the Rolleicord V

I am enjoying getting to know my new Rolleicord V. I love how light it is and that it comes equipped with its own little case.  I have noticed that is exceptional at capturing light and will be metering more on the underexposed side. I took it out to the Huntington Library and Gardens and shot a roll of Kodak Portra 400 and Ilford XP2 400.

Nature never hurries. Atom by atom, little by little, she achieves her work.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature – the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter.

Rachel Carson

Everything in nature invites us constantly to be what we are.

Gretel Ehrlich

I have a friend that is an amazing photographer and is also posting 12 images today. Really, go check out Alison’s blog.  You can thank me later.

12ish on 12: March

April is very full of very good things. On the first week of April, I received my certificate in Spiritual Direction. On the second week of April, we are having a bridal shower for my oldest daughter, here at our home. On the third week of April, my oldest daughter is getting married. On the fourth week of April, my husband and I go away for a few days to celebrate our 24th wedding anniversary… and surviving April.

I didn’t want to miss out on our blogroll again, so I am posting these photos I took for a lens review I did for Viewfinders.   Because this month is so full of beginnings, I am including John O’Donohue’s lovely poem For a New Beginning.  

In out-of-the-way places of the heart,
Where your thoughts never think to wander,
This beginning has been quietly forming,
Waiting until you were ready to emerge.

For a long time it has watched your desire,
Feeling the emptiness growing inside you,
Noticing how you willed yourself on,
Still unable to leave what you had outgrown.

It watched you play with the seduction of safety
And the gray promises that sameness whispered,
Heard the waves of turmoil rise and relent,
Wondered would you always live like this.

Then the delight, when your courage kindled,
And out you stepped onto new ground,
Your eyes young again with energy and dream,
A path of plenitude opening before you.

Though your destination is not yet clear
You can trust the promise of this opening;
Unfurl yourself into the grace of beginning
That is at one with your life’s desire.

Awaken your spirit to adventure;
Hold nothing back, learn to find ease in risk;
Soon you will be home in a new rhythm,
For your soul senses the world that awaits you.

My friend Alison, a talented photographer and a wonderful human,  photographed her day and has documented it on her blog. Check it out!

~Staci Lee

12 on 12: February

My family had a rough start to the year.  My husband’s beloved mother died.  While the family was together and we all were able to say our goodbyes, it was hard and painful and made us all pull in closer and hold onto each other.

One way our family deals with hardships is long family days.  We clear the calendar and head out for adventure for the day.   Because the ocean is holy for us, we decided to head to Santa Monica and breathe in the fresh sea air. I loaded up my Canon N1 with Kodak Portra 400 and headed out for the day.  First stop was our favorite pub, Finn McCool’s.  We had lunch, played cards, took some pictures, and maybe had a drink or two.

After some time at the pub, we took a walk around town and visited the shops.  Santa Monica is filled with life and color, just like my blessed mother in law.

As the sun began to set, we headed to the sand.  We watched the sunset and said our goodbyes to Andy’s mother, Barbara Jeanne.   We miss you.  Thank you for all that you gifted to us, especially Andrew.  We will love him with all that we have until we all see each other again.


To see what Vanessa was up to last month, head on over to her blog and then continue through the blog circle. I promise you won’t be disappointed.