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It was five years ago exactly that I was fortunate enough to last spend time in the beautiful country of Jamaica and that was ten years after my first ever trip there as a part of an independent study in college. It’s a place I hope to continue to visit throughout my lifetime as I find there is something quite special about it, above and beyond the allure and appeal of any tropical climate.

I’ve started a new gallery on my website that – for now – features a handful of images from this recent trip.  But as I develop the new version of my site further in the months ahead, I hope to also pull in some of the photos from earlier trips.  I’ll post an update when that happens!  See more of the below by visiting here.

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We loved our time in New Orleans so much last year that we decided to go back and what better excuse to splurge a little bit then a 35th birthday?  In honor of Andrew’s half way point between thirty and forty, squarely in the middle of his thirty-somethings, we toasted the occasion amongst friends on a long weekend in the Big Easy.  It was just what we needed!  A beautiful city, a beautiful people and a great place to eat, drink and be merry.  Also a great place to take photos!

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A memorable day today when our whole area seemed trapped in their houses, shoveling out cars, driveways and sidewalks.  Andrew and I broke out for a hike around the neighborhood this afternoon and I got a chance to delight in the act of taking pictures simply for the fun of it AND the satisfaction of testing out a new lens I recently added to my line up.  Opening the door, this was the view – but right through it we went and out into over two feet of fresh snow.  The streets were abandoned, save a steady parade of plows and a handful of others much like us, a little too stir crazy and enamored by a good snow day to stay inside.

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In  honor of Andrew’s most recent birthday last fall we took the bus to New York City for the weekend, to enjoy the sights and catch up with good friends.  It was my first time really spending much time on foot in the Big Apple – we covered a swatch of the High Line and walked the entire length of Times Square, both places I have never before been!  I loved the High Line and we got the most perfect early October day, and Times Square … well … it was an experience.  As one might expect.

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Just over a month ago, we took off on a vacation which was tremendously needed and incredibly enjoyed.  We chose two domestic cities that were still on both or our lists, never before seen!  First up was Chicago.  Staying with friends, it was great to catch up and see how their new life in Chicago was taking shape, having just moved from Boston earlier  last  year.  And walking around, exploring and photographing with Andrew is always a pleasure.  Here is one from Millennium Park, a fan favorite location there, of course.

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Brand new work going up on the wall this week at the Council for Aging in the Community Center in Weston! This will be my first ever joint show with my husband, Andrew Martin, a photographer of far greater talent than I. It will be a combination of his exquisite landscapes and my macro close ups which I feel gives justice to the breathtaking array of wide open spaces and biodiversity that the South Island of New Zealand is overflowing with! Join us!

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Lone Peak, aptly named, standing and looking out to all the remaining smaller peaks nearby from a lofty 11,172 feet was amongst the most beautiful of my memories from a recent family trip to do some Big Sky skiing in Montana. And what phenomenal late March skiing we had? Amazingly it snowed nearly every day and but the end we were enjoying a fresh 12 (+) inches of light fluffy powder! It was majestic. That’s the only word I can think of to describe the feeling of surfing through the perfectly spaced trees from the very top all the way to the near bottom. I’ll never forget the days I spent exploring this beautiful and special mountain space! I look forward to returning to Montana to explore this and other areas in other seasons as I suspect the beauty and majesty is overflowing in all directions. What an incredible place, I was nearly instantly in love.

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Last weekend we took the trip to upstate New York to attend the wedding of a good friend.  It was a lovely event.  And the following day we stuck around to see the sights.  The obligatory trip to Niagara falls was breathtaking in it’s power and volume, but every bit of the tourist trap we were expecting.  We stopped at a few of the Finger Lake vineyards, with varied selections and some truly lovely.  Then just before we had to hit the road back to Boston, we stopped at the Climbing Bines Hop Farm, one of New York’s first-ever farm breweries, producing all their ingredients locally.  As a craft beer enthusiast by marriage, it was a sweet little find, nestled in amongst acre after acre of vineyards!  Read more about what they are doing with beer up in wine country here.  They have a rustic little brew pub for tastings, pints and growler fills.  This photo was taken right outside their pub – they’ve got quite the peaceful location!

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Last weekend, I had the unique and highly meaningful opportunity to volunteer for a camp that works with children who have lost a parent or loved one. The strength and emotional stamina of these children was impressive beyond words. The energy put out and the friendships offered by the all-volunteer staff was also a beautiful thing. Watching these kids smile, bond and have fun with peers who understood their hardship was something I will not soon forget.

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