Travel Tuesday

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I love, LOVE to travel. The majority of my trips have been in the states, with my first out of the country experience being to Turks and Caicos last summer. It’s addicting. I get the urge about every 3 months. I love the idea of immersing myself into different cultures. The best thing about traveling for me is doing it solo. Yes. Most of the time I travel alone.

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Grace Bay, Turks and Caicos
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Sunset Sail Turks and Caicos
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Grace Bay, again

The thought of doing things on my own time, without worrying about catering to someone else’ s preferences, is so very liberating. I love to take the roads less traveled. As an introvert by nature, I typically stray away from touristy places. I know what you’re thinking, and none of the places pictured were bustling with tourists when I went. Timing is EVERYTHING (and off-season traveling is WAY cheaper). I like quiet and relaxing. I can go to a bar and party at home. Adding that to my list of things to do would totally defeat the purpose of a vacation, in my opinion. I couldn’t really afford to do the typical road trips and Spring Break excursions that most undergrads did in college ( I worked 2 jobs and took 18 hours every semester). So I have been exploring my adventurous side for the last 3 or 4 years because I can afford to do it now.

The really great thing about traveling is you never know who you may meet. I made some really cool business connections while in Turks and Caicos, danced with a Swedish man and made friends with a model from Chicago by way of Somalia. Good times and many more still to be had.

Beauty Unexpected

I always manage to find beauty in the most random places. I call them gems. Sometimes its like finding a diamond in the rough or a needle in a hay stack. The reality is, beauty is all around us, sometimes right where you can see it. Often times we get too tied down with life that we don’t notice it. Continuing on with the celebration of spring, here are some shots I captured around town. Some in random open fields by my job and others just taking a stroll through my neighborhood.

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Sometimes I feel weird walking in the middle of people or on busy streets and whipping out my camera to snap a picture. But who’s to say the opportunity will be there tomorrow or even 15 minutes later? To me, that’s part of the beauty of photography. Capturing life’s most simplest moments the minute they make themselves known. I’ve had my fair share of missed opportunities, and each day I strive to get better at seizing them.

Sunday Kind of Love

The Etta James classic rings heavily in my head as I sit and reflect on today’s events. My visit to the Texas Hill Country was filled with scenic routes ( I basically got lost a bunch of times, but it was totally worth it). It reaffirmed the fact that I love the life I live, ups and downs. The downs make the ups that much better. This trip was totally an up. You know what made this trip even better? Wine.

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The drive up to the winery was a gorgeous one. Winding curves on a dirt road, leading up to the top of a hill.  Perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon. The winery grounds were cozy. The staff were super friendly and welcoming. Ten bucks got you 6 tastings and the cool wine glass pictured above. I’m usually a Merlot girl, but the day was nice and warm enough for a sparkling white ( Starry Nights, thank me later).  Overall, an extremely pleasant experience. I didn’t take as many pics as I should have at the winery, but I was too busy enjoying the breeze and relaxing. Next time, I promise.

Deep in the Heart of Texas

I love a good road trip, especially in the spring time. The really cool thing about Texas is the multitude of terrains you encounter across the state. I grew up along the coast for the most part, so I decided to explore the Texas Hill Country this weekend!IMG_1197

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Did you know that there is another version of the Texas Bluebonnet? Yep, the Alamo Fire. And its just as stunning!

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I also had the liberty of taking the famous Enchanted Rock hike in Fredericksburg. Totally worth all the sweat and shortness of breath it took to get to the top (note to self: we really need to become friends with the gym again).

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On my way down, I found these gems. They were waiting just for me, I know it.

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The coolest thing about being at the top of the rock was feeling like time completely stopped. I had some time to actually think. Think about, what I’m currently doing with my life, what I want to be doing, should be doing. I hate to sound all corny and predictable, but I really did have an “a-ha!” moment. Sometimes you need absolute silence to really be able to sort through your thoughts and all the clutter. Not to mention, silence was golden in taking in the spectacular views below. Oh Life, you sure know how to keep me interested in you….

The Ghost of Art 1500

Fall of 2005, I enrolled in my first drawing class. I was excited and nervous. My family had only seen my drawings up to that point, so I wasn’t exactly sure how total strangers would see me as an artist. My favorite lesson was on linear perspective. I loved it so much because it was so specific and exact. I like to say I’m slightly OCD and extremely over analytical and I guess this lesson worked well for me because it was a chance to channel my sense of perfectionism. Needless to say, I got a C on the project (my TA had it out for me since day one). But it’s completion was one of my proudest moments. And I swear now, I see everything from a linear perspective.

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Downtown Galveston, TX
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Yountville, CA

In Living Color

Its amazing what you find on your lunch break. I’m amazed at the many simple wonders God has placed on this Earth for us to admire and appreciate. Some so simple, yet so bold. I’ve always been a visual person, with a huge scope for imagination. Bold colors draw me in like moths to a flame. So much so that I have to seize the moment and capture their intensity. Of course, spring time is a breeding ground for bold colors. Hands down my favorite time of year.

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So here’s to capturing life’s most fascinating wonders and living aesthetically.