Life has been a little hectic lately, and The Murphy Chronicles has fallen a day behind! I rented a Canon 24mm 1.4 II last weekend to photograph a wedding and fell in love. It's an amazing lens and I'm planning to get one as soon as my ship comes in. These were some practice shots I took of Murphy and his pals Baby and Turner trying to keep warm during a chilly WV weekend. I love Westie noses!
Thursday, October 30, 2014
Friday, October 24, 2014
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Thursday, October 16, 2014
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
A couple weekends ago I spent the afternoon at Amelie's French Bakery learning calligraphy from Kyle, the owner of Olde York Station. I was surprised at how meditative calligraphy is; it seems one could spend hours perfecting intricate thick and thin strokes (it's all about the pressure). It's also very gratifying to create that perfect loop or curvy tail. The calligraphy pen whisks me back in time and it feels like I should be writing next to Thomas Jefferson. A whole new graphic world has opened up to me and I'm excited to develop my own calligraphy style! Apparently, the adage "practice makes perfect" is key to this art. Kyle is a very patient and encouraging teacher; she rewarded our hard work with pastries and coffee...can't beat that!
Thursday, October 9, 2014
Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Zion National Park in Springdale, Utah is usually sunny and hot, dry, and painted against the backdrop of beautiful blue skies. One morning I woke to dark skies and rumbles of thunder in the distance. I snuggled deep under the warm covers and fell back asleep to the gentle patter of rain on the roof. A while later I jerked awake, startled by the biggest crack of thunder I've ever heard. My first storm in Zion was magnificent. Thick sheets of rain and fog rolled into the valley until the mountains were no longer visible. Each roll of thunder echoed off the mountain walls. The Virgin River, which was pristine and clear the day before when we went wading, was raging with muddy rapids that resembled chocolate milk. It was beautiful to experience a storm in Zion. [Part I; Part II].
Monday, October 6, 2014
Zion National Park is a majestic and humbling place. Massive red rock mountains stand proud against the sky, seeming to know something we don't. A silence permeates the valley between them; a welcome, calming silence. At night, the mountains are silhouettes and become background to the most beautiful starry sky I have ever seen. Due to elevation and extreme darkness, on a clear night, shooting stars and even edges of the Milky Way are visible. My close friend is a Park Ranger in Zion and she led me on some beautiful hikes, took me on a search for tortoises, and waded with me in the frigid Virgin River. It's hard not to feel in tune with nature in Zion. It's hard not to feel small and insignificant (in a good way). It's hard not to feel that the world and the universe are so much bigger than we can ever realize. I find comfort in that.
Thursday, October 2, 2014
While I was out West last week Murphy stayed with my mom and grandmother. He loves being at mom's house! She has a doggie door, big yard, and the two cutest Westies (Baby and Turner). I didn't see Murphy for eight days and I missed the little guy something fierce. In addition to daily walks and plenty of attention, my grandmother was kind enough to send me regular pupdates and photos. Today I'm featuring her as a guest photographer for The Murphy Chronicles. Thanks Mammol!
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Thursday, September 25, 2014
The air is getting cooler and the lake is finally crisp and refreshing again. Fall is most definitely on the horizon. Murphy and I have been savoring every spare moment we have down by the water. He seems so content there and I love spending the afternoon gazing out over the water with him.
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Thursday, September 18, 2014
Murphy and I were honored to be photographed by the incredibly talented Kelly from Grace Hill Photography. We've never had official pics taken together since I'm always the one behind the camera. It was a bit strange at first, but having my best buddy along helped calm my nerves. Murphy was a great sport and let me squeeze, kiss, and pose him in all kinds of ways!