Lavender is Bliss

Far east on the North Fork of Long Island is a beautiful lavender farm called Lavender by the Bay. My visit here has been two years in the making. I had heard about it 2 summers ago but didn’t have the chance to get out there. Last year, I finally had the chance to go but was disappointed to see on their website that all of the blooms had JUST been harvested. Finally, this year I made it!

It’s tricky because the main lavender bloom only spans about 2 weeks- an extremely short window to go enjoy the open fields. If you plan to go, check their website regularly for updates on blooming times.

I stepped out of the car and was immediately surrounded by the incredible aroma of the lavender flowers. It’s an $8 fee to enter the fields which include rows upon rows of lavender. There were a lot more bees than I expected but didn’t have a single issue. They were just minding their own business focusing on the flowers.

Of course I brought my camera along and also included 2 photos of myself below (thanks to my boyfriend!) because I just love how they came out. We spent some time in the fields and then purchased fresh bouquets of lavender to bring home. And yes, the car smelled AMAZING.

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Return to Top of the Rock

Over 10 years ago, I visited Rockefeller Center’s Top of the Rock Observatory. That was also during my pre-DSLR days, and I was using a point and shoot camera to grab some shots.

When I finally purchased a DSLR, I knew I wanted to go back but the opportunity just didn’t line up with certain plans and bad weather. I’ve had a DSLR for almost 6 years now, and at last I made it to Top of the Rock!

I went up during sunset and although a little crowded, I really enjoyed the views and grabbed plenty of photos. It’s definitely one of the best views of the city. I used my wide angle lens and a telephoto to grab a variety of shots. Enjoy!

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Aruba Flashback

Turquoise waters, warm desert sand and the sun always shining. Aruba definitely lives up to its slogan “One Happy Island.”

A year ago my boyfriend and I took an incredible trip to Aruba. It was my second time there and definitely one of my favorite vacation spots. The weather is gorgeous year-round and although it is considered to be a Caribbean island, it is located off the coast of Venezuela.

Some of my favorite experiences on the trip included an off-roading tour in the desert, snorkeling in a natural pool, a sunset cruise and just relaxing by the water. I’m missing it a lot and my wanderlust is kicking in for sure.

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First night’s sunset

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Palm trees by the pool

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Turquoise as far as the eye can see

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Golden hour on the shore

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Sailboat sunset

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Off-roading

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Desert meets sea

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Breathtaking landscapes

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Natural pool

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Palm Silhouettes

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A Weekend in Boston

This past weekend I visited Boston for the first time! I was really excited to explore and check out a new city.

I had my camera with me most of the time but Saturday’s weather was snowy and rainy, so Sunday is when I took all of my photos while walking around the city. Besides checking out Quincy Market, Little Italy and other areas downtown I also visited the New England Aquarium and Harpoon Brewery. Of course plenty of seafood was consumed, including an incredible New England clam chowder.

Boston was a great weekend getaway and I look forward to visiting more cities on these mini-trips in the future. Enjoy the photos and have a good week everyone!

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Edge of the Island

Montauk is one of Long Island’s most famous destinations and also a favorite place of mine to visit. I’ve been missing it a lot lately and wanted to share some of my past work from there. The lighthouse, the cliffs and the crisp blue water make it seem like another world. I can’t wait to go back and capture more.

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Favorite Photos of 2016

As the year comes to an end, I’d like to share some personal favorites of what I photographed in 2016. Enjoy and let me know what you think. Prints are available here!

Thank you and wishing everyone Happy New Year!!! ♥

A chilly Long Beach sunset

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Escape to Aruba

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Sunken Meadow reflections

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Long Beach waves

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Atlanta’s Aquarium

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Sunset at the Great South Bay

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That same night, on the lighthouse path

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Christmas 2016

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See you in 2017…