Friday, July 29, 2011

I gave up food for these photos, breakfast that is. Looking back? As crabby as it made me, I don't regret it. In fact now I hardly remember the hunger, I just remember the tranquility, the stunning charm everywhere I looked.  We drove a few minutes from our hotel on Sunday to Nicollet Island, plunked down in the middle of the Mississippi River.

Confession- I cheated a little.  I followed Rick and his camera.  I bent low when he did.  And turned my camera when he did.  And looked for what he saw.  It was like when you are little and learning to dance and you climb up on your dad's shoes to get the feel of the steps for yourself.  Dancing on my own after awhile,  I was feeling bold after getting the hang of what he was doing, and took some from my own point of view.

Then I "picniked" my way through editing.  My tiny, outdated, point and shoot, needs some help on the back end in bumping up the volume.  Rick's photos are stunning straight out of the camera.  Oh well.  Mine end up looking similar to his in the end.  I guess sometimes it doesn't matter which path you take, the destination may be the same regardless.

After some shopping for school shoes at the Mall of America and getting my Imac fixed (yay for the Apple store), we stopped at my friend's house on the lake.   Normally we would have left for home by this time.  We knew it would make for a late night.  I knew, it would be worth it.

It was a gorgeous night.  The boys were drawn to the fishing instantly.  My friend Kristi and I spent a few precious moments together catching up.  

We went for a pontoon ride around the lake to cap off our night.  All too quickly it was time to leave.  

Colton and Christopher being goofy together.

Sweet little Brynne who has grown again since I saw her last and delighted me with all she could say and do. 

Thanks Paul, Kristi, Christopher and Brynne! 

It was Colton who pointed out the sunset to me.  He is learning so well... "mom there is the sunset, just like the ones you love!"   I feel such urgency to squeeze as many moments into my day as possible.  I don't think I missed a single one this day, I was completely filled up.


  1. Vicky, you don't need to apologize for your photography. It is stunning in its own right! Amateur versus professional? Who cares? It works for me! I love seeing the world through your lens. Thanks for sharing it with us. :)

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  3. You always amaze me! Love you to the moon and back!

  4. Thanks for missing breakfast so we could enjoy this feast with you ... beautiful images, Vicky.

  5. This is an entry in "the book", right? :-) Vicky, you do have a special way with words... Compile these wonderful posts and make a book of them.

  6. Just to share with you folks, i have a new post today on Amish Stories from the Terre Hill days even that was just held in Lancaster Pennsylvania. It was a very hot day but i was able to get i think a few good images from this event. The town is populated with a mix of Amish and old order Mennonites which only adds to its charm. They even have what has become famous in Terre Hill their "outhouse race". The town sits on a hill so it overlooks Lancaster farmland in almost all directions. This is one of my favorite towns to visit because its free from commercialism, so if you are looking for a really all American kind of town with the added bonus of seeing its Amish and Mennonite residents at work and play, then this town is for you. Thanks folks. Richard from Amish Stories.

  7. Vicky, these are lovely shots...and I can tell that you and your family had a splendid time. Take me with you!! :))
    I love the photos so much. Your point and shoot captured beautiful vistas....and I want to pick my favorite (not that I have to :)) )...but I wanted to let you know that photo number 6 (b/w) is my FAVE, my friend. What an eye you have.
    Hugs and love to you,

  8. Awesome. Really fun to see Kristi's kids too!

  9. i continue to love the way you are soaking up all that's around you....and i love your photos !

  10. I really enjoyed this post. Beautiful area and some awesome photos. I hope you are doing well.


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