Braving the Cold

This family is always lucky to have a sunny day, but it is ALWAYS cold for their photo session.  This year we chose the Tacoma Glass Museum as a backdrop. Even with the freezing temperatures, we managed to have fun and capture another memory!

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Snow Play

It snowed this week in the near mountains. I think I will have plenty of snow play in my future with over 100 inches of snow that fell in my local mountains over the last couple of days.

I set off for a morning trail run at Lake Easton, hoping for relatively flat terrain after a hit and a miss at Gold Creek on Snoqualmie.

Once I got there, I felt calm, quiet, and honestly a little embarrassed after wiping out numerous times. I’m not the stellar skier I thought I was on the chosen un-groomed trail. Needless to say, the photos weren’t perfect, but the solitude certainly was.

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Grey and Red

Winter has it’s own color scheme around the Pacific Northwest.  This year, the weather has been extraordinarily mild.  It is the first year that I can remember with such little snow in the mountains.  What would normally would be blanketed in snow, is a stark grey or covered in the frozen frosting left in the morning after a clear night. For some reason, the grey makes reds pop for me.  Here are a couple of wandering shots from my mini-break with my favorite – The Natural Ginger  while hanging out at Lake Cle Elum and the always beautiful Ritter Farms.

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Home Frost

I love coming home. Not only to the home I’ve built with The Handsome, but the home I remember more than any- My Grandma’s house.  It was always comfortable, full of love, and so warm. So many memories that have been made, and still to come.

The best time there is early in the morning, on a very cold day, where you can leave the comforts of the wood stove in the back room and venture out into the orchard to roam.  It was an unusual and green Christmas gathering, but it was not without frosting.

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Cold Air, Warm Hearts

I love spending time with families- especially this one. This darling group braved an extraordinarily bright and brisk day for family photos. Our hour shoot, was quickly cut short to keep noses from getting too rosey and fingers from freezing.

These three beautiful girls full of sweetness ad giggles kept mom and dad warm.

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Those Quiet Times in the Woods

Fall. Wasn’t it wonderful? Crisp, colorful, and just a little slower than any other season.  This is my favorite season. Being outside just feels natural. I love the sound of floating leaves as they hit the ferns below, the sounds of boots crunching on the ground.  It’s an excuse to get out all my favorite scarves, sweaters, and the ever popular in our house- wool socks. Olympia has a lot to offer this time of year. Everywhere you look, there are tree lined streets that look like fire, yellow shrubs, and more pumpkin spice everything EVERYWHERE.

I took to the woods to capture my favorite season this is one of our favorite secret-not-so-secret places in town. I wanted to catch its loveliness before everything turned into Christmas music and the mad hustle-bustle of the holidays.

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The Happiest Place on Earth

…for dogs and their owners in Thurston County.

We have been dog advocates for several years, and have rescued our girls from what could have been a terrible end to their sweet lives. Luckily, thanks to Yakima Humane Society and the Grant County Animal Shelter, we were connected and it has been love ever since.

We try to make it to the Thurston County Dog Park at least every week, but winter can really slow us down.  It has been really cold and crisp out this week, so we loaded up the dogs and let them go run out the cabin fever that has taken over us all!

From I-5 it doesn’t look like much. To be honest, there isn’t much for humans, but that’s kind of the point.  There is a seperate fenced playground for kids, a few picnic tables, some newly planted trees and a walking loop.  For the dogs, there is a dogwalk platform, teeter-totter, tube, and hurdle in the big dog section. There is a timid/small dog area as well offering these things only, well, smaller. Boots are advised most of the time, its a little muddy all the time. It is maintained by Thurston County Parks, Soundhounds, and other volunteer groups. We love this place and hope it only gets better as time goes on. DogPark-4a

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