Category Archives: Photography

Summer Photography

This past summer was great for my photography.  I was lucky to see numerous butterflies, dragonflies, and flowers.  I hiked a lot less than I normally do. The free weekends I had were spent running Spartan Races versus hiking and that’s okay.  I’m hoping that my Saturdays will free up soon so I can get back to it. I imagine I’ll be hiking a ton this winter to make up for it.

I wanted to share a handful of photos from this past summer.  Some of these are included in my calendars that can be pre-ordered but I am also leaving some as a surprise.

Enjoy!

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2019 Calendars for Sale

I’m pleased to share that my 2019 calendars are available for pre-order.  Last year I made a calendar almost on a whim and people went crazy for them.  This year, I had a request for an all-flower calendar.  To be honest, it was hard to pick photos for that because I have so many flower photos. I also wanted to do a landscape/nature calendar so I have two for people to choose from.

The options are on my website and all orders will be sent or delivered in December.  For those who live near me, I’ll be hand-delivering them. Otherwise, all will be sent priority mail.  These are full 8×10 calendars with sturdy pages.  Each page is like receiving an 8×10 color print of my photo. I have gotten samples from other, less-expensive places but I couldn’t do it. I had to go back to my original vendor because quality is important.

Go to https://jennifergonzalez.com/calendar-pre-orders/ to place a pre-order.  Obviously, I recommend ordering one for the office and one for home.  Or one for you and one for a friend.

calendar flyer

Place your order soon to receive in December!

Questions? Let me know!!

Wandering Around

August has literally flown by… I can’t believe that it is almost September. I sound like my mom right now. She always is commenting how fast time goes and I usually agree with her. But August was something else… I guess having two Spartan Races, a family party, with just one free weekend does make the month go by lightning fast.

I had two photo shoots scheduled for this past weekend. The weather forecast changed by the minute and I ended up re-scheduling both of them.  And, of course, the weather turned out perfect for both time slots I had scheduled.  Incredible.  It did leave me with free time yesterday.  I’m still struggling with getting my son to want to do anything outside of the house. I have attempted a few things: beach, exploring, fishing, taking a friend… nothing works.  I try very hard to not be offended or hurt…but I honestly still am. Since he wanted to stay home, I gave him a list of chores to do while I was gone.  I supposed I could force him to go but then we’d both be miserable. One of the issues I have with leaving him home is that I don’t like to go anywhere I don’t have service.  That means no hiking in Shenandoah or Sky Meadows State Park or other close areas. So… I drove around.

I put 90 miles on my car yesterday. I stopped at a few favorite spots but they didn’t produce too much in the way of photos.  And then I found country roads in Loudoun County that were just blissful. I thought I would find random barns (I found a couple) but instead I think I found where all the wealthy horse farms are in Loudoun.  The pastures were just amazing.  I found an area where at least 15 goldfinches had taken up residence. I drove past a milkweed plant with butterflies galore.  I saw cows and horses and fawns. Because it was a one-lane, dirt road, I basically could stop anywhere to take photos. Only once did a truck come down the road which left me scrambling to try and move my car out of the way.

Eventually, I grew tired and decided to finally go home. I was gone for 4.5 hrs and while I didn’t have a ton of photos to show for it, I did have peace of mind. I had calmed down and wouldn’t return home angry and hurt (well, still a little hurt). I was glad to see so much open space in the south-western part of Loudoun County.  There is a new county plan and it really doesn’t allow for much green space. The focus is on building, building, building and growth.  I do hope that the protest and comments people are providing will cause them to re-think the plan and keep these open spaces.

These area a few photos from my day.

white barn bw

Barn along a country road

pink wildflowers

Wild Phlox

dragonfly on lotus flower

Dragonfly on white water lily

 

Spring in Virginia

Spring is the busiest time of year for me. Both of my kids have sports virtually every night of the week plus games and that means I’m getting home from work, finding anything for dinner, and then driving off to a practice or game (often both).  I try to find time to do my Spartan Race training but the weather has been uncooperative with my asthma. So needless to say, spring hasn’t given me much time for hiking or photos. It has been raining for 4 days now and all I want is to get to a waterfall. I also want to go see baby owls. I want to work on my macro photography.  I haven’t had time for hikes but do find time to get out into nature a bit.  That’s what counts.

What are you photographing this spring? Where are you hiking?

Here is a bit of what I’ve captured over the past month.

zebra swallowtail

Zebra striped Swallow Tail

 

flower macro

Macro of a white flower

 

elena doorway

Spring would not be complete without a prom photo