Thinking of greener times

Those who know me well (and even those who don’t) know I am not a girl who likes cold weather.  I make know secret of this.  And now after living in Austin for 8 years and it drops to 50 degrees outside I begin longing for the warm days of Spring and Summer.  I forget about the 100 degree plus days.  Running from air conditioned building to air conditioned building.  When it’s cold outside I look to warmer times…when the sun was out and all the world was green.  Here’s a few that have me dreaming of those sun filled days to come…

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Red

In China the color red means good luck and fortune.  In India a red mark on the forehead is said to bring good luck.  To Hindus it symbolizes joy, life, energy and creativity.  To Christians it represents Christ’s blood and redemption.  As I was driving to a Christmas party I decided to take back roads through the country, out of the city limits.  I saw splashes of red all over the countryside.  Where one tree had lost all it’s leaves, it’s friend stood dressed in bright red beside him.  Next to fences red berries shouted for the world to see them.  And on a cold Sunday the red made me feel joyful, creative, full of life and ready to see what luck was going to find me.

Kids

Not everyone likes to take pictures of kids.  I am not a fan of the awkward family photo type of portraits (I am sure because I have enough of those in my own past) but I do love to take pictures of kids doing what they do best.  They are always on the move.  You never know what they are going to do.  And they make some of the most photographic faces without even knowing it.  And they do grow up so fast.  Here are some of my favorite little people.