Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Just in Time

Time is the talk of the day, the oft uttered amazement of how quickly it passes and where it goes when it does.  My personal favorite is "teatime", which coincidentally is usually about four o'clock.  Today we enjoyed a little Harney & Sons Holiday Tea in our Christmas postcard mugs.  Not a bad way to celebrate the day.  And I love that there are more teabags in the tin so we can start a happy new year tomorrow, too. Wishing you a new year filled with happy moments, big or small! 

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Snow White

This storefront reminded me of  a Saks window that we saw decorated for Christmas  in NYC several years ago.  I love the variations of  white and the reflections in the glass.  I'm sure it enticed many shoppers - who doesn't love a cozy sweater and hat?

Friday, December 27, 2013

Sea Meets Sky

The early twilight was the most magnificent pink today. We were taking a ride along the shore in Orleans and had to pull over to appreciate it before it dissipated. I could feel the colors envelope me in the cool stillness of the December air and we basked in it's beauty.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Blissful Breakfast

The best part about this time of year is that cookies can be a part of any meal. But they sure don't last long!

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Christmas Snow

It's Christmas day and the only sign of snow are the ornaments on our tree!  After a very busy month we are enjoying a relaxing day, celebrating with family. And playing with my beautiful new Nikon. I am looking forward to more camera time and exploring this beautiful place that we live. I hope that you had a wonderful day as well!

                                                                  Merry Christmas!

Monday, November 11, 2013

Back to the Grindstone

I simply can't go to Sandwich without driving by the mill! I had to step over the gate for this shot as it is closed for the season.  I love the contrast in textures and the historic ambiance.  

Friday, November 8, 2013

Marsh View

It was a blustery day on the Cape!  My friend Maryann came to visit and after a day of rain it was fun being Nikon girls together. We ended the day at the boardwalk in Sandwich, perfect lighting and beautiful views.


Saturday, October 26, 2013

Special Effects

I couldn't believe the intensity of  the cloud canopy at Dowses beach while I was lunching with my friend, Terry.  I especially loved the perfect light line that developed just above the horizon line.  Breathtaking. 

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Nature's Palette

I love when I come across a still life all set up for me! This was in the garden of one of the Crocker houses, now an antique store in Cotuit.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

All Smiles

I love happy days!  And yesterday was clearly one of those.  I had a senior photo shoot with Kiara, whom I've known since she was 3 years old.  We met up in Newburyport, along with her mom, Laura, and had fun meandering and exploring this quaint little town in search of new photo ops.   While it was very overcast there was no lack of "sun" as Kiara lit up the day with her beautiful smile.  Just like her mom!   I have sooo many shots to sort through but here is a snippet of some early favorites:

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Fall Floaters

How did it get to be October already?? As I was putting together my still life materials for my kids afternoon drawing class I decided to do my own still life on the patio table.  The dew was so thick it looked like a pool of water. Magic!

Thursday, September 5, 2013

White Lace

The Baha'i temple was one of the highlights of our mini tour through Evanston, thanks to our friend, Brian. It's one of only 7 in the world and surrounded by beautiful gardens and fountains. The details are so intricate with interesting angles.  I was reminded of Il Duomo in Florence.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Mirror Image

The reflections on this building in Chicago was like a painting.  Loved the clouds and the beautiful weather!

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Family Fun

I had the best photo shoot today. The Culvers wanted some family shots at her mom's summer rental on the beach next to Craigville in Centerville.  Despite the threat of rain and thunderstorms the weather stayed clear so we were able to spend a bit of time together. This was a wonderful location and I had so much fun with them.

                                                          I wish every day was like this!

Thursday, August 29, 2013


When we were at Heritage Gardens last month I saw Scott playing with the blocks in the kids outdoor space.  As I got closer I realized what he was working on.  My wonderful husband still knows how to melt my heart.  So today I am posting this photo in honor of our anniversary.  On our wedding day I couldn't imagine how I could ever be any happier than I was at that moment in my life. What I didn't realize was that feeling was but a tiny drop in puddle.  That has now become an ocean. Happy anniversary, honey.  Race you to the water.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Life in a Bubble

One of the first places we visited in Chicago was Cloud Gate, aka "The Bean", in Millennium Park. It's a huge stainless steel sculpture resembling a drop of mercury that you can walk under and around.  I took this shoot as we were out of the park; it looked like a giant bubble of Chicago with curious spectators all around.

Monday, August 26, 2013

She Said Yes

My first engagement photo shoot!  This one was particularly exciting because I happen to know the happy couple quite well: my son Stephen and his fiancee' Anna.  While visiting them last week at their new apartment in Chicago I took the opportunity to help celebrate the news and capture them in these  photos.  It was very impromptu - I found a fun prop for the shoot and while searching to no avail for Roosevelt fountain we came across the flower wall in front of the Art Institute for the setting.  A perfect pre-dinner activity!

Sunday, August 4, 2013


The Mandevilla vine has really taken off this week!  Today I noticed that there are three offshoot now, all tightly entwined on the trellis.  I love the color and the variations from nearly white to hot pink.  

Friday, August 2, 2013

Milling Around

Okay, I guess I just love mills!  This one in Sandwich uses water to generate the energy to grind corn into flour.  During the summer months you can go inside and observe the process and leave with a bag of flour, too.  I loved the clarity of the reflection here, and the fact that no one else was around during my walk.  I sat for quite awhile on the wall and did some reflecting myself.

                                                            I wish that I brought my book!  

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Boardwalk Bound

One of my favorite walks in Sandwich is the road leading up to the boardwalk.  It's a neighborhood of homes with incredible views of the marsh and beautiful gardens.  The epitome of summer in my favorite hues!

Wednesday, July 31, 2013


Macy's hosted a big event featuring Thierry Mugler's "Angel" fragrance.  A number of people arrived from New York including an artist and engraver to decorate the customer's purchase.  My favorite were the Etoiles, the star shaped faceted glass bottles.  The embellishments were beautiful and I appreciated the tiny details.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Give it a Whirl

I don't know what it is that I love so much about windmills.  When I was a kid I also was fascinated by pinwheels and would get dizzy from blowing them and watching them spin.  When I got older I mounted one on the handlebars of my first two wheeler and rode as fast as I could down the longest street in our neighborhood. . The idea that wind could create energy was magic to me.  So it's no surprise that I love to photograph them as well.  This one is in the Heritage gardens, the first place we took our friends Sharon and Steven when they came to visit.  I love how the shadow creates the fourth paddle here.  Thankfully it was a slow spin kind of day...

Tuesday, July 23, 2013


I've been teaching a children's art class called "Fun With Paper" in which we've been doing a variety of activities including paper m√Ęche.  I thought it was interesting that this was the activity everyone was most excited about yet no one had ever done it or knew what it was.  As we crumpled paper to make the base one 8 year old boy, Jack, announced that his was going to be a VW Beetle as he loves vehicles.  The next day as we prepared for the 2nd layer of newspaper he announced that it really looked more like a turtle so proceeded to make some legs.  On the 3rd day he announced that he liked hamsters better than turtles so that would be his new direction.  So on the 4th day we mixed the perfect shade of brown.  On the last day, when we would be adding final details, he announced that he wanted to make and outfit for his hamster.  Perhaps a sweater?  Never mind that it's a 90 degree day!  So I pulled out the fabric scraps and llama fleece and he went to town.  When he finished the sweater he decided some jewelry might be in order so I found some pearl strands.  He then added a flower to disguise the fact that the pearls weren't long enough to fit around her neck.  The final addition was a huge pink smile that he drew on her face.  It nearly matched the size of his as he admired the end result.  

Monday, July 22, 2013

Strokes of Genius

Clouds are paintings in motion.  Color is dispersed with the wind as its brush and one never knows what magic may result.  Process versus product - I like that.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013


My sister, Cathy, recently gave us her hammock declaring that she hasn't used it in 20 years so perhaps it would get more use at our house.  I tried it out the other day.  Why did it take so long to discover this wonderful thing???? And who needs any other furniture? 

                                         Okay, well maybe a small table to hold my cold drink.....

Friday, July 12, 2013

Going Somewhere?

Mia seems to have other plans!  It didn't take her long to find the open suitcase on our bed.  No room for clothes - only me!  Although that shirt you're holding looks comfortable...

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

A Reminder

I think there should be more of these signs.  Think how much happier everyone would be if they just took a few moments everyday and made a point of discovering something?  On purpose.  Now that's not to say that every discovery is a good one.  Finding a trail of ants in the kitchen as I was on my way out the door this morning was not a good discovery.  But the ever evasive hummingbird on the petunia on the back deck was. (I knew they were bound to find it sooner or later!)  So make your own sign on a sticky note or put a memo on your phone and see what happiness you can discover today.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013


The branches on this old tree intermingle so beautifully, like fingers in a tender clasp. 

Monday, July 8, 2013

Step Back in Time

The hydrangeas are so prolific; every yard has at least one.  And I love the variety!  This arbor had a fragrant climber with a lot of character and history.  All that's missing is a woman with a long dress and parasol...

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Little Details

Yesterday I discovered the Art Museum at Heritage Plantation, a small exhibition space with a few noteworthy pieces.  This scrimshaw was the most intricate that I ever seen.  I just kept trying to imagine drawing something with this much detail, never mind on a slippery, rounded surface like a whale's tooth.  Who thinks of things like that??  That's the reflection of the back of the tooth that you see behind it.  Wow.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Beautiful Blues

Oh, how I have waited for this moment - the first burst of blooms on our hydrangeas!  Now we KNOW that we live in Cape Cod.  Each one is like a present as we had no idea what color to expect.  The blues have unfolded in the front and south side of the house, and the whites are beginning on the north side.  Plenty to cut and enjoy inside, too!

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Happy 4th!

Last year we visited Cape Cod on the 4th and found a fabulous flag store in Hyannis.  We never had a flag and thought it would be a nice memento of our vacation.  Little did we know that our memento would become real life...this is a day to celebrate!

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Sunset at Monument Beach

I was invited to do my first photo shoot on Cape Cod!  The 
family requested a sunset shot so I went to explore the beach and select the best timing.  It was a lovely evening and one of the few spots on the Cape that presents a full front shot of the sun with the shore.  As the sun continued to drop I thought of my parent's friend, Maggie, who has a special fondness for Cape Cod.  I'm thinking of you, Maggie, and I know you would have enjoyed the peace and tranquility of this beautiful spot. 

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Forest Jewel

             I found this treasure while raking at the edge of our lawn. I have always wanted a lady slipper in my garden!

Monday, May 6, 2013



 My friend Alice created some art plaques for me of her mosaic paintings. Rather than hang them I decided to use them as “coasters” in the sunroom. Today discovered that they create new art. Thanks, A - I can really have fun with this idea!

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

May Day

For years the McLaughlin's, a former Art Play family have delivered a May Basket to Sharon on May 1st.  While I was visiting and we were having breakfast a van pulled in front of the house and Owen come running out with the annual posy delivery.  We ran to the door to wave and when Joanie saw me she said "Bring one to Susan, too!" They are works of art and a heart warming reminder of how small gestures can make a big difference.  How could it be any less than a great day?? 

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

A New Day

Maryann: Sunrise on Hurricane Road. You just can't top Mother Nature.


Susan: My favorite thing about spring is the joy of newness and the hope for all that is to come. Not unlike where we are right now, Maryann....

Monday, April 29, 2013

Flower Wars


Susan: Who knew the blooms could be so beautiful? And fragrant. They remind me of our Snow Crab that we planted for Garfield on Country Creek, only much bigger!  I wanted a muted pastel background and this shot set them off nicely.

Maryann: HOT!!!!! Pink.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

A Likely Pair

Garden Shed

Susan: I love the gray contrasts. And tools with a history!

Maryann: These remind me of tissue paper flowers. I love how the light from behind makes the white petals glow.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Water View

Swan Lake

Maryann: I like the movement of the water surrounding the swan. It's almost a paisley-like swirl.

Ocean Blue

Susan: This is what I live for...