For the last several months I have been practicing yoga - and I do mean practicing. I have twisted and turned and breathed my body into positions that I would have bet large sums of money on not being able to achieve. I have opened my mind and my lungs, and now I sound like Timothy Leary. Truthfully, buying a yoga mat and committing to learning something that is this physically demanding is so far out of the realm of what I would have imagined myself doing that I am still slightly amazed. I am also moving better, breathing deeper and proud of myself. I am doing everything that I can think of to solve my own problems my way. Now, instead of Timothy Leary I am channeling my inner Frank Sinatra! I invite each of you to find a new journey and give it a try. Let me know what you are currently doing or what you come up with. I am genuinely interested.
And just like that it's Autumn. It doesn't feel much like it in Cincinnati with our 90 degree temperatures, but it will soon enough. I bought some new coneflowers for the garden yesterday and have been shooting them this morning. I love the vivid colors they are going to bring to the garden, and the colors make me happy. I really have enjoyed buying new plants to plug the holes in the garden that Maggie left behind on her bunny hunting. She'd have a field day with the ones we have now - and not in a good way
Spring Grove Lantern Lighting - A Celebration of Life
Last night we went to the annual Spring Grove Lantern Lighting Ceremony. I love how this event comes off. It is a time for families to gather, picnic, play games and decorate lanterns. A band is playing and at intervals they announce the names of our loved ones. As dusk settles over the cemetery the docents go around and light the candles inside the decorated lanterns. Lanterns have notes to the dead, pictures and flowers attached to them. Each lanterns is as different as the loved one, be it a husband, brother, wife, mother, child or beloved pet that has been remembered. A bagpiper begins to play, and as the first verse of Amazing Grace is heard the lanterns are floated out on the lake. It is a time of acknowledging that we all live with grief. We all have lost someone that we have loved. There is healing in the sacredness of tears and knowing that all of the crowd around you has mourned.
Blessed are those who mourn for they shall be comforted.
What's not to like?
I have to say that the fish sandwich is my favorite. This guy was also at the sign museum. I have no idea what category this should be in.
American Sign Museum
The Sign Museum had their first evening opening last night. I went with two of my friends and really enjoyed it. Took me bak in time.
I'm funny about water drops outside. I like the real ones not the ones that someone created with a mister.
Tie Dyed Joker
Sometimes I just need to make myself laugh.
I love this time of year at the nursery. Plants are all marked down to clear out to bring in the Christmas trees! I'm plugging holes in the garden. The bee is an extra.
It isn't often that I get the perfect rose. The cooler temperatures have made the roses very happy. I think this is as perfect as they come.
I am a wife, mother, grandmother and photographer! I also run a non profit to benefit children. When I fell in love with photography a few years ago I fell in love with Cincinnati all over again. It is a gorgeous city to photograph.