Jump Start

Does anyone know a cure for writer’s block?   While we’re at it, how about photographer’s block?  I seem to be suffering from a little bit of both lately.

I’m going to take my cue from a movie I watched this afternoon (probably for about the fourth or fifth time and still love it) Julie and Julia, the story of a woman (Amy Adams) that starts a blog and self-challenge that revolves around the recipes of Julia Child’s (Meryl Streep) recipes.  Please excuse my super short synopsis but I don’t think I could give it the kind of movie review it deserves (I’m just not that good a writer), so you’ll just have to watch it if you haven’t already.   Back to my blog . . .  I’ve been sitting here trying to think of some sort of self-challenge . . . a photo a day . . .  a weekly critique or review perhaps . . .  or maybe  a blog about nothing (why do I get the feeling that has already been done).

For me the hardest part is always just getting started . . . or in this case restarted.   I don’t have enough fingers or toes to count on the starts and restarts over the years . . . the exercise programs, the diets, hobbies (I have a whole case of beads that I never got around to stringing, yarn earmarked to be crochet into a blanket or something).  Even my blog has been started and restarted.  I think I might even still have a blog or two out there (One Red Poppy is one . . . I have no idea how I came up with that name or what blog site I started it on at this point) and I even restarted this one a few times with new themes, etc.

So today’s post is nothing more than a jump start for my blog’s dead battery.

I’m calling it a fond farewell to summer . . .

Did you know Labor Day was actually created to celebrate the economic and social contributions of workers (thank you Wikipedia)?  But it somehow it has transformed to mark the end of summer.  But I’ve got good news for all you diehard summer lovers ~ you actually have 18 more days!  Summer is not officially over until September 21, 2012!   I had plenty of time to ponder this as I did actually go to work today.  Not that I minded really, it was a perfectly gray and rainy day to work on a holiday. . .

It is the courage to continue . . .


Do your photos talk to you?  In my search tonight for a photo that would make a nice note card that would “speak” to runners, I found that I gravitated towards photos that spoke to me.   This one in particular spoke loud and clear.  The start of the race, the pack,  the green lights.  I remember it like it was yesterday.  It was actually 5 years ago that I ran my very first 5k . . . this 5K!  And on Saturday, it will be my third year that I will be shooting this race for the Chalfont Borough and the first time for the Bucks 5K Series.  It was just about three years ago that I hung up my running shoes and picked up my camera. What’s that saying . . . when one door closes, another opens . . . well you get the idea.

Speaking of sayings, I also found that finding just the right saying or quote to translate what the photo says to me and something the viewer can appreciate is quite a challenge.    I have a new appreciation for those motivational posters you see at A.C. Moore (a local craft/art store for you out of towners).   I don’t know if I really hit the mark here for the runners, but for me it pretty much sums up that first 5K and so many challenges since then . . .

Free and Easy

Another Texture Tuesday ~ the Free and Easy edition, which is exactly how I would describe much of what I saw this past Sunday at the Philadelphia Cherry Blossom’s Festival/Sakura Sunday

Three lovely ladies . . . I think.

The traditional

My Texture Tuesday.  If this is not free & easy, I don’t know what is.

The super CUTE award!

Until next year . . .

Mamma always said, life is like a box of Chocolates . . .

. . . you never know what you’re gonna get.  Don’t you just love Forrest . . . Forrest Gump ;-).  Last Saturday I had the opportunity to shoot the Chocolate Lovers Fantasy fund-raiser held by A Woman’s Place.  My friend, Ann, who invited me to shoot this event with her, described the event to me beforehand . . . but, oh my, you just can’t imagine the wonderful aroma of all that chocolate.

A Woman’s Place is a nonprofit organization and a team of very dedicated people who offer assistance to victims of domestic abuse  http://www.awomansplace.org/index.htm.  This event was held in the very majestic Tyler Hall located on the Bucks County Community College Campus, had the support of many local companies & individuals who donated time, services, and items to be auctioned, and could not have been the success that it was without  the meticulously organized team of organizers and volunteers that make up A Woman’s Place.  I am just so glad I got to be a part of it.

Ton see the rest of the photos from the AWP Chocolate Lovers Fantasy benefit, just click on the image or visit http://mariadreyer.zenfolio.com/p57535342#hf3db2cc