3.21.2012

A LITTLE SPRING IN THE CITY. AND IN MY SOUL, TOO.


well, here is the good news: i believe i have pinpointed my funk. why do i always forget that the changing of seasons always throws me for a loop? i should pencil it in my calendar right now for june. warning: summer is coming! you're about to get cranky! 

the changing seasons always simultaneously inspires and frustrates me. (it turns out, i've even written about this a million times: here, and here, and here, and here too!) on the one hand, everything is so beautiful! and spring colors! on the other hand, i sometimes have a hard time feeling like i'm keeping up. 

me and the camera are getting along like gangbusters. i'm getting there! practice practice practice.








 




and blurry shot of these cute bums to take us out.

43 comments :

  1. If I were a city girl, I think I could really dig that place. New York is beautiful.

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  2. So that's why i've been cranky lately? Your photo skills are getting so great! Must get a 50mm lens soon! Totally inspired by it.

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  3. Oh I feel you. Spring is so hard for me. I have learned to embrace the mood swings, from wanting to stil hibernate to vigorous shopping online for new clothes. It's ok. The hibernating is where it's at. We already have the main clothes. Cleaning closets is good.. then you know what you actually need. xo Love your voice on your blog- so happy.

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  4. God I love it when it changes to spring though! It starts to get warmer, while theoretically, not becoming too hot!

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  5. I've been trying to figure out why I've been feeling so off but yet exhilarated lately- and I think you nailed it on the head! Thanks :)

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  6. gorgeous photos!!

    www.modernsuburbanites.blogspot.com

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  7. I'm so glad you mentioned seasonal crankiness because I was wondering the same thing about myself. What is up?! But it happens every season. No surprise. It's lovely and all, but my mind wigs out. God bless those around me. Lovely photos. Happy Spring to you.

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  8. look at those mad photo skills.

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  9. It's funny, because even though I am thrilled to my tiptoes about the arrival of spring, I find myself getting irritated at the drop of a hat lately -- and I think it's because I want this season to be perfect, and anything interrupting that perfection throws me WAY out of whack.

    I never thought of it before, but you hit the nail on the head. I suppose spring fever has an ugly sibling, spring sads ;)

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  10. Oh my gosh your photography is really getting good. You're figuring out that camera wonderfully.

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  11. lovely photos...i love seeing spring photos, makes me cheerful :) hope your day is wonderful! xoxo

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  12. you tell all the pretties to stick around! i'm coming to NYC for the first time in May. i would like some springtime for my bike ride through central park....and all the food i will be eating. those are my main plans.

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  13. Im so jealous of your fabulous city walks!

    gandacummings.blogspot.com

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  14. oh gosh, all of these images are just so beautiful! and yes, the city is definitely gorgeous just for you :)
    i'm the same way, change of seasons for some reason always throws me off. i feel like something big is supposed to happen and a big change is supposed to happen within me. i guess we just have to be easier on ourselves.
    xo TJ

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  15. a good walk and yummy food will always clear your head. funny that you wrote about it that many times. we all get it, yours is just more timely with the start of a season. consider yourself blessed in a way. :)

    Lindsay

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  16. Gorgeous pics - i heart NYC!! cant wait to visit again....
    Anastasia

    http://anastasiac.blogspot.com.au/

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  17. Beautiful photos! I only get really cranky when summer comes... and stays.

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  18. Beautiful photos :)

    Season changes can be tough. Luckily we don't get much in the way of serious season changes here in Seattle. It's pretty consistent: gray and rain. Maybe a few weeks of sun in August...if we're lucky.

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  19. You are getting to be very handy with your camera indeed. Beautiful. And I know what you mean about the seasons changing. There's always a sense that you're a little behind the times.

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  20. Gosh I needed this today. Thanks.

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  21. Oh, wow. I feel the same way when the seasons change. And for some reason, it's particularly strong when spring rolls around. Lovely post. Thanks for expressing a shared sentiment!

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  22. Great pictures and I love the new blog header!
    Char xo
    www.itsacharmlife.blogspot.com

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  23. yes! yes! thank you for writing about this! ESPECIALLY in spring, it feels like you're suddenly behind every fashion trend etc etc and shouldn't you have already gone bicyclying or something equally as charming yet?! also, i always get suuuuuper nostalgic when the seasons change, and it feels overwhelming and emotional for a while til it kind of mellows out. i share your funk! beautiful pictures!

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  24. Glad you figured it out. That's always an accomplished feeling.

    Lovely pictures. Are you using manual focus?

    ♥Abbey
    Along Abbey Road
    DownEast Basics Giveaway

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  25. Gorgeous pictures! I'm with you lady...changing seasons always throw me off too. Why is it? Xo

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  26. Wow! Since your post on taking a class on learning your camera... you've come SUCH a long way!! Kudos! You've definitely earned your Nifty Fifty. :)

    -Emily

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  27. Wow, great shots...you do deserve the new lens and I am having camera envy! As for the season change, it does take time to adjust...take one day at a time.
    xo
    E
    http://www.urbanchiqueness.com

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  28. Don't fret your pretty little head! I totally get in a MAJOR funk whenever the seasons change. It's really wonky but seriously, I have been feeling off too! So no worries friend, you are not alone!

    And yes, that lens has been earned I must say! Keep the pictures coming!

    www.tippeecanoe.com

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  29. i don't do well with change.
    i DO do well with cookie dough though.
    not a fan of the actual cooked cookie.
    but cookie dough, yes:)

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  30. A little springtime is in my soul too....i feel like letting go of the old and making room in my heart for the the new!

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  31. i raise my hand and vote that u have earned a new lens! ur photos r fab!!

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  32. oh my! this post totally made me realize why i have been so completely off too! it is rough, you can't put your finger on it, but nothing feels like it is going right. i am always tired and then when i don't get everything done i feel like a failure....just hoping that real spring weather will arrive in france soon so i can start to feel normal again. thank you for this inspired post and a reminder of all the wonderful things to focus on during these cranky, crabby, down days!

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  33. The city is so pretty--wish I was there taking it all in.

    And the change in seasons makes me slightly cranky too--I look forward to it so much but then it comes and I just feel unsettled, like I have forgotten something--like right now.

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  34. I feel ya. It's that whole 'holy crap another season is gone and I have what to show for it..?' feeling. I usually tackle a decluttering project or do some kind of cleaning to keep the funk away. I just vacuumed out my car and sorted through the Q dudes clothes.

    It is weird that cleaning is my go to. My mood defender. My chill time. Oh well.

    xoxo

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  35. I think you have hit upon my crankypantsness. Feeling like the changing seasons are leaving me behind. Why are we our own worst enemies?

    http://floridagirlinoklahoma.blogspot.com

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  36. I could totally tell you put some work into that camera of yours! Nice job! Keep it up, you have a great eye for composition.

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  37. Thank you! I've been feeling the cranks lately too and wondering why I'm so off and how I can be so miserable in all of the sunshine. Total self-loathing. Least I'm not alone! Love your blog btw. Read it from the beginning awhile back. You are totally rad.

    -Heidi
    www.therusticmodernist.blogspot.com

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  38. So I was rereading your old posts you linked, and I just have to say: Next time you want to cut your bangs just do it. I think you'd look fab. This is only one life to live (on earth) after all. It's not that scary; you can always pin them back and grow them out and it's only hair. If you want to do it, do it. So there. No fear. And this from the girl who hasn't changed her hair in 3 years.

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  39. i can totally relate! misery loves company.....thanks for lifting my spirits!

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  40. Where did your Dear Husband get that "brewski" sweatshirt/hoodie? I would love to get the same or similar for mine. Do you mind sharing? Thank you.

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  41. As a doting aunt of 6 I have learned to embrace the blurry photos. I used to hate them when my nephews and nieces first started coming into this world, but I guess I've either given up hope on getting nonblurry pictures of children or I've found some beauty in them. 12 years after my first nephew was born (egads! how did that happen??) I now find that some of the blurry photos are the best memories.

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