Sunday, June 14, 2015

This Is Where I Want To Be

Lately, I've been exactly where I want to be.


 Behind the camera. Looking through the lens. Savoring summer.

On a day trip to Hanover County on Route 301, combing through antique shops – Two Frogs On A Bike and Through the Garden Gate.  


Enjoying blackberries and creamy yogurt with local honey - on the sunny front porch.


Visiting Winterberry Farm in Westmoreland County. Can't wait to take cooking classes with Chef Caitlyn Davis in the new kitchen of this charming old farmhouse. Stopping by the Tides Inn Market for a slice of Caitlyn's divine pound cake.






Sitting along the shore of the Rappahannock River.  Watching children play in the sand. Breathing deeply as the summer breeze dances over my body, embracing this moment where there is truly nothing much to do.


Summer zips by too quickly for me. I've much to see and know, and I don't want to miss a thing.

Stare. It's the way to educate your eye, and more. 
Stare, pry, listen, eavesdrop. 
Die knowing something. You are not here long.    
 –Walker Evans

16 comments:

  1. Yes Donna this plan for summer sounds exactly perfect! So many things to do, see, and enjoy! I love your list and the cooking class sounds exciting. I know you'll rock that. I love how you describe a lovely summer! Enjoy!

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    1. Beverly, I feel exactly the same when I visit your blog - so many wonderful photographs that stir my imagination, give me new ideas and inspiration, and always make me feel happy. I'll look for some hydrangeas to photograph soon - though I doubt they'll be as lovely as your Anabelle.

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  2. Yes Donna, summer zips too quickly for anybody I guess and for me too! I'm glad to see how you enjoyed your time these last days... and much more to discover I imagine... You're lucky to live in a region which offers a lot of different landscapes, a beautiful countryside, lovely farms and shops... no need to travel far away to savor the beauties of nature or the treasures of the countryside, wild flowers, berries, honey... I love your turkeys! they're so proud the 2 of them walking along like 2 old wrinkled women... thank you so much for sharing these privileged moments and discoverings... Your pictures and collages are fabulous, so inviting, would have loved to visit thoses peaceful places with you! Glad to see the old dictionary pages, so appropriate with your old and heavy scissors! Hope this is just the beginning of your summer promenades and others will follow....

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    1. Dear Odile, I am delighted that you recognized the dictionary pages! Thank you so much fro sending them to me! I've been strolling through your recent photos and see that we both adore old scissors. Your arrangements are crisp and light and I just love every picture more than the last. You have a way of making every friend feel special . . . and your photographs reveal so much about you. How I do wish we could take a walk together. Thank you, every time, for stopping by to visit. Also, I love seeing your handmade works in Beverly's pictures. It feels so good to support each other!

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  3. Oh yes, enjoy summer, it is filled much too much goodness to do anything but get out and enjoy it.

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    1. Sarah, Looks like we're both on summer adventures! Love your glimpses of Kalamazoo!

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  4. So beautiful - you make me see that there is a lot for me to explore in my own back yard when I return to VA. Thank you for this.

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  5. Ahhh ... you've captured summer here ... lovely, dreamy images full of intrigue. I so love a country drive. Oh, and I love your new profile pic - just beautiful!

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    1. Barb, Thanks for noticing the updated profile pic. A blog friend, Robin (aka Gotham Girl) gave me a little encouragement to stop coloring my hair and go gray). I've never felt more like my true self . . . and even with my photography I feel as though I am coming into my own. Always a joy to talk with you!

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  6. I just love how you've created the quintessential farming atmosphere of Virginia! Beautiful!

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  7. Looks like you're taking advantage of all summer has to offer - good for you! Your images tell a lovely story, as always, my friend!

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  8. Beautiful images capturing Summer in Virginia...just gorgeous Donna !

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    1. Caz, Good luck with the move - and I'll look forward to seeing the photos from your new class. So much to learn!

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  9. All of the images are really stunning with a great summer time feel to them...the berries look so yummy and your two little shops look like my kind of place...so glad your "right where you want to be"...enjoy every moment...

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  10. So glad you are doing exactly what makes you happy, Donna! :)
    Have fun at the cooking classes, savor the sunny day for me too (here in Scotland it's still rainy and cold), and keep taking these delightful shots of yours.
    I can picture myself on a sunny front porch eating blackberries and creamy yogurt with honey - pure bliss! :D
    Happy first day of summer to you and yours.

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  11. Hey there, your summer sounds truly great and I am also where I want to be at this time in my life. Although summer here in the desert isn't the best part of the year for me, I find it a time to catch up on reading in the cool air of the AC and just being which is important to me. You did make me want to go back to VA and see my family there with this post. So many antique shops to see in that area. I forgot to say in your last entry that I do love your new pic.

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