Category Archives: Pictures

Here We Go Again

I kinda wanna be more than friends…. great song. Gotta love Neon Trees.

This weekend is the kickoff for FRC Robotics teams. We’re all so excited to see what the game is. Today was also the first day back to school after a nice busy but relaxing holiday break. I realized that by waking up this morning, I’m throwing my life into a rapid whirlwind of chaos and business. I’m ready for it though. At least I think I am. Robotics every day, school every day, homework every day… and a lot of not so everyday things thrown in there too. Cello will be stressful this semester as well. Everything important comes now.

I’m determined to come out of this semester with confidence, an unweighted GPA of 4.0, a letter in Robotics, a I at districts, a I at state, and a better sense of who I am. Maybe even some extra money! I recently applied for a job at the local pizza place in our town. It’s called Waldo Pizza. There’s only two of them, one in Waldo and one here in Lee’s Summit. I think it’ll be a fun job, if I get it of course, and one that’ll teach me some skills and discipline.

With that money, I want to pay for a few big things. First and foremost: Space Camp. That’s more important to me than anything that I’m paying for. I only have a few more opportunities to experience that, so it’s important to me that it comes first. Once that’s all accounted for, I’d really like a Jeep Wrangler. A fun first car I think. With that I’ll obviously have to pay for gas and possibly insurance. I’d also like a new bow. If I get this job, and start paying for everything else, I think I’ll treat myself to a brand new bow that will last me through my high school years. Put I’m putting some parameters on whether I get it or not- if I get a I at state for solo and ensemble, then I’ll get it. I’ve worked hard on my piece this year. When I get it perfected, I’ll be sure to post a sound clip or vid of it so I can be proud of my accomplishments.

The picture I posted is my desk with all of my crap all over it. I like it though. I feel like it’s my space. When I’m home, I’ll be one of four places. The kitchen, the dining room, my desk, or my bed. There’s also a picture of my bed. And my favorite pillow. When you send me your prayers for my sanity, wish for me to be comfy in my bed snuggling with that pretty pillow. That’s heaven for the next 4 months.


Wish me luck on the craziest semester I’ve yet to experience.


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A Life in Pictures

I have a few New Year’s resolutions. One that I’m most excited about is taking a picture every day and sharing it with you all.

First picture. I call it “Every Day is a Winding Road”.


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This week has been going really well. Yesterday, we went to a place called Bear Lake (which is about two miles up in the mountains), and saw some really rare animals called “pine martins”. Most people who live in Estes Park see these maybe once in a lifetime if they’re lucky. They look like a cross between a squirrel and a fox, and are small and slim. I got some adorable pictures.

After that, we chilled out for a bit at home, then went to dinner and souvenir shopping. We then saw the famous (in Estes Park of course) Cowboy Brad, then got ice cream. I got some great pictures.

Today, we went to the Alluvial Fan. It’s a really beautiful waterfall that’s actually a broken dam from a lake on the top of a mountain. When it first broke, it flooded the entire city of Estes Park. It’s still pouring down to this day. You have the opportunity to climb this waterfall, which we of course did. It had gorgeous scenery and beautiful plant-life. I got some fantastic pictures.

Now when we were done with all of that, the first thing Iestes park mountains wanted to do was look through my pictures. They all turned out pretty darn good for a snapshot camera. And since we still had four days left, I checked my memory so I would have enough room for the pictures I would take for the rest of the week. To my utter dismay, disappointment, and any other synonymous word, I accidentally reformatted my memory card. Those adorable, great, fantastic pictures… were gone. I was devastated and fuming at the ears because of my stupidity.

So, moral of the story; screw camera memory. When your camera says its full, delete some pictures. Just don’t….don’t… DON’T mess with the card settings unless you know exactly what you’re doing. I mean it.

Also, during the next four days, I have to go retake a bunch of pictures so you readers will enjoy the posts of the last few days and this one too. (If you didn’t realize this, I wrote these posts a while before I published them, due to lack of internet in the mountains.) Wish me luck!


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Beautiful Things (7/22/11)

I love art.

It’s a simple sentence, but it goes a longway. Everything, in its own way, is a piece of art. Anything that has ever been designed, captured on film, or admired by somebody is in fact art.

As I sit in the backseat on the drive to Estes Park, Colorado, I think back to the sketch book I placed in my backpack this morning. I sometimes wish I could just think of something completely new and put it on paper, but then I think to myself that the things that tend to be the most beautiful are the things that already exist. And my goal with my sketchpad and pencils or watercolors is to capture that beauty to the best of my ability. Because a mountain or waterfall is nature’s art, I’m hoping to capture that sometime this week.

That was my hope until I realized I forgot pencils. Sigh.


The Rainy Day Finale- The Double Rainbow!

The main reason I went outside with the camera was because I in fact, saw a double rainbow! Unfortunately, it was a bit too dim to see the second one, but I got great pictures of the first.

You could see the entire arc of the rainbow, but I really liked this side.

This one I made more of an orange color, it made the leaves really stand out.

This one is very similar to the first one, and I like the kind of “pot of gold at the end of the rainbow” aspect.

This one was basically just for fun, I’m a big fan of purple. πŸ˜‰ But if you look close enough you can kind of see the second rainbow right above the bright one.

This is actually my favorite picture of the entire “series”. I don’t know why, but I really love it. Maybe I’ll hang it up someday.

Which one is your favorite?


Rainy Day- The Trees

There’s this very tall tree at the end of our street, and during the summer it’s just full of leaves. It’s colossal. When it was raining, there was a sky behind it that made the tree just “POP”. I got some cool pictures, and used some really weird effects to make it look intimidating and creepy.
With this one I boosted the tint to -100, giving it kind of a pinkish/reddish hue. I like the plum tone.
This one- I did literally nothing to. Still pretty cool though, if I do say so myself.
This picture took me a while to get the color how I wanted it. I tweaked the contrast a bit, to about -20, boosted the saturation a little, completely raised the defintion, made the highlights to their max, boosted the shadows, de-noised it half way, then put the temperature (which gives it the orange color) at 100%. Kind of like a Neon Tree, huh? I personally like how it looks, not sure if anyone else does though. But it’s MY art. πŸ™‚



Rainy Day- Puddles

I’m making a sort of series here, I have some great pictures that I’ve been wanting to share. My last post was on my St. Louis pictures, and now I’m doing this post on pictures during a rainy day.

I’m going to start with my puddles.






Pretty? I thought so. It was fun taking these pictures.


The St. Louis Arch

I was writing my post about the “Rat Story”, I remembered that I had some great pictures of the St. Louis Gateway Arch that I’d like to share. After a bit of editing and effects, I think they look pretty good. Especially since I took them through the car window.

This one wasn’t as good, it’s a bit blurry, and you can tell that it was taken through a car window. But I like that it looks a little antique.

This one was the best full shot of the arch, but it was hard to make it look good because it was grainy and dark. But I think I managed all right!

This picture was in the “Rat Story” post, and I really liked it. It didn’t look good to begin with, but with the black and white effect it looks substantially better. I love the definition of the arch.

This one is my favorite. I love how modern it looks, how dark everything is and the arch stands out in the sky.


I enjoyed taking these pictures, I hope you enjoyed seeing them!