New York Surprise

NYC'15-166 Last Saturday was my birthday. I was expecting an outing – just an outing… and maybe a nice dinner somewhere. What I got from my husband (←) was a surprise four day trip to New York City complete with a gorgeous hotel room, a nearly all day trip to the Met, a special stop at Carlos Bakery, amazing food, any store or site I wanted to see, and it ended as a crescendo with Les Miserables on Broadway. It was a truly wonderful weekend and I’ve informed my husband that I’m ready to go back aaanny time he wants to take me.

Please enjoy the following artsy photographs as my documentation of our journey.

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Taughannock Falls, NY

This weekend, it seemed that everyone had the bright idea to be outside. Fall was making it’s presence known on this wonderfully warm autumn day.
We saw tons of professional photographers, and even one plein air painter enjoying the inspiring falls. Enjoy the view, we sure did! See more images on my website.

Into the Woods . . .

As winter approaches, we enjoyed autumn’s fleeting fireworks display.

Red Solo ©Rebecca Finch

Landon's Laugh ©Rebecca FinchMy husband and I take turns each week planning a little date. Only real rule is that we will devote some time to spend together to focus on us. And if we don’t get a babysitter for the little man, then we focus on our family and having fun together.

This week was actually my week to plan, but Ben was the one with the stellar idea so he went again this week. He took us to Tanglewood Nature Center where we enjoyed a little collection of various animals on display. It was fun showing Landon the snakes and fish, but I was most mesmerized by a case filled with bees busily working on making honey. It was just sitting there in the middle of the room  and we almost missed it. So now I must research the whole bee thing.

Park Grounds ©Rebecca Finch

After our trip through the displays, we walked one of the many trails surrounding the property and enjoyed the fall grandure that comes but once a year and doesn’t last nearly long enough.~

Flaming Tree ©Rebecca Finch

Flaming Tree II ©Rebecca Finch

Flaming Tree III ©Rebecca Finch

Landon's Smirk ©Rebecca FinchLandon really seemed to enjoy the ride – the very bumpy ride over leaves, branches, logs, and deep mud. Everything is an adventure and he was taking it all in.

Ben and I seriously have a thing for Birch trees. We love the contrast between the white trunk and the black branches. Add the fall factor and we are practically drooling. . . well at least I am.

Bright Birch I ©Rebecca FinchBright Birch II ©Rebecca Finch

Splash ©Rebecca Finch

Orange Flames ©Rebecca Finch

HawTHORN I ©Rebecca Finch

This is NOT a tree that you want to fall into. We couldn’t believe the thorns. They were both disturbing and beautiful at the same time.

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Autumn Berries ©Rebecca Finch

Trail Markers I ©Rebecca FinchAlong the path there were markers nailed to the trees to distinguish between the various trails. It seemed that they had been there for quite some time by the looks of how the trees were growing over them. Near the end there was a marker that was all but 1/4 ” swallowed up.

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Trail Marker Humor ©Rebecca Finch Trail marker humor. Har, har.

Crayola Fluorescents II ©Rebecca Finch

Spotted Leaves I ©Rebecca FinchWe enjoyed taking in the vibrant colors in the leaves. From the bright solid red to the spotted variations of red, green and everything in between, we enjoy pointing things out for each other to enjoy.

Enjoying Simple Things II ©Rebecca Finch

Enjoying Simple Things III ©Rebecca Finch

Welcomed Contrast ©Rebecca Finch

Crayola Fluorescents ©Rebecca Finch

Smooth Trunk ©Rebecca Finch

Well all of the walking that Ben and I did must have really worn Landon out because he fell asleep even as the trail was still quite bumpy for him. Such a sweet little babe. (collective, “awwww”)

Solitude for Dreaming ©Rebecca FinchThis seemed to be a perfect spot for some quality time with your honey. If it hadn’t been at the end of our journey or so chilly we might have stopped for a spell.

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Leaf Contrast ©Rebecca Finch

We had a wonderful time walking, chatting, pointing out God’s beautiful creation, watching Landon experience new things, breathing in that particular autumn fragrance while getting a little exercise at the same time.

Here’s a challenge for you to stop the busy pace, and do something leisurely and explorative to beautify your life. It’s a choice.

Foggy Morning

The Stories They Could Tell . . . ©Rebecca Finch

The Stories They Could Tell . . . ©Rebecca Finch

There was thick fog this morning looking so beautiful against my neighbor’s perfectly October-ized tree which has turned a beautiful orange. In the same line of site was their bright red bush.

I’m ready for pumpkin pie, candles, candy corn and everything else that comes during the fall season. I’m not at all ready for what comes after the fall season, however. So for now, enjoy these photographs taken several years ago on a morning not too different than today’s.

Soft Intricacies ©Rebecca Finch

Soft Intricacies ©Rebecca Finch

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