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Some Places Really Don't Have Wifi

258.365 50mm f4 1/1600 ISO 100This is Sarah.  She and I fell in love in college and she's still the person I most like sitting around a campfire with.  We used to go backpacking together every summer but then the babies started turning up and cramping our style. 

257.365 50mm f4.5 1/320 ISO 200Our friend Alex thought all us breeders were incredibly lame but inexplicably, he wanted to hang out with us anyway.  (Which is nice, since he is possibly the most hilarious human to share a campfire with.)  So Sarah tasked him with finding a place to go camping with the kids in tow.  That is how five families have come to camp at Twin Lakes for the past three summers.

There was fishing.

There was Toddler Jackass.

There were s'mores (obviously).

256.365 50mm f1.4 10s ISO 800There were more stars at night than you can fathom.

And chilly mornings, a welcome reprieve from the furnace of Denver.

Will and I finally realized that we have to embrace car camping and get geared up, since a two-man backpacking tent is not big enough for two adults, a toddler, and a 60 pound dog.

Mostly there were great friends, adorable kids, a reminder of why living in Colorado is unbeatable, and a really good reason to get away from my wifi.



249.365 iPhone Instagram app X-Pro II filterThe view from yesterday morning's run.  It's the best reason to a) get up early in the morning and b) have an iPhone.  It would be very difficult to carry a dSLR on a run, right?


Too Much Fun

243.365 34mm f4 1/1250 ISO 200Normally I would never wait until 9:00 at night to post yesterday's picture, but we were just having so much fun in the mountains I couldn't get back to my laptop.  We hiked in the Weminuche Wilderness with three kids under the age of three.  There's something about seeing Ezra in that setting that is supremely satisfying for Will and me, but in truth, we all had a great time up there.


On The Way

242.365 55mm f9 1/500 ISO 200We are spending the weekend with friends in their cabin in southwest Colorado.  I plotted my driving shift so I would be in the passenger seat for prime picture time.



232.365 50mm (+ 12mm mac tube) f6.3 1/80 ISO 200My front yard is a bit of a jungle right now, an unruly mix of weeds and overgrown perennials that all seemed to pop while I was in North Carolina last week.  I love many of the plants out there, but there's one I've been watching with anticipation bordering on impatience.  I'm like a child waiting for dessert, or Christmas morning, and look!  Here it is!  At the end of May!

The first peony opened yesterday and took my breath away.  It's not just the impertinently pink petals that get me, it's that nest of yellow stamens like a sea anemone.  I mean, a clownfish would look totally at home in there.  Something about it is intoxicating to me, better than chocolate.  Is there a more perfect plant?  (If you're one of those people, like my husband, who does not understand the merit of plants that fail to produce food, don't answer that.)

Anyway, it's still a young plant so I have only six more buds to open this year.  I'm thinking you may have to endure more of these shots over the next few weeks, because I am pretty sure this plant is what macro was made for.