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.
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….
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.
October 8, 2018 – group day trip up into Vermont for some leaf peeping and to let my daughter try out her brand new Nikon D3400. We traveled a lot of back roads on the way to our ultimate destination – The Ben & Jerry’s Factory up in Waterbury, Vermont. It was a lovely day despite the clouds. The trees were gorgeous, covering the mountains in reds and yellows.
Photo credit: My 15 yr old daughter A.
Photo credit: My 15 yr old daughter A.
Random barns and farms along the way.
Wish it was a sunny day, but I’ll take this regardless.
We ended up on this weird gravel road somewhere out near Plymouth – on some random off-shoot from Route 100. A “short cut” according to the GPS. I’ll admit, I started to get a little nervous because this was very much the backwoods of Vermont now, and I was expecting the car to suddenly break down and for there to be banjo music playing in the distance and we all get kidnapped and hog tied and an assortment of other terrible things. My irrational fears start to get the better of me, so I decide to look out the passenger side window and there is an animal parade happening in a field next to the road. A FREAKIN’ ANIMAL PARADE.
And here is the TOTALLY AMAZING and completely random, naturally occurring PARADE OF WICKED AWESOME ANIMALS!!! Cows! Sheeps! I can’t even!
Oh em gee… sheeps.
Mama cow! Baby cow! I can’t deal with this!
We totally made eye contact. He is my spirit animal.
Anyone who knows me, can vouch for my total loss of control when I get around animals. Dogs. Cats. Bunnies. Cows. Pretty much every animal, it doesn’t matter. I am fascinated by them. To look out the car window and see this group of farm animals just marching along through the woods instantly made my brain melt. I took about a hundred photos (most of which were blurry because I was squealing too much) and I sooooo didn’t want to leave. This… this right here was MY Ben & Jerry’s. I no longer needed ice cream. My life was now officially complete. Day = made.
The cherry on top? We went to drive away and there was a group of FREAKIN TURKEYS crossing the road in front of us.
“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.