{PHOTO} A Guy's Gotta Eat


I can't even imagine how cold it gets in winter and have a job where you are required to stand outside. We came in from the December cold of New York City to grab some warm dinner & I looked up to see this gentleman, still in full winter gear (minus the gloves), ordering dinner. I couldn't resist snapping a photo but I also made sure to make the camera disappear really quickly. 

No need having a police officer get mad at me, right? That's not the souvenir postcard I would want to send home. 

"Wish You Were Here - in jail - with me and my confiscated camera."

{PHOTO} The Thirsty Fish Bar aka "The Y Fish Bar"


I must need a vacation because, lately, I seem to have hotels on the brain. I posted a photo of Disney's Contemporary Resort earlier this week and today I share an outdoor photo of Loews Portofino Bay Hotel's "The Thirsty Fish Bar" (both hotels are located in Orlando, Florida). I've shared one photo from this hotel previously showing their beautiful lagoon and the Italian boats. It was a wonderful hotel and I can't way to try it again.

I personally love the golden tones in this shot and the shadows across the sidewalk at the bottom. Too bad the light on the sign was so bright it blocked out the word "thirsty". Instead it looks like it's "The Y Fish Bar". 

You know, that is a good question. Y Fish? Personally, I prefer veggie-ta-bulls meself. Yes, I was that kid who ate all her veggies. My mom struck gold in that area. You're welcome, mom.

{PHOTO} Contemporary Resort - Magical Shops of Fantasia


In all my trips to Disney, I have never truly explored the Contemporary Resort.

We’ve eaten breakfast there once many moons ago and I’ve ridden through the resort on the monorail countless times, but this evening we decided to have dinner there. I had no idea how many underground floors there were! There is a whole world hidden inside this resort and it’s on many different lower floors for exploration. It was really cool AND I learned the true entrance to the hotel is actually a floor below this one where all the shops are.

Summer is coming and I am just not a fan of being at Disney during the summer and standing in line for an hour (or more!) melting into a puddle of sunblock and Mickey Mouse shaped ice cream.  BUT I was invited on a weekend, all expenses paid, trip to Disney. So, am I going to say no because of the above complaints? No way - time to break out the sunblock and ice cream!

The good news is that being a Disney pro means knowing all the insider tips/tricks and also realizing that since we live close enough if we don't see/do something we can come back next time with our passes.

I am super *stoked* about getting more Disney shots. Anyone have any ideas or suggestions of what you'd like to see a picture of at Disney? Doesn't matter the park - our passes let us go anywhere we please!

{PHOTO} The Dried Roses Trio

I've had these flowers sitting on our dining room table since Valentine's Day. They dried in their vase while the  petals were repeatedly knocked off and I just kept telling myself "You need to take pictures of these flowers - and soon - or there will be nothing but stems left". So, on a wonderfully sunny day I set the vase on the floor of our front doorway, to maximize using the light coming through the side panes around the door, & proceeded to lay on the tile floor to try my best to photograph the flowers with the right angle of light and the perfect grouping of flowers. As I twisted and turned the vase, I returned to this trio of flowers almost perfectly lined up with the purples framing the yellow/pink rose. 

While doing this, all I kept thinking was: If a neighbor decides to come to my front door, they probably will panic & think I am passed out by the door. Luckily, no one visited the house but I did come away from this session with a lovely knot on my head from when I hit the door stop while trying to angle myself for the "perfect shot". 

Doorstop -1 / Rachel - 0

{NEW} It's Here! It's Here! New Blog!

So VERY excited after several days of tweaking and moving and reconsidering and hemming and hawwing and asking everyone to look and then changing it again. . . . .

I have redesigned the blog!

** Fireworks Boom In The Distance - Cannons Blow - A Parade Begins**

I also finalized my new logo, which you will now see appearing on my Blog Head/Facebook/Twitter, and all my other areas I am posting my photography.  

I am so excited about this that I will be offering a sale on my prints later this week. Stay tuned for the coupon code - it will be posted exclusively on my Facebook page.
(Haven't "Liked" it already? Head on over now!)

P.S. If you're wandering around and find something looking wonky, please let me know and I will fix it.
I thought I got everything, but you never know, do ya?


I am redesigning the blog this week and you may encounter issues while visiting (i.e. weird formatting, posts missing, etc).

Please bear with me while I complete these updates.

I'm super stoked to show everyone the final product!

{PHOTO} NYC: Walking Amongst the Shadows


When I look at this picture, I always think of the childhood sing-song "step on a crack, break your mother's back". I think it's because of the line breaks on the sidewalk from both the tree shadows as well as the hand rails. If that saying is true, then it looks like this guy hit the triple jack pot.

Poor mom. She's probably in traction now because her son didn't mind the cracks.


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