Through the Lens: photos from May

May in photos

How do I even sum up this crazy, hectic month? And how can I even call it that knowing it’ll be tame compared to the months ahead? Mostly the crazy has just been in my head, but soon things really will be moving at high speed. As our move to California draws nearer, I’m realizing the scope of the logistics this whole thing requires. I’m trying to take it all in stride. Soon, I’ll forget the very meaning of “boredom.”

Though I didn’t take as many pictures as I would like, May was full of photo-worthy moments. Dinners out, movie nights in, girl time with the sisters, a winning Orioles game vs. the Yankees, a baby shower, and a long weekend with my college roomie helped this month speed right on by. I’m trying to soak it all up. As much anticipation as I feel, I’m never quite sure when the last time I see an old friend or drive down a certain street will be. I don’t mean that to sound melodramatic—it’s just kind of a fact. I mean, it’s not like these things will definitely be the last time ever. At this point, I’m really not thinking too far beyond the two years of grad school I’ve committed to. But then, I can’t say for certain that these won’t be the last times I do such-and-such, either. You never know where life will take you.

But enough of me trying to sound like Ferris Bueller. Pictures! A mix of film, digital, and iPhone in this batch. (Can you tell which is which?)


Mount Vernon Baltimore

Great American Canyon BandOn the first Thursday of every month in the warm season, the local public radio station, WTMD, puts on a free outdoor concert. It typically features a mix of local bands and nationally touring acts (John performed there a couple summers ago!), and it attracts a huge crowd. Warm weather, free attendance, and outdoor drinking? Who wouldn’t want to be a part of that?

This night turned into a bit of a drunkfest (as proven by my girly fandom talking to the awesome couple of the Great American Canyon Band), but earlier that day, I had been lamenting to John that I needed to get over my shyness as a budding photographer. When I see interesting people, I want to take their pictures but am hesitant to approach them. Well, all it took on the night of this First Thursday concert was a couple of beers, and I was happily snapping away at strangers. I found kind of a theme in my photos—men with dogs:

men with dogs

men with dogs

men with dogs


Yeah. Just let that sink in for a minute. Chances are, if your heart is made of ice, it just done defrosted all over da flo’.

Mount Vernon Baltimore

Mount Vernon BaltimoreEverything got kind of hazy after that.

The night the Orioles beat the Yankees was the perfect early summer night. Though it would drop down to the low 60s later in the week, this night felt like mid-July with Natty Bohs and french fries generously seasoned with Old Bay.

Camden Yards

Camden YardsAnd back to the theme of major life changes, scenes from a picturesque baby shower at McKenzie’s farm for our friend, Rachel:




baby shower


baby belly

Finally, I wrapped up the month by taking Justine, visiting from Long Island, around to some of the best places in Baltimore. (It was a great excuse to spend a little money before I can no longer do such a thing frivolously.) I think this might be my favorite picture from the whole month:

two heads

And with that, I leave you with wishes for a happy weekend. Now I’m off to do a little car shopping. What, you ask? Yeah. Ole Bertha was never part of the cross-country plan, but she is making it difficult to safely get around for the next few weeks. Looks like I could be taking the plunge on another car a bit earlier than I thought. This is going to be interesting. But at least I get to go on a few fun test drives.

See you in June.

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  1. Haha, that last photo actually made me lol for a second. Awesomeness. And in response to thoughts about driving down streets or seeing things for the last time: I teared up soooo many random times in the month or so before I moved, going places and doing things that I loved. Now I’ve been back a million times and I’m going back a million times more in the coming months…AND technology makes it so easy to keep in touch and feel like you never left. So there’s a comforting thought for you. Is that comforting for you? I don’t know. It’s helped me a lot. I still get hella homesick, though.

    • “Hella” homesick?

      You are turning into a Californian. 😉

    • HA, Erika. 🙂

      It’s really cool you’ve been able to visit home a lot. I’m sure that helps a lot with the homesickness. It’s hard to predict just how emotional I’ll be on the big day. It still doesn’t feel entirely real, and part of me is worried I won’t really grasp it until I’m gone. (I don’t want to feel guilty for not crying when I say goodbye to people, you know?) Gah, but yes, technology does help with the separation anxiety, as we’ll call it.

  2. Totally take photos of strangers! I have a friend who ALWAYS goes around taking photos of interesting strangers, and they’re the best. Like he’ll see someone on the street and then follow them around for a day and go to their favorite hangouts and become friends with them. It’s totally crazy and the photos are always incredible. Here’s his website if you wanna check it out:

    I love your photo roundups and can’t wait to see the ones you take of Cali!

    • Oh my God, I LOVE your friend’s work. That might just have to go in my next Interweb Finds post. 🙂 What a talented photographer and totally cool concept. Looks like he’s met a lot of interesting people.

  3. So, I always think I have commented on your blog already, but it turns out that… I most likely have read it on my phone and for some reason, my phone can’t leave comments. And then I forget to try to post them on here again from my computer, thinking that they are already here. But they are not!! Sad face.

    Anyway, I thought it was just fabulous that you got the interview with Chris… I read his book a few months ago and have been aware of his projects and so that is just huge. I also think that this is just an exciting time in your life — so much change is about to happen and so many possibilities. L.A. is definitely different and that’s fun and exciting. Can’t wait to read along!

    Also, I get shy about taking photos, too. Way to be brave — you got some great pictures out of it! 🙂

    • Ahh thank you, lady. So glad you enjoy the blerg, and I really appreciate the words of encouragement. Things are nuts, but in the best possible way. 🙂

  4. I love these dog photos! They just made my Friday a whole lot better. I’m such a puppy nut, it’s kind of ridiculous. At least half of the photos on my phone are of my dog and the others are mostly of food. They’re definitely not as interesting as yours!

    • I’m the biggest puppy nut, too – it’s ridiculous. I basically squeal and swoon over every dog that ever passes me by. Dogs and food are pretty much the best things you can have pictures of. 🙂

  5. Great photos. I love that you still shoot with film.

  6. Oh man, is there anything sweeter than men with dog photos?! I love them ALL.
    I’m noticing that a few bloggers are going to baseball games. In the summer. In the dead heat. How do you guys do it? I can’t be outside more than 10 minutes in this florida heat without wanting to die.

    • The humidity yesterday was AWFUL. The day of this game was pretty hot, too, but the night cooled off perfectly so we weren’t sweating. I don’t know how you all do it in Florida. My hair would hate me.

  7. that’s how i felt before I moved to LA. I came up with a list of places I needed to visit / eat at and made sure i spent plenty of time with family & closer friends. it’s funny how leaving a place makes you appreciate it that much more.

    • I know, suddenly I’m realizing how much there is to do here that I’ve never taken advantage of. And now there’s so little time todo it all! Makes you appreciate home a lot more for sure.

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