nature


Kings Mountain Greenway Trail
**Note: This post contains affiliate links which means if you click on the links to products in this post and make a purchase, I will receive a small commission at no additional cost to you** The Carolina Thread trail has some of my favorite trails so far during this 52 […]

52 Hike Challenge at Kings Mountain Gateway Trail part of ...


train bridge Catawba River
Thanks again to the AllTrails app for finding this place for me! I was running out of ideas for places to go (not good) so one day and did a random search on the app and found the Riverwalk trail  in Rock Hill. At first I thought it was the same […]

Catawba Riverwalk Trail: Rock Hill, SC


Carolina Thread Trail Freedom Park Charlotte NC
Freedom Park is probably one of my favorite parks in Charlotte. It’s not large but always populated. One of my favorite things to do there is put the hammock up out by the amphitheater. There are large trees all around and if you’re not bothered by begging ducks, it’s a […]

Earth Day in Freedom Park: Charlotte, NC



Copperhead Island Stairway
I have been to Copperhead Island a few times but I never walked around the entire island slowly like I did this past trip. Copperhead Island is located near McDowell Nature Preserve in Charlotte, NC. Driving in, you might think you’re lost because all you see what looks like a […]

Copperhead Island


Hammock at Badin Lake
Everyone is out for Spring Break and the first thing on my list is relaxing! I get to sleep in, not have to fight morning traffic and not have to plan any meals. They deserve a break from all of that and we definitely do too. The boys requested that […]

Badin Lake in the Uwharrie National Forest


Lake Haigler, SC
In my  last post I mentioned that I broke my toe recently, so I haven’t been out  hiking trails that much. I went out a few times and came home in pain so, lesson learned. I’m pretty hard-headed and didn’t want a broken toe to stop me but unfortunately when […]

Lake Haigler



In my last post, I shared that I made a new goal to visit 52 parks/places this year. Hiking and taking walks on nature trails is something that I do a lot. I found Mineral Springs Greenway by accident. I got lost one day and I randomly passed it on the […]

Park 1: Mineral Springs Greenway


red and orange leaves through the trees
  I am pretty behind on blog posts and editing photos. This photo blog planning and redesign process took way longer than I had planned and expected. Why does that always happen? During my project management days, there was always a strict project plan and every time, something would come up that […]

Fall 2016


Stairs walking down a trail
Shortly after my birthday this year we returned to South Mountains State park. This time we brought Layla our dog. We got Layla in February of this year. She’s a very unlikely mix between a shorkie (yorkie/shih tzu) and a mini American Eskimo. Her owner said she was an “accidental […]

South Mountains State Park 2016



Fall is my favorite time of the year. One of my favorite things to do is to curl up with a blanket next to the fire. I was playing around with the settings on my camera and captured these shots. Fire is not easy to capture, or at least not […]

Fire and Flames


green leaf growing from a burnt log
Walking along a trail last weekend, I noticed that part of the woods had recently undergone a controlled burn. I have seen this before since I hike a lot but I’ve never stopped and paid close attention to the surroundings. Photographically, there is a lot to take in. The details […]

Growth


overlooking colonel beatty park
“The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook” -William James   As the above quote says, as we grow we gain a better understanding of what to overlook and what to pay attention to. When I started taking photos I would generally scan the scenery […]

Overlooking



View of lake at Colonel Beatty Park
“There are dark shadows on Earth, but it’s lights are stronger in the contrast”-Charles Dickens Lately, I have been doing a great deal of introspection about my life and where I’ve been and especially where I’m going (probably because my birthday is near). I believe that being an introspective person […]

Shadows


Sunlight through the trees
                                                     “Live in the sunshine”~ Emerson  

Sunshine