Photo Diary: Georgia Aquarium

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Before I left for Atlanta I decided I was going to record the entire trip to a T. Well, I only did that at the aquarium, other than that it was just a few group selfies. The only reason I did at the aquarium was because everything was so jaw dropping. I’m trying to find a better balance in recording and living, because I feel like I’m bouncing between the extremes.

But as for the aquarium, it was the best one I’ve ever been to. The pure size of the whale sharks was stunning (they said their biggest was 20ft!). The beluga whale that chased it’s own air rings around the tank. The sea lion show!!! They didn’t let us take pictures during it, but guys, it was the best thing ever. Sea lions have more talent than I do.

I don’t have words, but there are some more pictures below to try and do it justice.

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The Flowers before the Frost:


I’m kind of upset, they’re calling for snow and ice all week and we already have half our yard blooming, which means they’ll be going, going, gone.

It also means I’m going to be a little colder than planned in Atlanta, a trip I leave for tomorrow with one of my best friends. I’ll do a blog post on here to share the fun, but it’s more a visiting girls trip then it is a sight seeing trip. If you’d like to follow along, I’m sure I’ll be putting some up in real time on my instagram account and story. I’m excited to get out of GSO for a bit, having been sick for a year I haven’t gotten to do much. Continue reading

To the Ducklings:

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Spring has been here for a while now, and I’m still as excited about it as I was before the leaves had sprouted. To add to that excitement we have some babies running out and about. Sadly there are only two new goats at the farm this year, but I find myself stumbling upon new life anyways. Heck, there is even a new royal baby (not that ducklings compare to her). We don’t call spring a rebirth for nothing!

Branches and Feathers

a1 a2I sat outside in the cold for a while today bird “hunting” with my zoom lens. Most of them were captured at the bird feeder, but I got a couple of good tree shots as well. Picking back up my camera has been really good for me, and I’m glad I started this blog to jump start that. I got drained of my love for it for about a year, because I was doing it for a class and I felt like it was a bit of a chore. The interesting thing is, though the class wore me out, now that I’ve picked back up the camera I can see how it has improved my skill set. Hobbies are like that though, you have to set them down every once in a while and keep falling back in love with them. So, take a break, but don’t leave it for good.

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Ashboro’s Zoo Photography Safari

Last Spring I did something that my mom suggested (it actually happens more than you’d think) and decided to sign up and pay for Ashboro NC zoo’s photography Safari. It came with a class, so when my mom told me about it, I was hesitant, I didn’t want to listen to a full lecture when I was already taking photo classes in college. But the chance to get up close with the animals wasn’t one I could resist, though, there wasn’t a ton of promise for what exactly was going to happen. But, my sister lived in Ashboro at the time so I decided to stay the night with her before taking off in the morning to take pictures and learn.

I can’t express how awesome it was. I thought it would be fun, but I didn’t realize exactly what I was signing up for. The class was so/so simply because I was literally in the last class needed to fulfill my photo minor (that’s right, my minor was done by second semester sophomore year, I was photo forced fed for two years straight!). The shooting was cool at first, just walking around the zoo talking. Then, well then something amazing happened. They put us all in the back of a truck and took us into the African exhibit, just casually telling us not to put our hands out because the ostriches would attack. These photos were all taken without a zoom lens, ya’ll. (okay, okay, minus the lioness, she was seen from the viewing platform with the other guests, they weren’t that crazy with the class). I can’t express how close I was or how amazing it was, so I’ll just share the photos of the closest I’ve been to these beautiful creatures.

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