Chandler Day 364: Stuff Your Eyes With Wonder

tattooToday I finally got my tattoo. I’ve been wanting to do this for almost a year now and was always too busy or didn’t have enough money. I got some money this year for Christmas to get it done and decided it was time. This quote comes from Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. It’s one of my most favorite books and one of my most favorite authors. It comes from a passage near the end of the book. It goes, “Stuff your eyes with wonder. Live as if you’d drop dead in ten seconds. See the world. It’s more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories.” I love this quote and I love what it means. This world is absolutely incredible and it is there just waiting to be seen. I have always wanted to travel the world, to see as much as I can possibly see. I’m also a photographer so I’m always looking for the next great photo. And this seeing is not just with your eyes. Look at things a little harder and little deeper. Really take the world in. There is so much more to things than what you first see. I can’t put it any better than how Bradbury did. This world really is fantastic.

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I just wanted to say thanks to Nick and Hannah for coming along with me. This was my first tattoo, so I was a little nervous. But it all went well and it didn’t hurt too bad. I didn’t pass out or anything. Also thanks to everyone who gave me money so I could get it.

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The tattoo was done by Scott at Midwest Tattoo Co. in Indianapolis. It’s a great place and worth checking out.

Brandy Day267: End or Beginning?!

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They say all good things must come to an end. Is it an end or beginning? This trip was so fulfilling that its hard to see it as ending.
I met some awesome people, had amazing opportunities and again learned more about me that I didn’t know.
When life, paths or moments are handed to you like this its hard to see an ending!! I see future, opportunities & life ahead!!

Brandy Day249: U Turn

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The sign says it.  As of late I feel like I’ve hit a dead end.  Not in a bad way, not at all.  Dead ends simply mean it’s time to check out a new road.  I’ve been back and forth on the idea of returning to school to focus on a study that seems so obvious.  A study where I would get to tie my love of photography & animals into days of awesomeness.

You know it’s time to check out new places when you can no longer drive down a road, any road  and find something to shoot or something fun to occupy your time.  A change of scenery would be awesome for my camera and healing for my soul.  I’ll keep ya’ll posted, but you know, the pictures say it all!

Brandy Day148: How Do Things Like This Happen?!?!

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Today was supposed to be different. I had something else in mind. That’s not the way it went.
We all know that things happen for a reason. We may never know the reason or we will eventually realize it when its time.
This is the shot I got. I found beauty in negativity and loss. Choosing how you look at a situation can change the outcome

Chandler Day 141: Her Hand in Mine

DSC03454It was another great day of vacation. We got to see the beautiful Brookgreen Gardens and then we spent the rest of the day at Huntington Beach SP. Our vacation is almost over, but it has been a great time. I’ve had a lot of fun and it’s been great to relax and hang out with Hannah and her family. While we were at the beach, I took a walk with Hannah and we explored the beach. And as we walked back she told me she wanted a photo that was like the original photo I took of us holding hands. She said she wanted it to be our new tradition. We would take one like it wherever we went. And so we got this shot. Her beautiful hand, held in mine. The first of many more shots that will be from all around the world.

 

Chandler Day 125: We’re Gonna See the World

DSC02784I’m sure you’ve seen photos like this. There was a pretty popular set of photos from a photographer that were this style. So yes, I suppose I stole the idea from him. I’d credit his name if I knew it. We were almost done with our walk through the 100 Acres, when I stopped her, told her to hold my hand and walk up the path. And I got this shot. And I told her we would be the even cuter couple that did these photos. I tell her about all kinds of places, all around the world, that I’m going to take her. And she just says “I’ll go anywhere with you.” And I’ll go anywhere with her. And we’re gonna see this huge, magnificent, and magical world of ours.

Chandler Day 113: Boots

DSC02594My boots. They’ve seen and been through a lot. I’ve had them for years. They’ve trudged through snow, waded water, sloshed through mud. Been through fields, woods, meadows, wetlands, barns, factories, hills, and mountains.  They’ve been in the saddle with me and they walk the sort line every night with me. It’s funny how such a simple pair of objects can experience so much. They owe it to me, but I also owe them something. They’ve covered my feet through all this. They’ve kept my feet from being ruined by the elements, from getting stomped by a horse, or crushed by boxes. Such a common and ignored pair of objects, until now.

Chandler Day 50: More Exploring

DSC01595 (3)Today I was able to get outside and go exploring in the Ecolab again. It was another beautiful day and perfect for a walk. As I walked through the Ecolab, I wandered onto another a property and found some very cool old stone bridges spanning a little creek that were built by Jens Jensen. I also found a few abandoned stone buildings on the property. The buildings were a little creepy looking but very fun to look at. And I started to think about how much there is all around us. There’s so much to see, so many places to explore, so many things to go find. These bridges and buildings have been here right by me for months and I didn’t find them until today. Think of how massive this world is and how much there is to see and photograph. It’s overwhelming and exhilarating and I can’t wait to start seeing it.