Another Weekday Adventure

Copper Harbor Adventures: Wooly Mastadon

With my work, I don’t have a normal repeating schedule. I don’t often get weekends, and my days off get shifted throughout the week all the time. However, it also means I can take Monday and Tuesday off without batting an eye. This week was the perfect reason to do that. A few of my friends made the trek to come visit me those days and of course we had to go on an adventure. Copper Harbor was a must.

Copper Harbor Adventures: Wooly Mastadon

You know what’s coming, photo overload. Regardless, I had such a wonderful time I absolutely had to share.

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Hope your week was amazing and that your weekend is even better. Go out and explore!

~Stay Inspired

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Another Adventure…

Eagle River Nature: Wooly Mastadon

You may be sick of nature photos, but that won’t stop me from sharing them. Once again I have been out and about, taking photos of the things I love best. I spent some quality time (the longest amount of time I’ve been able to take off for myself in over a year) at my Grandma’s house once again. The fact that she lives in the woods by a lake, even better. For a wonderful summer refresher I thought I’d share some of the photos from this trip.

Eagle River Nature: Wooly Mastadon

Fair warning, there are a few silly ones including a pink elephant. Long story but it was a gift and I thought it would be funny to share some photos of my pink elephant having fun in the woods. It works.

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And one final thing, Happy 4th of July to all of you who live in the states. For everyone else, Happy Weekend.

~Stay Inspired

 

Adventures in the Woods (and by the Big Lake)

Copper Harbor Adventure: Wooly Mastadon

As you may (or may not) have noticed I was absent last Friday on the blog. Perhaps you didn’t care, perhaps you did but it was all for a good cause. In the past two weeks I’ve taken my camera for a spin, both close to home (my backyard of course) and a bit farther away in Copper Harbor, Michigan. Nature is my happy place, nature by the water is even better, nature by the water with an amazing friend is the best. Here’s what I’ve been up to (warning…photo dump!).

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Let’s start with Copper Harbor. I finally had a day off that coincided with my friend’s work schedule. He had never been to Copper Harbor before and I went several times every year…any chance I could. It was a cold (45 degrees fahrenheit!) windy day, but neither of us minded. I made sure we hit all of my favorite spots, Brockway Mountain, Fort Wilkins, a park with a cool rock formation you can climb, the works. It was lovely, we both enjoyed it, and had a blast. Of course my camera came along for the journey and he humored all of my crazy just to get the best shot (read he’s terrified of heights and I’m not…yeah, he endured almost heart attacks so I could get the best shot with my camera). It was fun, I came away with so many photos, and the urge to go back again soon. Next time we’ll hit up some beaches and perhaps a lighthouse or two when the weather is warmer.

Backyard Adventures: Wooly Mastadon

My second location, my yard. Granted this isn’t the most grand of places to take photos, I still find joy in crawling around in the woods for the best shot, laying under bushes in the flowerbeds to get the best angle, and just general exploration. Today I topped everything off with planting my mom’s flower beds…perhaps I’ll have to capture some of that with my camera tonight but we shall see.

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Anyway, I do have some projects coming to share with you very soon. Here’s to hoping that the beginning of what might actually be summer is here to stay for a while. Happy Friday!

~Stay Inspired

An Outdoor Adventure

Fall Nature: Wooly Mastadon

I like wandering in the woods. I especially enjoy wandering in the woods with my camera in tow. This week we had unseasonably warm weather (60 degrees Fahrenheit) so I took the opportunity to wander through the woods worry free of bugs without a jacket. Nature is my way to disconnect and hit restart. It was lovely, and I thought I’d end your Friday and the beginning of your weekend with some nature photos. Enjoy and happy weekend. I’ll share more knitting and a yarn haul (yes!) next week.

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~Stay Inspired

This is Life

This is Life in Flora: Wooly Mastadon

Perhaps a strange title but a true statement of fact. This is indeed life. I am breathing, I am living, I exist. Deep, I know, but such is the state of things. I’m writing this after a day of work, a walk with the dog and my camera, some knitting tossed all over my desk, music playing, and the sound of my family watering plants outside. A strange mix perhaps, but a comforting one in the chaos that is life. I have no idea what I’m doing, I’m muddling through life like the next person. But for now, I thought I’d share some images of life lately, through plants. I love photography and taking my small camera with me on my walks with my pooch has proven to be the best decision I have made in a long time. It has gotten me looking at things through a different filter again, and whats more important is that I want to create. I want to knit, I want to draw/write/make. I even signed up for a letterpress work day. I feel ready to go. Photography is one outlet that I enjoy when I want to express more than just the urge to create, when I want to share part of my essence.

This is Life in Flora: Wooly Mastadon

With that, I leave you with my images. My pride. Life right now. Vibrant, essential, radiant.

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~Stay Inspired

An Outdoor Reset

Fall Colors: Wooly Mastadon

I love the outdoors. Now granted, I have never gone camping (although it really does sound fun to me), but I love going for walks in the woods, exploring, and just enjoying nature. As a kid growing up, I had four cousins total and three of those four were boys. I saw them the most. What was strange to me was that I was the most willing to go out in the woods and play. I’ve always loved it, and just being outside can boost my mood in no time. This weekend was no exception. I was able to spend some quality time outdoors with my pooch and my camera, messing with settings and taking far too many photos of the fall colors and ummm my dog. It also gave me a little time to enjoy my back porch before the snow flies (because I have complete faith in our Upper Michigan winters starting next week) knitting and crocheting.

A good part of my time spent outside was used for reflection. While I was creating each new stitch and keeping an eye out for my pooch, I was thinking about just how much time I spend on the internet. I don’t need to spend that much time on it, and I really do love the peace I feel when outside without electronics beeping at me telling me I need to ‘stay connected.’ This is some time I really do enjoy and being able to sit in the shade, stitch, and think is a very important part of my life. I don’t do enough of it. Here’s to resetting our schedules before the snow flies to enjoy the fall weather outside without the distractions of the outside world. Everyone needs to see nature sometimes, and what better way than to enjoy it with good company (my pooch), my camera, and my fibery obsessions.

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~Stay Inspired