10/21 Weekend Adventures

Hello friends! First, apologies for the confusing blog schedule this week. I know it's weird reading a weekend review on a Thursday, seeing as we're so close to the following weekend. Being exhausted from the eventful weekend and losing our power yesterday morning didn't make things any easier. I'm breaking some blog rules with my erratic schedule but as one of my coworkers would say: “Why do you care, on your site, you make the rules.. so don't be afraid to break them.” So with that said, let's review the weekend.

We had two new visitors to the lake house this past weekend. Tony & Jen made the long journey down from Jersey City on Saturday. They arrived in the early evening and stayed in the guest quarters until the late morning on Sunday. We tried to pack as many fun activities as we could into such a small amount of time. We went out for dinner at one of our new favorite places to eat, the Harley Dawn Diner, make a quick stop at a new brewery called Vinyl in Hammonton, and finished off the morning on Sunday with a brunch buffet at the Scotland Run golf club right here in Williamstown. Our guests also got to experience one of my favorite things here in the lakes, that early morning fog. below you can see a couple of photos that I snapped before they had woken up… to show them of course.

After the lovely couple left us on Sunday, Victoria and I spent the rest of the day doing little things around the house. She mowed the front lawn, I washed my car, and we started our long-term project of trying to grow grass in our front yard by laying down some seeds! You can read all about that fun project here. I’ll be sure to keep everyone updated as much as possible too. So now, on to the photographs. They are a mix of styles and processing techniques all taken on my trusty X-Pro 2. I’ve been trying to use the XF23mm lens more over the last couple of days. You can see some of the photos have a wider feel to them. Omit I’m happy with the weekend’s catch, and I hope you enjoy them too.

Michael

Wedding Reportage

This one is going to be quick. Yesterday, Victoria & I attended the wedding of my cousin Alyssa and her (now) husband Danny. I had the pleasure of photographing them for their “Save the Dates” back in February. You can see those photos here, on my portfolio site.  To sum it up in a few words, we had a great time. It was nice to see the extended family, especially after moving a couple of hours away. This was my second time being back up north since we moved down here... Below are a few photos I snapped yesterday in an effort to exercise my creative muscles. Enjoy!

Wharton State Forest Hike

 

Hmm... I think I sat down about three different times with the intention of writing some long, word filled post about the hike we took last Monday. As you can tell, that did not happen. I suppose this is the universe telling me that I I should let the photos do the talking.  I will leave you with a map and a link to learn more about the Wharton State Forest. 

I also want to encourage everyone to get out and visit your local state parks more often. Wharton recently suffered a forest fire that destroyed some 1000 acres and some of its hiking trails. It is a reminder that these places are constantly changing, and that we should enjoy them as much as possible.