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Photo #1581

Nolan Loves Saint Nicholas

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Christmas is fast approaching…and as you can see, Nolan is super excited!!  Well, he has enjoyed the finding-a-Christmas-tree, and the house decorating (especially all the lights), but he was not all that thrilled to be sitting in Saint Nicholas’ lap last weekend.  At least he didn’t cry and wail, and he had a fun rest of the day checking out the Bethlehem Christkindlmarkt.

Photo #1580

Morning Meadow Bouquet – Etsy Print

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A meadow full of flowers, just as the rising sun hits, is a great place to be with a camera!  I had to get down low (and a bit wet with dew) to capture this photo of backlit flowers and grasses, and the mix of focus gives a bit of depth to the scene.

If you like this photo, please check out this print and many others on my J. Apgar Photo Etsy shop (www.etsy.com/listing/103293297/morning-meadow-bouquet-8×10-fine-art).Prints can make a great gift for family, friends, grab bag/secret santa, or any other occasion; just combine with a nice frame, and viola!  Leading up to Christmas, I am now offering 40% off prints (just enter ‘WINTERSNOW’ when making a purchase), so don’t pass up this chance for some great prints.  Also, be sure to visit my shop’s front page (www.etsy.com/shop/japgarphoto) and check out some of my other available prints!  Thanks for your support!

Photo #1579

Blossoms at Snug Harbor Botanical Gardens

Botanical gardens in early spring can be a great place to pack in a lot of flower photography!  I took an unexpected trip to Staten Island’s Snug Harbor Botanical Gardens last March, and while it was still a little early for many plants, the flowers and blossoming trees that were ready looked fantastic.  These pink blossoms greeted visitors near the entrance to the gardens, and I thought their color matched nicely with the blue and white sky above.

I’ll be sure to post some of my other favorites from the gardens in future posts.

Photo #1578

Winter is On the Horizon

I’m back!  The last photo was posted back in February…but semi-regular photos haven’t really been posted for a much longer time period.  I don’t want to get your hopes up (or my own), but I’d really like to get back into a routine of sharing photos…so we’ll see how this goes!

Here’s a bit of background to get us up to speed — since starting this site 6 years ago (11.15.2008 was my first entry), a lot has certainly changed in my life.  Starting in 2012, I had a bit of difficulty posting a new photo every single day with both a new home and a pregnant wife, and there were multiple stretches of more than a couple weeks where I wasn’t able to post any photos.  By the time 2013 rolled along and our son Nolan was born, I completely fell off the bandwagon!  Time I might have spent picking a photo to post and write about was spent changing diapers or sleeping…  By January 2014, I hadn’t posted anything in 9 months and I attempted to get back into regular monthly or weekly postings, but even that just didn’t happen.  So now it is November 2014, and I’m giving it another go-around…the upshot of having not posted much of anything over the past 2 years is I definitely have plenty of great photos to share!

So to follow up yesterday’s Thanksgiving photo, here is a sunset shot I took this month with Nolan in our backyard.  We were doing some posed family shots in the last light of the day, and after sitting still, Nolan enjoyed being able to roam around.  We’re mostly set for winter, and we hope you are too!

Photo #1577

Happy Thanksgiving, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving from my family to yours!

Photo #1576 – 02.19.14

Leggs and Nolan, 14 Weeks

Nolan likes taunting Leggs…and Leggs mostly tries to avoid Nolan if he can.  But once in a while, Leggs will get cozy with Nolan, especially if he is on a blanket that he wants to lay on.  That’s what Leggs did back in July as we were taking some photos at Nolan’s 14 week mark, and they both smiled (kind of) for the camera while chillin’ on the sheep blanket.

I’m sure Leggs cannot wait for Nolan to become even more mobile than he already is!

Photo #1575 – 02.15.14

Thoughts of Spring and Butterflies

Well, it’s snowing here at home, which seems to be nothing new this winter.  We’re at about 3 inches…on top of 13 inches from a couple days ago…on top of however much from the past month!  So while I do enjoy winter and the snow, I wouldn’t mind seeing spring and summer come a bit quicker.  So here’s a lovely butterfly photo from last year to help anyone else suffering from too much winter.  It was taken at the New Jersey Botanical Garden in Ringwood State Park where there were so many cool flowers and plants.  It was my first time there, and it was a cool place to explore, so check it out this spring/summer if you’ve never been there before!

And yes, I only posted one photo in January…hopefully I can do at least two this month!  Slowly but surely…

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