A Drive Through a Cloud


These are some more photos from a day on the Blue Ridge Parkway last year when when we drove through a storm cloud.


The Blue Ridge mountains are tall enough that when the storm clouds descend, the mountain tops become engulfed in the cloud.

As we drove along, a storm rolled in and began to settle above us. It wasn’t long before it completely surrounded us!


The sight was amazing, but there was no room to safely pull over and snap pictures. So I stuck my camera out the car window as we cruised along through the mist. 
My camera has been though a lot.


The storm was fast moving, so it never blinded us completely. But there were a few scary moments where we could hardly see!



Something silly happened while the storm was approaching.. My hair started standing up!!  The electricity in the air maybe? It was strange. 


We almost didn’t drive up to the mountains this day because of the impending storm, but I am so glad we did!  

The Night Fair


The magic of the fair really emerges at night.
 As the sun goes down, and the lights comes on, it’s like whole different magical world.



The rainbow lights illuminate the black sky. 
There is so much to look at, I can’t look away. And when I get home and go to bed, I can still see the flashing lights when I close my eyes.


The rides spin in a blur of lights, as more and more people pour into the line, hoping to catch just last more ride. I am happy to avoid that nonsense, and just stand to the side in the shadows, snapping away.


I just wander through the huge crowds, in my own little world. 
Seeking out empty spaces, and quickly snap a picture before it once again becomes engulfed by the sea of people.


(Wait…Fried bubble gum????!!! Gross!!)




I love the energetic atmosphere of the fair at night. 

Despite being quite antisocial, enormous crowds have never bothered me. I don’t mind weaving around the lines, and dodging people; it’s all part of the fun!
 (As long as I don’t have to talk to anybody!!)
I like to stand back and watch the hurried, frantic crowds, staying isolated from the madness.
However,  I can’t imagine how incredible it would be  to wander around an empty fair..

That’s one of my life dreams.

Autumn Cemetery


I’ve always thought cemeteries were a peaceful place. 

Especially on a quiet autumn evening. 
The rolling hills in the Old Salem cemetery are laden with intricate grave stones, and lavish crypts. 

No one else was around, making for the perfect walk, as the setting sun cast a warm glow over all the graves and the crisp cool air began to settle in.





My favorite grave stone is one that takes the shape of two trees, belonging to a husband and wife who are buried together. I like it because it seems like something I would have chosen.




Spending time in cemeteries is good for the mind. A favorite quote of mine suggests visiting cemeteries often, because “To get in touch with life, we must first, get in touch with death.”

A Day at the Fair

The fair is what first got me interested in photography, so many years ago.

All the magical bright colors, the flashing lights, the exciting atmosphere.. I just wanted to capture it all.  


It’s still my favorite place to take photos of. 
Even though they have the same rides every year, and I probably end up taking the same photos over and over again, it still never feels old when I look through them afterward.

This year was extra fun because we bought ride passes, which is something we hadn’t done in many years. My sister and my husband aren’t fazed by rides and rode all the scary ones, meanwhile my best friend and I freak out and scream our heads off on even the gentlest rides. But it was all fun!




The Zipper is the scariest ride in the park, and my husband and sister rode it! I couldn’t believe it. But it is one of my favorite ones to photograph.


I love it when the fair comes to town!

Clouds Above Craggy Gardens

Last October we took a trip to the Blue Ridge mountains and I never posted the last of the photos.

Way way up, along the Blue Ridge Parkway‘s winding roads, tucked away between the tall mountain peaks, is a place called Craggy Gardens.


On the crest that connects the craggy domes, Clouds fly swiftly across, often obscuring the road.


A quiet little visitors center sits on the ledge, overlooking the valley. The perfect spot to watch the storms pass by. 



As the storm moves on, little cloud tufts rise up from the trees to join the large formations up above and then drift away. Leaving the blue sky to return.







The best time to visit Craggy Gardens is after a storm. 

See the rest of the photos here!

What I Wore- Wrinkles

 Outfit Details
Skirt: H&M
ShirtTarget
Necklace: Forever 21
Boots: Amazon

When I saw this skirt at H&M I immediately snatched it up and knew I was getting it, no matter what the price was!  (Luckily it wasn’t too expensive!) There’s just something about the dark green paired the minty colored belt that I just love.  The only downside is, it gets wrinkled SO easily, and I don’t own an iron! I didn’t realize just how wrinkled it was until I saw these pictures. I ironed them out a little bit in photoshop, hehe. Which took so long it probably would have been faster to drive down to my mom’s house, use her iron, put the clothes back on and take these photos all over again. Oh well!