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2022 Goals https://www.mferphotography.com/blog/2022/1/2022-goals The coming year is more about setting intentions. One of the reasons I list them here is to remind myself of things I want to accomplish and to look back and see how things progress (or regress) over the year.

I turn 50 this summer. It makes me cringe to think about that number. For the past 10 years I have planned a trip or planned something amazing for my birthday. This year I can't even wrap my head around this milestone, let alone figure out what I want to do. I really just would like to have to people most important to me around so whatever that looks like in 7 months we shall see.

I want to keep traveling. I have 3 trips planned already and a fourth one in the works. Three of the 4 are just short weekend trips but they are all going to bring peace to my soul.

My long distance running days are behind me now. I was training for another half marathon this past fall but I got Covid and I have not been able to gain my energy and desire to start back up again. I just want to slow it down, get back into 5k and 10ks and just keep active.

Hiking is always a goal. I need to spend time outdoors and I am looking forward to seeing places through the eyes of my husband and his drone. Photography is my obsession and now I get to share that passion with my closest comrade.

I hope to successfully release my baby squirrel in the spring. We are over wintering him and I hope that he doesn't become too domesticated in the process. This will be my second baby squirrel rehab. As much as I love the little booger he needs to be out with his kind, for both of our sake!

I would like to continue helping the wildlife around my property thrive.

I am still very much into my plants. My goal is to create a little tropical oasis with my banana trees, Sago palms and hopefully keep my lemon and lime trees alive through the winter. I would like to grow some vegetables but with all the critters I am not sure how much produce I will actually produce so mainly I am planting things for the critters and hope I get to sample something in between.

I started pressing flowers when my brother passed. There were so many beautiful arrangements at his funeral. I pulled a few off of each and saved them to do something with as a keepsake. I ended up pressing them and making sun prints and lanterns out of them. Now I am hooked! I started picking flowers or saving interesting leaves on my hikes both near and far and pressing them and keeping them in a book with labels and dates. It allows me to bring a little beauty home without spending money. I look forward to seeing how this collection grows over the next year and what other ways I find to collect, display and share this new hobby.

I have other things I hope to accomplish and many fears as the new year looms but mostly I just want to find peace, however or whatever that looks like.

 

Should Old Acquaintance be forgot,

and never thought upon;

The flames of Love extinguished,

and fully past and gone:

Is thy sweet Heart now grown so cold,

that loving Breast of thine;

That thou canst never once reflect

On old lang syne?

 

 

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2021 recap https://www.mferphotography.com/blog/2021/12/2021-recap I did not recap 2020 and the only goal I had for 2021 was to survive it. The second half of 2020 and first 1/2 of 2021 was the worst possible year of my life. It had me questioning everything I thought I knew about myself, my marriage, family and friends. I made many mistakes and learned some very harsh truths.

My brother passed away from Covid. That single event lasted 4 solid months and changed me to my core. I do not think I will ever get over losing him.  In addition, more friends and relatives have passed and many health issues concerning myself and my family have arisen.

I am not the same person I was. I don't think the same. I don't feel the same. I don't have the same interests that I once had. Isolation was not good for my mental health. Some therapy, medication and a couple of good friends helped me see things in a different light and I do not think I would be alive right now had it not been for them.

When I was at my absolute worst I took a trip to South Dakota. I climbed a mountain in ice, snow and wind. From that point forward things began to shift for me. For the last 30 years hiking has been the only constant activity I could count on to clear my mind. The past 6 months I have been able to hike is some of the most incredible and remote places. It is a source of joy that pulled me out of a very dark place.

I learned that I do not engage well with competitions and I no longer want to entertain those kind of relationships. I am not the best photographer, the fastest runner or a thru hiker, and I am OK with that. I am still going to enjoy those things with people who inspire and encourage me, and hopefully I do the same for them. One thing I know is my view of life is more about the journey than the destination.

I am most looking forward to this year being over. I still have some major hurdles in the near future but my mind is in a better place.

 

 

 

 

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Emely https://www.mferphotography.com/blog/2021/12/emely Congratulations to this recent GGC graduate!

Good Luck sweet Emely!

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Holiday Show - Art for Sale https://www.mferphotography.com/blog/2021/12/holiday-show---art-for-sale Come see the Holiday show and come home with some art of your own. I have 4 pieces in the show for sale. The new APG gallery is conveniently located in Ansley Mall not far from behind my favorite shop of all time, Richard's Variety.

 

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Logan https://www.mferphotography.com/blog/2021/12/logan

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Providence Canyon https://www.mferphotography.com/blog/2021/12/providence-canyon Providence Canyon State Park is referred to as Georgia's little grand canyon. It was actually created by poor farming practices and the canyon walls are soft and easily eroded. Regardless it is a beautiful park nestled on the border of Alabama and Georgia in the middle of the state.

Tons of little slots to crawl around throughout the bottom of the canyon. Climbing on the walls is prohibited. Those walls are extremely soft and dangerous.

Carving on the walls is also prohibited but unfortunately we found many places that were marked.

This was taken with the Lensbaby composer.

The hike into the canyon and back up around the rim is short but there is so much to see that it takes much longer than you think. Wear sturdy hiking shoes that can get wet and muddy because no matter what time of year you visit, the canyon floor is wet. Dogs are allowed on the trail. I also recommend going in the fall because the heat of summer is brutal here.

 

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Weekend Roadtrip https://www.mferphotography.com/blog/2021/11/weekend-roadtrip I finally knocked Providence Canyon off of my canyon climber club list! Now I am impatiently waiting on my T-shirt! Before I get into Providence and all it's glory, I made a few pit stops along the way.

First stop was F.D. Roosevelt State Park and the trail was Pine Mountain to Cascade Falls.

From there I visited the Little White house. This is where FDR passed away.

Next up was the Lunch Box Museum

The museum is inside an antique shop along with an RC Cola museum and some really cool old radio artifacts. Worth a detour.

From there I visited the Museum of Wonder.

The final destination was an Airbnb in Alabama. The house was built in 1865. I am not going to say it was haunted but after reading the history of the place I am not going to say it isn't.

Stay Tuned for Providence Canyon...up next

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The Death of Youth https://www.mferphotography.com/blog/2021/11/the-death-of-youth This was hands down the best session I have had in a very long time. If you are looking for an excellent hair and make up artist please go see Kate at 53 west salon. Joan wanted to do a 50th birthday photo shoot complete with cake smash. This was such a great idea. Makes me want to do one for myself when it comes time for my big birthday.

 

Happy Birthday Joan- isn't she absolutely gorgeous?!

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Alum Cave https://www.mferphotography.com/blog/2021/11/alum-cave Alum Cave trail through Arch Rock to the Bluffs is one of the best hikes in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. I wish we had enough time to go all the way to the top of Mt. Leconte but I don't feel disappointed at all in only going half way.

 

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Roaring Fork Motor Trail https://www.mferphotography.com/blog/2021/11/roaring-fork-motor-trail Roaring Fork Motor Trail is a mostly one way drive outside of Gatlinburg with many hiking trails, waterfalls and old homesteads to pull off and explore along the way. We stopped at Grotto Falls to hike and explored some cabins before we moved on to our next destination.

You can walk under Grotto Falls!

I have not seen a colorful fall in many years. This was a perfect place to make up for it.

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Clingman's Dome https://www.mferphotography.com/blog/2021/11/clingmans-dome Clingman's Dome is located in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It is exactly 3 hours from my house. I have been wanting to go here for years. Now that I have not just one but 2 dedicated hiking buddies I was able to knock another bucket list item off my extremely long and growing list.

The Smoky Mountains, named by the Indians, because of the clouds and fog that roll in most mornings.

I was able to drag my teenage son along with me. My first and foremost adventure buddy.

Sunrise in the mountains is always magical.

Clingman's Dome Mountain in Cherokee is Kuwahi or ᎫᏩᎯ, meaning "mulberry place."

The first snow of the season was a few days before and we felt and slipped on the remnants of old man winter.

This part of the park will close from December until March. I am grateful we were able to arrive just before all the fall color is gone.

 

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Smithgall Woods State Park https://www.mferphotography.com/blog/2021/11/smithgall-woods-state-park  

Smithgall Woods

Our original quest was thwarted but we found a waterfall and a covered bridge.

 

 

We went in search of a mine that was supposed to be full of bats. We found neither. As you can see from the picture above, the trail was not maintained. We did climb through almost all of it but never did find the mines.

This was my first outing post Covid. I was not going to let another fall pass me by.

 

 

 

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Lovely Lily https://www.mferphotography.com/blog/2021/11/lovely-lily It has been a while since I dipped into model photography. I forgot how much fun this is!

 

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Banksy https://www.mferphotography.com/blog/2021/9/banksy The art of Banksy in Underground was quite the exhibit. The setting was perfect and everything felt so relevant. Here are a few of the highlights.

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mferphotography@gmail.com (MFer Photography) art Atlanta Banksy exhibit Underground https://www.mferphotography.com/blog/2021/9/banksy Sun, 12 Sep 2021 11:00:00 GMT
Highline Trail https://www.mferphotography.com/blog/2021/9/highline-trail Talk about a dangerous trail! I was told this was a must do and that is absolutely correct. This trail traverses above Going to the Sun Road and is narrow and rocky with lots of falling rocks and lose soil under foot. At times there is a railing to hold on to. Shortly after we left the park a woman went missing from this trail and had been found later, she had fell to her demise. These trails are not for the faint of heart and should not be taken for granted. The risk is so worth the reward though.

 

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Logan Pass - Hidden Lake https://www.mferphotography.com/blog/2021/9/logan-pass---hidden-lake Tip- We left White Mountain at 5 AM and still had to park down to the overlook as the Logan Pass visitor center parking lot was already packed full. The problem with timed entry is that everyone needs to get inside the park and where they are going before 6 am because those that do not have a timed entry pass for going to the sun road can enter before that time and they do...in droves.

The bonus was since we had to park elsewhere we ran into this mountain goat!

These guys are my favorite type of goat (aside from mine of course). They defy the odds with both the cold and the climbing.

First up was hidden lake trail. Unfortunately we could not hike down to the lake due to heavy Grizzly bears in the area but we were able to go to the overlook and we took a side hike along the continental divide.

These Marmots were everywhere on this trail.

This trail was something out of the Sound of Music. So many wildflowers and scenic vistas. Worth it for this trail alone.

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Sun Point Trail https://www.mferphotography.com/blog/2021/9/sun-point-trail The Sun Point trail travels along St. Mary's lake and is an out and back trail with 3 waterfalls. You travel through a dense forest that was scorched several years ago but is currently exploding with new growth. Unfortunately this means no break from the sun. It was brutally hot. Luckily you are able to cool off in the falls.

Bridge jumping was tempting but I felt that water and do not want to risk the shock it would cause. Maybe next time.

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Hummingbirds https://www.mferphotography.com/blog/2021/9/hummingbirds "Quick as a hummingbird...she darts so eagerly, swiftly, sweetly dipping into the flowers of my heart."

-James Oppenheim

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Going to the Sun Road https://www.mferphotography.com/blog/2021/9/going-to-the-sun-road

The Going-to-the-Sun Road was completed in 1932 and is a scenic 50 mile, two-lane highway that spans the width of Glacier National Park, crossing the Continental Divide at 6,646-foot-high Logan Pass. It passes through almost every type of terrain in the park, from large glacial lakes and cedar forests in the lower valleys to windswept alpine tundra atop the pass. Scenic viewpoints and pullouts line the road. The view from one side of the road is much different than from the other so be sure to travel in both directions. The road is open only a short time, from June to early fall. If you do not have a timed ticket you can only enter before 6 am or after 5 pm.

A smokey view of Heaven's Peak

Lake MacDonald

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Wild Goose Island https://www.mferphotography.com/blog/2021/8/wild-goose-island Wild Goose Island is in the middle of St. Mary Lake. The story goes that two native tribes resided on opposite sides of St. Mary’s.

One day, a strikingly handsome warrior from one tribe noticed a beautiful woman on the other swimming toward the island. He couldn’t resist her beauty immediately swam to meet her on the island. The two met, clicked instantly, spoke for hours, and became engaged. They promised to meet again tomorrow morning on the island and each swam home. The Elders of each tribe demanded they break off the engagement. The lovers didn’t agree and met each other the next morning on the island. After a quick discussion, they decided to run away and find their own land to marry and live. When the tribal elders found out, they sent war parties to retrieve their members and were determined to bring them home. The Great Spirit had kept its eyes on the two lovers. Taking pity on them, he transformed them into geese so they could fly away and be together forever.When the tribal warriors arrived on the island, all they found were two geese, tenderly rubbing necks. They flew away and never returned.

From then on, the small island in the center of St. Mary’s Lake in Glacier National Park was known as Wild Goose Island. Credit - Perry Rosenbloom

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Apakuni Falls https://www.mferphotography.com/blog/2021/8/apakuni-falls Also known as Appekunny Falls the trail is located in East Glacier at the Poia Lake trailhead. Thought it is a relatively short hike at 1.7 miles round trip, you gain 500' in elevation in less than 1/2 mile. We did see fresh Grizzly tracks along the way. The falls are not visible until the end of the trail however we were treated to tons of wildflowers and had it not been for the wildfires, sweeping views. Once you arrive watch out for falling rocks. It was very windy the day we went and we did climb to the base where we were met with lots of loose rocks and a large thud from falling rocks above. It is absolutely stunning and one of the best accessible falls.

 

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Grinnell Glacier Hike https://www.mferphotography.com/blog/2021/8/grinnell-glacier-hike The main hike I wanted to do and the biggest reason Glacier National Park was on my bucketlist for so long is the trail in Many Glacier on the East side of the park to Grinnell Glacier. I did not only want to see a Glacier but I wanted to touch it! Leading up to our trip the trail had closed due to Grizzly bear activity. We had Iceberg Lake as a back up but I relentlessly kept checking the park website for trail closures and just before we took off it re-opened! Grinnell Glacier is arguably the best hike in the park, and after experiencing it for myself I have to agree. 11.2 miles out and back with a 2181 ft. elevation gain. In total we hiked just over 13 miles. We did spend a good 2 hours at Upper Grinnell Lake climbing around and actually walking on the melting glacier shores. It was otherworldly. I could have spent an entire day just at the top but it is a long, tough hike and by no means do you want to be caught out on the trail at night as the Grizzlies were still active. The hike begins at Many Glacier hotel and meanders around Swiftcurrent Lake, then around Lake Joesphine. Once past there the elevation gains start. You will also hike past the gorgeous blue Grinnell Lake and then through one of the many waterfalls along the lake to Upper Grinnell Lake. The waterfall is located on the cliff edge and you are going to get wet and it is freezing cold but on a hot summer day it cools you off and keeps you cool the rest of the way up, and of course does the same on the way down. I was pretty nervous about passing through the falls on such a narrow and steep pass. It is no small waterfall either. It is like walking through Amicalola Falls after a good rain, but colder. Luckily it is not slippery. Everything about this was breathtaking. Wildflowers, wildlife and views for days, even with the smoke haze from the wildfires.

Many Glacier hotel sits alongside Swiftcurrent Lake. There is a scenic boat tour available that cuts off about 3 miles from the hike but we did not take it. There is also kayak rentals on a first come first serve basis. The Hotel is gorgeous and if I ever go back I will stay here. Alpine inspired and fits perfectly into the setting.

Spot the ground squirrell

I hope you get a sense of how roughed the trail is from these pictures.

It is hard to even believe this color of blue exists!

Looking back at the trail

The famous Beargrass

Glaciers!

On our way back we saw a moose in Lake Josephine. We had seen a momma and baby entering the park. I have a feeling that all my future hikes will be compared against this one. By far the best one I have ever done, maybe one of the hardest as well, though Custer still holds the trophy for that- for now.

 

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Glacier Park in Infrared https://www.mferphotography.com/blog/2021/8/glacier-park-in-infrared I have not been to all of the National Parks in the US but of the ones I have been able to travel to I have found Glacier National Park in Montana is the most beautiful one I have seen so far.

Apakuni Falls

Apakuni Falls trailhead

Aspens

Avalanche Lake trail

Going to the Sun Road

Logan Pass overlooking Going to the Sun Road

St. Mary's Lake via Sun point trail

Lake MacDonald

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The Cup Show https://www.mferphotography.com/blog/2021/7/the-cup-show I have missed my lunch break excursions to see the latest exhibit in the Hudgens Center which is near my office. I decided to take a peak over while I was not working remotely for the day and was pleasantly surprised to see the annual cup show on display. Most of these cups are for sale and one day I will get to the exhibit early enough to purchase one.

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mferphotography@gmail.com (MFer Photography) art clay cup cup show exhibit Hudgens Center museum pottery https://www.mferphotography.com/blog/2021/7/the-cup-show Fri, 16 Jul 2021 14:22:07 GMT
The Color Purple https://www.mferphotography.com/blog/2021/7/the-color-purple It's flower picking season!

Lavender smells heavenly.

This was my first time to a lavender farm. I cut about 50 stems and dried them.

Picking, drying and pressing flowers has become my 2021 obsession.

#enjoythelittlethings

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Wind Cave National Park https://www.mferphotography.com/blog/2021/7/wind-cave-national-park

Wind Cave is the first cave to be designated a National Park. There is 149.01 miles worth of explored trails inside the cave. It is one of the longest in the world.

box work formations

Above ground is home to the remaining natural mixed-grass prairie in the USA.

 

We only were able to get one hike in other than inside the cave, so we decided to hike to the fire tower.

As you can see Wind Cave National Park has a lot to offer besides a cave. It also borders Custer State Park. Wind Cave was not even part of the plan but it was a great surprise.

The Black Hills are marvelous.

 

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Art Alley, Rapid City, SD https://www.mferphotography.com/blog/2021/7/art-alley-rapid-city-sd
 
Between 6th and 7th, and Main and Saint Joseph Streets in Rapid City, an organic community gallery began in 2003. In the beginning artists hung canvas artworks on the walls, and over time, evolved to painting directly on the walls.

Located next door is the Alex Johnson Hotel. We actually almost stayed here because I read it was haunted. We decided on staying outside of the city but we were able to take a look inside the hotel.

A very nice cleaning lady lead us up to the 8th floor and told us the most famous story about the haunted bridal suite. We even got to peak inside the suite! You can read more about the hauntings and famous guests here

 

Room 812, famous for the ghost of the lady in white.

I used my ghost hunting app from when I took the paranormal investigations 101 class a while back. There was a lot of activity!

There is a book at the front desk of all the guest accounts of paranormal experiences they have had during their stay.

10/10 recommend this hotel!

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Deadwood and a Brothel Tour https://www.mferphotography.com/blog/2021/6/deadwood-and-a-brothel-tour I was super excited about seeing the town of Deadwood.

Whiskey is still big business here. At least now it is legal.

All the Saloons have gambling, so nothing has changed there either, except- it is also legal.

This place is haunted!

Love being able to shop and drink at the same time!

If you find yourself in Deadwood, please go to the pink door and have a beer!

This is an actual listing in the phone book!

Where the Madame kept her money safe!

 

I also highly recommend the brothel tour. It was very informative and well done. I have a whole new respect for those women. Each room represented a different era and a famous prostitute.

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mferphotography@gmail.com (MFer Photography) brothel Calamity Jane Deadwood mfer photography South Dakota tour travel Wild Bill wild west https://www.mferphotography.com/blog/2021/6/deadwood-and-a-brothel-tour Tue, 22 Jun 2021 20:30:00 GMT
Mt. Moriah Cemetery, Deadwood https://www.mferphotography.com/blog/2021/6/mt-moriah-cemetery-deadwood Deadwood is home to some pretty famous folks from the wild west. Most notable are Calamity Jane and Wild Bill. If you haven't watch the HBO series, "Deadwood", it is worth a watch just for Calamity Jane's one liners. We paid our respects to these infamous residents of yore.

To be honest, I was a little disappointed in the cemetery. It has been revamped. I did enjoy the views and the gift shop though. Worth a stop just for Calamity Jane.

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mferphotography@gmail.com (MFer Photography) cemetery Deadwood graveyard hiking mfer photography Mt. Moriah Cemetery outdoors South Dakota travel wild west https://www.mferphotography.com/blog/2021/6/mt-moriah-cemetery-deadwood Mon, 21 Jun 2021 20:12:29 GMT
Father's Day https://www.mferphotography.com/blog/2021/6/fathers-day Ode to Fathers

Father’s Day is one thing when you are a kid. Lame homemade gifts. A card. Some old spice or a multi tool.

Then you get married and have a kid. Now fathers day is about you and your father. You juggle to make everyone happy.

Then you lose your father. Father’s Day is now about you, your loss, but you may have an in law you also have to celebrate, so you trudge on.

Now all the fathers are gone. It’s only you. In a way it’s nice because you get to do what you want but your heart is heavy and overshadowed.

Now you lost your brother. You almost lost your husband who is the father to your children. You are surrounded by incredible loss and sorrow.

What do you do?

You honor the dads everywhere that are gone by making sure the father of your children get recognized for the things they but up with from their wives and kids. You make them breakfast. You make them coffee. You get everyone together and you make a memory! That way your kids can reflect back to this day when their father is gone.

Happy Father’s Day to all the dads living and passed.

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mferphotography@gmail.com (MFer Photography) family https://www.mferphotography.com/blog/2021/6/fathers-day Sat, 19 Jun 2021 22:12:38 GMT
Spearfish Canyon https://www.mferphotography.com/blog/2021/6/spearfish-canyon Spearfish Canyon reminded me a lot of upstate New York. The pictures do not do it justice at all, but here they are anyway. Lots of waterfalls, small hikes and caves. This was on our way to Deadwood just after Sturgis.

We traveled the 19 miles of the Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway accompanied by towering limestone cliffs and a rushing mountain stream. Porcupines call this area home. Sadly we did not see those on our hike. #nexttime

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mferphotography@gmail.com (MFer Photography) canyon hiking ice icycles mfer photography outdoors snow South Dakota Spearfish Canyon travel waterfall https://www.mferphotography.com/blog/2021/6/spearfish-canyon Sun, 13 Jun 2021 18:28:56 GMT
The Badlands https://www.mferphotography.com/blog/2021/6/the-badlands “I was totally unprepared for that revelation called the Dakota Badlands.
What I saw  gave me an indescribable sense of mysterious elsewhere.”  — Frank Lloyd Wright

Over 11,000 years of human history have been recorded in South Dakota's Badlands National Park. Consisting of more than 244,000 acres of sharply eroded buttes, pinnacles and spires, blended with the largest protected mixed-grass prairie in the United States, they are filled with legends, Indians, gold mining, and ghost towns.

 

 

 

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mferphotography@gmail.com (MFer Photography) Badlands bison buffalo goats hiking mfer photography mountain goats outdoors prairie dog South Dakota travel https://www.mferphotography.com/blog/2021/6/the-badlands Thu, 10 Jun 2021 16:51:22 GMT
Custer State Park https://www.mferphotography.com/blog/2021/6/custer-state-park Custer State Park has got to be the most beautiful park I have been to as of yet. Every turn of our hike I was mesmerized. It was not an easy hike but it was by far the most gratifying hike I have ever done. Corny as it sounds I was choked up and had tears in my eyes when we climbed our way to the top in ice and snow during a freak wind storm. South Dakota was not even on my radar but thanks to a dear friend I was able to make this memorable trip during the most trying time I have been through thus far in my life.

We started off exploring a frozen lake.

From there we hit Little Devils Tower trail.

I fell in love with these birch trees. They are my all time favorite!

Little Devils Tower

10/10 for this hike! And we did another one right after.

Stayed tuned...

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mferphotography@gmail.com (MFer Photography) climbing Custer state park hiking mfer photography mountains outdoors South Dakota travel https://www.mferphotography.com/blog/2021/6/custer-state-park Wed, 09 Jun 2021 19:19:50 GMT
Wild One https://www.mferphotography.com/blog/2021/6/wild-one My Godson turned 1!

Happy Birthday to the cutest nephew on the planet!

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mferphotography@gmail.com (MFer Photography) birthday children event family mfer photography party portraits https://www.mferphotography.com/blog/2021/6/wild-one Wed, 09 Jun 2021 01:07:33 GMT
J + S https://www.mferphotography.com/blog/2021/5/j-s They eloped and did not get engagement or wedding pictures so of course I jumped at the chance to share another milestone!

May love and light always be upon you!

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Jacqueline's Graduation https://www.mferphotography.com/blog/2021/5/jacquelines-graduation Congrats to Jaqueline for graduating from Kennesaw State University! I was lucky enough to provide the photobooth for her high school graduation and am honored to celebrate her newest accomplishment!

Good Luck in 2nd Grade!

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mferphotography@gmail.com (MFer Photography) graduation mfer photography portraits senior portraits https://www.mferphotography.com/blog/2021/5/jacquelines-graduation Wed, 05 May 2021 20:30:32 GMT
South Dakota in Infrared https://www.mferphotography.com/blog/2021/4/south-dakota-in-infrared I have finally found the perfect IR subject - THE WEST! The skies are the deepest blue and the rock formations provide the best contrast for this type of imagery. I will be posting in more details about the amazing state of South Dakota, but for now enjoy my most favorite IR to date!

The Badlands - named by the Lakota Indians for the poor soil.

Next up, the famous monuments.

Crazy Horse, Mount Rushmore and the view from Mount Rushmore!

Hiking to Little Devils Tower in Custer State Park

Cathedral of Spires

Let's just say that I loved the wild west so much that I was not even home a full week and I already had plane tickets to Montana!

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mferphotography@gmail.com (MFer Photography) Badlands Cathedral of Spires Custer hiking infrared Little Devil's Tower mfer photography outdoors South Dakota travel wild west https://www.mferphotography.com/blog/2021/4/south-dakota-in-infrared Mon, 26 Apr 2021 23:25:48 GMT
Members Choice Show https://www.mferphotography.com/blog/2021/3/members-choice-show I have art in another show and this time you can actually go see it in person! Sadly I will be out of town and am unable to attend the open house this Saturday, but that doesn't mean you can't! Indie Studio is located directly across the street from Sweetwater Brewery. Make it a day!

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mferphotography@gmail.com (MFer Photography) APG art exhibit mfer photography https://www.mferphotography.com/blog/2021/3/members-choice-show Tue, 02 Mar 2021 15:00:32 GMT
Chasing Light https://www.mferphotography.com/blog/2021/2/chasing-light Went on a sunset and light trail excursion with dear friends who have recently caught the photography bug. During these dark times, these creative moments mean everything.

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Graveface Museum https://www.mferphotography.com/blog/2021/2/graveface-museum I recently stopped in to one of my favorite towns, Savannah, on the way home from spending new years with family. I am one who always finds something to do both on the way and on the way home from any road trip. I think it is because of so many trips in the back seat of my parents car driving back and forth from Atlanta to New York with out stopping that I am traumatized to be in a car for more than 4 hours. On our way home we stopped by River Street and visited the Graveface Museum. When I found this new edition to the Roadside America app I knew it would be a hit. Between the Cult room, the serial killer room and the VHS horror collection I knew it would not be a disappointment. The best bonus was the added pinball room that is included with admission. I may suck at pinball but I sure do love to play it.

The gift shop has a pretty great selection of vinyl so make sure you browse before you enter through the mouth of the devil.

There is just way too much to see in this place. Very much worth a stop. There is a lot of authentic items on display and the owner and staff are ready and willing to explain any and everything. They are renovating right now. I look forward to another visit when they reopen.

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TFTI https://www.mferphotography.com/blog/2021/2/tfti

The experience at TFTI this year compared to last year is HUGE! This is where Covid restrictions are a bonus. We practically had the entire place to ourselves as opposed to last year when it was crowded and lots of waiting for people to get out of your shot. We did miss one of our girls from the sisterhood of the traveling pants though. I am really going crazy with the lockdown and every so often I got to get with my girls and get creative. It is now tradition.

These were all taken with various iphones. These rooms are a bit cliche now but with so little entertainment I will indulge without a care... #sorrynotsorry

 

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mferphotography@gmail.com (MFer Photography) Atlanta girlgang portrait Selfie TFTI https://www.mferphotography.com/blog/2021/2/tfti Tue, 09 Feb 2021 01:18:05 GMT
Len Foote Hike Inn https://www.mferphotography.com/blog/2021/1/len-foote-hike-inn I was finally able to accomplish a huge goal of mine. I have been wanting to go to the Len Foote Hike inn for years. I convinced my friend to do it with me. The hike Inn trail head is at the top of Amicalola Falls in the Blue Ridge Mountains. It is only accessible through a 5 mile hike that is part of the approach trail to Springer Mountain and the southern terminus of the Appalachian Trail. The Inn itself is more like a hostel with 4 separate buildings. The main office attached the the bunk house, followed by the bath house, then the dining hall and last but not least the sunrise room. Most of our time spent indoors was in the sunrise room. That building has an incredible view and a wrap around porch filled with rockers and adirondack chairs. It is the social spot for hikers staying at the inn. Included with your stay is a family style dinner served promptly at 6pm (the dinner bells signals when it is time) and a breakfast at 8 am. Coffee is on at 6 am in time for the best view of the sunrise in this part of the state. I am not going to lie...the sunrise was cold but well worth the chill. We were the first to arrive Saturday for the night. We checked in, received our linens and made up our beds. Each room is the same..very basic with bunk beds but clean. Then I proceeded to clean up and drink about 90 cups of coffee before we ventured out to hike again. We got about 10 miles in on our first day.

My new rainbow Merrells did me right! Seriously the best running and hiking shoes on the market.

 

 

Dinner consisted of Pork Loin w/ gravy, rice pilaf, broccoli, salad and rolls with chocolate cake for dessert. Breakfast was eggs, bacon, grits and peach spoon bread which was to die for. Shortly after breakfast we hit the trails again. We hit Amicalola Falls, High Shoals Baptist church and ventured to an unmarked, extremely strenuous hike to a hidden water fall nearby- Bearden Falls.

26 creek crossing there and back. Only 5 makeshift trail markers. This was the most challenging trail I have hiked yet.

Our first glance at Bearden Falls...and the challenge we faced trying to climb to the top.

If you attempt to find the trail do not believe google maps and its reviews. It is NOT 1.6 miles, It is NOT only 3 creek crossings and the trail head is not where you think it is by the parking area. You will find however a ton of great camping spots. If I come back I will bring spray paint and create a real set of markers. You will have to climb if you want to get anywhere near the falls. I imagine this would not be very good in the spring and summer due to the heavy overgrowth. Overall we did about 20 miles in 36 hours.

Nature is my church.

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Tina + Jason https://www.mferphotography.com/blog/2021/1/tina-jason

 

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Jen + Jay https://www.mferphotography.com/blog/2020/12/jen-jay

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mferphotography@gmail.com (MFer Photography) family mfer photography portraits https://www.mferphotography.com/blog/2020/12/jen-jay Thu, 17 Dec 2020 10:00:00 GMT
Bruce + Dev https://www.mferphotography.com/blog/2020/12/bruce-dev

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mferphotography@gmail.com (MFer Photography) mfer photography portraits https://www.mferphotography.com/blog/2020/12/bruce-dev Wed, 16 Dec 2020 10:00:00 GMT
Taylor + Devin https://www.mferphotography.com/blog/2020/12/taylor-devin I have known this  bride for many many years. I have watched her grow into a young woman and a wonderful mom. It was a honor to attend and shoot her wedding.

These are just a few of my favorites!

 

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mferphotography@gmail.com (MFer Photography) bride events groom mfer photography portraits wedding winery https://www.mferphotography.com/blog/2020/12/taylor-devin Tue, 15 Dec 2020 22:07:56 GMT
Lullwater Preserve with NY friends! https://www.mferphotography.com/blog/2020/11/lullwater-preserve-with-ny-friends My bestie from NY came to visit and we did what we both like to do...explore and hike. Last time she visited we were rained out from hitting this trail so I wanted to take her back here.

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mferphotography@gmail.com (MFer Photography) lullwater preserve" atlanta hiking outdoors https://www.mferphotography.com/blog/2020/11/lullwater-preserve-with-ny-friends Wed, 25 Nov 2020 19:31:32 GMT
Yellow Daisies https://www.mferphotography.com/blog/2020/11/yellow-daisies The yellow daisy bloom at Arabia Mountain is INCREDIBLE. If you enjoyed the red algae bloom than this will be your jam!

 

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mferphotography@gmail.com (MFer Photography) Arabia mountain daisies flowers hiking outdoors yellow https://www.mferphotography.com/blog/2020/11/yellow-daisies Thu, 19 Nov 2020 17:45:08 GMT
Lauren + Benji https://www.mferphotography.com/blog/2020/11/lauren-benji My first wedding during a Pandemic. It was beautiful. The weather held out for us and the venue, Stony Oak Farms, was perfection.

Check out the grooms band- it has a guitar string embedded in the middle!

 

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mferphotography@gmail.com (MFer Photography) bride groom mfer photography wedding https://www.mferphotography.com/blog/2020/11/lauren-benji Fri, 13 Nov 2020 20:19:31 GMT
CFPA - The Dark Crystal https://www.mferphotography.com/blog/2020/11/cfpa---the-dark-crystal I saved the best for last, or at least the most creepy.

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mferphotography@gmail.com (MFer Photography) center for puppetry arts Jim Henson the dark crystal https://www.mferphotography.com/blog/2020/11/cfpa---the-dark-crystal Thu, 12 Nov 2020 18:45:00 GMT
CFPA- Global Exhibit https://www.mferphotography.com/blog/2020/11/cfpa--global-exhibit I really liked this part of the museum. There were some familiar and strange puppets in this section. Some of the details are outstanding.

If you have been reading this blog for a while or follow my IG, then you know I have a penchant for the absurd. This fully satisfied what has been absent from my life in recent months.

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mferphotography@gmail.com (MFer Photography) Atlanta center for puppetry arts puppets https://www.mferphotography.com/blog/2020/11/cfpa--global-exhibit Wed, 11 Nov 2020 15:26:46 GMT
Center For Puppetry Arts https://www.mferphotography.com/blog/2020/11/center-for-puppetry-arts One the last day of the Dark Crystal exhibit, we visited the Center for Puppetry Arts. The museum is split up into 3 sections, the Jim Henson Exhibit, the global exhibit and then the special exhibition area.

Out in front is one of the infamous Tiny Doors Atlanta.

Next up... The Global Exhibit.

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mferphotography@gmail.com (MFer Photography) center for puppetry arts Jim Henson muppets puppets https://www.mferphotography.com/blog/2020/11/center-for-puppetry-arts Tue, 10 Nov 2020 18:18:56 GMT
Day of the Dead 2020 https://www.mferphotography.com/blog/2020/11/day-of-the-dead-2020 Had dia de los muertos fallen on a Sunday on a normal year we would have had a gathering and built an altar, but in true 2020 fashion we quietly celebrated by writing letters to our loved ones who have passed on and threw them into the flames to send them out to the universe.

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mferphotography@gmail.com (MFer Photography) day of the dead dia de los muertos https://www.mferphotography.com/blog/2020/11/day-of-the-dead-2020 Wed, 04 Nov 2020 20:00:00 GMT
Election Day- Not a Political Post https://www.mferphotography.com/blog/2020/11/election-day--not-a-political-post I am so sick of the anxiety...as is most everyone, so on this election day I will leave some pretty pictures for your distraction and mine.

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Museum of the Weird https://www.mferphotography.com/blog/2020/10/museum-of-the-weird The weirdest part of the museum of the weird was definitely the guy behind the counter. He could not figure out how to ring things up and greeted us the same way when we both came in and left and we were 3 of 9 people in the place. Regardless it did not disappoint. I wish they had better merch though. I would have spent a fortune in the gift shop.

If you are in Austin, Texas, along with the toy museum, this is a must see.

Believe it or not, this was also my first ever wax museum.

It was worth it for the "iceman" alone. I took a gazillion more pictures but really, you just need to see it for your self.

 

 

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mferphotography@gmail.com (MFer Photography) Austin iceman museum museum of the weird oddities Texas travel wax weird https://www.mferphotography.com/blog/2020/10/museum-of-the-weird Wed, 28 Oct 2020 17:51:48 GMT
Photo Buckhead Exhibition https://www.mferphotography.com/blog/2020/10/photo-buckhead-exhibition

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mferphotography@gmail.com (MFer Photography) art exhibition fine art mfer photography https://www.mferphotography.com/blog/2020/10/photo-buckhead-exhibition Mon, 26 Oct 2020 20:40:45 GMT
Austin Aquarium https://www.mferphotography.com/blog/2020/10/austin-aquarium My original plan for my birthday this year was to visit the museum of the weird but that got postponed. I had to scramble to fill in my day and did a quick Google search for things to do in Austin. When I saw the list of animal encounters they had I was sold!

I got to feed and pet otters, stingrays, turtles, sharks, lemurs and a sloth! It was a good birthday present to myself!

There are a ton of animal encounters but it varies on the mood of the animal so there is no set schedule ahead of time. We spent hours there hanging around so that we could visit with the sloth when he was ready. Each encounter and feeding takes a certain amount of tokens but I don't recommend buying a ton of them upfront because you never know when an encounter will happen and how the animals will feel and they don't force them into any situations, which is a good thing. This also is a pretty far Uber from SoCo. The one thing I do regret is not renting a car. This really is a must. 10/10 otherwise for this experience.

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mferphotography@gmail.com (MFer Photography) animal encounter animals aquarium Austin lemur mfer photography parrot sloth stingray Texas travel https://www.mferphotography.com/blog/2020/10/austin-aquarium Tue, 06 Oct 2020 16:19:06 GMT
Austin Murals https://www.mferphotography.com/blog/2020/9/austin-murals One of the best things about Austin, Texas, besides tacos and BBQ, is the street art. So many famous murals around town. Luckily for the ones that were out of walking distance I had my friend Melanie and her wife Amy to guide us to some of the other ones I really wanted to see.

This is going to be a huge picture dump, so enjoy!

 

I had heard the graffiti art park was closed but Mel and Amy took us there. It is fenced off and closed to the public now but still able to be viewed! This was such a bonus for me!

There is a reason the say "Keep Austin Weird" and I will do another whole post of just the random things we saw while we were there.

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mferphotography@gmail.com (MFer Photography) art Austin covid vacation family graffiti mfer photography murals Texax travel vacation https://www.mferphotography.com/blog/2020/9/austin-murals Fri, 25 Sep 2020 19:35:26 GMT
Light Painting https://www.mferphotography.com/blog/2020/9/light-painting Painting with light is something I have experimented with in the past but never really delved as far deep into as I have been wanting to. I gathered up some supplies, including a light bar I purchased almost a year ago and got to playing around. The first night was a full moon, I highly recommend waiting for a new moon. You want as little outside light pollution as possible. Other supplies needed is string lights, Gaffer tape, some sort of straight piece of wood, sparklers and water, a tripod and any camera you can set to manual.

 

The first attempts were with the light bar. I really like how the lines of the dock draw you in. I will be heading back to hone in on the ideas I have for this spot.

The second attempt is a much darker night in a more secluded area. I knew I was going to be playing with fire (literally) so I needed a more private and open area.

These are the very beginning stages of my light painting journey and I think it will be fun to look back on these and see how I progress forward. I will say quarantine life sure is good for giving me the kick in the arse to do all the things I have been putting off.

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mferphotography@gmail.com (MFer Photography) light painting lightbar long exposure mfer photography sparklers string light photography https://www.mferphotography.com/blog/2020/9/light-painting Tue, 15 Sep 2020 11:42:29 GMT
Atlanta Celebrates Photography https://www.mferphotography.com/blog/2020/9/atlanta-celebrates-photography I have 2 upcoming shows featuring some of my artwork!

 

 

Please share and if you are able, attend either in person or log in for the virtual opening.

 

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mferphotography@gmail.com (MFer Photography) art fine art gallery mfer photography https://www.mferphotography.com/blog/2020/9/atlanta-celebrates-photography Fri, 11 Sep 2020 11:00:00 GMT
Halle + The Botanical Garden https://www.mferphotography.com/blog/2020/9/halle-the-botanical-garden Halle is the funniest young lady I have ever met. She has the biggest heart and the most creative mind. Not only is she a talented artist but she is my goat whisperer. A kindred spirit who loves all animals, reptiles and bugs alike. Anyone who puts googly eyes on her Roomba is cool in my book.

 

We kept pushing this session out because she wanted the botanical garden and every Saturday it said it was going to rain, and every Saturday it did not rain. Of course the Saturday we stuck with it DID rain, but nature loves Halle and the clouds dried up the exact minute we pulled in. She really is a modern day Snow White. That is if Snow White was snarky and wore converse and Harry Potter glasses.

Congrats Halle! I know you will do great things!

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mferphotography@gmail.com (MFer Photography) children mfer photography portraits senior portraits senoirs https://www.mferphotography.com/blog/2020/9/halle-the-botanical-garden Wed, 09 Sep 2020 11:00:00 GMT
Cathedral of Junk https://www.mferphotography.com/blog/2020/9/cathedral-of-junk One of the biggest places I wanted to visit in Austin was the Cathedral of Junk. Due to Covid, I was resigned to the fact that I was not going to be able to check this place off of my bucket list. We had a free afternoon and I decided to take a chance and give the artist, Vince Hannemann a call and see if he would permit us to visit his home and check out his decades long homage to scrap. As luck would have it he said come on! We were the first out of town visitors he allowed since the start of the Pandemic. I felt very lucky to have been able to view the art and meet with him.

Vince was a super interesting guy, full of stories. I wish we could have stayed much longer but due an impending storm rolling in, a ton of mosquitoes and a tiny bladder we had to jump in our Uber and roll out.

Know before you go:

You must call ahead 512-299-7413

Bring bug spray!

Plan to stay a while, he even has a scavenger hunt you can do.

There are no bathrooms!

This is his home, the cathedral is in his back yard and his neighbors are not super supportive so please don't park just anywhere.

Most of all Talk to Vince. He has a dry but wicked sense of humor.

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mferphotography@gmail.com (MFer Photography) art Austin cathedral of junk mfer photography outdoors roadside America roadside attraction Texas travel https://www.mferphotography.com/blog/2020/9/cathedral-of-junk Tue, 08 Sep 2020 18:37:41 GMT
The Bats of Austin https://www.mferphotography.com/blog/2020/9/the-bats-of-austin I planned a trip to Austin, Texas way before Covid 19 for my birthday. The trip happened, albeit not exactly how I had in mind, but the main attraction for me was to see the famous bat bridge.

Our AirBnB was just over one block from the Congress Ave Bridge where at the time we were there, close to 2 million bats were nesting for the summer months. It is the largest colony of urban bats in North America. The Mexican free tail bats migrate to the bridge every year in the spring to have their babies and raise their young. Every evening at dusk they emerge over Lady Bird Lake, a section of the Colorado River that is dammed in the city. You can watch the bats from a park below, the bridge itself or from my favorite spot, a boat in the water. We did all 3!

  

I teared up every time I witnessed them take flight. It truly is an amazing thing to see. You don't even have to be a bat lover to like me to appreciate the sheer awesomeness of this sight. This was one of the best things I have ticked off my bucket list. If you have not been to Austin, go!

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Strange Times https://www.mferphotography.com/blog/2020/8/strange-times The world is changing. I kept hearing this is the new normal and I was in denial. How can so much change in one year? I stopped listening to the news. I rarely get on facebook. I don't watch hardly any TV anymore. For lack of a better term, all I can say is "I can't breathe". I started really getting into being more creative. I listen to music. I read. I exercise. This is how I create my new normal. I have changed my entire routine. I have connected with friends I have not been in touch with in so long. I have created deeper relationships with others in my life. I am taking a stand in my own way against everything being fed to us politically. I am documenting my days and my world as it is shifting. I am being honest with myself.

I am observing.

I am getting out and seeing what is going on first hand. I am not hiding and I am not fighting. I chose to live. I chose to see and I chose to experience it all, whether I agree with it or not. One cannot make informed decisions without being actually informed.

I do not want to live in a bubble. If I have to wear a mask to make others feel safe, to be out in public, to save my own sanity than I will wear a mask. I will no longer put my life on hold for fear of what others think one way or the other.

I will feel how I feel without guilt or pressure. I will stand up for what I believe is right or unjust and I will not be pigeon holed into one label or another.

There is still beauty in this world. There are still good people in the world. You just have to go see it for yourself.

Challenge yourself to be true. Find your happiness and spread it around. Hate breeds hate. Love breeds love. Find your passion.

Don't be afraid to be who you are. When you are honest with yourself, then you will find your peace.

Can anybody fly this thing
Before my head explodes
Or my head starts to ring
We've been living life
Inside a bubble
We've been living life
Inside a bubble
Confidence in you
Is confidence in me
Is confidence in high speed
 
High Speed- Coldplay
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mferphotography@gmail.com (MFer Photography) Atlanta Covid mfer photography strange times https://www.mferphotography.com/blog/2020/8/strange-times Thu, 27 Aug 2020 14:01:57 GMT
Austin in Infrared https://www.mferphotography.com/blog/2020/8/austin-in-infrared What a fantastic city. It was the perfect subject for my converted Nikon D50 IR DSLR. Actually, so perfect that is has renewed my interest in IR photography and has given me the needed push to make plans to knock a few more subjects I have wanted to capture for years in IR.

Feature above is the infamous "Bat Bridge" aka The Congress Street Bridge. At Dusk from March until October anywhere from 750,000 to close to 2 million bats (after the babies are born) take flight from their nest under the bridge. More on that later.