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



Weekly Photo Challenge – Reflection

I’ve been working on improving my photography skills, so when I saw this week’s photo challenge, I thought it would be a perfect time to share these updates. Your replys are appreciated. Also, these photos are available for purchase here.

Both pictures were taken at Okefenokee Swamp, in Georgia.


Taken around midnight using a flashlight to highlight the remains of a tree after the 20011 swamp fire.


Erie reflection makes swamp feel more mysterious.


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.


2013 09 07 2nd place medal Unicoi State Park Trail Run

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!