Monday, November 23, 2015

Lake Michigan Road Trip // Mackinac Island Part 2

Usually when I'm packing for a trip I tend to be way optimistic and I pack too many summery clothes and then end up freezing most of the time. This trip was a bit of the opposite! Well, taking a road trip in the Midwest in the third week of September could be chilly! The weather was a bit brisk the first night, but every other day we spent on the trip was just the most perfect weather. I ended up wearing the same cutoffs and top pretty much the whole time just because it was so pleasantly warm. The weather was most noticeable on Mackinac Island. Blue skies and warm breezes made for just a beautiful couple of days. 
We rented bikes from our hotel and rode them around the whole island! This is Arch Rock - a natural bridge formed in limestone. We climbed all the way up to the top of the peak to the left.
The view from up near Arch Rock. This reminded me so much of my home in Door County, Wisconsin.
This small cave was formed during the same period as Arch Rock (the Nipissing post-glacial period) by the waves of Lake Huron. It's called Devil's Kitchen.
On our last day on the island we checked out of the Grand and made our way downtown. We rented a tandem bike and tried not to think about leaving. The tandem bike, by the way, was awesome. Neither of us had ridden one before, so it was a bit of a joke at first, but we quickly got the hang of it and LOVED it.
Said tandem bicycle in front of the Butterfly House. Literally everyone we talked to told us we needed to visit this place. It was pretty awesome. The butterflies were gorgeous! It provided a great opportunity to practice with my (still quite new) camera. There was also a pretty cool tarantula that had recently shed its skin! One of the women working there showed us the shed skin, which was like the coolest thing ever. She was super into it talking about it, too, we could probably have been best friends, haha.
Bye bye, Mackinac Island. I had the time of my life on this island. The whole community and industry (not to mention the landscape, as I mentioned earlier) reminded me so much of the place where I live and work (another beautiful tourist driven place). It was nice to play tourist for once, though. I do have another Mackinac Island post coming up - lots of pictures from the Grand Hotel!

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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

inspired by // the art of Sophia Rapata

Sometimes people come into your life and they make the world seem less lonely. When I first stumbled upon Sophia's work, I could hardly contain my excitement. I felt an immediate connection, loving the strange and macabre as I do, and not long after I was lucky enough to find it, my first piece of art came into my home. 

In my opinion, the best artists are the ones who inspire you to create. Not necessarily using the same medium (although I was inspired enough to pick up a set of watercolors!), but in life in general. Lately I've been in the midst of an artistic slump and have not been motivated to create anything new. This morning as I was scrolling through good ol' Instagram, there was my answer in Sophia's feed. I had so much fun trying to bring some of her characters to life! There are two of them I tried to mimic closely, and the original art is posted below. The rest of the characters are my interpretation of Sophia's artistic style.

The photos of the art I snagged from Sophia's Instagram, which I strongly recommend you check out, in addition to her website and Etsy shop. Please help support Sophia and other artists making the world a more beautiful place!
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Sunday, November 8, 2015

equinox photography prints plus now available

I'm excited to share that some of my photographs are now for sale on Society6! I've worked very hard to put together these images, and I'm so proud to see them live on the site! And the coolest part is that not only are they available as prints, but also as coffee mugs, clocks, stationary, phone cases, laptop skins, and more! There are some photos that made it onto the blog, but most of them have never been published here!

Selling through this site is a fun and only temporary way to make a little extra road trip money, and to get my brand out there. I'm working on getting some of my work into local galleries, and maybe at that point I'll start cutting out the middle man and selling them myself. However in the mean time, I hope everyone enjoys taking a peak through my S6 shop!

If there's a photo you've seen on my blog and you're interested in seeing it for sale, let me know and I will make it happen. Also, if I'm lucky enough to have my art travel into your home, please please please send me a pic!
fabulosityfactor(at)yahoo(dot)com

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Wednesday, November 4, 2015

a walk in the woods

Door County is beautiful in the fall. Well, actually, anywhere that the trees are changing colors is pretty darn beautiful, but there's something about the peninsula in peak that just takes my breath away. Maybe it's the contrast of the blue skies and waters with the oranges, reds, and yellows, or the sounds of the waves lapping on the shore and the wind blowing golden leaves from the trees.

It's November now, and the tourists have scurried back to their home towns leaving my home eerily still. It's wonderful. On a recent day off, I took a walk around one of the trails in Peninsula State Park. I was alone, and I didn't encounter another person the whole couple of hours I was out there.

There was a thick layer of crunchy leaves that covered the ground, and at one point I discovered that I had wandered off the trail. I had a heck of a time finding it again. While I wandered I took in the colors, the crunch underfoot, he glorious smell of the fallen leaves, and the sense of being completely alone in the woods.

I planned things in my head. I picked up pretty leaves and admired them before sticking them into my camera bag to press later. I looked up. I looked down. I shed a tear for the warm seasons that has now passed. It's going to be a long winter.  
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