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.

The Coolest Public Restrooms

When we were in Saugatuck, Michigan, Hubby had the brilliant idea that we should do a sunset cruise that evening. So, we drove to a local business to see if they had any cruises that evening and if there were any openings. That idea was a no go but as we were driving up to the business, I noticed a mural on a building.

You see I am a sucker for photographing murals. I love the artistic ability of people. When I’m drawing/ painting/ anything artistic, I get upset when my art is not perfect.

When he stopped, we were about a block or so from the mural so I hoofed it over to the mural. It ended up being on the wall of the public bathroom in a park.

I hope you see why I liked this mural.

Then it was time to take some selfies.

Here are some photos of the park and surrounding area.

Stay kind!

Have a magical day,
Traci

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.

Perfect Sunrise

This photo was taken Christmas 2020 when my family went to visit Charleston, SC.

I would get up before the rest of the family to take a walk on the beach. The wave hitting the rocks and the tide surrounding these rocks is just surreal.

I love sunrises and sunsets. They remind me God makes everything new (sunrise) and paints a beautiful ending to the day (sunset).

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

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