The first sound I usually hear in my neighborhood in the morning is a garbage truck. It's noise usually mingles with the coffee pot brewing as I slowly move from sleep to wakefulness. If I lay still long enough I can begin to make out the sounds of the birds at the feeder. With woods directly behind our home and a lake a few blocks away there are usually quite a few of the winged fellows having breakfast about the time I sip my first cup of coffee.



There. That sounds like a fine beginning for a new blog doesn't it? I've been wanting to start a photography blog for a while now but was having the devil's own time coming up with the first post. I'd bump ideas around but never got comfortable enough with one to actually sit down and write it out. Then I was reminded of a lifestyle blog circle that a group of photographers were doing and realized that it wasn't too late for me to join. Besides having simply amazing photographers there are also monthly themes that will help with my spastic thoughts on this new blog of mine. If I am doing this correctly then another person will link to this blog post and I will be linking to Atlanta Wedding Photographer Zachary Long...who in turn will to another blog. If you are so inclined you can follow from blog to blog and have a virtual trip to neighborhoods literally all over the world. Aren't you curious to see what the world looks like? I am but first let me take you on a short tour of where I live.

I've always been a little envious of those city neighborhoods you see on television. The ones with the grocery store and other local businesses all within  walking distance. Or the older well established ones with stately trees, large front lawns, and winding sidewalks. In actuality my little suburb isn't anything like that.

But we do have a somewhat fancy entrance. I love the stone work and what you can't see are these lovely ivy covered stone half walls on either side of the road. I've used them plenty of times as a location for portraits.

There are lots of trees and greenery that is well tended by somebody. As a matter of fact my most viewed image on flickr was taken right here last fall.


Along with those birds I mentioned earlier we will occasionally see rabbits. And bugs. I live in Florida so we see a lot of bugs. One of my girls was walking with me today as I took these pictures and she almost got up close and personal with this creature.

Have I mentioned that I really don't care for spiders? I don't at all but I was brave because I figured it would be an interesting addition to the other images. I quickly moved on to the lovely manicured lawns and pretty flower beds though.


I guess it's probably only because of our homeowners association but everyone takes care of their yards and most of them have flowerbeds and decorative grass. My sweet husband enjoys the yard work and I enjoy the color and softness it adds. I do laugh that Rob sometimes sounds like a grumpy old man complaining about those darn kids walking on his grass :-)



Our home is pretty modest by some standards and rather elaborate by others. It's roomy and bright and plenty spacious which is good because we have people over a lot. The pool in the back is wonderful and so great to have in this heat. Truth be told I am quite content with my little suburban area and it has very little to do with the pretty well kept yards and nice stone entrance. I am blessed to be a well loved wife and a happy momma to five precious kids. I'd be just as happy living in a cardboard box or rundown shack as long as I was with them.

But probably not nearly as comfortable :-)


5 Comments

  1. this is lovely, marty! makes a neighborhood that i don't even know seem like somewhere that i'd feel right at home! thank you for sharing your vision.

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  2. Eek, spider! I love the shot of the trees as well as the one you took last fall (your most viewed on flickr).

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  3. Where in Florida is this? Born and raised there (St. Pete & Orlando) and I can definitely "feel" Florida in these pictures :)

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  4. Lovely! We haven't had those spiders this year. Creepy as it is to run into one you weren't expecting, it worries me that I haven't seen any. Where did they go? Why aren't they flourishing? I love that you have people over a lot. I'd love to see an entertaining friends post for an upcoming blog idea!

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  5. Sally, what a great theme idea!
    I'm just outside of Pensacola, Zac.
    Thanks for your kind words Lauren and Db!

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