April 27, 2011

Recent Snapshots: April's Abundance

The past few weeks have been filled with...
 yucca's in bloom...
 brown sugar bacon waffles...
 the art of sandwich making...
 baking giant cookies...
 Easter treats for Lily...
 and sunsets...
I hope your April has had an abundance of loveliness too!

April 14, 2011

It's the Little Things

A few weekends back, I was able to spend half a day with my goddaughter. She's not quite two yet and she's the sweetest thing ever! Her expressions are priceless; she's so animated and she's got the biggest blue eyes I've ever seen...she made it so easy for me to photograph her, except of course when I couldn't keep up with her, that girl can move!

April 6, 2011

Gifted: Photo Book

Birthdays...they happen every year; for each of us and those we love. Each time one of my family members or a close friend has a birthday, I'm always faced with how to show them I care and celebrate in having them in my life. My mother's birthday was this past month and I really wanted to give her something special, something a bit more personal than the usual birthday gift. As a family, we spent Thanksgiving a few years back in Santa Fe, NM and had such a wonderful time; we, as a whole family, fell in love with Santa Fe. As a special way to commemorate our trip, and as she's been so very supportive of my photographic endeavors, I put together this photo book from our family trip. I was pleased with how it turned out...and she loved it!

April 2, 2011

Read With Us: Jane Eyre

Virginia Woolf by George Charles Beresford
Oh what joy, excitement and anticipation I felt when Nadia at La Porte Rouge announced Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte was the next book for Read With Me La Porte Rouge book club. This book has long sat on my mental shelf of novels I both needed and wanted to read. The long wait was well worth it; this novel did not disappoint.

Having started to read the book a little later than I had hoped, I soon found myself unable to put it down - so engrossed was I in the entanglement of Jane and Mr. Rochester. Throughout all,  I couldn't help but root for Jane over the snooty Blanche Ingram and for Mr. Rochester over the rigid St. John Rivers. Though so different, these two lovers were perfectly made for each other, complimented each other, and ardently needed each other. Their path to each other, with its tragic turns and breathtakingly romantic moments, weaved a beautiful and most tender love story.

I've gathered some images, that for me, capture the images and feelings I had while falling in love with the plot and characters of this touching love story.

Jane living at Gateshead - painting by Carl Larsson
Jane at Lowood, relishing life outdoors - Snow Geese by Julianna Swaney
Thornfield Hall - via
Mr. Rochester - Sir David Wilkie by Richard James Lane

Proposal in the Orchard - Secret Garden by deerforest

Bertha Rochester & Mr. Mason - Vampire By Edvard Munch

Road to Morton from Whitcross - Scotland by daylong

Wandering, homeless, destitute - Untitled by cross record
Refuge at Moor House - Vintage Illustration
School mistress at Morton - The Sketch by Gertrude Käsebier

To India or not? - Solitude by Mary S Chapin
Path to Ferndean Manor & true love - Bluebell Woods by Jocelyn Allen
Homecoming - The Lovers by Charles Webster Hawthorne
Domestic bliss + Pilot - Master Bedroom by Andrew Wyeth

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