October • Colors of the Month

“My favorite color is October. “ - Angela Burgin Logan

Wine at Le Meurice

Lately, I have seen this quote on posters, t-shirts, and pillows all over Pinterest. As part of my photo project this year, I have identified featured colors for each month — icy blues in January; rosy pinks and reds in February; fresh shades of green in March; cheerful yellows in April; lovely lavenders and violets in May; pure whites in June; patriotic red, white and blue in July; golden, sunny hues in August; earthy browns in September. But what color is October?

It is one of my favorite months, yet when I imagine a color to represent October, I immediately think of orange — my least favorite color (Read why here). I won’t deny that orange leaves and pumpkins add seasonal charm to October photographs, but I can’t commit to a whole month of orange pictures. So what color is October? Perhaps Anne Shirley described it best: “October was a beautiful month at Green Gables, when the birches in the hollow turned as golden as sunshine and the maples behind the orchard were royal crimson and the wild cherry trees along the lane put on the loveliest shades of dark red and bronzy green, while the fields sunned themselves in the aftermaths. Anne reveled in the world of color about her....I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers. It would be terrible if we just skipped from September to November, wouldn't it?" - L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

Cheers to a brilliant October featuring the loveliest shades of autumn, and yes, even orange!

Week 36 - Inspiration: Your Habits - Some habits are good and some are bad.

“Too much of anything is bad, but too much Champagne is just right.” - F. Scott Fitzgerald

#dogwoodweek36 #2019dogwood52 #dogwood52 #pinkchampagne #bubbles

#dogwoodweek36 #2019dogwood52 #dogwood52 #pinkchampagne #bubbles

Week 20 - Composition: Negative Space

“I'm filling in all the negative spaces with positively everything.” - Edie Brickell

Create a powerful landscape using Negative Space. #dogwoodweek20 #2019dogwood52 #dogwood52

Create a powerful landscape using Negative Space. #dogwoodweek20 #2019dogwood52 #dogwood52

French Friday: Apéro au Meurice

le 4 octobre 2018 (278/365)

« Silence traversé au-delà quelques reflets, il y a quelqu’un derrière l’horizon mais il se fait tard allons soupers sous la spirale étroite des murmures que domine un petit jardin, ceci et cela. Le troisième acte est le plus court.  »

- Citation sur le plafond du restaurant Dali au Meurice

Half Full

September 8, 2018 (251/365) "See the glass half full...see the beauty and the hope for tomorrow." - Craig Sager 

As I wandered around the yard this afternoon, struggling to find something to photograph and lamenting the state of my garden after a week of heavy rain, I suddenly realized that my glass was actually half-full...almost!

Next Best Thing

 August 7, 2018 (219/365)

“I had [almost] forgotten how gently time passes in Paris. As lively as the city is, there’s a stillness to it, a peace that lures you in. In Paris, with a glass of wine in your hand, you can just be.” - Kristin Hannah

When you and your friend are missing Paris, lingering for hours over lunch in a café might be the next best thing.


July 30, 2018 (211/365) "The true measure of a summer well-spent is how many books you've read (and how many empty bottles are in your recycle bin)!" - N.C.

"How's your summer going?" --  It's a question that is often posed to educators who are "off" in the summertime. I have spent a lot of time at school, so one could argue that this hasn't been the greatest summer for me. However, a very wise friend has developed her own measure of a successful summer "break" that involves books and wine. By her accounting, 2018 has been quite a good summer for me. There has been a respectable quantity of rosé, unoaked Chardonnay, and lavender cider bottles in our bin throughout the summer and I have read several books -- so many that the "To Read" shelf of my Goodreads account is dwindling fast.

Here's the rundown of what I've read so far:

Any suggestions -- wine or books -- to make my summer even better?

Happy Hour

June 12, 2018 (163/365)

"Why limit happy to an hour?” - W.C. Fields • Bubble bees sipping Chardonnay [Pearls]

Week 22 - Creative: Door

May 30, 2018 (150/365)

"Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors where there were only walls." - Joseph Campbell

Week 22 - Creative: Door [A symbol of transition, a door or a gate provide a passage way.] #dogwoodweek22, #dogwood52, #dogwood2018 • ƒ/2.2, 1/1172, ISO32


March 24, 2018 (083/365) • It really doesn't feel like spring, but I'm pretending it does.

"The winds of March were wild and drear that Spring, we thought, never would be here." - Arthur Hugh Clough