Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Photo pairs

I did some photo pairing last summer and really enjoyed the process -- so for your viewing pleasure, here are a few more. Please click on the images so you can really see them.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009


"The world is so full of a number of things, I'm sure we should all be as happy as kings." ~ Robert Louis Stevenson

Positivity. Is that a word? I don't know -- I didn't stop to look it up, because I decided I want to use it, even if it's not in the dictionary. It is a gray day here in Maine, and it's chilly too. Seriously chilly, like in the 30s. I decided I needed something to brighten this day, so here is the blog post I've created to talk about positivity, or the art of being joyful.

Where does joy come from? Are some people born as 'cup half full' people while others just naturally see the cup as half empty?

I don't think so. Joy does come from within, but it starts with our thoughts and grows from there -- or not. To experience life from a happier perspective, you first have to make the decision that you want to be happier and you're going to be -- regardless of what's going on around you.

Next step? Become aware of your thoughts and feelings. Are you always complaining? Is your boss a jerk? Does your mother-in-law get on your nerves? Do traffic problems send you over the edge? Whatever you're feeling is fine, but if it's less than positive, you might want to take a step back and realize how you're thinking about things. Everyone can be a jerk sometimes, but once we label someone that way, that's the side of themselves that they'll show us.

Take a moment today to consider yourself and your life. Not liking what you see? Then what can you change? Not the other guy -- YOU! It always comes back to you. Change your outlook, and you'll change your life.

Add a touch of positivity to your day -- in the form of a happy thought, smile, or small joke -- and you're already on your way to a happier life. Try it. Just for today. Take one small step toward positivity and see how it makes you feel. And now for some happy images to help us all feel better right now...

Monday, October 12, 2009

Congratulations, Laura & Keith!

My friends Laura & Keith were married yesterday at Bowdoin Chapel in Brunswick, Maine.

Keith & his family are of Scottish descent, so all the men in the family wore kilts, and there was a professional bagpiper playing at the ceremony.

Laura spent months planning this wedding, and the details were very special -- everything from the favors, which were CDs this musical couple recorded of themselves performing at a local club, to the handmade paper flower centerpieces to the "album covers" that served as table designations.

From beginning to end, a very special day for a very special couple!

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Autumn evening at the Maine Coast

My friend Mary Ann was visiting this week from LA, and I took her to my favorite place on the coast. I'm going to let the photos tell the story! (Click on each photo for a larger view)

Friday, October 2, 2009

Funky Friday ~ October 2nd

I've borrowed a friend's Nikon and am practicing with it so I can take photos at her wedding reception on October 11th. The other day, I took the camera with me to the local Audubon Center. Just as I was leaving, I spotted 4 wild turkeys as they made their way across the parking lot and into the woods. I think turkeys qualify as funky!

Earlier, I took a nice, relaxing walk through the woods and fields. The center used to be a private farm, and the land borders the Presumpscott River.

There were signs of fall everywhere, from crimson leaves...

... to apples on the trees.

The fading light bathed the marsh in a golden yellow glow.

As the sun set, I prepared to drive home...

...happy in the knowledge that the Audubon Center will be there, just down the road, whenever I am ready to go back and explore it again.