Chandler Day 360: Sugar Creek

DSC06957This is Sugar Creek, which runs right behind my mom’s new house. I finally got time to go explore it today. One of the coolest things I found was a beaver den, one of their dams, and a lot of signs of their activity. So that was really cool. The creek is really pretty and I will definitely be spending a lot of time there. It was a fun day of exploring there and a good day overall, despite some people being annoying. I even got to see my aunt who came down to visit, and I to relax after a stressful week and have a nice dinner.

Chandler Day 325: Ice Blue

DSC06462The great palette of blues, whites and grey is another benefit of winter. Unlike a lot of people I usually like winter. Now, I have my limits and I don’t like the freezing, bitter cold that Indiana can get, but overall winter is a great time. I like the cold better than the heat anyway. And the photos can be great during the winter. So I was excited when I was treated early to the ice, reflections and blue skies in the photo above.

Chandler Day 296: Cold Fall Morning

DSC06043Another beautiful morning in the Ecolab. I was actually in class when I got to take this shot. We were told to go take pictures of the fall colors and do portraits. I just focused on the colors and ended up modeling for the portraits and helping some other people get their shots. It was a good morning for shooting, though it was a little cold.

Chandler Day 295: Another Waterfall

DSC05952Today I went to a beautiful bridge and another waterfall that is close to the Ecolab. The area is filled with various stone structures, like bridges, cisterns, pump houses and a coach house. All relics from the wealthy businessmen that used to live here. They make for some interesting shots and this is one of the best bridges on the property.

Chandler Day 294: Leaves, Falling & Collecting Into a Kaleidoscope

DSC05804The leaves right now are beautiful. I found this pool that countless leaves had fallen into to create this kaleidoscope of beautiful fall colors. Fall is one thing that is great in Indiana.

Chandler Day 292: A Mini Waterfall

DSC05907So this little, mini waterfall isn’t actually in the Ecolab. It is in an adjoining property that I found a while back and now explore from time to time. I think Brandy may have also shot this waterfall at one point. I walked past it today and I looked so pretty, so I stopped and got a few photos, trying to get a decent picture without my tripod.

Brandy Day275: Sweet Smell of Heaven..

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Backed up to the pond. Midnight rolls around with a storm trailing behind it. Somehow that doesn’t matter. The back is open, windows down, the music on & I’m in heaven. I’ve never experienced something so peaceful.
The sweet smell of the country air. The silence of the night and the soothing splash of the water against the rocks. At that moment there was no other place I wanted to be.

Brandy Day264: Surf City Sunset

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Headed south today to Wilmington, to visit with KCs parents and their new puppy, Star.
Not a bad drive, 4.5 hours from Outer Banks. No interstates just back roads and a long phone conversation.
Surf City is about 15mins from KCs house. There is a beautiful park with boardwalks, fishing, park and people. I caught this beautiful sunset before arriving at a place that seems more like home every time I visit!

Chandler Day 266: I Can be Spiritual

DSC05213Today was like yesterday. Still the need to think and be removed. Recently I argued with someone about religion and it wasn’t fun at all. I know everyone is upset with me because of what I believe in. I doubt that it will ever change. But they are my beliefs. I am entitled to them. They are not hasty or born out of anger. Yes I have been angry before and I have been hurt. But my beliefs come from my reasoning and my search for truth. And yes, maybe they will change. But for now this is what they are. All I ask is respect for them. Aside from this, in the argument spirituality was discussed and I most definitely believe that I can and anyone can be spiritual without god. Today I sat in a woods next to a stream and watched leaves float by and listened to the wind and the trees. And I connected to nature on a deeper or higher level than the mere physical. It was quiet and simple. It was honest and pure and beautiful. There were things to be listened to and learned. Some may say that it is god speaking. But I say it is nature itself speaking and connecting. Reaching out. And I am spiritual no less than any Christian or Muslim or Hindu or any religious person. Maybe this whole example means nothing to you who read it. But to me, it means so much.

Chandler Day 252: The Canal

DSC04785Indy has a beautiful canal that goes right through downtown. It can make for a beautiful walk along some of the sections and it certainly makes for good pictures. This particular spot goes through the IMA property and it stood out beautifully today.