My love of writing began in the third grade. It continued throughout my school career, writing for each newspaper from elementary through high school, church and other community bulletins. It began as poetry and
blossomed metamorphosed became what it is today. The only constant was my family’s support.
I got my first camera at the age of 12. Things were tight back then. My parents were divorced and my mother worked as a waitress. Mostly we lived on welfare. There was no money for film or developing. But occasionally, like my birthday or Christmas I got treated to a roll of 12. I have lots of blurry pictures of my family.
Welcome, the digital age! With child rearing behind me and the technology out pacing inflation I have finally been able to afford to do what I love to do. Write and take pictures.
I find inspiration for both all around me. I am mesmerized by the sky and have to use extra caution when I am driving. I am constantly looking to improve my skills and push myself in both of these passions. But also I want to have fun and keep the JoY in my life.
My fiancé and I live close to Skyline Drive in the Shenandoah National Park. We go there quite often for photos and to reconnect after a stressful work week.
Recently we had this great idea:
I found this mirror at a yard sale for $1.00
A friend had shared the idea of taking pictures of a mirror image and displaying them as a painting. The mirror she used in her example was square and on an easel but I am working within a budget so my $1.00 mirror will have to suffice; for now..
We took it to Skyline Drive to experiment. We leaned it against a rock wall but that was not quite high enough.
We decided to try to get pictures of the tunnel so we propped it against a post.
So we put it on the tripod.
I told my fiancé “let me take your portrait”.
Then I said ‘Take mine”
It’s a learning experience. Here I learn to turn off the flash.
Here I learn that my fiancé is a bit of a perv and not much of a model.
Yes, we have a lot to learn but it’s the thirst for knowledge, adventure, and fun that inspires us.