Eagles at Carillon Park

The Carillon

Carillon Park is a park full of the history of Dayton.

Carillon Park is also known for their eagles. For the past few years, the Eagles have laid eggs in a tree above the building that holds the 1905 Wright B Flyer.

Today I decided to go and hopefully take some photos of Orv and Willa and their eaglets. I was successful. YEAH!

So I think this was a successful day! I had my zoom lens on the camera and just took photos. It was not until I got home and edited the photos did I realize how lucky I was at getting photos of the eagles.

Since I now have a membership to Carillon Park, I just went to watch the eagles and to check out the new printing building. The next photos are of the new printing press building and some of the exteriors of buildings or exhibits.

Columbus Trip – August 2021 – Part 3 of MANY

After we got done eating, we walked back to our Air B’nB and went to bed. This are the photos I took on our walk back to the where we were staying.

My next post is going to be my Saturday morning walk.

Stay kind!

Have a magical day,
Traci

Columbus Trip – August 2021 – Part 2 of MANY – Dinner time!

We were on the hunt for food. I had worked a whole day before we drove to Columbus, so I was starving. They had interactive signs on High Street which helped us decide on where we were going to eat. However, we never made it there. Instead we ended up at SeeSaw. Someone had told me about this place, so we ate there.
I love the fact they have gluten-free on the menu. It made it so easy to pick what I wanted to order.

Columbus Trip – August 2021 – Part 1 of MANY

I’ve been editing photos from my adventures in 2021. I needed to make a decision about what I was going to start sharing with you. After much thought, I decided I needed to start in Columbus.

On the 5th anniversary of my sister’s death, we went to Columbus, Ohio. We stayed near the Short North Shore area which is an eclectic area of Columbus. Located down from Ohio State, it’s a place that college students party. Behind the main street, there are neighborhoods with gardens.

Join me next time for our dinner at See Saw, a bar and restaurant, with the coolest stairs.

Stay kind!

Have a magical day,
Traci

My First Wedding

My sister-in-law got remarried yesterday. She asked me to be the photographer for the wedding. I was nervous but willing to shoot the wedding. In all honesty, it was an honor.

So I got everything ready to go for the wedding. I had 3 batteries fully charged along with my charger. Both of my camera lenses were with me. I showed up about 45 minutes before the ceremony to take photos.

Then my camera suddenly stopped working. I changed the batteries to see if it was one of the batteries that was the issue. NOTHING happened. No green light showing some sort of charge. ARGH.

So what did I do instead? I used my iPhone’s camera. For the most part, it worked out great except for a few photos I used Zoom. I feel as though you can’t see the features of the people which reminds me of a more cartoonish photo.

Needless to say, it all turned out well.

After I got home, I began to use Lightroom to edit the photos. Not the hyperfocused part of my brain begins to take over. I want everything to be perfect. As an enneagram 4 taking photos is my creative outcome.

About a month ago, my sister-in-law texted me a concept for a photo. I kept the concept in my text messages. When we showed their children, they were less than thrilled to do the concept and to see their parents kissing. I think this is my favorite photo from yesterday.
The ceremony was an intimate affair. This is both of thems second marriage, so they wanted a small ceremony with little fuss. After the ceremony, the majority lined up against that back wall while other guests mingled in the pews. My new brother-in-law’s father had been the pastor of this church.
Both of their fathers had passed away, so they honored them with photos. The only thing is there was a reflection of the lights in the photo. Boo, hiss! During the processional, they played Jingle Bells to honor my father-in-law and Amazing Grace to honor his dad.
Okay a photo of them with the photos without that reflection.
My niece showed up with these shiny shoes she had found a thrift store for only 5 dollars. I kept bugging her until she allowed me to get a photo of them.
The grandkids with my mother-in-law. This is after my Youngest announced his zipper was broken. Really boy.

So even though it didn’t go as planned, we got some really great photos of the ceremony.

Have a great day,
Traci

Spring Walk

In February, we got a new puppy, Gaston. He is still learning how to walk on a leash. I took him for a walk to get exercise and to also capture photos of the spring beauty around my neighborhood. Gaston was super happy when we saw his friends, Cooper and Brownie, on the walk. He got to walk/ bounce all the way home with them.

Enjoy photos from our walk.

Stay kind!

Have a magical day,
Traci

Spring Snow

Last Tuesday into Wednesday, we had an April snow. It seems that every year we have one snow in April. This year it was in late April rather then at the beginning of the month. We got about 1.5 to 2 inches in my area. It took me 5 minutes to unearth my car from the snow because the branches of my maple tree hindered me being able to clean it off completely.

This is me that morning after my drive to work. I had seen the beauty of the sprig snow and was ready for it to melt.

Stay kind!

Have a magical day,
Traci

Fort George, Ontario – Part 2

Part 1

The coolest part of the whole tour of Fort George was seeing the demonstration on how they put together a musket together. Before the demonstration, they divided the crowds into 2 groups – those who spoke English and those who spoke French.

Then we went to visit the Blacksmith area.

Views from around the fort. As you can see, Youngest was not in the mood for photos. He was a new 14 year old and well he was in that don’t take my photo stage of life. Well, actually a year later, he is still in that phase.

These photos are from the officers’ quarters. As you can see, they had it much nicer than the soldiers’ barracks.

I’ll continue with my tour of Fort George in another post.

Stay kind!

Have a magical day,
Traci

Fort George, Ontario – Part 1

A year ago, I traveled to London, Ontario with Youngest. Then we visited Niagara on the Lake before spending time in Niagara Falls.

In Ontario, when you drive on the On-401, they have rest stop areas called On-Routes. The On-Routes are about an 100 km, I believe. When we traveled between Toronto and Detroit, we stopped at all of the On-Routes. So when I was planning the trip last year, I was hoping I would be able to stop at one of those On-Routes.

So what are On-Routes? It’s like the travel plazas on the different toll roads in the United States except it’s on the main highway. There is usually a Tim Hortons, Starbucks, and other food vendors. There is also a convenience store, bathrooms, and a gas station. Free WiFi is offered at the On-Routes.

Here are some of the photos from the On-Route I was able to get to last year. I apologize for the fuzzy photos. As you can see, there is also a microwave and massage chairs for travelers.

After stopping there for my breakfast, I continued on my way to Niagara on the Lake, so we could meet my friend. We were combining 2 trips into one. It was Youngest’s 14th birthday trip and also my EPIC trip with my friend. We only see each other once a year.

We decided to meet up at Fort George which is located just outside Niagara on the Lake.

A difference between attractions like that and ones in the United States is that everything was both in English and French. They had a demonstration on how to use a rifle from the 1700s in both English and French which was interesting.

Once you pay with either Canadian money or American money, you are given a token that you give to the gate master (don’t know the real name of the guy). We waited for my friend because she had trouble getting across the border. Some border patrol people give you the 10th degree while others just ask you the basic questions and then allow you to continue on your journey.

This is in the gift shop. Youngest had fun looking at all of the souvenirs.

Beginning our tour – Fort George was a British fort that protected Canada from the Americans during the War of 1812. There are different buildings that were in the fort when it was in operation. People dress in period clothing which add to the experience.

Inside the soldier’s barracks:

I’ll continue with my tour of Fort George in another post.

Stay kind!

Have a magical day,
Traci

Deidre Hall (TBT)

Today I was talking to someone about seeing the cast of Boy Meets World while on the Disney College Program. I’ve been binge watching the last season of the show. Can you believe that the last season was 20 years ago?

I don’t have any photos to prove I really saw them. Just my memories and stories.

Anyway, Mom loved Days of Our Lives. She was super excited because one of her favorite actresses, Deidre Hall, was going to be at Disney-MGM Studios. Luckily, I was off the day she came to the Studios.

I got to watch her speak and put her hands in the cement. She had her youngest son, Sully, with her when she was at the Studios.

Did you know that they would not put all of the cement hand prints out in front of the Chinese Theater at Disney-MGM Studios? I tried to find the hand prints of the cast of Boy Meets World 5 years later. That’s when they informed that they didn’t keep all of them.

Stay kind!

Have a magical day,
Traci

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