Category Archives: In My Own Backyard

A Trip Away

This past weekend I packed my teenage daughters in the truck and headed north, the need to get far away from home was impossible to ignore. It is just barely getting warmer here in western Massachusetts, so there is not much in the way of green on the trees or flowers blooming. But that’s okay… the warmer air and bright sunshine was inviting.

We drove north into Vermont with the intention of going to The Vermont Country Store. Once we crossed the state line, we stopped at the Vermont Welcome Center and saw an advertisement for Billings Farm in Woodstock, Vermont. One thing in particular stood out to us….

They. Were. Having. A. Baby. Farm. Animal. Celebration.

Excuse me for a moment while my head explodes. OHEMGEE BABY ANIMALS.

We totally HAD to go. I mean, really. Who goes allllll the way to Vermont and then doesn’t stop for baby animal celebrations??!! Not me, that’s for sure. So, we went.

And it was precisely what my broken heart desperately needed.

Note: I am trying desperately to teach myself to use a camera, without any training or guidance yet. Any constructive criticism is greatly appreciated. I have zero idea what I am doing. With that said….

On to the babies!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

Freakin squee, dude.

WPC: Rise/Set

This weeks photo challenge at The Daily Post is “Rise/Set”, where you are encouraged to explore the colors of the sunrise and sunset. This is a favorite past time of mine. I am in love with nature and weather, and fascinated by the way the light dances across the clouds at the beginning and end of the day. Here are some submissions from me.

Here are the sunrises….

And the sunsets…..

Now I do realize that not all the sunset pictures are of the actual sunsets themselves… but I really loved the way the setting light brought out features of other things in the area so I focused on those to sort of play off that light. Sunrises tend to illuminate and make some amazing cloud coloring, so I tend to focus my eye upward in the mornings.

Thanks for checking these out!

Butterflies!

“The time to relax is when you don’t have time for it.”
-Sydney J. Harris

I took a trip to Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory this weekend up in South Deerfield, Massachusetts. The past few weeks have been tremendously stressful so I was in need of some “time off”. What a wonderful place this is. They have a lovely little gift shop and a food service area. Then you get to go inside a huge greenhouse type building and there are butterflies flying around all over the place.

It was a tiny bit overwhelming when you first walk in because instinct dictates that you swat at or try to get away from flying insects buzzing by your head. But after a few minutes, you see how absolutely beautiful they all are… and you spend the rest of your stay praying like hell that they will land on you.

Magic Wings is an interesting playground for photographers. So many gorgeous butterflies, beautiful trees and flowers, some water features with koi fish, a parrot, some lizards and a bunch of little quails dashing around in the bushes. We spend over two hours there, and I finally was able to shut down all the work and life noise… and just exist. It was amazing, and sorely needed.

Here are some shots from our trip. If you are ever in that area, it is well worth the price of admission.