in bloom {flower photography}

Hello, my friends!

Isn’t it crazy that we’re onto the last month of summer? I’ve enjoyed taking tons of photos of all the gorgeous flowers around our house and in the woods. We’ve planted so many, and all of them are so pretty! And then the wildflowers I’ve found in the woods are quite beautiful too.

Today, I selected a few of my favorites out of the hundreds I’ve taken this summer to show you all. I hope this post adds a bit of sunshine to your day! ❀

Enjoy some gorgeous flowers and some other pretty nature-y things!

These first few pictures are all from our trip to Lake Michigan in June! πŸ™‚ I absolutely adore the lighting on this one, the shadow / darker light adds a whole other aspect to the photo.

The petals on this flower remind me of little hearts. I love the bright yellow color of the center, too!

These are similar to the one above, but these flowers had brighter colors. I love how the little white flower snuck its way into the picture. XD

This is one of, if not my favorite flower pictures I’ve ever taken. ❀ These bulbs are absolutely gorgeous; I’m hoping to plant some next spring in our garden.

This flower is so unique. πŸ’›

Now, we’re back to all of the flowers from our garden, woods, and pots at home. I don’t know what these orange flowers are called, but I love the delicacy of the leaves and how they are shaped.

A while ago, I did this random photoshoot I guess you could call it with these little white flowers that my youngest sister brought to me. She kept telling me to put them in random places like on the tree branch and log and take pictures of them. They’re a bit funny, but I like them all, especially the one on top right.

Daises are such lovely flowers. My mom transplanted all of these from the woods, and they have grown quite nicely.

I love the lighting on this one as well ❀ This picture seems to have a quiet and peaceful vibe to it. πŸ˜‚ 😜

Ooh, I like the narrow way this coneflower (and coneflowers in general) looked before it bloomed. Its soon-to-be petals are really pretty with the pale pink and yellow. Once they bloom, it seems like they’re more pink and purple than anything.

I love this one. ❀ The white flowers remind me of lace for some reason, and the water drops add a whole other add effect to it. The colors are also really pretty.

The tree outside the cottage we were staying in reminded me a lot of the cherry blossom tree at home. I like the one in the middle especially because of all the colors, the blue sky, bright green leaves, two random bright red berries, and the actual flowers, of course!

I don’t love this picture, but I do like the water drops on the leaves and the wave petunias. I love all waterdrop photos. πŸ™‚

No caption needed. ❀

For some reason, I like taking pictures of flowers before they bloom, and then after. It’s a neat thing to do. I don’t have the “after” picture yet, but I’m excited to see what it looks like when the flower does bloom. The inside of this flower reminds me of ribbon. πŸ€ͺ

This picture is so sharp and clear with the black background. This is my favorite photo I’ve taken with coneflowers.

These are the same flowers as the ones at the beginning of the post but these were at our house. I like how they have different shades of yellow on the petals.

The stripes on this petunia are really neat! Compared to the other flowers we have all over the place, petunias seem a little boring, but not this one! I like it quite a lot.

This other petunia is another not-so-boring flower! It looks like someone came in with pink paint and splatter-painted the center. Really cool and pretty, in my opinion.

We have so many zinnias! Each flower has a unique color, which makes it fun. I love how every zinnia seems to have little flowers growing inside of the main flower, and how they form a circle. It reminds me of a flower crown. :’D

This one. ❀ I was coming in from a walk when I noticed that there was this butterfly on the flowers in the front garden. It was so amazing to see it.

I love butterflies. ❀

And that’s the end of this very long post. πŸ™‚ Thank you so much for reading and may you have a wonderful day, friends!

What was your favorite photo from this post? Do you like butterflies? Do you have a flower or vegetable garden? What’s your favorite flower?

Summer Vacation 2022 {Part Two}

Hello, friends!

I’m back this week with part two of my family’s summer vacation to Lake Michigan last June! If you missed Part One, you can find it here.

Enjoy lots of blue skies and gorgeous landscapes, crazy adventures, and much more!

Day four

Our fourth day of vacation was a bright and sunny Tuesday. We spent the morning on the beach and had a cookout for lunch before we headed off to do other festivities. The water wasn’t very warm, but that didn’t stop us. (My crazy brother, Malachi, swam in it every day except for one, even though the water temperature was only 52 degrees!)

I love how the sun looks on the water! It was so pretty. Looking at these photos makes me want to go back so much, even though I love being home. πŸ˜‚

I don’t know what caused the patterns to look like this on the water, but it’s neat. It was so cool to see how the water changed each day since we had a variety of weather while we were there.

This picture is, ick. πŸ€ͺ Not the actual picture, but what the picture was of. We had a lot of rain from the day before, so a lot of sand, dirt, dead fish and rocks washed up on the beach, and this wave was full of it. Thankfully, there were some clear areas to wade in, that was not filled with gunk.

I wish my shadow could have been clearer, but I like this, even though it’s not great.

After we were finished with lunch, we headed to Wood Orchard! It’s a really neat market with a fun playground outside, and plenty of cool things inside like signs, other decorations, fruit, pies, streusel, fudge, and much more.

Once we finish there, we headed toward a fun state park with this really cool rock formation. It was a fun place to go to, and I got some really neat photos!

Doesn’t this driftwood look like a howling dog?

All of the rock was so neat! The blue water and the green on the rocks look really good together, in my opinion.

After we had watched for a while, we went on a walk through the path. Goodness, there were a lot of roots on the path. o.O Perfect for The Ground is Lava. πŸ˜‰

This doesn’t really fit in with the rest of the photos, but I love it anyway. So pretty!

This one. . .no caption needed. ❀

And then, we headed home! And now. . .family photo time! πŸ₯³ 😜 Well, actually, we ate dinner first, then we headed out onto the beach.

Alas, taking pictures with my family always takes a lot of shuffling, but we managed and got one good one. I love this. ❀

Sadly, I can’t share any of the others for privacy, but they were beautiful, definitely worth all the shuffling (and a bit of squabbling). 😊 πŸ’›

Day Five

We were gone the whole morning, or at least the girls were, my wonderful Aunt Joy took us (Grace, Mercy, and I) out shopping, walking around downtown, stoped, at a very cute coffee shop, and overall have a ton of fun. ❀ (Well, I got a smoothie, to be precise.) We had a blast, but I didn’t bring my camera along, which means no photos. πŸ™ƒ So there aren’t too many photos for this day.

We had a s’more contest that night, and it was lots of fun. Mom ended up winning. πŸ˜€ Alas, the fire was very difficult to cook marshmallows on, but it did work, after more than a few failures.

And behold, the perfect marshmallow.

Day SIx

Despite our sixth day being our last day of vacation, it was my favorite day. We went to some really cool and fun places, plus went to out favorite ice cream shop before we headed home. And it was gorgeous out, with incredible clouds, and a bright blue sky. Let’s get started, shall we?

Before we left the cottage, I headed out to the beach to get some more photos. I love this shot of the trees, and the benches, with the bright water and the white sand.

Just beautiful. ❀

Oooh, I adore the colors of this one. . .the water, with green leaves and white birch tree. So pretty.

All of the sparkles remind me of little diamonds on the water. It was so lovely out that day.

More seagulls! There were so many birds, most of them were pelicans or seagulls.

And one last picture of our beach. ❀

After that, we grabbed our last-minute things, loaded into the car, and headed toward another beach! It was wonderful there too, with huge clouds and lots of amazing photo opportunities. πŸ˜€

This place would have been perfect for a picnic. (Sadly, it was 9 a.m in the morning. Not exactly breakfast time. XD)

It was right near where we went on our fourth day of vacation. 😜 Just around that cliff was where we stopped!

It’s funny how different the water is right here. So green and then so clear all of the sudden.

Lots of sand dunes!

The sand made weird noises when you walked on it–It was kinda funny. πŸ˜‚

There was this huge anchor that the boys were trying to pick up. (They weren’t successful though. . .It was chained to the ground. πŸ˜‰ πŸ€ͺ)

This path through the woods with the water in the background. . .it was lovely there.

Once we left there, we drove toward another state park! This one was for the viewing tower. It was quite cool. πŸ˜€ And a teensy bit terrifying being up there in the sky. 😜 πŸ˜‚

The tower from down below!

Grandma looks so tiny. 🀣

We could walk up the steps, or walk the ramp–But we decided to do the ramp since it was all new and looked cooler.

And the view from the top. Just beautiful. ❀

That wraps up this post. It was a lovely vacation, and I’m so thankful that we were blessed enough to go up here–It was an amazing blessed from the Lord. ❀

Are you going anywhere this summer? Which marshmallow is the best in the contest? How does family photo time go for your family? Any chaotic stories?

Thank you so much for reading! ❀

Summer Vacation 2022 {Part ONe}

Hello, my friends!

I have quite a long post today! Back at the beginning of June (Yes, I’ve been waiting a while to post this. I may have to start posting more than once a week or take fewer photos. πŸ˜‚), my family, along with my grandparents and aunt, went on a trip to Lake Michigan. It was a wonderful time, even though it was a bit chilly and the water was too cold to swim, and I took 654 photos. *shakes head* Which is why we’re going to split this into two parts.

Enjoy!

DAY ONE:

(I’m going to divide this post into days and two parts to keep it decently readable. :))

We started out the trip around Eight in the morning and we arrived around One O’clock so just in time for lunch. Grace and Malachi rode with my aunt (Well, Malachi drove.), which was strange but nice–since we weren’t crowded for once!

The trip was pretty boring. . .I read This Changes Everything by Jaquelle Crowe Ferris on the way there; it’s an amazing book, and if you haven’t read it, I’d totally recommend it. But other than that, not much happened.

I took tons of landscapes and raindrop photos on the way there, but somehow, they all got deleted. πŸ˜… ‘Twas quite sad and I still have no idea how it happened, but thankfully, a few were saved!

We passed by this place that had tons of windmills. There were so many and they were all so huge!

And then, at last, we reached our destination! (Well actually, first we had to stop at Walmart to pick up some things, and then we went to Subway to get sandwiches. But we were there!)

We stayed at the cutest little cottage right on the Lake, which was amazing. All we had to do was cross this small lane and we were at the beach.

Right away we got out of the car (Without bothering to unload all of our things, except the sandwiches) and ran to the beach. Everyone was starving, so after a few of us had run around the beach like crazy, we settled down to eat. And then promptly, we got sand in the sandwiches. (Guys, sand gets everywhere. I mean, I still have sand in my shoes from this trip. *rolls eyes*)

The water was so blue and bright! ❀ It was a really neat color that day. It was funny because each day, the water was a different shade of blue.

I LOVE how the clouds look in this one. They were so wispy and neat.

I always enjoy standing by the edge of the beach and watching the waves come in, and then having to jump away from them too! It even gave me a new story idea. 😁

Later, after the car had been unpacked and we were somewhat settled, Dad, Grandpa, the twins, and I went on a walk on the beach.

It was a bit cloudy, but still so bright and beautiful! At the end of our beach, there was a pier and a little further down from that was a lighthouse. (Keep on reading for more about that later in the post!) We walked to the end of the beach but couldn’t figure out how to get to the lighthouse so we went on a trail in the woods. (Possibly a bad idea. πŸ˜‚)

After nearly 20 minutes of walking, I was starting to think that we were lost. Finally, we decided to turn around. Oh, the adventures we have while looking for things. XD (Remember the search for the lake at Lutsen?) Well, we never found the lighthouse. πŸ˜› But we did have a nice walk!

The clouds and sun on the beach were all gorgeous. ❀

Once we came home from our walk, and I took those photos, everyone was tired so we just spent the rest of the evening hanging out in the house and just chilling.

DAY TWO

The second day of our trip was Sunday, and we usually don’t do a lot on Sundays. For most of the day, we just hung out at the beach, and then we went to Target and TJ Maxx before we got to meet one of my writing friends and a pen pal. (Which was fantastic but sadly, I didn’t get any pictures.) Anyway, I have a lot of beachy photos for this category.

There were so many fish! A lot of them were dead but we caught some live ones too. All you had to do was dunk a bucket underwater and you’d almost always bring up a fish. It was crazy.

It wasn’t very warm out, but all of us kids went into the water anyway and waded. ‘Twas quite chilly, but a lot of fun!

There was this little beach / cove in the water, about 5 feet in. We all had a lot of fun walking on it and jumping back and forth. All of my younger siblings took to calling it an island. I wouldn’t go that far. πŸ˜‚

The water between the “island” was all silvery from the sun. I think this photo is really neat. πŸ™‚

Sitting on the beach is the perfect time to read, eh? I read 5 books on this trip, and most of them were read seating on the beach.

(Credits to Mercy for the last photo!)

DAY THREE

Our third day on vacation was also Ezekiel’s birthday!

For the morning, we hung out at the beach since it was supposed to rain, but it didn’t.

Then for lunch, everyone got into the car (cars, I should say–There were 13 of us! πŸ˜…) and we drove to a restaurant to celebrate Ezekiel’s birthday! It’s one of our favorite restaurants to go to up there, it serves some of the best ice cream and huge shakes//malts. It’s super cool inside too, all these old signs and things. Sadly, I didn’t bring my camera inside. πŸ˜›

It rained on the drive there, and I got some more rain drop photos! Not my best ones, but I think this one of the windshield is neat. 😊

After we had eaten, we went shopping in some little stores downtown–This ice cream shop reminded me of something you’d see in a movie or book. 😁

There was this huge bear outside one of the stores! Buddy, my grandparents dog, kept barking at it. πŸ˜‚

Along with plenty of pretty flowers. I don’t know what kind of flowers these are, but I love them and now I want to plant some. *grins* I love this photo so much. ❀

There were all of these fun animals around the town. Apparently, his name is Cusco! It’s from a picture book but I don’t remember the name–Anyone remember it? 😜

Hello, Mr. Pig! πŸ˜‚ This pig wasn’t named though, unlike Cusco.

After shopping, we got back in the car and drove home. Now, onto the lighthouse adventure, I mentioned earlier in the post! Everyone wanted to figure out how to get to the lighthouse and go see it, so after looking it up and finding directions, we headed toward the lighthouse.

On the way there, we had to walk on a street // road that had an area for the public to walk, and a spot for the private. The younger ones of us kept putting toes over the line and being crazy about it. πŸ˜‚

We walked out on this concrete pier, and it was a bit nerve-wracking but still very safe. πŸ˜…

I love the B&W version of this photo. I had to edit it a bit strangely to try to get Mercy out since she was photobombing, but I still love it.

All of the rocks along it were so pretty, and neat. It was so loud there, with all the waves crashing against them.

Guys. . .it was so neat there and the weather and fog just added to the effect.

I kind of want to write a short story of flash fiction off of these photos. What do you think?

Across from us, there was another pier where plenty of seagulls, pelicans, and other birds were all over it. It was really cool to watch the birds.

Ahh. . .this is probably my favorite photo from the whole trip. I love it SO so much. This was one of, if not my favorite, places to go when we went up there.

Anyway, that brings us to the end of this incredibly long post. 😜 I hope you enjoyed it and keep an eye out for part two next week!

What was your favorite photo from this post? What are your plans for the summer, have you taken any summer trips yet? Do you like the beach or mountains more?

Have a beautiful week and thank you for reading!