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tree of light…

So, a short break from Deep Creek, Maryland and *poof* we’re now in Milton, PA.  Yes, the motherland of my dear Jay.  We stopped in Milton on our way to New York City this past October during a much needed vacation week.  Roadtrip!!!  Anyhoo, there are some photo op gems in Milton, if you hunt around for them.  Luckily for me, the sun decided to line up beautifully with this oak tree.

I’d also like to say that I rediscovered one of my favorite childhood candies, SqueezePops, in Milton at the CVS.  Who would have guessed that they carried that candy?  I haven’t seen it in ages.  So, in between my squeals of delight and giddy pleadings, Jay purchased one for me.   Here’s a reminder in case you don’t remember this candy:

Yes, folks, its liquid sugar.  In a tube.  Ingredients:  corn syrup and food coloring (and a few other very artificial components).  Yes, my doctor-ly voice in my head was screaming, “Nooooooooooo!”, but my inner 5-year-old won out with an even more emphatic, “Yessssssssssssssssssssssss!”

BIG MISTAKE.  Those who know me know that I get more or less uncontrollably hyper and chatty with large amounts of sugar (or caffeine, for that matter).  Jay, bless his soul, knows this fact and still was kind enough to let me eat the SqueezePop on the way to NYC…while locked in a car with him for hours…with nowhere to go…and no other outlet for my new-found energy except singing, talking, and fidgeting.

Let’s just say, Jay regretted indulging me with the candy.  I think his eyes were ready to bug out of his head by the time we drove into Manhattan around 4pm.


I was still up (and going strong) at 4am.  Whee!


a different kind of sunset boulevard…

Sunset Over Highway 1

So, remember that last post?  About the adventuresome trek up and over the mountains on what appeared to be little more than a paved goat path?  And remember how Jay is super great about halting the car whenever I would squeal “photo!!”?  Well, alas.  That goat path winding up and up the mountain afforded beautiful views…like this one!  Its sort of like a different type of Sunset Boulevard, a very abstract interpretation of “a sunset boulevard.”

Picture it:  You’re up on a mountain, overlooking the wild Southern California coast, with the Pacific waves crashing below and not a sole on the road.  You gaze ever-so-slightly northward and your face is gently met with the warm setting rays of the golden sun, dipping below the horizon.  The colors are hues you’ve only ever dreamed of and the mountain-scape is silhouetted against the star of the show that is gracefully bowing out for the night.  As the fading light touches the foggy haze hanging over the ocean, an other-worldly glow fills the foreground of your sight.  Deep blue-purple fades into blazing orange, and you watch as your beacon of the day slips away to give way to a moonlit night.  It is just you, the sky, the mountains, and the sea.

Ok…now look at the photo?  Decent attempt at trying to summarize a photo and all it embodies in less than a thousand words?  Read it again for a brief mental vacation and relaxing “guided imagery” moment!

Of course, taken with the Canon Powershot G12.


Golden Sunrise

Alright.  I’m not going to say much about this photo, except that it is one of my favorite shots from my trip to Mexico this summer.  It was sunrise at our hotel (Ocean Coral and Turquesa) and the sheer serenity of the world in front of me was breathtaking.  Luckily, the (amazing) Canon G7 has a fun little feature that lets you select only one color in your photo to show through the black and white.  Well, I found the perfect shade of sunrise and photographed away!!!  This shot is pretty much straight from the camera!!!  Only needed a smidge of contrast fixing.  I recommend using this picture for a 5 minute mental vacation…it definitely works for me!!  Enjoy and bon voyage!!


Sail Away

“…Takes me away
To where I’ve always heard it could be
Just a dream and the wind to carry me
And soon I will be free

It’s not far down to paradise
At least it’s not for me
And if the wind is right you can sail away
And find tranquility
The canvas can do miracles
Just you wait and see
Believe me

Takes me away
To where I’ve always heard it could be
Just a dream and the wind to carry me
And soon I will be free”

Yup, couldn’t resist.  Just had to throw in those lyrics with this picture!   So, this sunset shot was taken, well, at sunset, on Isla Mujeres, Mexico.  Have I mentioned before how gorgeous that island is?  Yes?  Oh, ok.

Sunsets from Playa Norte are simply stunning.  One of the few places in the Mayan Riviera that you can see the sun set over the ocean.  Beautiful.

Taken with the trusty Canon Powershot G7!  Stay tuned for more glimpses of Mexico (just bear with me with this period of scanty posting…med school’s a bit crazy!)

glutamine, shmutamine…

Glutamine Crystals

Its been a while since I put up a hardcore nerd photo.  And, well, there’s no time like the present!  I made a solution (at my old lab, of course) of the amino acid glutamine.  When a drop of the solution is placed on a microscope slide and allowed to dry out, crystals of glutamine form.  I tossed those puppies under the microscope (Olympus BX51) and took a picture at 10x.  Gotta love the ice-like quality of the crystals and the rainbow refractions!

Gosh, I sure do miss the good ol’ lab days sometimes!  I was always able to do the most unique microscopic photography there!!!

there’s always a silver lining…

Erie Sunset and Glowing Cloud

Well, if this photo doesn’t convince you, then let me have a try:  SUNSETS FROM PRESQUE ISLE ON LAKE ERIE ARE GORGEOUS.  If you live in Pennsylvania (or not!), you simply must venture up to Erie for the solar show of your life.  Grab that special someone and settle into one of the numerous jumbo lifeguard chairs on one of the many beaches to watch a dazzling display of colorful light dance across the rippling water.

Photo was taken with an Olympus Stylus 820 and the contrast was fixed in Photoshop (because it seems that basic point-and-shoot cameras can never properly capture sunset colors and dynamics…but that little bugger of a camera was water resistant and quite nice for a day at the beach).  Enjoy!

a stroll down a sunny street…

Sidewalk and Bicycles

This photo was taken on that wonderfully sunny day when the amazing future Dr. Heather gave me a tour of South Philly and the Italian Market.  There was just something about that sleepy, sunny street with the bicycles leaning against the stoops that was screaming, “Take a picture of me!!!”  So, here we have it.  Taken with the amazing G7 and softened to create the pretty glow and muted colors in Photoshop.  Enjoy!