Tattooed on My Mind

I have a tendency to pick things apart. As a photographer, this is can be a good quality: attention to detail means I can find a subject for a photo almost anywhere. It’s also useful for my job as a teacher, noticing student mood and behaviour, and for marking their work. This quality makes meContinue reading “Tattooed on My Mind”

Mindfulness Challenge Week 2: Gratitude

Coming Home There are so many things I am grateful for:  being surrounded by family and friends; having finally settled into a job that I love; a yoga practice that enriches and strengthens me; books that let me slip away; and little things like coffee and chocolate…  But when I started thinking about what IContinue reading “Mindfulness Challenge Week 2: Gratitude”

Mindfulness Challenge Week 1: Focus

In Stitches I had no idea how I was going to start. I’d created this list of themes to help me be more mindful in 2017.  Deliberately abstract, I’d begun to wonder if I’d be able to even come up with a subject for my first photo:  Focus. It had been on my mind forContinue reading “Mindfulness Challenge Week 1: Focus”

Apples in the Fog

The fog is thick during my afternoon walk. It mutes the world and softens details. Distracting backgrounds disappear. Because of this, I was able to focus more closely on what I passed by. The apples below this tree, scarlet and scattered, were so pretty that I just had to capture this image before I movedContinue reading “Apples in the Fog”

Weekly Photography Challenge: Focus

There is something very poetic and dreamy about shallow depth of field. Many of my photos are taken at f/2.8 for this reason. This is my submission for this week’s challenge: “Focus” ( This photo is all about focus – the camera, the lens, the focal point, and the depth of field. It is alsoContinue reading “Weekly Photography Challenge: Focus”

Learning to Breathe

Yoga changed my life. I used to carry this tension with me everywhere, all the time. I’d worry about the most trivial things. Then, the stress would cause more tension and I’d worry about the tension. It was crazy. Until I learned how to breathe properly. I’d done yoga a few times, but one instructorContinue reading “Learning to Breathe”

Painting Fences

It’s messy, time-consuming, and hard on the back, knees, and wrist, but I love to paint. I’ve been working on staining all the decking, pergolas, and screen house in our yard this summer. Seeing the progress makes it such a satisfying job. Not to mention anticipating how great everything will look when I’m done. BestContinue reading “Painting Fences”