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On a sunny, crisp Fall morning this week I met with Robert Welsch, of Westover Landscape Design and two of his team at Peabody Outdoor Classroom for a collaborative project with The Public Schools of the Tarrytown.  Robert had kindly donated approximately 2,500 daffodil bulbs for the 7th Grade team Sharks to plant in several prominent locations at Peabody.  Mr Garguilo and the rest of the 7th grade Sharks team directed the children and put them into groups.  They worked diligently and were very enthusiastic.  For many of the students it was their first experience of the new outdoor classroom and it was certainly very well received by them.  Afterall, what better place to learn about nature?

Thank you so much to Tracy Brown, Katie Scully and everyone else involved, for presenting this fantastic idea to the School Board and having the energy and drive to see it through.  This is just the beginning of something truly magical for our school district.  Take some time to bring your family and explore the trails.  The Fall color is spectacular this week and the weather is amazing to go with it.   Unplug for an hour and take a walk in the woods that are right here on our doorstep.

I read a great saying today

Think outside, no box required.

This is so fitting for todays blog post.

LOVE LOVE LOVE this community we live in.

Here is the slideshow of the action packed morning.

I have been photographing Dominique and her brother for three plus years and so I was thrilled to have the honor of photographing her 6th birthday celebration in their new home.

The theme was fairy princesses and so each of Dominique’s guests were presented with fairy wings, a tutu and wand to wear during the party. The girls were adorable. Ellen Watermelon created her party magic for the children and kept everyone entertained with her boundless energy, funny songs, dances and puppetry.

The party guests dined on a scrumptious array of food and enjoyed a beautiful cake from Lulu Cake Boutique.

A Tinkerbell Pinata was quickly opened and the children had fun collecting a bag of treats each.  After a little time to play in the late September sunshine the party ended.

Time for Princess Dominique to rest and recuperate after a busy morning of celebration!

How I wish I was six years old again.



Sometimes I think I strive too hard to get the PERFECT shot.

Last Friday was our youngest son, Campbell’s 9th birthday. I always love to get some shots of the boys on their birthday and this year was no exception! Of course I got some great images of him completely in focus, eye contact, following all the “rules”.

However this image below is my favorite. I was stretching my camera in a low light situation and just LOVE the result. Through the grain you can see the happiness on birthday boys face, as he prepares to make his wish and blow out the candles.

This one image will be treasured forever for it is PERFECT in so many ways.



Happy 9th Birthday Campbell.

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