Friday, August 10, 2012

Sunsets of Summer

Seen going North on I495, Merrifield, Virginia
 One of the parts I love most about Summer are the gorgeous sunsets I get to witness every day on my way home from work.  I tend to work from 10-7pm, and with the notorious traffic of Northern Virginia, I find that I have a lot of time to sit and watch the sunset, via Interstate 66W in the HOV lane. :)   

Shadow Casting on I66W near Fair Lakes, Virginia

This summer's display has not been disappointing, to say the least.  We have had many 100 degree days that bring in a  late afternoon storm which to me is a perfect recipe of clouds and colors to really make a sunset spectacular.   Since I hadn't written in awhile, I thought I would at least share some of the sunset photos I have been able to capture while driving home.  I never get tired of taking pictures of the sky.  It truly is a wonderous painting.  

Sunset peaking through a Storm at Romney, WV.
By the way, I am still doing my Walkography, but as I mentioned before, we have had too many 100 degree days, so I haven't been walking much outside.  I can't wait for Fall to arrive so I can pick it back up and enjoy my walks outside once more.  Hard to believe Summer of 2012 is almost over! 

Finishing Sunset on I66W, near Fairfax, Virginia

"Nature is the art of God" ~Thomas Browne

Sunday, May 6, 2012

A Walk and Sweets for a Sad Single Girl

Today I was blue.  It appears I am single again.  It's a long that I don't care to go into great detail about....but today it came to my realization that it may be time to move on from a situation that, just a few months ago,  I felt was going in a great direction.  More than ever before,  I needed my daily walk to put my thoughts in check, and possibly find a little something sweet for cheer ups.  Luckily, I have a fantastic Korean bakery, called Shila, just a few blocks away.

My thoughts are that a walk to a bakery is still a walk in my book.  A Honeydew Boba tea and a few free samples later, I'm a little happier, but still feel the loss of someone I consider dear to me.

Shila Bakery is AWESOME...and dangerous! :)\

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Walk-ography... From the Archives

I was unable to talk a walk yesterday due to just not feeling well....I was a little bummed, but thought here would be a perfect opportunity to share a shot taken in a previous walk.  I'm hoping to be back out on the sidewalk tonight after work, but I hear a storm's a coming!  Keep your fingers crossed for me that I might slip a quick one in before the storm hits.  OR better yet...have the storm hit first and then take a walk....I just LOVE the clouds parting and letting the sun peek back through photos! Especially this time of year,  Virginia gets some of it's best  storms and cloud formation in May. :)

So, since I have no pic from yesterday, here is a shot I took on a walk around the neighborhood April 12, 2012. If you are stopping by and read my posts...please let me know where your favorite place to walk is. :)

The Sunset sneaking up behind me :)

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Walk-ography... The Street at Night 4/30/12

Peppa was too sure about going out at night.

Had a late night at work, so wasn't able to take a nice relaxing walk at sunset as I intended.  Instead it was more like 9pm which wasn't so bad....quieter streets, slight cool breeze.  My only concern was how do I get a great photo in the dark?  But, off Peppa and I went.  Liberty, my dalmatian, again wanted nothing to do with it, and chose to stay home and watch Dancing with the Stars. ;)

You never know what kind of spooky creatures you may encounter at night. :)

Monday, April 30, 2012

Walk-ography...Walney Pond, April 29, 2012

Monet always comes to mind here

I have decided recently to try and get more walking in my life.  From what I've heard and read, it's a great source of exercise for the body, mind, and soul, but how does one chic stay motivated and not get bored which I am sorely guilty of when it comes to any sort of exercise program. As I pondered, I thought.....well, what better way to stay motivated than to somehow include my love for photography during my walks.  GENIUS!
Even just to shoot one photo from each walk, and then post it here on my blog as a progress report, and, maybe, for other's to enjoy is a great idea!  So...Walk-ography (yes, I made that up) is born and hopefully will thrive. We shall see.

For starters, my criteria will be...
  • Try to walk no less than 30 minutes.
  • Walks will be mostly close to home in Centreville, Virginia
  • Take at least one photo during my will most likely always be my cellphone.
  • And, of course, have one or both of my pups, Peppa or Liberty, tag along for moral support.

On a Side Thought...I wonder if other photogs have done something like this? If so, I'd love to hear from you or see your adventures in Walk-ography. :) Any great walking trail recommendations in the Northern Virginia area would be fantastic, as well.

Lots of Lilly pads...almost covered the whole pond.

So, here we go! Even though I've already been trying this out for the past  week or so, my first Walk-ography post displays my walk at Walney Pond located in Chantilly, Virginia, yesterday April 29, 2012.  I love Walney Pond...such a beautifully hidden piece of nature just feet away from the congestion that is called Surburbia of Northern Virginia.  I have posted photos taken here a few years back, so I was due another walk around the pond block.

Papa and Peppa

My companions this particular walk were my friend, John, and my side-kick, Peppa Pig (aka my little chihuahua). It always fun to have willing companions.

A perfect home for a Gnome don'tcha think?

   Because I love this place..It was impossible for me to just take one photo to represent this episode of Walk-ography.  All in all, it was a great walk with perfect weather. I'll even forget about the disgusting tick I found on my body this morning.  Walney Pond is a definite addition to my walk roster.  I'll just remember the tick repellent next time. :)

Friday, April 20, 2012

Let's play the FLASH...oR No FLASH game!



Or No FLASH. :)

Spring brings Babies!!

I am typically a Fall/Autumn girl, but one thing I do love about Spring are all the beautiful flowers and the brand new wildlife babies. :)  This Spring I've been excited over a few new babies that have come into my life.

The first being this little one....
 Meet in the cartoon Peppa Pig.  My nephews absolutely LOVE that little cartoon, and they felt I should name this little girl after Peppa since she can be quite the little piglet at meal time. :) I've always been a Dalmatian girl, so wasn't sure if little Chihuahua would be a good fit in my home with Liberty, my dalmatian, and myself.  BUT, we have quickly forgotten that sentiment, and Peppa has made herself quite as home. :)

 Here's a shot of her with her new big sister, Liberty....

They are quickly becoming best buds...and I feel happiness again to have two babies to take care of.  After losing Odysey, the house just didn't feel the same for Liberyt and Peppa has definitely added some joy back. :)

Another set of babies that I am obsessed with this Spring....The Decorah Eagles!!

OMG! Look at those faces!!! :)  I tell you. I cannot stop watching this live stream of a family of eagles in Iowa.  If you have not heard of this or have not seen, I warn you....before you dare to take a peek, know that you may be addicted to watching like myself.  It is amazing to watch nature when they don't know we are watching. :)

Lastly, I got a nice surprise the other day when I spotted these little beauties in my front yard...

You cannot know my excitment when I saw these blue jewels hidden in my front yard....Momma Robin was away just long enough for me to catch a peek at how many babies will soon arrive.  I can't wait, and I will definitely keep you posted. :)

Thursday, December 29, 2011

WOW! I've been gone a long time. :)

Well, I wish I could say that I've been lost on a deserted island with Sawyer, but sadly, I cannot.
Mostly, I've just been sleeping, working, eating, and living life as it comes...pretty much in that order too. ;)  Then I reminded myself of my poor neglected blog, so here I am again.  I am 40 now!  I cringe every time I say that.  Where did my youth go?  LOL!  Yes, I don't look forth, or feel forty, and I think that is why I am so disturbed by it.  I mean, come on!  If you don't look it, or feel it...then you shouldn't have to be it!  Right?  Can I get a Hell Yeah from anyone out there? :)  So, I am dealing with this milestone in my life, and I can happily say that so far , so good.  I have some new people in my life, my family is healthy, I manage to keep a job in this economy, my house has not caved in around me, have my beautiful Dal-gal, Liberty to greet me at home every day, and still have my awesome Hummer, the last of her kind. So, I really cannot complain.  I just need to accept the fact that I am now too old for those micro-mini skirts, hot college boys, and pink glitter lipstick. LOL! Maybe only allowed on Halloween now....Just maybe!    Oh, and Josh Holloway is 42, so if I can find some men MY AGE such as him, then I may not miss those hot college boys so much. ;)

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

May Sun + Va. Wine Country + 951 feet = Good Times!!

This past weekend, I checked out a relatively new winery in beautiful Virginia countryside, just an hour's drive outside of DC, called Bluemont Vineyard....and may I just say that the view was definitely worth the gorgeous drive. 
 It is  at an elevation of 951 feet in the Blue Ridge Mountains with a 50 mile view .  On a clear day, you can even see the top of the Washington Monument! 

Each of their wines are named after farm animals, which I thought was cute, and because they have a working farm at the foot of the mountain.  Their wines were quite tasty. 
Looks like the perfect spot to enjoy a glass of wine....don'tcha think?

If you find yourself wandering in Northern Virginia's wine country, it would be a shame not to add Bluemont Vineyard to your trip.  I'm going back to try their dessert wines when they start bottling in June...especially their blackberry wine.  Mmm yummy!!

Let Me Introduce.....

My newest nephew, Gabriel "Gabe" David Esposito.  Isn't he just the cutest?!? :)  Born 4/23/10 as I was flying out to Florida for I had to wait several days to meet him.  I took this pic the day he and I finally got introduced.  Multiple photos and videos to follow. ;)