Georgia’s Your State Parks Clean-up Day

I’ve been away for a while, but I haven’t been lolly-gaging around, I’ve been busy, busy, busy. After starting my job with Lifetouch School Photography, it took me a while to get back to my own stuff.  Here’s what’s been going on:

The following images were taken during Georgia’s Your State Parks Clean-up Day 2014. Sweetwater Creek State Park is located just west of Atlanta in Lithia Springs, GA. The park hosts 9 miles of trails for all fitness levels. Bring the dogs and the kids. Upcoming events include guided kayakk tours, hiking with dogs, and photography classes.


Great little park west of Atlanta, GA. Hiking, kayaking, and fishing, just a few of the activities available here.


Interesting tree at the beginning of the RED trail. You never know what plants will do to adapt to their environment. I don’t know what caused this tree to form in the shape of a snake.


Group of volunteers about to head out to clean up the banks of Sparks Reservoir.


Park ranger and volunteers on Your State Parks Clean-up Day.


Bring your own kayak or rent one of these from the Bait Shop.


Iron covered bridge over Sweetwater Creek



2013: A Photo Essay

Happy New Year! It’s time to look back at the year that was 2013.


Excited to be able to complete my first 5k, especially with my running partner.

Excited to be able to complete my first 5k, especially with my running partner.

The beginning of a new tradition! In January, I completed my very first 5k. My younger daughter was along for the fun. Looking forward to making this an annual event. 



February and March are a blur, can’t really remember anything except for work and sleep. There were birthdays of family and friends, but apparently no pictures were taken. This year, the goal is to document every day with at least one picture.


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2nd 5k with Brandy. Lots of fun, but one and done with The Color Run.


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We celebrate life while mourning the passing of our beloved Aunt Sue.



A lovely ballerina after her first recital.


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Life is moving in fast motion. Birthday wishes for the youngest family member, yet mourning the loss of Vicki Busby Cason, mother of Steven and Robyn; sister to Janice, Elaine, Paul, and Mark, and my friend.

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RIP Vicki.



Race #3: Georgia Parks Trail Series, by Dirty Spokes Trail Racing. This is taking hiking to a new level.


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Miracles do happen; 4th race of the year, 2nd place finish in 50-54 age group. Unicoi State Park Trail Run, with Dirty Spokes Racing.


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Busy month: Georgia National Fair with GRANDS and another 5k. This one at Fort Yargo State Park in Winder, GA

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Finishing The Run for Your Lungs 5k in Cordele, GA. Personal Record 40:24. LOVE THIS MID LIFE CRISIS!

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A little fun at a car show in Duluth, GA.



Final race of 2013, Victoria Bryant State Park in Royston, GA, and a trip to Toccoa Falls. Read about the history of Toccoa Falls Christian College below:



Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


TOP THAT 2014!

First 5K Medal and New Photos

A couple weeks ago, I ran another 5K. This time I was on my own; my daughter had other plans. During the weeks building up to the event, I trained using the Couch to 5K (C25K) app for my smartphone and I was pleasantly surprised to earn 2nd place in my age group.

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I also managed to stay on my feet the whole time… ahhh, progress!

I’ve been taking a few photography classes this month to improve my photography skills. I’ll be posting those here on the Photography page and at Georgia Adventures with Pauliana, along with stories about  Unicoi State Park and the town of Helen, GA. I hope you’ll be interested in those. Here are a couple that might pique your interest.

Fog at 7:00 am on race day.

Fog at 7:00 am on race day.

The next 5K in the series is at Fort Yargo State Park in Winder, Georgia. These trail runs are great. I love being in the woods, climbing the hills and navigating the twists and turns. Since the last race, we’ve bought a season state park pass. We have camping equipment and plan to use it in the future,

I’ll keep you posted.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Focus, and an update on other stuff.

Where does the time go? It seems just a few days ago I was posting every day; now I’m lucky if I post once a month. I have to get better at managing my time.

I’ve been posting a few book reviews in the past couple weeks. You can read my review of the Ted Kluck biography of Robert Griffin III (RG3) at A Beach, a Book, and a Breeze. I’ve also posted a review of Nora Roberts’ Carolina Moon, at

The next leg of the Dirty Spokes Trail Runs is coming up in two weeks at Unicoi State Park in Helen, GA. I’m planning on a better showing this time. I’ll post the results after the race. I’ll also have a post about the park over at Georgia Adventures with Pauliana.

This week’s photo challenge is about focus. The kind where you aim your attention to one focal length or the other. Details are important. I’ve selected two of my favorite pictures for this week’s challenge. The first is of leaves at Rose Hill Cemetery in Macon, Georgia. I love the way the light behind the leaves is dappled. It reminds me of lying under a shade tree in the yard as a child. The second is of water rushing over the edge of the falls at Little River Canyon in Fort Payne, Alabama.

Have a fabulous week.


Green Leaf, by Diana Busby

Green Leaf, by Diana Busby

Rushing water at Little River Canyon in Fort Payne, AL

Rushing water at Little River Canyon in Fort Payne, AL

Weekly Photo Challenge: One Shot, Two Ways

Confession: I didn’t read the directions when I decided to post these two pictures. “For this challenge, capture two images — a horizontal and a vertical version — of the same scene or subject.”

What I like best about WordPress challenges is that even when there are instructions, they are flexible. So, I am submitting these two for the challenge: 

But, I also like to follow the rules, so I searched through my images and found these two:

What are your thoughts?