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A lot like Alice… | From The Archives

I don’t know if I feel smaller or bigger when I fly. Seeing the whole world in neatly organized rows and methodically placed circles. The cars, like tiny blood cells traveling from the heart center to the more rural and distant locations of this living breathing body we call Earth.

I watch the clouds pass, fluffy and mash potato like. The bumps of air, which make my tummy and head feel a little fuzzy, remind me to keep breathing. The moon rises out one side of the airplane, while the sun sets out the other oval next to me. It’s surreal, and disorienting. For an hour or more, we are placed so closely to others and at the same time, pulled apart from other as the wheels pull up and tuck neatly below. There are headphones signaling silence, nervous hands signaling fear. There are little bags of peanuts and cups of ginger ale quietly bubbling on the tray table.

I have had scary moments and tender moments while 10,000 feet in the air. And I realize again that it isn’t really the destination- it’s the journey….  If you’re traveling this weekend,be kind to those around you. They maybe rushing to see loved ones or traveling from beautifully exhausting families. I wish smooth landings and quick security lines and, may there be a rainbow of peace hugging your flight as you go.

Keep chasing that light, Vanessa

This post was originally written and photographed by me for the ViewFinders and part of a new series called, From the Archives. Source: A lot like Alice… | ViewFinders

The Rhtym of a (Steller) Story

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Have you played with the new app, Steller? A few weeks ago, fellow Muse, Kirstin wrote about it and ever since I have been hooked. Today, I am talking about how this simple app is helping me find inspiration and use my photography to tell better stories.  Check it out over on Mortal Muses.

Keep chasing the light, Vanessa

PS I am @vanessa over on Steller, if you want to follow along.




Mobile Monday – Out and About in Tacoma

We are truly tourist in our own city right now. Checking out little hot spots to eat, drink, and play. Everything is new and I am seeing light and shadow, shapes and colors a little bit different then I might have back in Reno, where I was comfortable and used to the surroundings. I am also spotting tons of places that I want to have a photo shoot at, there are so many great spots to explore!

Although this month has given the area record amounts of rain, it’s not all grey and blah. When the sun comes out, it is incredibly pretty.

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Morning sunshine from the kitchen window.
#sunset on Sixth #tacoma #tacomalife #pnw #upperleftusa
Setting sun along 6th Ave

We are surrounded by the water of the Puget Sound. There are lots of places for the kids overturn rocks and discover treasures like sea glass, shells, or crabs. There are also plenty of things to admire out of the water too. Like the awesome Narrows Bridge, or our new furry friend Rosie.

Point of View
Rosie at Chambers Bay

As I mentioned in another post, the flowers are incredible right now. They are pretty on the ground, as well as in the trees.

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Happy feet at the local library
Magnolia trees along my walking route

With all those petals and water, there are also many birds to be seen.  We actually do get to watch a real hummingbird that comes to visit the feeder on the back deck, so when Fifi and I spotted this stencil we had to take a photo!

Robin on a wire
Humming along downtown

Nature isn’t all we have been exploring.  Over the weekend we did a bit of wandering around in downtown Tacoma. I can’t resist a window fun sign or classic barber chairs for that matter.

Barbershop classics
Get them all cut!

As I get settled into this new city and new market, I will be posting more sessions. Until then I am going to have fun sharing all of our adventures! I am enjoying the time to play and learn a little bit more about my gear. That said, I am itching to test some of my recent inspiration on people other than my family, who are a tad bit over my camera in their face all the time.  If you have family or friends in the Pacific Northwest, please spread the word.  I can’t wait to get shooting professionally  again!