Tag Archives: New England

Vignette :: CT

16 Dec
Vignette :: CT
Vignette :: CT

“I cannot endure to waste anything so precious as autumnal sunshine by staying in the house.” -Nathaniel Hawthorne

A massive snowstorm is predicted for this evening. That’s the perfect time to edit an old photo of autumn, yeah?

Now pass me that pumpkin spice latte! 🤪

Cyber Monday Deals

30 Nov
Drip Drop :: ME
Drip Drop :: ME

Being a small business, I’m a big fan of supporting local entrepreneurs. ESPECIALLY this year, where so many people are economically impacted by Covid. So, I strongly encourage anyone shopping this year to consider supporting local artists, authors, musicians, crafters, breweries, etc. in their communities.

Through December 1, 2020, I’m running a 20% off sale on four sizes of paper prints: 8×10, 11×14, 11×16 and 16×20. You can see my landscape gallery here.

  • 8×10: Normally $25, NOW $20
  • 11×14: Normally $33, NOW $26.40
  • 11×16: Normally $34, NOW $27.20
  • 16×20: Normally $75, NOW $60

**Shipping, if needed, will be an additional cost. Custom cut mats available, cost based on print size.**

If you’re interested in purchasing a print or seven, contact me at seespotsphoto@yahoo.com and we’ll chat! Want something other than paper? Canvas? Metal? We can make that happen too!

Happy Thanksgiving!

26 Nov
Prismatic :: VT

(Above: One of my favorite photos taken last year, pre-covid, on a trip through VT to Montreal, CA)

Like most things American, this holiday comes with grim historical context. Colonization, at its core, is brutal and pretending otherwise does everyone a disservice. That said, I am not a historian and will not wax on about it, though I encourage you to research if you’re not familiar with the complexities of America’s past. However, what I can speak to is my experience with the holiday, and why it means so much to me.

I am not a “stuff” person, so holidays centered around capitalism are lost on me. I think commercialization takes away from the importance of what a holiday should be–a time to appreciate and celebrate your loved ones and a time to reflect on life. So Christmas is not my jam. (Sorrynotsorry!) But Thanksgiving?? Its a holiday where we are expected to EAT TOO MUCH and spend time with loved ones. And those are two things I excel at!

It’s also a time where people are encouraged to shift their perspective, and focus on the blessings in their lives, and I can definitely get behind that. 

So this year–despite it being 2020, the lost year–I would like to give thanks. My entire routine was upended and my anxiety, understandably, has been through the roof. But despite that, I find myself grateful. If I hadn’t been forced to stay home, I wouldn’t have learned to bake. I wouldn’t have worked with my brother to start a weekly video call for our extended family all over the country, and gotten to interact with my aunts, uncles, cousins and grandfather as much. I wouldn’t have taken up biking, which it turns out, is MUCH better for my knees than running. I wouldn’t have learned how much I enjoy photographing the birds at my bird feeder. I wouldn’t have focused on my garden, and in turn, realized how much better food can be when you start with fresh ingredients. In the grand scheme of things, these are little joys. But in a year with so much sadness, and anger, and fear, I’ll take what I can get.

This Thanksgiving is going to be different. We’re not having big family dinners, laughing all day together jammed into someone’s house–and that sucks. But I know I’m not alone in my situation. Many are sacrificing now to keep their loved ones safe, and I’m hopeful it pays off. Better days are on the horizon, and I’m looking forward to celebrating twice as hard together once its safe.

Many thanks to all of the people who have spared me a kind word and supported my creativity over the years. You’re the best. Stay safe and Happy Thanksgiving. ❤

Atmospheric :: NH

21 Sep

Atmospheric :: NH

Atmospheric :: NH

The day before had been dreary. Foggy. Damp. But eventually, the sun shines again. ❤

A wonderful metaphor for life, eh?

2020 has been difficult for most of us, but I believe it will get better.  Not just with time–though, of course that will be needed–but with a positive outlook, ingenuity, pairing common sense and sound science, perseverance, and with making sure your elected officials consider your needs when making policy.  If you’re unhappy with how 2020 has been progressing, then you need to make your voice heard.  VOTE!

Improvise, Adapt, Overcome :: RI

20 Jul

Improvise, Adapt, Overcome :: RI

Improvise, Adapt, Overcome :: RI

 

That time I drove and hour and a half, pre-pandemic, to see a sunset. You can tell this is sunset, right?  Right!!??

Do you think they’ll start labeling time in Pandemic terms?  “The year 2024 PP (Post Pandemic)”

The Pace of Nature :: CT

13 Jul

The Pace of Nature :: CT

The Pace of Nature :: CT

“Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

There is a lot going on in our world right now. A lot of change, a lot of stress. But nature has a way of helping, if you let it….and oh man did I need it.

This was taken about 10 minutes from my house on a socially distant outing with my friend Melissa.

At one point, as I hopped river rocks and shimmied across a fallen log to get to this spot, I saw her turn her camera my way. I’m pretty sure she was getting ready to document me falling into the water. Lol Thankfully, I made it across without incident, despite being out of practice. Sorry, people of the internet. No embarrassing photos to share today. Just this pretty golden hour waterfall.

Wishing everyone good health and happiness in these difficult times. ❤

Relic :: NH

5 Dec

Relic :: NH

“Do it for the ‘gram!” – People who ruin it for the rest of us.

This fall, Melissa and I took a trip to lower VT/NH for some foliage shots. We stopped at a quiet spot for sunrise, then schlepped over to Madame Sherri’s. It’s been on the list of places to see for a long time and we were finally checking it off.

We get there and the place was over run with people. Knowing this is a popular and unique location though, I was willing to be patient and wait my turn. Everyone has the same right to experience this spot, right?

But then a college-aged looking girl started climbing the stairs and perched over the top arch. The arch that clearly has a crack in it. The arch that looks likely to fall first.

Maybe it’s the nurse in her. Maybe it’s the mom in her. Either way, Melissa called out, suggesting that it wasn’t safe and that she would come down the steps a bit.

The girl’s mother, who was taking shots of the girl on her cell phone, turned to us and said it was fine. And heck, she’s the girl’s guardian so who are we to disagree?

But truth be told, it rankled. In part, because no one wants to see a kid get hurt if that thing crashes down. But also, if someone is up there when it does eventually crumble, and they get injured, Everyone will lose access to the ruins.

So many people these days have an entitled, short-sighted attitude. While I fully support an adventurous mindset, I also believe in safety and conservation; those things don’t have to be mutually exclusive, but the I-do-what-I-want mentality really throws a wrench into things.

Ultimately, the girl came down off of the stairs safely, but how many people will see her post on social media and think to mimic her? We all have a responsibility to set good examples. If we aren’t willing to speak up when we see something dangerous and to preserve our special places (environment, planet, etc) now, then what are we leaving for our children? Once the places or access is gone, it’s gone.

If you’re interested in prints this gift-giving season, let me know.  You can find a gallery’s worth of options here.

 

Prismatic :: VT

3 Dec

Prismatic :: VT

There is nothing quite like fall in New England.  Now the leaves have fallen, and the days are getting colder, but I’ll cherish the memories of sunrise hikes above the hills of Vermont.

If you’re interested in prints this gift-giving season, let me know!  You can find a gallery’s worth of options here. You can contact me at seespotsphoto AT yahoo DOT com.  I’m offering 10% off if you purchase before the end of the day.  I’ll donate that same 10% to one of my favorite charities, Heifer International who works on reducing world poverty with sustainable agriculture and business practices.

Traverse :: CT

1 Dec

Traverse :: CT

“Every man’s life ends the same way. It is only the details if how he lived and how he died that distinguish one man from another.” -Ernest Hemmingway

Found this hidden gem in CT one rainy day this fall, and had the place almost entirely to myself.  It was so damn peaceful. ❤

If you’re interested in prints this gift-giving season, let me know! You can find a gallery’s worth of options here. You can contact me at seespotsphoto AT yahoo DOT com.  I’m offering 10% off if you purchase between now and Tuesday.  I’ll donate that same 10% to one of my favorite charities, Heifer International who works on reducing world poverty with sustainable agriculture and business practices.

 

Idyllic :: ME

22 Oct

Taken on a girls’ trip to Maine earlier this year. 🙂

Friendships are some of the most meaningful bonds we can have, especially if we take the time to tend the relationship as we would a garden. I’m blessed to have an amazing tribe that I can share these sort of hikes and memories with.  Thanks to my girls & guys for all of the awesome memories. You make my life that much sweeter!