an otter

an otter by Lily M-C
an otter, a photo by Lily M-C on Flickr.

Ah, the annual christmas tree photo shoot.

I just can’t help myself.

This ornament? Well, it’s an otter. How could I possibly resist taking its picture?

My Mom and I like to hunt for interesting Christmas ornaments. When we can, we get them in sets of five (well, this year six!)–one for each member of the family. The set with the otter is from quite a few years ago. It definitely included a turtle–but I can’t remember what else!

Confession: since coming back to Atlanta post-New Year’s, we haven’t taken down our little tiny apartment tree. Or the Christmas lights. I just can’t handle it yet. Honestly, I sometimes think the season should last through the dark times of January and February–though maybe this won’t feel so necessary in Atlanta!

Until that is proved however–the tree, and the lights, will stay up. A little joy in the midst of darkness never hurt anybody.

A belated happy holidays and thanks for the past year…

  by Lily M-C
, a photo by Lily M-C on Flickr.

I already wrote a post about my informal goals for the new year–which I intend to hold myself to–but I never got the chance to recognize the end of 2013. This isn’t something I’d usually do–but 2013 was a big year for me!

I finished my masters, completing nearly three years of graduate work and practical/internship hours, and obtained my first counseling license from the state of Ohio.

I married my lovely husband on a day that we won’t soon forget (which, if you’re curious, I wrote more about here: http://apracticalwedding.com/2013/09/charlottesville-virginia-wedding/).

And we moved from Cleveland to Atlanta together to start brand new jobs in a brand new place! Even though the original impetus to move came from his new job, I found a position doing exactly what I had always wanted to do–nothing short of a minor miracle!

In writing about these things I’m letting this blog get a bit more personal than I had originally intended–but so it goes. I promise more short/photo oriented posts in the coming days, as I catch up with a few photos from Christmas break!

This particular photo was taken in a small town in the Shenandoah valley, on a drive back from seeing some dear friends. It was post-christmas, but there were still cheerful lights gracing the streets of every small town along route 11–guiding us home for the night.

Hope you all had a wonderful holiday, and best wishes for the new year ahead!

moon

moon by Lily M-C
moon, a photo by Lily M-C on Flickr.

What? You say Christmas is over? No, never!

Not when you have two cards full of images to download and edit. Mostly of snow and christmas and family and horses.

Does it get any better than that?

Although I took quite a few photos of our first tree, this one is of my family’s tree. We don’t have quite enough ornaments yet to create this kind of depth…

This was perhaps the first time I photographed a tree during the day. I still set my aperture super low, just because I like the way it looks, but it was fun to actually see what I was focusing on.

So many more photos to come. Thank goodness I still have a few days before school starts back up…

christmas spirit

IMG_5367.jpg by Lily M-C
IMG_5367.jpg, a photo by Lily M-C on Flickr.

I cannot believe that I never posted more of these photos.

Well. Actually I can believe it… I’ve just emerged from end of the semester chaos, and stumbled right into busy-season-at-the-bakery chaos. So. Not really a surprise.

These Christmas Decorations are in Willoughby, OH, where I lived for a year. We happened to be in town a few weeks ago, and I happened to have my camera, and how could I resist?

I like this one in particular because the elf balancing up high in the background…

We got our first real snow yesterday, so look for more photos soon! And christmas too! Oh man, I hope I get my act together here!