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How Incredibly Fortunate I Am

  For a year now, I have been experiencing extreme discomfort. A correct medical diagnosis took many months, and resulted in a challenging and delicate surgery. As I reflect on this past year, I do so from a space and place that remains painful and frightening. How I feel right now could indeed be my …

Capturing Life Through A New Lens

    I began taking photos when I stumbled across an old 35 mm camera in a closet. It happened to be at a time in my life that I was experiencing much change—many endings—without a clear sense of how to begin again. Amid the chaos of relocating, leaving my community, changing jobs, renovating a …

Foraging

    In the aftermath of a February snowstorm that brought a foot of snow, I noticed a single robin foraging for food as the snow began to melt. Many robins never left the northeast this winter. Since fruit is what they normally eat during colder months, I wondered why they remained, and I worried …

Winter Reflections

  The days are beginning to lengthen now, as the light struggles to remain for one or two minutes longer each evening, yet we are also entering what can be the most difficult time of winter. The holidays are long past, and spring is not yet on the horizon. We’ve grown tired of battling the weather—spending hours …

Such a Delicate Balance

  Whenever I am lucky enough to travel, I love to explore the topography that surrounds me: the unique trees and plants, the different species of birds and other wildlife, and the teeming ecosystems found in the nearest bodies of water—be they fresh or salt. Such a delicate balance. Such incredible diversity. Yet I also …

New Year, New Perspective

  The first day of 2017 was cold, with a bitter north wind coming off of the lake. All I wanted to do was pull the covers over my head and stay in my warm bed. Instead, I forced myself to get up and out for a First Day Hike and bird walk with people …

Exploring New Paths

  Last night my daughter and I were fortunate enough to share an evening with four incredible women we had just recently met at a new moon lodge hosted by my neighbor. Snow had fallen all day, leaving the night draped in a blanket of pure white silence. Together we shared a meal of hearty …

Letting Go of Stuff

    I smiled as I typed that title, realizing as I looked at the words that while I meant literal stuff, this phrase also sums up the work I have been doing figuratively as well. In the past six months I have undergone a tremendous shift, literally by moving 2000 miles from the state …

Pausing To Simply Be

  It is so difficult, especially during the chaos surrounding the holidays, to find time to be still—to just be.   During one of the most difficult years of my life, filled with change and loss and grief, I have turned to nature photography as a means of constructively coping with the chaos that often …

Wasted Time?

You never thought you’d be alone this far down the line And I know what’s been on your mind You’re afraid it’s all been wasted time Wasted Time – The Eagles After raising children and ending a relationship–a total investment of over twenty years–when all that had been my norm disappeared and I found myself …