This weekend was for…

Okay, so I know it’s the middle of the week but last weekend was too great not to share. So, here.

I think it’s pretty obvious what this weekend was for…HALLOWEEN Y’ALL!

I hope your halloweekend was as rad as mine!

(Oh, and apologies for the overload of pictures/bad quality of the pictures. Note to self: bring tripod next time!)

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Trails

My Happy Place:

Awhile ago I was asked to help a friend with a photo project (seen here) and we decided the best location would be the Great Plains Nature Center. It quickly became my absolute favorite place to go. It’s so big and has tons of trails; I don’t follow the path though, it’s more exciting that way. On a cool fall day with all of the colored leaves on the ground, it becomes a pretty peaceful place. I always make sure I have my Canon or my iPhone to shoot some pictures and a journal my friends and I have been working on (but that’s another post). If you haven’t been before I definitely recommend it. Especially before the AWFUL cold weather starts to roll in. Have I mentioned how much I despise cold weather?! If I could skip over Winter every year I would (minus the holidays of course). I usually visit the trails a few times a week to get away from my demanding school and work flow. In fact, a couple of days ago I set out alone to photograph with my Canon (none of which are seen here) and plan to post them later this week.

Happy Exploring!

Fresh Prints

Lately I’ve been obsessed (OBSESSED) with editing photos and layering them to make prints (which is SUPER easy!). Most of the photos I’ve used are not my own. I’ve found them on various websites and layered them with some of my photos to create the final product. Eventually (when I start photographing more) I will use all of my own photos and designs so they will truly be original. A huge (MASSIVE) goal of mine is to sell my prints on Society6.com. I recently made a post (here) showing some of the various prints you can find on their website. These are the prints I’ve worked on so far:

Pictured above is my great grandfather, Joe.

Script shown above are my Grandfather’s poems

Again, most of these photos I’ve found on other websites (Society6; Imgur; Christine’s amazing Tumblr!; and Google of course) and do not claim them as my own

 

Currently Lately

Currently I’ve been…

Working on some art

Bowling!

Hanging out with these fools (:

Working on more art

Having coffee AND ice cream with my great gal pal Samantha

Going to the Donut Whole (way too much)

Enjoying the Fall changes

Drinking (yummy) green tea bigger than my head!

Gathering Halloween/All year around decorations

Soaking up every bit of this weather before winter

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Practicing photography/editing

Longing for bonfires but not colder weather

 

Ariane’s Second Letter

A few days ago I received a letter in the mail from my sponsor child, Ariane! According to the date on her letter, she had written it in August. The two month gap from when she wrote the letter to when it arrived at my house is just an example of how long it takes to communicate with her. Regardless, i still grin like a fool when I get something from her. Her birthday is coming up, October 27th, and I plan to send her a small package. The company provides a list of things I am able/not able to send. Fortunately, they’ve given me enough leeway to come up with something really special for her. Here’s what she wrote to me:

Her native language;

Mahal kong Casey. Salamat po sa sulat mo po sa akin, Masaya po ako dahil po ikaw ang aking sponsor, kumusta na po kayo? Sana po ay nasa mabut po ang kalagayan, niyo po, katatapos ko palang po mag campaign, kasi po kasali po ako sa girls scout, Nasa ika-apat na po akong baitang, palagi po akong may honors. Salamat po, hangang dito na lang po ang aking sulat,

Nagmamahal,

Ariane Mae Q. Pura

(I can’t get over how different her native language is!)

 

Translation;

Dear Casey,

Thank you for your letter to me. I am happy because you are my sponsor. How are you? I hope you are in good condition. We just finished our campaign because I joined in girl scouts. I am now in fourth grade level. I always got honors. Thank you, till here my letter.

Love,

Ariane Mae Q. Pura

Apparently, I was too giddy to open it correctly.

I can’t wait to send her my love on her birthday. I wish she could read this and know how grateful I am to have her as a part of my life.

Grateful Heart

In my life I am grateful for…

COFFEEEEEEEEEEEEE (as always)

Seasonal changes and the beauty that accompanies it

(not my photo)

Fall Fests!

Nature

Hilarious pictures like these that keep my laughing (:

(also not  my photos)

The love my family and friends show me and the love I have for them.

(Photo Cred: Layne Warren)

My new photography buddy, Layne! Yesterday he asked me to be a part of a lighting project for his class. I was reluctant to be on the other side of the camera (eek!) but it wasn’t half bad! We knocked it out in 15 minutes or less! This guy has major skills. Not to mention, he’s on my level when it comes to photography. We both have the same vision, likes, and dislikes. When it comes to ideas (angles, location, lighting, technique) it’s like we can read each other’s minds!

I am forever grateful for this list of things and about 734,280,735,902,849,302,849,320 more.

Dear Mr. Watson

It’s your granddaughter here. Today would have been your 69th birthday. My heart aches knowing that I never got to meet you, hug you, or talk to you. I hear about you all the time and how rad you were. I have a feeling if you were here you’d teach me to play guitar. You’d teach me to fish, how to write poetry, and how to fight. I remember a story I’ve heard multiple times. Your daughter Dana, my aunt, was in a physical fight with another girl. She ran inside crying to you and you told her to go back out there and kick her ass. It makes me laugh every time! I would give anything to hear you play guitar or recite your poems to me. You would’ve been the best grandpa on the block. Happy birthday, old man. I can’t wait to meet you someday.

 

Love forever and always,
Casey

Charity: Water

Water isn’t something we consistently think/worry about. We leave it running while we brush our teeth. We take 30 minute-long showers . We use it to swim in and even to wash our cars. If we can afford to pay our water bills we don’t have to worry about it, right? Not the case for underdeveloped countries. Thousands and thousands are losing their lives due to water-born diseases that could be prevented had they been provided with clean water.

No clean water means no drinking water, no clean clothes, no showers, no swimming pools, no plumbing, no irrigation for crops, no cooking, no clean dishes, etc.

The list goes on and on.

An organization by the name of “Charity: Water” works their hardest to prevent this from happening in the future. They pledge to send 100% of their profits and donations directly towards clean water projects in the field.

This is a map of the projects Charity: Water has completed to date: (3,650 total)

This is a picture of a project’s end result:

For more information about this amazing organization you can view their website here. They provide easy ways for you to donate, start fundraisers, and buy from their online store.

You can also “like” their facebook page here to recieve updates on the work they’re accomplishing.

The idea of clean water seems so simple to us who have the luxury of it every single day. If you take nothing else from this post, be thankful for this simple necessity.