Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Pretty Lily

I know I'm a day late, but I am here to show you some of the coolest flowers on the planet - spider lilies. I found these growing wild on my grandmother's land and proceeded to whisper sweet nothings at them through my camera for the next half hour or so.

I started out shooting them in the traditional ways. Nice enough. 

Then I decided to try and challenge myself to find new and different angles. I found myself lying down underneath these beautiful things. Never mind the itchiness that ensued from lying in grass. Happens every time.

I was excited to find that gold glitter is actually a natural occurrence. Dear crafters and teenage girls - you're welcome.

I will see you back here tomorrow for rest of our trip to Reform so come ready to see one of the most beautiful women on the planet. Trust me.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Flower Child

Ah, the country. There is just nothing like it. Things bloom here in such vibrancy that it is impossible not to notice. I know this post is mostly just pictures of flowers, but since that is what I love to shoot the most I can't apologize for it. These were all found on my family's land, growing wild and free. They beckoned me. 

I know this isn't the best photo, but I had to include it because well, have you ever seen a hummingbird perch?! Look closely and you can see one just hanging out on the middle branch.

As usual, the boys did their jobs when we arrived - unfurling the flag and releasing the air out of her well's pipes. In addition, this time Canon helped Grandmama plant some bulbs in her above-ground garden. My uncle built this for her and it is perfect for her because she can still do her planting and gardening without falling to the ground trying to reach it. Brilliant.

Sidenote : I want one of these above-ground gardens. They are so cool!!! 

Grandmama showed Canon how to till the soil, dig a hole for the bulb and recover the hole, patting the soil down gently but not tight. They had so much fun playing in the dirt!

I am anxious to see what comes from this planting, mostly because I have forgotten what they actually planted. We should only have to wait a year - or less. :)

Our October visit was especially nice because my brother, Walker, went with us. Being so close to us means that he can just hitch a ride with us anytime in order to visit our grandmother. Getting some real fresh air is always welcomed by him as well, so while everyone was napping on Saturday he and I set out to explore a patch of gorgeous flowers that we saw driving earlier in the day.

Walker got the idea in his head that he would learn how to create a flower crown because "little girls do it all the time so it can't be that hard!". Doesn't everyone think like this?!

It took a while, but he finally did create it. It probably would have only fit a {tiny} doll's head, but he figured it out!

While he worked on his crown, I took to exploring all of the flowers.

The house in the background belonged to my great grandfather, his father before, and so on. It survived the Civil War and even boasted gunshot wounds from that time for years. One of my uncles inherited the house and it has passed down through his family since. There are a lot of changes to the house, including the now filled-in bullet holes, but it is still so precious to our family.

But wait, there's more! We had a wonderful time during this visit and I have more to share with you so come back tomorrow for a glimpse at some of the most beautiful spider lilies. Ever.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Amicalola Falls

As I mentioned last week, we visited Amicalola Falls State Park a couple of weekends ago. Craig had read that the falls were pretty impressive and we were anxious to explore yet another beautiful spot in our new home.

We have been studying up on the Appalachian Trail lately because...well, how cool would it be to hike the whole thing?! I mean, you would have to take at least 6 months to do it. Ok, I would have to take that long. An experienced backpacker could do it in a much shorter time, I am sure. It follows all the way from Georgia to Maine...2,108.5 miles! We found out that this place begins the 8.5 mile hike to Springer Mountain - which is the southern end of the Appalachian Trail. That obviously made us legit because we were basically starting the AT right then and there. #badtothebone

Though I have begun to suspect that the really dramatic color changes don't begin until around mid-November here, I am absolutely loving the few bright pops of red, orange, and golden yellow that I do see. Fall is my favorite season for shooting, I think. I just cannot get enough of the colors.

Attention all botanists and green thumbs : what the heck is this?! It is awesome and reminds me of King Koopa from Super Mario Brothers.

Along with the beautiful and unusual flowers that we came across, we also spied some larger-than-my-foot leaves. Seriously, huge.

I'll be honest with you. I may like these small falls throughout the creek more than I do the giant falls. I don't know if it is because there aren't as many people congregating around them so I can enjoy them more or if I just like the sound and peacefulness of them. They are really lovely.

For scale. These rocks boulders were large and in charge. Just call 'em Charles #80sthrowback

Canon is an avid rock collector and found this little gem {no pun intended} to add to his stash.

We finally made it to the falls, and they were beautiful. Of course, you have to stand on metal grates in front of them which freaks me out, but they are worth the time.

Do you notice the glassy-eyed look of this little one?

Yep, his daddy had to carry him up the 425 more stairs {after the 175 that we had already climbed to see the falls above}. 

Craig's reward for carrying a 40 pound little dud up an obscene staircase? This view. Though really we only saw it for a moment because it began to rain. Not hard, but enough that we hurried to our trail connector to ensure that we saw everything before the storm rolled through. {Spoiler alert : it never actually came. Mother Nature is such a tease.}

We walked into the Amicalola Falls Lodge, which boasts breathtaking views of the mountains and valleys. Of course, it was so beautiful that I immediately felt out of place and embarrassed that we looked like such a hot mess after hiking all day.Silly, I know, but true. We didn't stick around long, but Craig and I did decide that we are going to stay there at least one night just to experience it.

On the way back down the mountain, we took a different trail for two reasons. 1} We could potentially see more and different beauty on a different trail and 2} we couldn't bear the thought of walking down those 600 stairs. Lucky for you this means that you get a little glimpse into how Canon hikes...he dances. And runs. And jumps from rock to rock. Are you beginning to understand why Craig has to carry him so often on trails? Four year old energy at its best.

We thoroughly enjoyed Amicalola Falls, in spite of the treacherous stairways. What doesn't kill you makes you stronger, right? And anyway my thighs will thank me.

One day.