Wednesday, February 5, 2014


Today in Maryland we have a lot of ice, downed trees, and it's just downright icky.  I know that other areas of the U.S. have had much worse winter weather than we have here, but I can tell you that I am ready for Spring.  Cold weather?  I'm OVER IT.  

This morning I've just been waiting to go to work so things outside could melt a bit.  I thought it'd be a good time to share some photos from Jamaica.  We went there this past December for the wedding of friends and it was the most beautiful place!  I would go back to the same spot in a heart beat.  If you are in the midst of the winter blues, then I hope these photos will help you feel less blue!  Maybe it will be inspiration to take that beach vacation that you've been putting off.  Either way, I hope you enjoy them!  I would highly recommend the place we went to.  We stayed at the Couples Swept Away resort and had a Garden Verandah Suite.  It was fabulous.  A lot of foliage outside our balcony that really made you feel like you have a lot of privacy.  Great food, great drinks, and great people walking around with the motto - "no problem".  Awesome.

I give you.....paradise:

Our room.  The first thing I did when we got there was open my camera backpack which is what is there along with the lens cap.  I waste no time. 

View from the balcony

Out in the water 

Resort grounds.  They comb the sand with a rake.

Representing Trey in Jamaica

Clearest water I've ever seen 

This was taken around 6am.  We were woken up around 5:30am one morning by a steel drum band.  I sat up in bed like, why is there live steel drum music this early?  There was a marathon going on and they were set up to cheer on the runners.  It was SO EARLY but we couldn't do anything but laugh.  I mean, if the biggest problem of the day is that we got woken up by steel drums in Jamaica then I'd say that's the best kind of problem to have.  So we went for a peaceful early morning walk.  It was amazing.

Wedding setup

Our friends Keith and Amber getting married


Bridal party flip flops


At the pool bar at sunset

Bob Marley shot

Can I live here?


Fish pond on the resort grounds

These little guys were everywhere

Went for a walk along the beach to shop for souvenirs, turned around, and saw this storm brewing. Beautiful.

Aboard the catamaran


Taken on the catamaran.  Saw so many stormy skies but never got caught in rain.

My sand art on our last day.  So sad.  Desperately wanted to stay!


Monday, February 3, 2014


Last August my family and I went to Maine.  It was the first time we have all taken a vacation together.  It's tough when you get older and everyone has families of their own.  But this was a special trip.  In honor of my late Uncle "Shorty".

The last time I was in Maine was when I was probably less than 2 years old.  So I was excited not only to spend this time with my family, but to use my camera there.

I took a ton of photos but chose just a handful to share.  Sometimes less is more. 

my dad used to go clamming right around this spot when he was a kid.  it's a pretty neat thing to see when you yourself are in your mid thirties and you're in the same spot that your parent was when they were little.

My favorite find in Freeport---Mexicali Blues!  It was like the mothership of hippie stores.  Clothing, jewelry, home goods...check out their site here- I wish they had a retail store in Baltimore.  

The texture within these rocks was amazing

me and my old man 

Maine is beautiful.  Go there!