Monday, September 1, 2014


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I have been wanting to share these pictures now for a while. I just love the rustic look of them along with the damp feel of the scenery. I find it's so much easier to take a pretty photo when it's overcast outside. No pesky sun creating harsh shadows everywhere. I'm pretty sure one of my teachers actually taught me that in College. See, I remembered something from school!

I hope you're having an excellent labor day. :)

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Life Lately

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What have I even done this summer? lol! I am so happy that I found something that I love to do (photography) but I haven't even been making the time to practice. I'm not sure if it's out of lack of ambition or inspiration or that fact that I work constantly.. but honestly, I don't want to make excuses for myself.

I'm setting aside time to take pictures and also practice a sort of new/sort of old hobby of mine, writing! Right now, I've just been writing personally for myself.. making up some stories that usually don't make it past a page or two. However at the moment, I want to try "journaling". Not even sure if that's a word (lol) but I just want to set aside some time each day and privately write out my thoughts including but not limited to how my day went, my views on what's happening in my hometown, thoughts of the future, my hobbies and interests, pop culture... honestly, I'm not sure. I just want to write and I'm going to do it. Along with photography posted here of course. :)

Thanks for reading!

Friday, August 15, 2014

Birds & Other Musings

nature photography nature photography nature photography nature photography Happy Friday everyone! The past couple of days have been incredibly therapeutic for me. The weather has been absolutely beautiful so John & I have been doing hill sprints which is tough but feels reeeeeeally good at the same time. Plus, I managed to finish my latest book I've been reading called The Rosie Project. I definitely recommend it as it's a very smart novel with plenty of laugh out loud lines throughout! You'll love the main character and be rooting for him the entire time. It's really important to take advantage of your personal time by filling it with things you love doing! For me, that usually involves reading of some sort, especially lately. I just love sinking my teeth into a really good novel! I think I've read about 10 books this summer alone! Have a great weekend. -Jess

Friday, August 1, 2014

August 1st

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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Vibrant Colors

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Can you believe that tomorrow is August? Pretty soon we'll be drinking Pumpkin Spice Lattes and buying candy to give out to Trick or Treaters! Where did the summer go?

The weather in Thunder Bay has definitely been sporadic. It feels more like we've had an extended Spring with just a few days of hot weather. Luckily, the flowers have been in full bloom and I've been able to get some colorful images with my camera. I want to take advantage before the leaves start falling off the trees. I don't think I'm quite ready for that yet.

I must have uploaded at least 200 photos that I've taken so far this summer and I can't wait to showcase my favorites!

Happy Thursday!

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Fantastical Creatures

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When the movie was over I was in the mood to watch something animated on my hot Saturday night during my date with the couch, so I put on Netflix and watched the movie Epic, which was also really, really good. I hadn't seen that movie yet and I'm not sure what I was waiting for but I enjoyed the story.

There's something about fantastical creatures and mystical worlds that have always gotten my attention. From Harry Potter to Kingdom Hearts to Dragon Age to the Hobbit, I just love fantasy and can't get enough of meeting new and exciting characters and getting a glimpse into their worlds.

P.S. I've started on my Summer Reading List and book #1 is An Abundance of Katherines which I'm really enjoying. I like the main character - he sort of reminds me of Sheldon Cooper.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Happy Friday

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Taking summery flower photos with my new camera has to be my new favorite thing! I did a little test and took some of the same photos that I took with my old camera (the flowers above can be seen in a blog post from last year) and compared it with the pics from my new one and the difference is so extreme. I love, love, love it!! I can't find the post right now but if I do, I'll do a comparison shot.

Tomorrow I might try my hand at bird watching and see what types of species I can find & photograph. After finding out that in my previous post, the bird wasn't a Robin, it was a Bohemian Waxwing, I got really excited for some reason. I want to find more birds and take pretty pictures of them. They're so cute!


Today marks day two of going to the gym & eating healthy. I'm trying to get my butt back into shape after severely falling off the wagon. I still don't feel motivated when I'm working out and am majorly just pushing myself through it telling myself "it'll be over soon, it'll be over soon!" but I know I'll find my spark again soon. I think I'm going to make my own workout plan on a customized calender which I think will help a lot. I need to do a combination of cardio, strength & yoga in order to feel sane. I haven't gone to yoga in a really long time and my mind is feeling exhausted. I need to clear my head! Ahh.

Have a great weekend!