Sunday, August 28, 2011


Someday I will visit this incredible land.  Someday I will take pictures like this incredible photographer.  Go check out Patrick J Endres and his pictures of Alaska.  They are breathtaking!

Photo taken by Patrick J Endres in Gates of the Arctic National Park, Alaska.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Home: New York

Yep, still catching up from our time back East.  Barry and I spent some incredible days with my family at Camp Cherokee hiking Mt. Regis in the rain and canoeing up to Polliwog Pond.
Overlooking Saranac Lake from St. Regis

Now for Polliwog Pond

Swimming and swinging in the rain!

Haven't found a better spot yet!  Rope swing, sandy beach, beautiful views, silent waters - doesn't get better!

Elissa and Joel's version of canoeing!

Saturday, August 20, 2011


Check out our blackberry post over at Barry & Christy to see what we've been doing with the bountiful blackberry harvest this year!

Included is a recipe for blackberry scones!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

An Unexpected Visitor

This Sabbath was a lovely day up in the mountains.  And during potluck, we had a inquisitive furry visitor.  A young black bear with beautiful white markings on his chest.  No, he wasn't after my blackberry pie, delicious as it was.  (Sorry, no pictures!  It got eaten too quickly!)  He was after the bird feeder.  Our church has wide windows that we keep open during summer Sabbaths so I was able to get some close-up pictures while still being in the relative safety of the church.  Needless to say, there were a few times that he was within 6 feet and could have easily jumped into the window had he wanted to.  Thankfully, he was more interested in the birdseed, although I'm sure it was hard for him to resist the tempting smells of potluck that were wafting out the open window.  We eventually scared him off because he was getting too comfortable being around humans.  But even so, he just ambled off and laid down beneath a tree behind the church, no doubt making plans for another approach.

Saturday, August 06, 2011

Storm Light

My absolute favorite colors and lighting situation comes right before or after a storm.  There must be green trees and blue water.  Dark sky and bright sunshine.  And wind.  These elements create my favorite conditions.  I cannot describe the awe I get when God creates scenes such as these.  There was one such evening at the Howe home that was just glorious.  Here are two pictures that attempt, but don't come even close, to the beauty that was present.

Home: Katahdin

No matter that it is now August and we were back East in June, I am still playing catch up.  Hope you don't mind!

Barry and I, along with his two brothers and sister-in-law, backpacked 18 miles the first day and 6 miles on the second day in an expedition on Mt. Katahdin, the highest peak in Maine.  It was nothing if not epic, as all Howe expeditions are.

Shortly after this sunset shot, we saw two moose cross the stream, silhouetted against the sun.  It was beautiful!  Unfortunately, both my contacts and camera were out of reach.

Apparently the boys like to sleep in :)

A few minutes after chasing off a moose so that we could have the nice swimming pond to ourselves.  (Not really... He lumbered off on his own accord:)