Snow Covered Fall


The beauty of the freshly fallen snow on trees clinging to their fall leaves.


Fall Birdfeeder


Ko Olina Surf

Ko Olina, Honolulu, Hawaii

Yellow Lilies

Yellow Lilies found on Winslow Street, Bainbridge Island, Washington

Camping Shadow

I immediately fell in love with this picture when I first saw it.  The dark clouds, the illuminated tents, the shadow.  Amazing.

A friend of mine took this picture using his iPhone.  He was on a 4 day/3 night mountain bike ride on the Kokopelli Trail.  He was deep in the desert between Loma and Moab .


There’s always been something about this archway that has caught my eye.  I finally decided to grab the camera and take a picture.  Of course, the camera battery died about four pictures into my little shooting session.  I thought about waiting to post the picture until I had a chance to go back and take some more.  But lets face it…if it took me this long to walk over there in the first place, who knows how long it will take me to get back.

This was my favorite picture of the four.

Welcome to Suburbia


I took this picture on June 1st.  It was a Friday afternoon and I was returning from work.  I found my children playing in the front yard while my husband was hard at work fixing a broken sprinkler head.

I was immediately drawn to beautiful roses blooming in our front garden and grabbed my phone to capture it’s presence.  [Sidetrack: isn’t it odd that good photography can now be done from our phones?  Now, I did get the “real” camera too, but this isn’t one of those pictures.  Impressive?  I think so.]

I found the beauty stunning.  A perfect rose.  Thorns and all.

We recently moved into this house and have yet to discover all of the plant life that surrounds us.  In addition to these red roses, we also have a a peachy colored rose.  Oh why not, I’ll share that picture too.

Sadly, all of my roses were destroyed five days later in a nasty little hail storm.  I am so glad that I captured this before mother nature had her way with them.  And I am glad to share that beauty with you too.

If I have any botanists out there that can help identify these rose species, I would be grateful.  Then I can sound a bit more intelligent than saying I have peachy roses.


Between The Shutters

I like to take pictures (a lot of pictures) and write stories.  And I like to share my pictures and stories.   So I created a personal blog over a year ago.  I write for family and friends to show them what our family is doing throughout the year. And it’s been fabulously successful.

Then I got the blogging bug.  I started reading other people’s blogs…blogs that told stories, food blogs, photo blogs, blogs about parenting and life.  Pintrest didn’t help matters either.  I started to attempt some fancier recipes and little craft projects, taking plenty of pictures along the way.  I’ve been having fun.  And my blog posts are stronger for it.  And that’s not just my opinion.  My family and friends told me.  So it must be true.

And all of a sudden, my personal blog became more of a public blog.  Which is…well…I haven’t decided how I feel about this yet.  But this blog was born because of it.

Originally I thought I would start a new blog to just post a picture here and there.  You know, because a picture is worth a thousand words.  But what if I want to write a thousand words?  (Don’t worry.  I won’t write a thousand words.  That’s just too many.)  What if I just want to write a witty caption?  Or what if my family and friends are sick of getting notifications of yet another published post?  They might not care that I made some fabulously decant cake this weekend.  But you might.

The internet is a bloggerific place for people like me to word-dump on unexpecting strangers.  (The opposite of expecting, but spell check doesn’t like it.  It doesn’t like bloggerific either.  I also insisted on using “willn’t” as a kid.  What can I say, I am my own person.)

So here I am…blogging.  For you.  Or is it for me?

Between The Shutters.

Sounds a  little mysterious.  A little unclear.  It’s play on words.  Sounds perfect!