Cherry Blossom Surprise

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Back in March, I was surprised and delighted to find that the scrawny little tree in my front yard was in fact a cherry tree. It had some truly lovely blooms, which I captured on one of those strange-light afternoons where the sun peeks out from under the clouds in between bursts of rain. blossoms5

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blossoms6 [35mm taken with my Canon EOS Rebel 2000. Click here for more photos of Tennessee.]

Nashville: Fall in Percy Warner State Park

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Another favorite nature spot in Nashville. This lovely park is on the west side of Nashville tucked in among some pretty swanky neighborhoods and mini-mansions of the rich and country-music famous. These photos are from Fall 2015.

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[35mm taken with my Canon EOS Rebel 2000. Click here for more photos of Tennessee.]

ÍS: Snæfellnes and Surrounding Area

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When I returned to Iceland for two weeks last August to participate in a manuscript editing seminar, I brought along my youngest brother, who hadn’t gotten a chance to visit me while I was living in Iceland. After the course was over, we took three or four-day trip to the Golden Circle and all around the Snæfellsnes peninsula. I didn’t take too many pictures since I’d just been through the area a few months earlier with another visiting friend, but here’s what I’ve got!

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reykjanes15 [35mm shot with my Canon EOS Rebel 2000. Click here for more pictures of southwest Iceland.]

ÍS: Reykjanes Peninsula

 

reykjanes29 I told you I still had Iceland pictures up my sleeve! I moved back home from Iceland in early June 2015, but I went back for two weeks in August to attend an intensive masterclass on manuscripts. I brought my youngest brother along with me (thus finally getting to explore Iceland with every member of my immediate family individually). I spent most of the time in the reading room of the manuscript institute, but did get out to see a bit of the countryside. These pictures are all from a great day trip the class took through the Reykjanes peninsula in southwest Iceland (the area where Keflavík Aiport is).

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The Reykjanes pensinsual is full of lava fields, tiny towns, sulfurous steam vents, bubbling geothermal spots, and an epic coastline. It was actually one of the few parts of Iceland I had not explored before moving, so it was great to see something new. At this point, it’s been over a year since I moved home, and I will admit I am sorely missing Iceland and Europe in general.

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[35mm shot with my Canon EOS Rebel 2000. Click here for more pictures of southwest Iceland.]

MD: Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge

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Despite being so small, the shape of Maryland means a central-dweller like myself didn’t find myself very often west of DC or on the Eastern Shore. Maryland’s Eastern shore is only accessible to most of Maryland by a trip across the incredible Bay Bridge across the Cheseapeake Bay. One weekend in the summer, Aleksi and I took the 2+ hour drive to Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge in Cambridge, MD. It’s been called the “Everglades of the North.”

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I’ll admit I’d never even heard of this place until I was doing some digging on the internet to find somewhere for Aleksi and I to go enjoy some nature. It was pretty much empty even on a weekend. We took a lovely (though mosquito fraught….with a name like Blackwater, are you really surprised?) stroll through the evergreen forest. The forest floor was covered in a beautiful layer of evergreen needles, and there were amazing mushrooms tucked away every few feet.

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After that, we took the Wildlife Drive, a scenic mile or so road that cuts through marshes and wetlands teeming with life. Blackwater is known for it’s large Bald Eagle population, who use the Refuge for mating every year. Unfortunately, that area was closed off for hatching season, but we did see some cranes, herons, osprey, a variety of beautiful little birds, and a few water snakes slithering through the creeks. Alas, we did not see even one of Blackwater’s famous Delmarva Peninsula Fox Squirrel.

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The drive there is mostly through beautiful coastal farmland, and despite the bugs, I would highly recommend Blackwater to anyone living or visiting the area.

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[35mm taken with my Canon EOS Rebel 2000. Click here for more pictures of Maryland.]

MD: Moonlight Farm pt. 2

moonrise18 More pictures from my friends’ lovely little Maryland farm featuring Smooch (above), Spirit (below), and one of the six sweet kitties that live in the big old tobacco barn (a frequent site in former tobacco growing areas of rural Maryland and Virginia). The other two horses and the four dogs were not interested in sitting for photos when I was feeding everyone breakfast on this sunny Saturday in July 2015 (yes, I’m really behind in sharing all the photos I’ve been taking since leaving Iceland!).

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moonrise6 [35mm taken with my Canon EOS Rebel 2000. Click here for more pictures of Maryland.]