Friday, September 8, 2017

this is duluth~

in august lars and i spent a long weekend in duluth. 
it was a great chance to relax and pre-celebrate our upcoming wedding anniversary.
this is where we spent our honeymoon too.
40 short years ago.

at that time, because we were country kids who'd hardly been out
of dodge this destination really felt like a destination.

i love this industrial city and always look forward to a trip 
back up the north shore.
any chance to wander along the big waters of lake superior just
seems to settle you down and remind you of how small we are in a great big world.

as you know by now i love to look for beach glass so when we got to town
we had a yummy lunch and then lars happily went to take a nap while
i walked to canal park to dig in the sand.

i barely got down by the water before the sky started to rumble and
lightning flashed in the distance. there were a ton of other people down
at the shore though so i just started looking for treasures.
after a bit i looked around and it was just me and one other person
still out there so I hustled up to the hotel right before the sky opened up
and it poooouuuured!

you can get a carriage ride in canal park~

next we headed up the shore to lake breeze motel where we were going to spend a few nights.

after we settled in I walked down to the lake again and snapped a few pictures of
the wildflowers along the way.

the weather was perfect when we were there and we had our breakfasts on our little deck.

the morning of day 2 lars took a long bike ride up to two harbors and back while I drove to 3 different beaches to ding around and look for beach glass, pretty rocks and drift wood.
later on we met back up at the cabin and drove to two harbors.
it's always fun to drive by the beautiful home (above) that my friend leslie and her
hubbie built and lived in for several years on old hwy. 61.
I have many favorite memories of time spent in this house laughing till
the wee hours of the morning, the wedding reception for their daughter Maggie,
the fabulous boutique sales leslie had there.
we love to harass them that when they moved to Alexandria,
they should have kept this house and used it as
a cabin so we could all keep coming back.

french river bridge

don't you love this view in my side mirror?     hello lake superior.

we parked in two harbors and could see this light house off in the distance so we started walking and kept on till we'd hiked to it.

on the way we passed this big rig where ships get loaded. if you look close you can see how tiny the men look that are up there working.

out from the lighthouse is another lighthouse on this long arm, stretched out in "the sea". 

I never miss an opportunity to see if there might be beach glass and while I was looking lars started talking to this nice couple. when she found out I wasn't having much luck she took two beautiful pieces out of her pail and insisted on giving them to me. I tried to say nooooo, but she just pressed them into my hand and said "these are a blessing for you".
who does that? LOVED her! 

pretty sure this bird made the blonde highlights on this carved trader.

after walking all the way over to see the red lighthouse, lars said of course we're walking out to the end of the pier too.

we stopped at another marina on the way back and this weathered driftwood was intriguing to me.
(*in a brainy sort of way.)

a mermaid sighting.

we stopped for a yummy meal on this deck on the way back to the resort. this place used to be called 
the castle, but it's under new ownership and I can't remember the new name. the food was excellent!

lars brought his hammock along and he took at least one nap in it.

dude loves to nap.

he wanted me to try it so I crawled in and laid there for 2.5 minutes, but i'm not a napper ha.

5 beaches later this is the total extent of my treasure hunting. it wasn't the best this time, but i guess it wasn't the correct time of year for the big winds that toss up the treasures. oh well, i brought the loot home and added it to my bowl of sea glass. it makes me happy.

the last day we headed to brighton beach so dale could try kayaking the big lake. he really loved being out there, but did say that it was a really weird feeling too. he felt like he wasn't going anywhere, just paddling and paddling and then all of a sudden he looked back and felt like he was in the middle of the ocean. : )
of course he wouldn't put his life jacket on, just had it in the bottom of the kayak. (some people's kids!)
to tell you the truth i kind of had to drag my hubbie to duluth. he didn't think there was enough to do up there. (and he doesn't like to leave his dog).
by the time we left he was ready to move. 

being a woosy land lover there was no way i was kayaking lake superior. i happily played on the beach while he paddled. i like to make rock stacks so i did some of that and took photos. this isn't as hard as it looks, but it's not easy either. does that make sense? if you've never tried it you should. just find a handful of rocks and start balancing them. it takes patience, but you can make all most all of them work if you take your time.

our last stop before heading home was the leif erickson rose gardens in duluth. so much beauty. these gardens are close to the fitger building on london road if you want to check them out sometime.

have a good weekend friends, i'm so excited for a baby shower that my girlfriends are hosting for my daughter. you guys our grandbaby will be here very soon now~ there is so much love being extended to our daughter and son in law and so much excitement from our camp.
: ))

take care, 

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

i'm going to stop my regularly scheduled day to bring you a blog post.

(that means editing client files is going to be on hold for a while).
: )

i uploaded the photos a few days ago and that's what takes the longest, so now i'll
just chat a little and hit publish.

the first few photos were taken right after i
wrapped up a photo shoot. it was a senior guy and it was the surprise of
the year for me.

there was rain in the forecast, but the mom and i decided to take a chance and not cancel
 and as i was driving to their home the skies opened up and it started to pour!!
mom saw me pull up and ran out to walk me in under an umbrella.
(she was soooo much fun).

i went in totally thinking we'd just talk a little and figure out our
reschedule date.

mom told me her son had been dressed in his suit ready for his pictures for
over 2 hours and that he has loved rain since he was a little boy.
*fellow rain lover? yes we clicked.

then she asked if i was game to take his pictures outside. in the pouring rain.
he in his suit and dress shoes, me under her umbrella and i
was all about it!
i love a challenge and trying something artsy and new.

*if you want to see more of that session watch for it on face book under
brown sparrow studio.


i came back home afterwards and sat in the garage and just watched it rain.
it was beautiful and relaxing and good.

rain bouncing back up off a table~

raindrops dancing off the pavement.

and running off the roof.

and watering my gardens.

these photos are taken another day when it was sunny.
i have morning glories in my window box again and it fascinates me
how they reach out and trail all over, grabbing onto anything within their reach
and vining around it. don't you love their heart shaped leaves and bright blue blossoms?

this is a surprise guest in the garden this summer. no one planted pumpkins but i wonder if
squirrels carried the seeds in. this is one plant. yep just one lone plant that
came up in the landscaping rocks! if the critters don't get to it first, i'm going
to have a homegrown jack o'lantern this year.*score!

i hung a garland across the swing frame and have loved it cheerfully fading in
the summer sun.

scarlet runner beans growing on the picket fence.

other than the japenese beetles messing with things, my plot at the community
gardens in town have been really fun this year.

they hung a new sign recently and it just so happens to be right in front of my garden.
yep those are my sunflowers peeking out of the fence to say hi.

another gardener made these for her garden... ka-ute!
(lettuce romaine calm).


here's a couple shots of my happy little cutting garden.

i got my butt out of bed and made coffee, grabbed my camera and walked up to the
garden before the sun was even up one day. it was dewey and quiet up there.
i surprised a few rabbits who were sneaking their breakfast on the way in.

this is what i've got growing there. (a handful of happy)!

in my own garden at home i'm again enjoying dahlias this year.
this plant below is taller than i am you guys!!
it has taken a lot of staking and tying up to keep them from toppling over
and i have had two huge sections- full of buds- break off much to my
dismay, so next year i'm going to put a real fence post in the middle for support.

cosmos. i'm a fan.

and speaking of our yard... i've been trying to remember to show you what showed up in
our woodpile on the 4th of july. our dog smelled him and barked and
that's how lars discovered him sleeping on his back, wedged down in there
looking up at us like "what? move along... there's nothing to see here folks".

check out the possum's long feet. woa  these guys are way bigger than i realized.
it was about the size of a cat.

i don't want to end on that pink nose (although it is kind of cute) so here are a few
last pictures of my flowers.

if you're reading this and you live near me, i'd love you to go pick yourself a big
happy bouquet of flowers from my cutting garden!

xo, beth