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#Instagram Round-up: August 2015

As you probably guessed from my last post, I had a pretty full/colorful/fun August. Here's my Instagram Round-up for the month - a lot of posts for a lot of activities I was eager to document and share. Some gorgeous summer photo shoots in Boston, several fitness goals checked off the list, international travel, and just some relaxing summer activities.
We're in the middle of a heat wave here in Boston so I don't think I'll be posting any fall photos anytime soon. Enjoying it while it lasts!

What are you up to this September?

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How to Spend 8 Days in Switzerland

 Last fall, we made a trip across the Atlantic. My mother has cousins who live in Switzerland and while she keeps in touch, we hadn't seen most of them in years. She decided 2013 would be the year to change that and make the trek so we all hopped on a plane for Zurich!

The cousins lives in a region called the VallΓ©e de Joux in the Swiss Canton of Vaud (where many watches companies are based!). It, like most of Switzerland, is very beautiful so we spent a lot of time touring the countryside and visiting different towns-
Le Sentier

Gruyères

Seth and I on top of the world- a glacier in Gstaad (around 10k ft!).

Homemade fondue, the national dish of Swizterland. Drool.

When the family portion of the trip ended, Seth and I went to Geneva by train then rented a car and stayed in Interlaken and Lucerne before flying out of Zurich. Not enough time to see it all but we saw a lot! And we already can't wait to go back.
Jet d'Eau in Geneva

Harder Klum overlooking Interlaken

Me (terrified) hovering over Interlaken

Interlaken

Lucerne

Lucerne, again. So stunning.

We had such an amazing trip. Reconnecting with family (and meeting cousins for the first time!), eating fresh and flavorful foods, seeing breathtaking sights- it was definitely one of the best trips I've ever taken. We came home refreshed, inspired, and ready to go back, hopefully in the next few years. I highly recommend this tiny little part of the world!

Have you been on any trips lately? I'd love to hear about them in the comments below! 

Back from Longboat Key, FL

 I just returned from Longboat Key, FL where I spent a glorious 4 days in the sun with my mom. Lots of beach/pool time, good food, friends and relaxation. I am always happy when I'm there and I am already looking forward to my next trip down there.

The pool at sunset.

Lunch at Star Fish Co.

 
Quality kayaking time with friends visiting from Holland who I hadn't seen in two years!

 La plage. Ah.

Portraits at Oak Alley Plantation

On my last full day in New Orleans, we rented a car and visited Oak Alley, a plantation that dates back to 1837.

We took plenty of photos of the house and its grounds but after the conference we were also eager to make some portraits so we modeled for each other too. Even Julie's good-natured husband, Tyler, was willing to pose for us-


If you find yourself in Louisiana, I highly recommend Oak Alley. It was like stepping back in time.

Imaging USA 2012 in New Orleans

Aside from exploring Bourbon Street, I was in New Orleans to attend Imaging USA, the annual conference of the Professional Photographers Association. I saw a bunch of speakers including Kevin Kubota, Jerry Ghionis, Jim Garner, Julieanne Kost, Jack Davis, Joey L., and Prem Mukarjee to name a few. All worth checking out if you get a chance to hear them speak. From portraiture posing to Lightroom tips, they covered a lot of ground in their presentations.

There was also a huge (HUGE) expo going on where we spent several hours on Tuesday. Equipment, album vendors, backdrops, software, you name it- it was there. Here are a few booths I really liked-

I loved these customizable flash drives and boxes from Pexagon and Rice Studio Supply. Their eco-friendly packaging is so appealing.

Of course I had to stop by the Moo booth. I just ordered some promo postcards from them and they are gorgeous.

Millers had the most impressive-looking booth, my 50mm lens is not doing it justice here. Above and beyond!

I do like a good backdrop. My travel buddy Julie, of Julie Sterling Photography, posed for me.

And then there were the parties. A great way to end the day- food, music, booze. I took this photo because the DJ put on a Sir Mix-a-Lot video and "Baby's Got Back" in mixed company is hilarious.

Night Photos from Bourbon Street, New Orleans

Can you see Seth in the background holding our hurricanes?

Whew! I just returned from almost a week in New Orleans feeling refreshed, recharged, and inspired. When we got in around nine and headed straight to Bourbon Street. It was overwhelming after a long day of travel and I could see how it would get old fast but I loved all of the energy and craziness block after block. Oh and being able to walk down the street with an alcoholic drink. So foreign!

No age discrimination on Bourbon St

Yes please.

Beads!

A biscuit from Popeyes at the end of the night. Yes, it was that good.

More photos coming soon...

Nantucket Fishing

This weekend Seth and I visited his sister's family on Nantucket. His brother-in-law just bought a sweet fishing boat which he was more than happy to take us out on. The insane, roller-coaster waves (thank goodness for Dramamine) tossed us around but it was so nice to be out on the water. As much as I love boating, I don't think I've ever been out fishing so this was a new experience! Seth's sister was fishing for bonito and blue fish for a tournament and she managed to snag two-

Fish on!

A small bonito. Don't worry, he was returned to the sea after being measured!

A Visit to Sharpe Hill

Today we made a trip out to Connecticut to visit Sharpe Hill, a vineyard in the northeast corner of the state. Who knew CT had vineyards? Not me! It was a completely picturesque setting; we had a nice wine tasting outside and then lunch inside (which was good since it did eventually start to rain). Such good wine and food! When we were leaving, the rain let up just enough for me to get some photos-

~*What a lovely spot to enjoy some wine*~

Birds of Sarasota (and St. Pete)

A cormorant

When I bought a used telephoto lens recently, I did it mainly because it was being sold at a good price and I'm in the process of building up my lens collection. I didn't really know what I'd use it for, my first thought being, "what am I going to take photos of with this, birds?!"

Well, yes, as it turns out. This past week I've been in Florida with my mom and we took an awesome eco boat tour out of Mote Marine. We got to see a lot of animals including some pretty impressive birds. I've never been a huge bird person but with this lens and these rare (to me) creatures, I might be hooked-

Great Egret

Roseate Spoonbill (check out their pink eyes!)

White Pelicans (and cormorants)

We also went to St. Petersburg, home to these birds-

Pelican

Pelican

Great Blue Heron

The great blue heron was hanging out on the sea wall with some fisherman; he didn't seem to mind being close to humans at all. The white pelicans are the "original snow birds," they come down from Canada. The roseate spoonbills are the only truly pink birds found in nature (flamingos don't count since they turn pink because of their diet!). See? There's more to a Florida vaca then just laying out in the sun... although I did enjoy that too... :)

Back from the West!

Wow, I have been a pretty bad blogger lately! With good reason though- I just got back from a week in California. We did a few days in San Luis Obispo for my cousin's wedding, then drove down to LA to stay with more cousins. It was a blast! I don't think any of us were ready to leave but we missed the dog too much so we had to come back.

Here are some shots I got of the wedding which was on a beautiful ranch in SLO:

It started out a little stormy but then the clouds parted...

...just in time for the bride to walk down the rose petal aisle.

Lovely!

Handmade napkin rings and blankets on each chair in case the guests got chilly.

Mason jars of white sangria and the place settings.

So many little details... it was a perfect combination of rustic yet elegant. Loved it!

More pics from CA to follow.

A Visit to the Edward Gorey House

Finally! I have been dying to go to the Edward Gorey House in Yarmouthport ever since I found out it existed. It was every bit as informative, bizarre-o, and inspiring as I hoped it would be. We took the guided tour which I highly recommend; our docent pointed out lots of Gorey facts and tidbits we would've missed on our own. Like maybe-

G is for George smothered under a rug (The Gashlycrumb Tinies)

A serpent stone path (created by Gorey himself) and a statue of the Doubtful Guest

And finally the graves of each of the 26 tinies, made by Gorey's friends. So morbidly delightful.

Overall, it was a creeptastic, fascinating visit; I learned a lot about Gorey and what inspired his unique body of work. I wish I could time travel back to the mid-nineties and hang around Yarmouthport just to possibly bump into him.

Next time you're on the Cape, you should pay the house and all of Gorey's meticulous collections a visit. I will definitely be going back!

Cape Escape

This past weekend my cousin, Ellen, and I decided we needed a quiet little getaway so we headed to the Cape. I booked us at a sweet B&B in Brewster (The Old Manse) that turned out to be as quaint, pretty, quiet, relaxing, etc, as we'd hoped it would be:We fell in love with the place immediately and made ourselves at home (by falling asleep on the couch in the common room 10 minutes after arriving). For dinner we headed to a place that had come highly recommended, the Brewster Fish House. It did not disappoint! The service, the cozy atmosphere, the fresh food... I'd go back in a heartbeat. I didn't get any pictures of the scallops and risotto we ordered but here is a delicious cocktail shot:We went to bed swearing we'd never eat again... until the morning because, oh right, we were staying at a bed & breakfast. And one known for it's amazing breakfasts! Fresh squeezed orange juice, Belgian waffles, and Vermont maple sausage. Yes, please.
We drove around making several retail stops including the Brewster General Store and also Yummy Goods, the sweet gift shop in West Barnstable run by Melissa who also has a cool blog and is friends with some of the artists/crafters I know in Boston:We also made a much anticipated, special trip to the Edward Gorey House. More on that tomorrow!
Ahhhh Cape Cod.

Waterfire in Providence, RI

Last Saturday after a Boston Handmade meeting in Seekonk, Arthur, Beth, Beth's husband Justin, and I piled in the car and headed to Providence for Waterfire. Waterfire is a public art exhibit that takes place on certain dates throughout the summer and consists of one hundred large bonfires set in the rivers of the city. It draws a huge crowd but the mesmerizing fires keep the noise level significantly hushed and peaceful; it was unlike any event I've ever been to.

This is the view from Justin's office (he snuck us in), how cool is that?!

We like fire.

Even from the shore, the heat from the fires was intense; we were lucky it wasn't a really hot night. In addition to the fires, there were singers stationed around the canals, gondola rides, and even a few living statues. There are still a few dates left this season to catch Waterfire; I highly recommend that you do!

Western MA Getaway

My friend Kelly's family moved to Northampton, MA when we were 15 and it did not take long for me to realize what a special place it is. The people, the restaurants and shops, the houses, all enclosed in beautiful countryside, it is a perfect escape from city life. Kelly is home for a little while this summer so I planned a last minute visit, 24 hours in western MA-

The Eric Carle Museum in Hadley, MA, home of the Very Hungry Caterpillar!

A stop at the Atkins Farm Country Market, locavore heaven.

A BLT on country wheat. Drool.

I also took the opportunity to take some portraits of Kelly's beloved Toby, the perfect dog. He is thirteen now and he is still active, swimming in the river almost every day!

Happy in the river...

Sad about the subsequent bath...

Happy to be getting towel dried.

Content!

Back from the Woods

Ahhh... even though it rained the last morning, it was still hard to leave Squam. I had been looking forward to it literally since I left last year and once again, it did not disappoint. Take an idyllic setting, lovely and inspiring people, super fun classes, great food and drinks, what's not to love?

Of course I took a whole bunch of pictures too. I'm going to post them over a couple days since I don't always like looong blog posts and I want to do the session justice! So I will start with the awesome cabin I stayed in with twelve other wonderful ladies:

Cragsmere, the name of our cabin

What a spot! We decided quickly that it was the best.

My room

Donna (my roommate), Kristin, and Elaine on our dock. We spent a lot of time there.

Sarah, Debbie, and Jessica

The lake was coooold but I did jump in on Friday (ok- eased in). So refreshing, much like the rest of the weekend. More pics tomorrow!

Into the Woods

"Dandelion," 2010

I need a vacation! Don't we all? So for the next 5 days, I will be in the woods of New Hampshire at the Squam Art Workshops relaxing, making things, eating good food, meeting new friends, and breathing deeply. Here is a post I wrote about going up last year and some pictures from my trip on Flickr.

Also, I will be participating in the Squam Art Fair on Saturday, June 5 from 7:30pm to 10pm which should be a lot of fun. It is also the "Squam Revelry" with the Ravelry guys (i.e. yarn aficionados paradise). There will be tons of yarny goodness in addition to some awesome artists and crafters, so come on up! We'd love to see you.