Blowing Rock Adventures

It's a big goal of mine to visit every beach that I can while I'm in Florida. I've got two years, and I figured Blowing Rocks Preserve was a good place to start!

 

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St. Pete Pride Fest 2017

Love, Unity, Freedom. St. Pete Pride Fest in Florida. 

Happy Pride Month!

I happened to be at the right place, at the right time for this photo. A moment that speaks for itself: be unashamed of who you are, no matter how others might judge you. In the midst of protest, these two stole the show to proclaim that they – and everyone else – should be able to express their love freely and without limit.

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Shout out to all the cool doggies at Pride Fest. I should've brought Baloo and Tom.

Don't draw lines; your reality isn't mine.

Yakama Nation Treaty Days Parade 2017

Various groups of people, tribal leaders, and elders decorated floats and dressed up to represent departments of the Yakama Nation Tribe. 

This weekend marks the 162nd anniversary of the signing of the treaty that formed the Yakama Nation Tribe. 

The Yakama Nations treaty, signed in 1855, combined 14 tribes and bands throughout Eastern Washington, from Mt. Adams to the Palouse down to the Columbia River to the south. Yakama Nation manages over 1.3 million acres and is home to 10,000 enrolled members. 

 

Lantern Fest 2017

For my 26th birthday, my friends and I decided to head to Lantern Fest in Spokane, WA. It was our first time experiencing the event, and although we were rained and hailed on in 40 degree weather, getting to light our lanterns was so worth it in the end.

My husband Jasper and I dedicated our lantern to a better 2017 - Hopes of new adventures and exciting experiences as we get ready to move away from the PNW. 

My friend Mandy dedicated her lantern to family members who had recently passed away. See her photos here!

I couldn't have asked for a more sentimental way to celebrate my birthday. I will remember this special time with my loved ones for the rest of my life.

 

I Want to Talk About Ryan

"I don't have everything I want, but I have everything I need. I know god doesn't make deals, but we have an understanding. I told him if he takes care of me, I will tell everyone I know about him until my last breath."

I met this man while shooting downtown today. Due to his knees giving out at a construction job, he has been unemployed and homeless for 17 years.

 Ryan makes beautiful copper bangles from anything he can find - mostly wires from TV's, radios, and microwaves that people throw away in the alleys - and sells them at donation price. This money helps him eat every day. He sleeps in the alley behind Capitol Theater with only two sleeping bags to keep him warm; and for those of you who are familiar with Washington weather, that isn't very much.

I know we're all running around like crazy people buying gifts for family and friends, but if you're feeling inspired to extend your generosity to someone truly in need, make your way to 3rd street across from Capitol Theater and buy a bracelet. Have a chat with Ryan. Get out of your comfort zone and make a connection with a beautiful stranger. No matter who you are, we could all use a little extra support, especially over the holidays. 

 

 

 

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A Season of Gratitude

Winter reminds me to be grateful; grateful to have a warm place to call home, grateful for family to be close to, and grateful for the personal happiness this season always brings despite hard times. I'm fortunate.

 

My Niece and Nephew enjoying first snow fall in Washington.

Friendsgiving in Black & White

My friends and I decided to celebrate Friendsgiving in an untraditional way - we went with Japanese themed foods. My husband made his first turkey (including bacon, of course). Curry, ramen, miso soup, and laughter surrounded our table. It was a wonderful experience.