snowfall!

I wake up +
the world is transformed–
tiny flakes zip by me,
pleased with themselves.
even a single little twig is
covered in layers of sugar,
not a single one has been overlooked.

how sad,
the leaves missed out on the experience–
how good,
they were spared its destruction.

the flurry of white origami,
crafted by the Maker Himself,
cares not for me–
but He obviously does.

Taken outside Sanderson one of those snowy mornings God blessed us with 🙂

Naples Trip Pics

Hey, guys!

Our family recently took a mini vacation for the weekend at a beachfront condo in a town not too far from here but far enough away to feel like far away. 🙂  

While we were there, it rained.  But, it didn’t just rain, it deluged the entire area for a short period of time.  

This made for awesome cloud cover!! Naturally, I took pictures. 

These are the lower-quality versions, so, if you want to see the high-res originals, head over to my Flickr page (link on the side widget with the pics!) and check them out!  

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New Year of Life, New Haircut

Yeah, that title was anticlimactic…
Anyway, my birthday is on the 28th and I have been wanting a new haircut for a while.  I’m not someone who is willing to spend a good part of an hour (or more) on her hair, so curling, flatironing, and hairspraying are all things I will never do and have never (under normal circumstances) done.  This makes having longish, thick, wavy-almost-curly hair a bit of a hassle.  My mom and I had been talking about getting a new haircut for me, like thinning it or getting layers, something to tame the mane, if you’re picking up what I’m throwing down, for a while now.  I’m also going to camp (for the first time) in a couple weeks so we had a deadline because I do not want to worry about my hair while I’m up there. The problem with my hair, is that simply cutting it short makes it balloon out and my head resembles a fuzzy mushroom. *shudder*  But, I loved having short hair.  The problem was getting my hair to cooperate with my dreams.  Today, that happened.  It was more expensive than I expected, but my parents like how it turned out too, so we certainly got our money’s worth.

I’m guessing that you want to see a picture, right?  Fine, if I have to show off the miracle of not-hopeless hair. 🙂

Here’s the before… I was actually having a good hair day, surprisingly.

And then the after!!! 😀 

It’s a little wild right now, but I love it!!!  It’s so light, but manageable! Wheeee! And it’s tomboyish but still feminine; everything I wanted.  I’m so happy!  Here’s to a new me, even before I’m 16! (Ooh, that rhymes)

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Ollie’s in August

I’m not going to post long sagas of pictures very often, but I realized that I had a folder full of pictures (from Ollie’s Pond Park back in August) that I wanted to share.

This Green Heron actually let me get close enough to take his picture. Always a plus. 🙂

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An unmistakable Black-Bellied Whistling Duck, standing majestically in light from the setting sun.

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I liked this picture’s perspective.

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A Tri-Colored Heron bathing?  I can’t quite remember what he was doing, but it made for a nice couple of shots!

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A wonderful Florida day…

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Baby ducks!!!  These ducklings belong to a Black-Bellied Whistling Duck like the one earlier.

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A Northern Mockingbird frosted in sunlight.

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A silhouetted Double-Crested Cormorant.

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And the amazing sunset God blessed us with.

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Augustinian Hawk

It was the spring of 1843, a fine sunny day, and I was — just kidding, I wasn’t even born.
This was a Cooper’s hawk that my dad and I saw on a power line near his house back in August soon after our trip to Tallahassee.  Using this website I am pretty sure that it is not a Sharp-Shinned.

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