Art In The Garden 2015

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Happy September… did I really just say that?  Where did the summer go?  But all is good!  Because this weekend 9/5 & 9/6 from 10:00 to 4:30 it is…

ART IN THE GARDEN
at Paxson Hill Farm

Nestled in the quaint countryside of Bucks County, Paxson Hill is a beautiful backdrop for this event.   As you stroll some of the gardens & pathways, you’ll find artisans of all sorts ~ photography, jewelry, pottery, wood working, painting, and much more!  There are many photographic opportunities too… Paxson-Lillythe picturesque pond and animals (some typical, some not so typical)… Paxson turkeys

I always keep my camera on hand just in case I get a break in the action to tour the gardens ~ like last summer’s purple cosmos (above).

I’ll be there again this year with some new works that I am really excited about.  The forecast looks great for the entire weekend… a perfect note to end summer on.  Hope to see you there!

3265 Comfort Road, New Hope, PA
Website: www.paxsonhillfarm.com

Until next time,
Maria

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Race to Empower

Tomorrow . . . RAIN OR SHINE… I’ll be there to capture all the FUN!
Note to self:  Search YouTube for DIY rain protector 😛

race to empower

Thanks to all the Women and Men, their dedication, and continued hard work in the fight against domestic violence.

 

Fantastic Finds

 

HAPPY FALL!smiling-faces

Fall is full of them … fantastic finds. W-Va-Crackle

On one of the first days of fall, I set out on a “Back to Basics” outing at a nearby farmer’s market. Right away, I was greeted with a handful of challenges, such as really bright sunlight, people milling about everywhere, and a bit of my own hesitation. The hesitation…knowing vendors are there to try to sell you something and thinking they don’t want you blocking their stall trying to get “the shot.” Campbells-kids

One way I probably could have avoided feeling like I was getting in the way, shoot with a zoom lens.  But, it was just me and the 50 mm, and so I made a photo exercise out of it. Turns out, vendors (at least the ones I came across) were happy to have me mill about with my camera and strike up a conversation. . . whether it be about W. Va crackle glass or an old typewriter from the 1920’s (I sure hope it is still there the next time I go back).

And of course, it was not very hard to find all the colors of fall . . .
happy-fall-pumpkins . . . scattered here and there throughout the market.

white-impressions Oh, remember that W. Va crackle glass I mentioned… sunflower-studywell, this crackled little yellow treasure was my one and only fantastic find of the day that actually came home with me 🙂

Til next time,
Maria

 

In any direction

Happy summer all!

It’s here in full swing… and green.  When summer comes to my neighborhood, the world seems to get smaller.  Those big trees I showed you covered in ice from the winter are now a canopy of green surrounding the house in which I only get a glimpse of a sunrise or sunset. It can get a little claustrophobic… sounds a little weird right.

My dream home: A little Craftsman cottage with a big front porch (okay let’s put one on the back while we’re at it), with a view that goes on for miles…

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Okay, so it’s not “little” and definitely not a “Craftsman” but that porch!  On a recent photo outing traipsing through the country side of Lancaster, PA,  I spotted this red something sitting on a hill in the distance and of course had to find it for a closer look, but then I lost sight of it as the road dipped and turned.  The road took us back to the land of traffic lights and shopping centers (which now a days are never out of sight for long), stopped at a light, having pretty much give up on it . . . and there it was!  Part of it was hiding behind a white pole barn and across the street from all things… a shopping center 😦

This is what I love about the photography I do.  I love recreating that very first feeling… what I first imagined this big red house must look like, must have looked like back in it’s prime.  … as if I am sitting on that front porch on a warm summer day.

Enjoy your summer adventures,

Til next time,
Maria

 

Doctor’s Orders

center-stageAbout three weeks ago, on a cold and rainy weekend I went on a meet-up to Longwood Gardens.   The perfect prescription to ward of a severe case of the winter doldrums.  And even better, I can now get a dose prn (the medical acronym for as needed) by revisiting my photos from that outing.

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How about an apple a day to make you feel better. . . all 18,540 of them!
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And even though the weather conditions were not conducive to going outside and shooting, the upside was the crowds stayed home. . . except for an occasional spectator. . . McCann-Longwood 002Photo courtesy of Kate McCann 🙂

’til next time
Maria