Learning New Tricks…

 Sometimes it takes me awhile to try the new “it,” thing that everyone is buzzing about. 

Recently, I began experimenting with different photo editing apps and I have opened up a whole 

new creative and varied world of retooling and rethinking my work. 

I know that these apps have been around a long time and I know that I have avoided them, foolishly

thinking that they somehow jeopardized the original intent of my pictures, good or bad.

Instead I discovered the joy of learning something new and wonderful, and expanding my own horizons.

To my way of thinking, that’s a win.

So I say, yes to experimenting and exploring different ways of viewing my art. 

Don’t you just love when you learn something new?

Quiet Canal
Quiet Canal
Snowy Bluff
Snowy Bluff

 

Florence
Florence

When I was in Italy I felt like I had stepped on to the pages of my old History text books, and in to a world filled with incandescent art and incredible architecture.

Every where I looked, there were feasts of delights before my very eyes. I had to keep reminding myself that I was in Italy and I wasn’t dreaming. I had to do this several times throughout the trip, so thankfully, I have the pictures to remind me, I really was there!

I took so many pictures and I left thinking that I could take a million more and never properly convey the beauty, that is Italy.

Every experience reminded me that there is still so much magic to be found in my life, if I am paying attention. There are many more surprises and adventures to be had, right around the next corner, and I can’t wait.

I am filled with such gratitude that I have had this tremendous opportunity to fulfill one of my all time, top ten dreams. Thank you Beth!

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a familiar place…

Venice in the spring...

We visited three different cities in Italy in ten days and they were all magical and unendingly beautiful but my favorite place by far, was Venice. Something about living on the water and making your life in and around the water, literally on top of the water, it appealed to me in every way.

Rome and Florence have their own magic but somehow I felt I knew Venice and was at home there. I felt a great sense of joy there.

So more photos of my new favorite place, Venice.

the center of Venice
the center of Venice

 

Italian Adventure…

Arrival in Venice 3/19/13
Arrival in Venice

I’m home from my Incredible Adventure to Italy with my friend Beth of simplysoapsmv. and I can hardly describe the beauty and the culture that we were immersed in for ten days. Words have flown through my brain faster than the speed of light and yet I can hardly grasp any of them as other words pushes its way through and I am lost trying to absorb the fantastic feast for the eyes, the spirit, the  taste buds, that is Italy.

I took 635 pictures, no I am not going to subject everyone to an endless loop of every adventure Beth and I found amusing, hilarious, spell-binding and soulful, however, I would like to share some of the photos with you.  I found myself wanting to take pictures constantly, but I quickly realized it forced me to observe the  beauty vista  from a more practical or photographic frame of mind, and that pulled me away from experiencing the moment right in front of me. It was a constant mental tug of war, to try to take in a whole other way of living in another culture and trying to record it for posterity.

So while I go in search of the elusive words that float and flutter endlessly through my mind, I will share some of the photos I did take along the way. I am so grateful to have these tangible reminders of an intangible, incomprehensible, magical Adventure of my lifetime.

And to my friend Beth, yes we are still friends even after 10 days and nights together in a different country, I have no problem expressing my gratitude to you and Dan for making this trip possible for me. We dreamt of going to Italy a year ago almost to the day, and like magic, (Fairy Godfather, Dan), we were off for the journey of a lifetime,  Thank you for Everything.

Special thanks to my husband, sons, my mom, and mother-in-law took over helping me out at home so that I could embark on what has been a life changing event, and I came home knowing that all my true blessings are right here, right where I belong, at home. This does not mean that I won’t be off to another Adventure soon, it just means, Home really is the most magical place on earth.

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canal in Venice
canal in Venice