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Blossoms: Here and Gone

A lingering winter made for late apple blossoms.  Spring seemed to have gone as soon as it arrived.  These images were made while traipsing around the neighboring orchards, some of my new favorite places in here.   Here’s to happy apples, and full hearts.  Bring on the summer!


Spring Cleaning

We’ve long been waiting the day when spring would come.  And spring on the farm could not be sweeter.  Over the last few months, we have pruned the trees and cleared three acres during some serious spring cleaning.  We are now fully replanted and could not be happier.

As a city dweller, I will admit I dreaded rainy days.  They messed up my bike commute, they ruined my shoes.  After moving to the farm, my appreciation for weather changed completely.  With a long winter and late frosts threatening this year’s crop, spring is a welcoming: even the rain.



Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Images from Beijing, Xi’an, and Shanghai.

Packing For…

Welcoming 2014 with yet another exciting journey.  I am off to China traveling with Gettysburg College’s Wind Symphony! For the next two weeks, I’ll touring Beijing, Xi’an and Shanghai as well as documenting symphony interactions with Chinese music students.  It seems like a lifetime ago I was a recent undergrad skipping my way around Shanghai with a group of UNC students.  I have SO many great memories of China and I can’t wait to see what this return visit brings.  We’ll wrap the tour with a short trip to Singapore.  Please note during this time I will have more limited access to email and voicemail.

Here’s to 2014! Happy New Years y’all!

All the Apples

And I keep hearing from the cellar bin
The rumbling sound
Of load on load of apples coming in.
For I have had too much
Of apple-picking: I am overtired
Of the great harvest I myself desired.
- Robert Frost, After Apple-Picking