eye; looking into which the beholder measures the depth of his own nature.  ~Henry David Thoreau

Last Saturday, I had the chance to take some Tolboe family pictures for their Christmas card this year. I was so excited to do this for them—a sweet family—and to visit a new part of my surroundings. Due to my hectic work schedule, I did not have the chance to learn about this place (I usually do my research on a place before I go) before I went there. 

It was a perfect autumn day, and I was thrilled to do a road trip with Mr. Taylor, and see some friends I had not seen since the summer. 

I was not prepared for the beauty I beheld as I pulled into the parking lot near the boat launch. The photograph above depicts the scene I encountered and I was amazed by God's talent as an artist. Nature reflects his love for us and it always brings me closer to Him. 
Burke Lake Park was beautiful and the Tolboes were wonderful! 

I spent an hour taking photographs and breathing in the crisp, autumn air, surrounded by incredible colors of the season. I took in big gulps of clean air, and felt ever so grateful for the opportunity to live in this country and to experience these things that will forever stay imprinted in my memory. 

Here is one of the pics I took of the Tolboes. 

Thank you, Tolboe Family, for being so great at the photo shoot, and for introducing me to Burke Lake Park! 

Love is...

...all you need. ~ John Lennon

And there was an abundance of love at one of my best friend's wedding on November 12, 2012 in Long Beach, California. 
It was a special experience to share this day with her—remembering the countless conversations 
we had over a decade and distance, 
sharing our 
hopes and dreams, 
joys and sorrows, broken hearts and joyful laughter, 
always wondering, hoping and dreaming of 
the day we would meet and marry 
the one who will share our lives forever. 

It was a tender experience for me to capture her special moments on film, to paint her nails, and help her in other small ways; 
to share a beautiful poem, to adjust her wedding dress 
to keep her from tripping.

It is hard to believe that we are women now. In many ways, we will still be little girls at heart and our souls will still cherish those moments, while our friendship transcends to a higher level.

Congratulations, my darling friend! All you need is love!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

A Walk.

"As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind. To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives." - Henry David Thoreau


Thursday, November 10, 2011

Think things I like to think

“Why do we love the sea? It is because it has some potent power to make us think things we like to think.”
--Robert Henri 

Tomorrow, I leave for sunny California to celebrate a dear friend's wedding. I am already imagining 
the smell of the salty water, 
the wind in my face, the gentle roar of the waves. 
A book in my hand,
lying in the shade of a big, white umbrella, 
I will lose myself in my thoughts and 
think things I like to think.  
(Wish my darling Mr. Taylor was going with me.)

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Through the lens...

There are no rules for good photographs, there are only good photographs.  ~Ansel Adams

It may appear that Christmas has arrived a bit early at the Taylor household, 
when, in fact, it is Christmas all year round. 
This happy, smiling, snowman occupies one of the side tables 
in our living room, and brightens up the place with 
his warm smile. 

Tonight, as I perused a photography blog, I was inspired to coax a few shots out of my 
wonderful camera, whose true potential I have not yet experienced, due to my rudimentary skills in the art of photography. 
Nevertheless, I pursue the dream of becoming a better photographer, so that my lens can capture what my mind wants to cherish for a very long time. 

Introducing: Aaron Taylor

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

A writer's paradise - Charlottesville, VA

"How beautifully leaves grow old.  How full of light and color are their last days." 
~John Burroughs

Mr. Taylor and I took a road trip to this weekend to a city nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge mountains. Rich in history and bathed in nature's bounteous beauty, this city is considered a writer's paradise. 
We were excited to go on this trip and take full advantage of the amazing arrival of fall, with its colors ablaze at every turn. 

There is something other-worldly about driving through windy roads, passing large, green pastures and horse farms, with a stunning color palette as a backdrop. 

With the crisp air whipping through our hair, we drove along as I experienced several moments of breathlessness as I marveled at what lay before my eyes—the colors of fall in all its glory. 

It was liberating to take in large gulps of fresh, unadulterated air and feel the stress of everyday life flow out of my body, 
as I gave in to my surroundings and enjoyed the moments I spent with Mr. Taylor. 

Nature is a soothing balm to a tired soul.