A Sunday Bike Ride

“Yesterday all my troubles seemed so far away,”  Paul McCartney once said. I found myself looking back today, on a refreshing bike trip my family and I took in Swanzey New Hampshire. Everything seemed to slip away into the crimson … Continue reading

Rural Escape

This Sunday, I found myself in the wonderful position of attending a morning jazz concert at a venue surrounded by lush green pastures dotted in dandelions with stone walls stretching to the horizon. A lazy morning filled  with lovely jazz pieces by the talented Champion Fulten, wound into a windy afternoon at  a friend of a friends farm. There where views galore and the never ending blue sky splotched in frothy clouds. I hadn’t been out in rural New England for a while, so it was nice to feel like I had escaped for a little while.  Here are some photos from the day! I was especially excited to shoot in all black and white as well!

XOX

Indigo F.

 

 

Spring’s Waltz

Hello!

Yesterday was nothing but big blue sky’s and gentle breezes waltzing though the boughs of flowering trees. Fistfuls of green were breaking out left and right and pinky white blossoms tumbled off the lower trees, creating a fairy-like snow! Now I am beginning to love the opening feeling that spring evokes. Spring takes it’s own time, like a waltz. Each step is beautiful in it’s own place and the melody twists around the motion of the dance, slowly, but elegantly leading it. I found that if you take the time to meet each second and open yourself to the opportunities that life presents you, we can all embody the beauty of spring.

XOX

Indigo F.

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April Sunset

I recently had the pleasure of looking outside my window into an ocean of color with black tree branches stenciled up against it.  It started at the crevasse with a deep amethyst hugh smudging the coppery pink clouds above it. It was truly a gorgeous sunset, so breathtaking that I ran out the door in my pajamas, with bare feet and a camera in hand to the end of my road to get these shots!  I hope you all are receiving lovely spring weather and get to look out your window and see a a view as spectacular as the one I just saw!

XOX

Indigo F.

 

 

 

 

 

Spring Training at Red Rocks

On a recent trip to Colorado, I had the pleasure of visiting one of the best outdoor theaters anyone could ask for.  Red Rocks is geologically beautiful with massive natural formations of clay colored rock, and has hosted historic bands such as U2 and The Beatles! During the summer it plays its role as an amazing venue to go see a concert at, but during the spring, athletes are running up, down, right and left along the benches that create a steep semi circle around the stage, perfect for training on! Spring is a great time to motivate yourself to go and get active!  Since spring isn’t blistering hot or down right freezing, there’s no excuse not to go outside and get some exercise and enjoy nature! I was so impressed to see the vast range of ages working hard to either run or do any other form of exercise, and pushing through the sweaty heat that had been hanging over Colorado for that previous week. Hope you enjoy these pictures and get motivated to get out and do some exercise!

XOX

Indigo F.

 

Tunnel to the Sea

Hey Everyone!

I recently to a day trip down to Newport RI, and took a lovely walk along the sea. It was a gray afternoon with charcoal clouds hanging on the horizon, perfect for photography! I now truly understand why bad weather can really be a photographers best friend! Hope you all enjoy some shots I got of this really cool tunnel!

XOX

Indigo F.

Backroads of the Colorado San Juan Mountains

On my most recent adventure, I traveled with my family to the backroads of southwest Colorado. We embarked on various day trips, such as seeing the ancient cliff dwellings at Mesa Verde, that have survived hundreds of years after their abandonment in 1300 A.D..   Just the 20 mile access road curving treacherously around bends dipping into steep canyons, was a mesmerizing trip of it’s own.  Another day, we took a trip to the bustling town of Durango and found all sorts of goodies like a croissant bakery with buttery fruit and chocolate filled croissants coming right out of the oven!  Not just the diverse scenery in Colorado is special, but the people as well. From the waitresses and waiters at the restaurants, to a shopkeeper or someone you’re sitting next to at dinner, everyone’ll ask where your from and stir up a lovely chat, just spur of the moment.

Being from out east, I never expected I’d see as many animals in a year, as I encountered on this trip. Plenty of ravens where always to be found, not mention the turkey vultures, buffalos, deer, mountain sheep, elk, coyotes, at least 1000 horses and cows and one suspicious black wolf. It seemed the animals where as relaxed and friendly as the people (minus that one suspicious wolf).

It’s impossible to not come back home without a little country twang in your voice, and whole lot of love for the wild west once you’ve been to southwest Colorado. I highly encourage a trip for you and your camera out there if you get the chance!

Bon Voyage!

Indigo F.

A Spring Feast

Despite  it being St. Patricks Day weekend, my culinary mission of the evening had no traditional Irish food whatsoever.  The courses where planned with my mom’s tastes in thought, being her birthday the previous day, and a lovely afternoon of shopping and evening of cooking began.

For the hors d’oeuvres, we served graffiti eggplant, caramelized onion and walnut crostini which were quite delicious, if I don’t say so myself!

Our second course was a salad from “Barefoot in Paris” by Ina Garten.  It’s fantastic because the salad is so simple yet so elegant and tangy!   The warm goat cheese on toast is a great counterbalance to the acidic dressing in the greens.

 

Now for the entree!  I usually am not a huge white fish lover, but since it was on request for the evening, I complied and found a quite delicious looking Malaysian swordfish dish.  It had an amazing sauce with lime, coconut milk, shallots, cilantro, chili paste and lemongrass, although when making the sauce, we found that lemongrass does not easily break down in a food processor.  Broiling the fish was a bit more tricky, seeing as we rarely broil our fish, but in the end it was a completely succulent success!

And lastly for the dessert! I found this great recipe online for pistachio cupcakes and thought they came out just perfectly!  They had this light pistachio flavor and slightly rich frosting that combined for a perfect cupcake!  Check out the link below for the recipe!

http://feastonthecheap.net/pistachio-cupcakes-buttercream-frosting/

 

Keep cooking :)

XOX

Indigo F.

Just a Year Ago…

Just a year ago was when I started photography. I was on spring break and my family and I were in Virginia and Washington DC for a little less then a week. After biking around The Mall, seeing a gorgeous Peacock in a b&b in Virginia and visiting tons of museums, our last stop as we were heading home, was visiting the National Zoo. And let me tell you, if you happen to be in DC, going to National Zoo should definitely be on your list! Seeing the panda’s were, as predicted, fantastic (and really cute!) as well as the elephants, lions and exotic birds. But what we really weren’t expecting to see was an orangoutang 30 ft above our heads, swinging nonchalantly on cables without anything attached to him. It was then where I quickly asked my mom for her camera, saying that I would be careful and run under the cable course to take some pictures, getting some of my first shots on her Nikon camera that has been now my loyal companion for almost an exact year. If those orangoutangs hadn’t been there at that moment, I don’t know if I would be blogging or doing photography. Ever since that encounter, I have been studying black and white photography books and have developed a keen interest on how shadow, angle, light, texture and shape affect what sense and atmosphere a photo evokes. So here I am, a year later and an obsessed photographer, sharing the first shots that sparked my interest in the world through the lens.

XOX

Indigo F.

 

(I just love that little impish look on his face!)

Vermont Awakening

Hello everyone!

I’ve recently come back from a weekend trip to Vermont to collect some data for a school science project I’m working on. Our car trip was quite stunning actually! It was all blue sky’s with large clouds draping over a panorama of azure mountains. Even though Vermont is called “The Green Mountain State”, it only portrays its name in summer. The mountains are drenched in reds and oranges during the fall, and painted blue and white during the winter and early spring. Whatever the season though, Vermont always manages to take your breath away. I have been going up to VT for many years, and it’s like home when I’m up there.  Even the car rides have become comforting with our annual stops to the Grafton Village Cheese store, where we stock up on jams, chocolate, simply heavenly bread and some pretty gosh darn amazing cheese! Besides the amazing food up there, what I also love is how you can just stand in the middle of a field and only hear the snow falling…it’s quite magical! Well besides tramping out into the woods for 3 hours to collect data, I couldn’t resist taking about 700 photos in the 24 hours I was there, so I have selected some of my favorites to post! ( The snow shots at the end remind me of pointillism paintings!)

XOX

Indigo F.

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