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A Stroll Through Lancaster, In Autumn

A Stroll Through Lancaster, In Autumn

A Stroll Through LancasterLancaster, PA is one of the oldest inland towns in the United States. It’s also a very artsy city, with a small gallery row and many arts and crafts stores.
The town is also known for its large amount of trees,and in the autumn the streets and sidewalks are full of colorful leaves. Driving through the city is a treat for the eyes, as is walking down the streets of downtown. The combination of the charming old buildings and the autumn leaves caught my eye one day while walking with my family. I snapped this photo, hoping to reproduce the charm.

 

A Stroll Through Lancaster City, In Autumn

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A Forest Walk To Remember

A Forest Walk To Remember

Forest Walk

We live near some beautiful parks. The one where we took this forest walk is no exception. The dirt trails are quite fun for the kids and I to explore, and many times we leave the park with my camera full of photos.

I did some post processing on this photo in Lightroom, trying to infuse the sense of serenity I felt while on my walk through the woods.

 

Forest Walk

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Maple Leaf After Storm

Maple Leaf After Storm

Maple Leaf after stormThis photo of a maple leaf brings back memories of being stuck inside with sick children.

Yep.

Two or more days before I took the photo all my kids, three at the time, came down with a nasty cold. With the chilly weather outside, mixed with rain and wind, the kids and I were trapped inside the house, with my husband bringing in any supplies necessary. Normally I love storms, but this one limited what I could do with my sick children. No fresh air or bright sun for them, or for me.

Finally I managed to sneak outside for some fresh air while the kids napped. The concrete stairs leading up to our parking lot were covered with a mix of green leaves blown off our trees and red leaves from the maples across the street. Even with the overcast skies blocking most of the sun, the red leaves still gleamed with water from the earlier rain.

For a very long time, this was my favorite photo. It gave me a chance to play around with select coloring, or whatever you call it. I love the black and white background, the bright color of the leaf in the forefront. This technique may have been overused, but I feel it works well here. With the storm ending, the kids getting better, my free time was ending.

 

Maple Leaf After Storm

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Butterfly on Sunflower

Butterfly on Sunflower

butterfly on sunflowerA few years ago we decided to plant sunflowers in the planting beds bordering our sidewalk. Over the years we have attempted to plant various flowers and plants, only to have them die.

I have been known to kill a cactus, which is impressive in it’s own right and places me on a level so far from having a green thumb that plants shudder in fear when I enter a plant nursery.

I am legend. My home is where plants go to die.

With that said, it was to my surprise that not only did the sunflowers survive, but thrived and actually provided us with sunflower seeds. I honestly don’t know what happened, and nothing has grown in the beds since, but I’ll take the win.

Sigh.

To prove I could actually grow SOMETHING, I took my camera outside to record the evidence. In addition, I wanted some photos to try out a new technique in Photoshop for making black and white photos on. At the time, I belonged to an online photographer moms group. One of the “professional” photographers in the group went on a rant about people clicking the black and white option in Photoshop or in their camera, which actually is a grey scale, not true black and white. She posted instructions on how to make a black and white action, which I dutifully followed and tweaked to my standards.

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Nightfall

Nightfall

Nightfall

I love this photo.

I took it years ago, when our community was mostly undeveloped land. At the time there were a mere 10 families living in Villas and Townhomes, and we were among the first to move in to the community. Back then, the kids and I would take walks every morning, and sometimes again in the afternoon/evenings, enjoying the empty fields.

The fields have been turned into townhouses, houses and an apartment complex. The apartments are what block any similar photos from ever being taken again. Too much has changed. It does make me sad that the area has been urbanized, the empty fields vanished. But in fairness, the townhouse we live in was also once farmland.  The herd of deer that once wandered the area has long since moved on.

We were returning from our walk when I snapped this photo, and the kids were still young enough to feel excited about being outside after dark. Looking at this shot, I remember how Dave herded the children toward the townhouse so I could play with my camera. I loved how the moon looked that night, and the fading of the sunset into nightfall. I don’t normally like silhouettes, but the trees add an interesting element to this photo.

 

Nightfall

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