Monday, July 19, 2010

How I spent my weekend. Part one.

I’m home from the 2nd annual Blog Fest, held at the home of Chesapeake Bay Woman, in Mathews VA. It’s late and I’m tired, so I’ll just show you some of the pictures caught in my camera lens this weekend.

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How fun are these? Worn by my friend, Lauren (Mental P Mama).

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Colorful local characters. This is Miss Pookie and her husband.

Miss Pookie gave us a little tour and told us of the history of Gwynn’s Island, where she was born.

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My very first dragonfly capture.

I’ve been taking photographs for years and until this weekend, have never been successful with a decent capture of the elusive dragonfly. It’s not like I was making a serious attempt at it or anything, but still worth noting.

I discovered a trick. It includes being very hot and sweaty and using a long lens. Taken with my new Nikon 70-300mm.

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I met new friends IRL. (Look at me, using cool abbreviations). This is Tracey Grumbach from Nine Acres Photography. It’s crazy we haven’t met before now. I’ve read her blog for over a year now and she lives in the next county over from me.

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I took a fantastic sunset boat tour.

The mate was a mighty sailing man, the skipper brave and sure.

(you’re gonna be humming that all day now, aren’t you?)

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This was our cabana boy at the beach.

Nah, I’m kidding. I couldn’t resist posting this photo of BHE’s nephew because he’s so darn cute. And I’m not getting my cougar on, so don’t be thinkin’.

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George sent buttons for everyone.

He’d rather do that than meet IRL. Have I told you how shy he is?

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This is the chandelier in the blue room at the White Dog Inn in Mathews VA. I was absolutely enchanted with this magic ship.

By the way, the White Dog Inn is absolutely, hands-down, fantastic. I need to elaborate but I am too tired tonight.

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I had a such wonderful time and will continue with more pics tomorrow.

See you then,

49 comments:

Mental P Mama said...

Ditto to everything. Everything. Cornfields and all. Love you;)

Chesapeake Bay Woman said...

Great photos and thanks for a great time. I'll never, ever, look at a cornfield the same way again, and every time I drive by that particular one, I'll think of you. And I will laugh. Lots.

Love to you and George.

BUSH BABE said...

Jealous. Esp of those thongs (flip-flops, whatever you call them). You got dragonflies, I got cow bits (in my blog post I mean).
You win!
:-)
BB

Brynwood Needleworks said...

I am equally smitten with that chandelier, Kate. Oh, yeah, and THANKS for the tune plant. I'll be going to sleep humming tonight! (...a movie star, the Professor and Mary Anne...la la la arrrgghh!) lol
Thanks for sharing your weekend, Part One. Looking forward to the next installment.
xoxo
Donna

Deb said...

cute sandals...cute cabanna boy...Oh did I say that out loud...love the George buttons...

beth said...

i use my 70-300 lens ALL.THE.TIME. and i know you will, too....

and that's the only way to get a dragonfly :)

i can't wait to hear more about your trip !

Michelle said...

Oh, so jealous. Does IRL mean "in real life"? I love meeting blogpals in real life; I have yet to be disappointed.

A New England Life said...

A little bit of this, a little bit of that, and I think it's all great! The young gentleman is lookin' quite good in his Chaps ; )

Love those flip flops! Yum!

Don't you just love a sunset cruise? There's nothing like it.

Fearless Nester said...

Love that chandelier!! And the George buttons are very cool too. ~Lili

These Nine Acres said...

That is the best pic ever taken of me. Seriously. Love you.

So glad we met. We can't wait so long next time, K?

x0x0

Andi said...

I want a George button and a wee piece of that nephew! yum! LOL!! I could probably be his mother however! Also love the purple toes! Looks like you had a great relaxing weekend.

Donna S. said...

Thanks for sharing!! Looks like a wonderful weekend. I wish I could be there. I love dragonflies!! Awesome

Ann On and On... said...

That sounds like such a great time! I would love to meet some of my blog friends in person...like you. Maybe some day.
Great photos!!

Char said...

:) sounds like a great time

congrats on the dragonfly!

Nurse Nancy said...

Looks fabulous and great shots!

Anonymous said...

LOVE the George buttons.

deborah said...

First, you started a trend with your Maine vacation..the Obamas heard what a great time you had and just had to go too...
What fun you had, I just know you did! Everyone looks so relaxed, I'm happy you had a good time!
Great dragonfly pic

Caroline said...

Oh how nice...looks like you had an incredible weekend!

Oliag said...

Love the photos...and the trip already looks like fun!...I adore the George buttons!!

JackDaddy said...

Please remind me - no wine at Lauren's house :)

Love the dragonfly picture too. You have such a wonderful eye for detail.

Barefoot from Heaven said...

oooouuuuwwwwhhh Seems you had so much fun. Love all the pictures. But want the flipflop your friend is wearing, already got the exact same nailpolish (so you think it will happen with the shoes to?)

It's always so much fun walking trough your space Kate. Thanks for your wonderful way of letting me have a peek into your life.
Hugs D.

Elizabeth Seaver said...

It's a beautiful place for a blog fest. I'm glad you went and had fun. Your pictures are fab as usual!

Jayne said...

What a fun time! My husband said one day that he just "didn't get the whole cougar thing." Uh... really? Ahem. Well, don't worry your little head dear. I mean really, is there any explaining? LOL!

Low Tide High Style said...

So glad you had a great trip! I love that chandy, but I love the water pics even more! And congrats on your first dragonfly pic! Mr. Tide took a few nice ones that I posted yesterday too...great minds, or is it great photographers?!

Kat :)

Kerri said...

Fabulous images Kate ~ Looks like you had a wonderful time!
Congrats on the dragonfly :)

LOVE those buttons :)

Snappy Di said...

Would love to attend sometime... just can't do this humidity this year. It's keeping me indoors after 8AM.

Curious as to how many attended this fabulous week-end and oh.... congratulations on the dragonfly shot! Stupendous!!

Di

Jill of All Trades said...

Looks like fun, fun, fun...

Diane said...

Ahhhh Looooooooooooove Youuuuuuuuuu!

TSannie said...

It was truly wonderful...and completely unforgettable.

Noe Noe Girl...A Queen of all Trades. said...

It was the best evah! You Rock Kate!
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Madi and Mom said...

GREAT post and lots of fun now that is a good way to spend a weekend!
Loved the sunset and the dragon fly.
Madi and Mom

The Japanese Redneck said...

Great pictures! Sounds like so much fun.

Crystal Jigsaw said...

That dragon fly picture is absolutely beautiful. Quite like the cabana boy too!

CJ xx

Meg @ Soup Is Not A Finger Food said...

I love the dragonfly! And Mr and Mrs Pookie, and also BHE's nephew - what a great shot! Mostly though, I love your "eye." Great photos.

mrs mediocrity said...

Looks like a fabulous time! I love the dragonfly shot...gorgeous.
And yup, now I' going to be singing that song all day, thanks. :)

Baroness von Bloggenschtern said...

Oh, well, if you won't get your cougar on, I surely will. He is so very, very beautiful.

(And I am so very very old. And very very married.)

Gorgeous pics, darling. I'll alternate them as screensavers.

Hugs - I miss your sparkly laugh already. xxoo

Ellen said...

A cornfield story - I may have one similar to that one. Love the pictures. Can't wait to see more!

Deb said...

Love Part One, I am sure you will have many more to wow me with!

Next year...I promise!!! I'll be there.

Audrey at Barking Mad! said...

Loved seeing all the photos.

The dragonfly capture is indeed, amazing!

Emom said...

Sounds like a great time! smiles.

Hilary said...

I have so been looking forward to your wonderful photos. Great stuff!

CherylK said...

Well, first of all, I've been trying to read your past posts. They're all so terrific that I just keep going backwards and backwards...what a great blog with really awesome photos. I love it.

Secondly, Blog Fest must have been the best. Fun seeing the photos...you are a great portrait photographer.

I look forward to reading more...

mmm said...

Country Girl,

Thanks for posting the wonderful picture of my Mom and Dad (Pookie and Winfred). That's a nice camera you've got...

mkt, formerly mmm.

Jeanne Walker aka Rileigh's Lolli said...

George buttons, a dragonfly, a cabana boy, a crystal sailing ship, grape-enhanced flip flops! Now I call that everything you need to have a great time! Oh no, I forgot the ladies! You have nothing if you don't have the ladies!!! This is gonna be a big event one of these days!!! Did you stay at the Inn? I checked out the website and love the rooms at the B&B!

Country Girl said...

Jeanne Walker,
No, we stayed at a rental house nearby. Much less expensive. It would be awesome to stay at the Inn, though!

mmm,
If you e-mail me your address, I can send your parents photo to you, or mail to Janice.

Thanks, everyone!

~ C.G.

Carolynn said...

I don't even know where to begin. It all looks fabulous. Including the cabana boy, although I did wonder about the beer in his hand...must do things differently on the east coast, I thought...

Daryl said...

I know exactly when that was taken, I had walked down those fliptyflockety rocks one time too many and my foot hurt ... sigh ... it was such a great weekend.

A Scattering said...

Fab photos and AMAZING dragonfly capture, you go girl!!

CityMom2 said...

Congrats on that Dragonfly!!! Great capture.
Also the magic ship. My life will never be the same. Thanks for shedding the light.
Ellen