Friday, February 12, 2010

A trip down a rabbit hole...

When I think of fairy tales... I think of oak trees. They strike me as old, wise, protective, and enchanted. They are my favorite type of tree. Orla, and her two kids, Ruby and Jude, showed me the most beautiful oak tree recently. Her backyard opens into this magical space.  A little ivy trail led us across a tiny creek with a board to cross over it. The muddy slope led us up to a fire access road that brought us out to a clearing where there was a cattail-lined lake and in the distance, the beach. A little further up we ventured out to a wide open field. From here, she lead me to the mother tree. It was so big, beautiful, and wide open-- like it was welcoming us home with a hug. It was an old growth oak tree with branches stretching wide out. It's a new favorite spot for photos. So if you like the look of photos in the woods or tall grass in open fields.. I've got the spot for you! 

Orla is a fighter. Rightly so, being she is Irish. She came here when she was 12 years young. She has a gentle spirit, encouraging words, and big heart. When I think of her, I think of this quote:

“There is in every true woman's heart, a spark of heavenly fire, which lies dormant in the broad daylight of prosperity, but which kindles up and beams and blazes in the dark hour of adversity.” 

I love that Jude had just got stitches... it just adds to what kind of boy he is for our photos!

Meet "Spring" the Dog.

Calling all modeling agencies... any takers?

A boy and his dog.

This is Luke tailing our adventure, but I love the light at the end of the path.

You have to admit... this does look a little enchanted...

...ok, so part of it is Ruby's princess dress....
but we also found this magical looking mushroom.


  1. This photo shoot IS magical. I love it! I want one like that for my family!!