Monday, January 28, 2008

Oh, how I love Alexandria

Saturday I went taking pictures of Old Town with my friend Katy. Despite the 25 degree weather, we had a great time walking around in the morning. After I got home and uploaded all my shots, I went back in the afternoon and walked along the waterfront some more. It was a great photo day!! Below are some of my favorite shots:

Thursday, January 17, 2008

It's Snowing in Washington!!!

I just had to run outside this morning and take some pictures :) My coworkers thought I was nuts

Monday, January 7, 2008

28 Places to See Before You Die

This month's issue of Smithsonian magazine arrived in my office this morning and an article featured on the cover caught my eye.

According to Smithsonian, these are the 28 things you should seebefore you die:

For their glimpse into the past
Mesa Verde

For their feats of engineering
Pyramids of Giza
Taj Mahal
Easter Island
The Great Wall of China

For their ability to amaze at different times of the year
Aurora Borealis
Iguazu Falls (Brazil)
Machu Picchu

For their fine works of art and design
The Louvre
Zen Garden of Kyoto
Uffizi Gallery
Fallingwater (Frank Lloyd Wright's house)

Because they are some of nature's most spectacular sites
Yangtze River
Mount Kilimanjaro
Grand Canyon

For their presence of gods
Angkor Wat

Because time may soon run out on these sites
Venice, Italy
Amazon Rain Forest
Great Barrier Reed
Galapagos Islands

Many of these places have previously been on my list - Petra, Pyramids of Giza, Taj Mahal, Easter Island, Great Wall, Aurora Borealis, Serengeti, Angkor Wat, Fallingwater, Galapagos Islands, Uffizi Gallery - great excuse to return to Florence!

It surprised me that I've been to two of the places - Pompeii, just recently on our honeymoon, and the Louvre, in 5th grade, which means I didn't really appreciate it.
Other places on my list include the distant (Austrlia and New Zealand), the sacred (Sacre Coeur in Paris, again, I've been but didn't appreciate it), the metropolitan (Seattle, London and Chicago), the beautiful (the Almalfi Coast of Italy) and the random (Buenos Aries). My desire to go to many of these places centers around my interest in photographing them.

What places are on your list?

I'll close with some pictures from Pompeii, in honor of its mention on Smithsonian's list:

Friday, January 4, 2008

A little warmth in the cold weather

I have recently expanded on my love of taking macro photos of flowers. I should seriously quit my job and be a flower photographer for National Geographic. Since it is ridiculously chilly out, I thought I'd share some pictures from a recent trip to the Botanical Garden here in DC to help warm you up. The first two are pictures of the beautiful red and white tulips my Dad sent Brad and I for Christmas :)

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

January 1 = football!!!

We treated New Years Day as it is meant to be treated: like a day to worship the best sport there is!! We parked our butts on the couch all day, only breaking to warm up snacks and do a little laundry.

breakfast of champions: a denver bagel sand-o from Brugger's Bagels
football food!

Rose Bowl action

Did you ever wonder what it would look like if you photographed that last swig of beer? I think it looks kind of cool! (the top one is without flash, bottom one with)

Happy 2008 everyone! May you have a joyous and prosperous year!

Ringing in the New Year ~ NYE

For New Year's Eve, we decided we wanted to take it easy. We had a fantastic meal at what is turning out to be our new favorite restaurant - Monroe's. I mean, it's hard not to like Monroe's: great food and it's, literally, directly across the street from our apartment! Afterward, we had just enough time to come home, pop open some bubbly (the cork hit the ceiling!) and toast 2008.

Monroe's all decorated!

bubbly ready!

newlyweds midnight kiss

Christmas Mornin', Part 2

Christmas breakfast - cheesy eggs and sausage ryes

crossword books!
starting the Nutcracker collection
a gift certificate for dance lessons (Christina may live to regret giving him this gift!)
"It's like the Christmas of things I've always asked for an never get!"

Christmas dinner (cooked by Christina, saved by Brad)

Christmas Mornin', Part 1

Red and white tulips from Dad to help make the season bright
Brad and his stocking
Christina and her stocking
new earrings from Brad... good stocking stuffer!
Brad opening all his cheese related gifts from Dad

Christina's pretty sweater from Dad