IRELAND

Many thanks from the bottom of my heart to my friend, Valerie, for being my traveling buddy for this trip. There’s no way I could’ve done it without you, Val. Thank you for saying “Yes” to every moment…no matter how big or small. And most of all, thank you for driving me around on the smallest roads in the world. :)

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“May the dreams you hold dearest be those which come true and the kindness you spread keep returning to you.” – An Irish Blessing

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Editing

It’s been a while since I’ve done an Editing image but I took this photo of the Cliffs of Moher just last month in Ireland and really love Lightroom for making editing wonderful for an image that was all over the place with exposure. It took maybe a minute to edit and I really love the end result; something I could totally enlarge and treasure if I want. This is the power of shooting in raw and know how to edit simply. :)

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I largely trust my intuition and inspiration when I compose photos. I get inspired mainly by my desire to express something I feel, though I usually cannot tell exactly what that is. ~ Elena Shumilova

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The Morton Arboretum {Winter}

We had snow, sleet, and rain last night in Chicago. The sun came out this morning and we  had the most gorgeous scenery at The Morton Arboretum. We basically had an ice show and it’s impossible to document the true beauty on camera. There are things in life that you’d have to experience to deeply understand. :)

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“May You find me GRATEFUL, God, wherever I set my feet.”

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Portland, Oregon

2018 will forever be the year when God downloaded an extravagant gift on me that I didn’t ask for but He knew it was a deep DEEP desire of my heart…and that is to travel and see as much of the world as possible! He led me to Canada, France, Hong Kong, Iceland, and  in between these international travels, I made a bunch of trips to and from Las Vegas (where my precious Grandson Duke lives), Oahu & Maui Hawaii, New York to see my little brother, Tennessee, Texas, and to California a couple times to stuff my eyes with beautiful things. Whew! :) My very last trip was Portland, Oregon where I visited a dear friend and ate three times at the most amazing little French restaurant where the heart of the owner/chef was almost tangible. What a year. What a God. I am so humbled and grateful.

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“When your heart is truly content, you stop looking to the Giver for the next gift.”
MÅURICE
Modern Pastry Luncheonette
921 SW Oak St., Portland, Oregon

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ICELAND

That one time when I went to Iceland and its beauty blew me away! I even rented a car for the first time being out of the country and it was a success. So thankful and hope to go back  soon to chase more rainbows and waterfalls. Fun fact about Iceland: though some parts are very green, there are no trees. :) If you ever have an opportunity to go to Iceland, I hope you say yes and go for it!

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Ending with the Blue Lagoon because it was so magical. The only slot available to me when booking was 8PM, and I wasn’t sure if it was worth it, but it was!!! It exceeded all my expectations and I felt so happy and alive. I want to go back to Iceland. Next time I want to challenge myself to find some natural hot springs, pick wild blueberries, and maybe see a herd of reindeer. *I’m dreaming BIG*

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