Flying High……

Ok, so I honestly dont get out much. Well, not too far outside of the midwest anyway.

I just had a whirlwind business trip to San Jose, California. Travel Monday, work Tuesday, travel home Wednesday. It was work, it was a little fun, it was exhausting. I don’t hate to fly, I just don’t care for the confinement of the tiny little space the airlines give you for your hours of travel.

Luckily I had a window seat. Obviously, with loving photography as I do, I’m a visual person. Wether in a car, or in a plane, I love to watch the world pass by me. I love to see the land we are blessed to have and how it changes from mile to mile. I’ve flown a few times before, but this time I was blessed with poofy clouds. Maybe I’m strange… ok, so anyone who knows me well, knows I am a little strange, but I’m actually amazed at the beauty and the formations of the clouds, I always am, even when on the ground. I rarely shoot a scene with sky unless I have clouds. Oh I do now and then, I mean I have to sometimes as I haven’t quite figured out how to instantly summons the atmosphere when needed, but I honestly prefer to have clouds if I have sky in photos.

So me being the way I am, if I see beauty, I have to capture it, it’s a necessity in my mind. Unfortunately, G2 (thats my cameras name, um, yes, I named my camera) was up in the overhead and I had 2 sleeping grown men between me & the aisle. I know, I should’ve taken my camera out of my bag BEFORE I sat down, but theres just soooo little space I couldn’t even see making room for G2. So I pulled out my handy dandy Blackberry phone, in airplane mode of course, and started snapping. I hear the Iphones have a pretty nice 5 megapixel camera built in. Its the first time I wished I had an Iphone.

The following pictures are not the best, in fact, they are pretty pixelated but at the same time I hope it proves to some that its not all about having the fanciest camera, its about seeing & capturing the beauty.

I think this one is my personal favorite. We were literally flying on the edge of a storm.

Yes you will see a few shots with a plane wing in it. There were a few times I really couldn’t avoid the wing but I personally kinda like it, what do you think?

To me, the sight of these clouds bathed in sunlight was a surreal type of loveliness. It seems like a puffy, soft, foriegn  terrain when viewed from above. I think, when earthbound, I’ll look up at the clouds and wonder what they look like on the other side.

This is just outside of San Jose, the morning sun had not yet pulled the blanket of clouds completely away, instead the hills clung on to them like a sleepy child.

I’m not even sure where this one was taken, somewhere between San Jose and home.

I felt like a child snapping pictures all the way with my phone. I felt silly even, wondering what others thought. (I admit, I feel that often when snapping pictures.)

But I was happy, and in the end, that was all that really mattered.


The freindliest little squirrel, adorable!

Ok, so these pictures are not perfect, but I have to share this little story!

My new neighbors across the street were having a new fence installed. They hired a company who came promptly to their house and pulled out the equipment to dig the holes & install their fence, augers, etc. They measured & prepared, and just as these guys were going to start digging the hole with the auger, they had a little visitor. A little baby squirrel scurried up one of the guys legs! A bit shocked at this little guy’s bravery, they gently tried to place him out of harms way and tried again to proceed with their job at hand. Again, this little sqirrel had other plans, he ran around them & frolicked in and out and again tried to scurry up their leg. Finally, one of the workers went to my neighbor and asked her to lock this baby squirrel in her garage as they could not finish their job without fear of hurting the little guy.

So my neighbor did as they asked because she didnt want any harm to come of this little creature either.

Fearing he was starving, she then did what we all would probably do and fed this little guy some walnuts. When her fence was finished, they opened the garage door hoping this guy would go out on his own and live a normal squirrels life. It wasn’t long before she found that she had been adopted by this squirrel. He has evidently decided not to leave, and he dearly loves his new friend!

George started telling me about this story a few days ago, I had been busy at the Spring art walk so did not have a chance to witness this little guy until I returned home this afternoon. When I pulled up in my driveway, I noticed my sweet neighbor on her front porch, throwing down some food for her new friend. I asked her if I could take a few photos, she was kind enough to oblige. She explained that she wants him to be wild, but also doesnt want anything to happen to him, no owls or hawks to pick him up. She’s been putting little bits of water & seeds out for him and when she comes outside, he climbs all over her like they are the best of friends.


Right now shes still hoping he will find his way but he seems so used to people that we are a bit concerned for his safety. At this point in time, unless she receives advice otherwise, I think she plans on doing what she’s doing & hopes that he will find his way on his own.

I’ll let you know if we have any further updates!