{my very first picture in slc}

i walked out of the hotel and prepared to cross the street to the convention center. i looked left, and saw that beautiful sun and the blue, blue sky and of course, the furry plants that lit up in morning light. i intuitively pulled my camera to my eye, but there within were people.

i shot the image anyway.

i love taking portraits… planned portraits, but otherwise, would not consider myself a photographer of people. i am drawn to nature. i realized, though, as i strolled the streets of salt lake city trying to become an urban photographer, while nature is shatteringly beautiful, people tell the story.

salt lake city is beautiful and quickly becoming a favorite place of mine. the air is crisp, the sky – so blue, the streets are clean and the landscaping, impeccable. the people were incredibly friendly, saying hello as they passed by…

and they were everywhere.

i imagine that most were tourists, like me, enjoying a beautiful day in a beautiful city. i found myself creating their stories as they walked through my images… a senior group in town for a show, an event, touring temple square… sisters meeting up after a long absence from each other… a young couple on vacation… 

a family stopping for an impromptu photograph in front of their familiar capital building… 

a tour group exploring the temple of a foreign religion…

fellow photogs trying to capture the sun in the dark woods surrounding silver lake…

locals, stopping for a quick and easy dinner at their well-acquainted coffee shop…

… if only i knew their stories a little better, their real stories.

photography has this amazing way of connecting us… to others, to memories, to dreams, to things we love, to life-defining events… it’s a way of story-telling, something i hope to get better at as i redefine myself and this space.

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April - September 16, 2014 - 3:06 pm

Gorgeous shots! I think having people in these images is what makes them story telling images, and they are that much more powerful because of it. There’s so much more connection between the viewer and the photograph. very nice!

Cathy H. - September 16, 2014 - 4:46 pm

These are amazing images, made so much more interesting by the people you’ve included. I’ve always tried to take pictures without people. I’ll stand around and wait for them to leave. You have made me look at things differently. The pictures tell different stories when people are in them!

Jen Allen - September 16, 2014 - 4:59 pm

Many of the folks that I follow have been posting images from SLC, and I’m so jealous! Long ago and far away, I spent a semester at Westminster College in Salt Lake City, and the things you say about the people there all ring true to me. It was hard being away from home, but so many wonderful people stepped in to make sure I…and my dorm mates…were comfortable and cared for (when my roommate and the girls across the hall…all of us worked in the school of business for our work study positions…mentioned how awful the dining hall food was, the dean of the school organized the faculty to provide us with dinner every night and a faculty member’s home to have dinner in every weekend…and everyone did it willingly and cheerfully. It was just like, Of course we’ll help take care of these clueless 18 year olds who are away from home for the first time and lost! That’s what we’re here for!)

As always, beautiful images and lovely words

1440 {106} :: September Sun

in salt lake city,  at the top of a hill, across from the capital building, during the golden hour on a thursday night, i happened upon a single sunflower growing randomly in overgrown roadside grasses.

golden goodness bathed in light.

and i surrendered to love.


for mother’s day this year, my family gave me a trip to the first click-away conference, being held in slc. i am exhausted and it’s only the end of day 1. but it is oh so good for your soul to connect with your community, to share and be inspired by and learn from those who do what you do, love what you love. it’s why i come here to meet with you, and i cannot wait to share these special moments with you next week. happy friday!

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Dina - September 12, 2014 - 10:13 am

Gorgeous…and so true!

Kathy - September 12, 2014 - 2:17 pm

I can literally FEEL the golden warmth in this photo.

Buckeroomama - September 12, 2014 - 2:28 pm

Golden goodness indeed! Such a gorgeous capture.

Lisa @ FSL - September 12, 2014 - 4:24 pm

Click-Away, oh I am so jealous. What an absolutely fabulous Mother’s Day gift. Beautiful photo!!

Lenore - September 12, 2014 - 8:04 pm

Absolutely lovely lighting!

Sarah - September 12, 2014 - 10:16 pm

What a great present. Have a great time!

Tamar - September 13, 2014 - 12:23 am

I love that quote and all the sunflowers I have seen on blogs lately!

Carola Bartz - September 13, 2014 - 4:04 am

This pictures shows all the beauty of the late summer. Gorgeous!

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1440 {105} :: change

i woke this morning with a newness in my heart. 

i know fall is about the shedding of old and the retreat of nature, to hibernate and finish before beginning anew again. but still, the coolness of the breeze that sweeps away the stifling heat and oppressive humidity is refreshing, renewing… spirit-lifting. how i love the fall.

and though i may be jumping the gun {it’s only august 29th, for goodness sake}, i’ve been waiting for you, fall. since late spring. and i’m oh-so glad you are here. we will be celebrating you and all the change and all the newness you bring this weekend.

how will you celebrate this weekend?


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Buckeroomama - August 29, 2014 - 12:38 pm

Fall is my favorite season, too –not that we get proper fall colors where we live, but I love autumn for its crispness, its gentle grace.

Beautiful images!

Barbara Hurst - August 29, 2014 - 12:57 pm

Oh I love fog and the change of season is a beautiful reminder of that, such a gorgeous image.

Stephanie - August 29, 2014 - 1:32 pm

We’ll be on the lake…saying an official goodbye to summer life, although we have already done so unofficially since school’s been back in. Yes…opportunities for new starts…love those. Change can be good.

Kathy - August 29, 2014 - 2:02 pm

That first image with the layer of fog is breathtaking! I’m ready for Fall too…bring it on :)

Leesha - August 29, 2014 - 3:03 pm

I love fall but it also means winter is coming :( booooo! I wouldn’t mind if winter was a month or to then spring, but not the case here. Oh well. :)

Liz - August 29, 2014 - 3:04 pm

That first image is stunning! I love the changing of seasons too. Spring is almost upon us down in Aus.

Sarah - August 29, 2014 - 10:21 pm

Yes bring on fall in all its colorful glory.

Dotti - August 29, 2014 - 10:30 pm

Beautiful late summer/early fall photos! I think what I love most about this time of year is the way the light changes, the softer angles, the gentler light. Have a good weekend!

Lenore - August 29, 2014 - 11:48 pm

Awesome images…LOVE the top one! I always look forward to the changing seasons too. Happy Friday!

Kristy, Life-n-Reflection - August 30, 2014 - 12:14 pm

We’re heading up to Chicago for the weekend to enjoy the beach and sunshine. I’m always ready for Fall after labor day. I’ll be cleaning out all of my closets when I get back. I like to purge; giveaway things we haven’t used, toss out things we have over used, and figure out what need for the next season. I guess I’m kind of like Nature. ;)

Diane - August 31, 2014 - 8:48 am

I’m not ready for fall, not that it matters. It seems summer just got here and now it is slipping away. Everyone goes “up North” over this 3 day weekend so the traffic is horrid. so we are staying home, watching the opening weekend of college football, going to the movies, and I have to start doing lesson plans (urggg.

Patricia Root - September 11, 2014 - 12:58 pm

I love this website. It is spiritual, inspiring, and peaceful all at the same time. When I am sad, stressed out, I come here and always feel better.


it’s been the strangest of summers. it feels like it’s rained every single day, even when the sun shines. humidity hangs heavy in the air and i feel like i’m suffocating, even as i draw a breath in deeply to stretch muscles of my chest that clench down and crush my lungs. i just can’t seem to get enough air. 

i planned this year intently… i wanted to burst into 50 happy and proving prejudices wrong about what it means to be this age. it’s not old. it’s not. i’d intended to work hard and be more fit than ever, to eat well, increase the ramp of my photography learning curve, grow my hair, develop some sort of plan for consistency here, because i do love this space…

but sometimes, stuff happens. and for me, for the first time at almost fifty, stuff i don’t like or want has happened. hard to believe, right? live to fifty without controversy? hardship? brokenness?


i’ve been blessed. so blessed that fear robs me of sleep. my turn must come.

i rounded the corner of 593 months and ran smack into it. i can’t explain, for so many reasons, but mostly because there really are no words.

but i know.

i suddenly know how hard it is to be creative when you feel joy sucked out of you. i know there’s a level of disappointment that is so great, it crushes 49 years of convictions. i know that depression grabs onto helplessness. i know that what my mother told me 31 years ago is true… to figure out what people are willing to give and don’t expect more.  i know that my son’s tweet is also true, that i’m so often disappointed because i keep expecting others to treat me as i would treat them… an extrapolation of the golden rule.

and i put down my camera. and i stopped going to the gym. i stopped calling friends. but i started things, too.

i started reading more. i started sitting with my husband at the end of our day, usually out by a fire, roasting marshmallows with our children or slow dancing to music from the 80′s. i started working with my hands and finished undone projects. i calculated and organized and planned… got my house and paperwork in order.

i didn’t sit still.

i kept commitments and continued to volunteer.

and oh, can i tell you a thing about giving of yourself and your time for the benefit of others who need you?  it keeps your heart soft. it grounds anxiety and reminds you that perhaps one of the greatest things we will be judged on is whether we helped our fellow man. it keeps sharply in focus the things that are important… you have a neighborhood dog that won’t stop barking? she has no food on her table at the end of the day. you feel out of shape and your pants don’t fit right? she only has old, previously worn clothes that don’t fit her right, either. but when she sees you came? when her face glows and her eyes sparkle again because you are there to share time with her?                                                       [no. words.]


so i decided it’s time to redefine. redefine my ideology, but gently and without negativity. {i can’t squash the eternal optimism and general joyfulness i inherited from my dad, and apparently, neither can someone else. it’s truly a part of who i am.} 

and it’s time to redefine this space, too. it is sacred to me, but it requires time {well, it requires time to exist as i want it to}, and i feel short on that on most days. i   {   l  O  v  e   }  photography, but my interests are many. {just check out my pinterest boards… } {shameful smile}

but maybe mostly, i want this to be a space of giving.

i’m hoping to write more often, to take my photography to another level, to delve into my arts, to explore and joyfully anticipate this season of life. so, until my next post, check out this video and become inspired to embrace kindness.  xo



and do come back on fridays… we will continue to share moments of beauty here at 1440… no theme, just captured gorgeousness to start the weekend with


There are 1440 minutes in every day… 1440 opportunities to capture a moment of beauty. What moment of beauty did you capture this week?
Stephanie - August 25, 2014 - 6:20 pm

Love the second shot! Have missed you.

Southern Gal - August 25, 2014 - 10:38 pm

Putting down things and picking up other things sounds like a wonderful way to redefine and prove that 50 isn’t old. It’s not. I’m 51 now, but the year of 50 was so hard physically for different reasons. I know of that sleep deprivation, of the running mind, of watching the clock while willing myself to GO BACK TO SLEEP. Your focus on others inspires me, Patty. I hope the rest of this year is more than you ever imagined it would be.

I saw that video last week and almost wept. He made a difference whether he realized it or not.

Dawn - August 26, 2014 - 12:30 pm

Your words and images are just lovely, Patty! This is my first visit, and I look forward to stopping by often. It’s such an exciting time of life! Wishing you all the best! ♡

Donna - August 27, 2014 - 12:53 pm

Patty, I am 54 and I can relate to this transition in your life. Like you, my life is blessed by an underlying optimism and ability to find joy and creativity even in the midst of struggles. Your pictures show my your journey. Please continue to be kind to yourself. I have a wise friend who often encourages me with the simple advice that it is okay to just “be.” I’m so goal-oriented and driven, I always feel like I need to headed somewhere, sometimes forgetting that I am right where I need to be. I’ll look forward to more of your beautiful posts – as time and spirit lead.

Buckeroomama - August 29, 2014 - 6:03 am

I’m loving all the images here, but most especially the third one from the top –great capture!

Karen - September 4, 2014 - 8:53 pm

A beautiful post and soul inspiring photography. Wishing you many beautiful and happy days.

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1440 {104} :: Restoration

it starts with a small drop. and then another. and another, and pretty soon it’s raining, even pouring. raindrops splashing on hard surfaces, and slipping like an olympic high-diver into bodies of water, cleansing, purifying, washing away pollen and pollutants. and dirt.

like hope, piercing the darkness, one tiny light at a time… first something. then another. and another, and pretty soon, light and joy fill the spaces again. splashing on the broken and weary, and slipping like an olympic high diver into our souls, washing away the hurts and disillusionments. and brokenness.


have a beautiful weekend, rain or shine


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Lenore - August 22, 2014 - 1:51 pm

ALL Beautiful! Love the top one though. Have a lovely day!

artmusedog and carol - August 22, 2014 - 2:06 pm

Very creative and professional photography of nature ~ love the captions too

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Cheryl M - August 22, 2014 - 2:22 pm

Great images and wonderful writing!! It touched my soul today.
Have a Great Weekend!!

Sheila - August 22, 2014 - 3:17 pm

So beautiful!

Lisa @ FSL - August 22, 2014 - 3:30 pm

WOW! This was fantastic. I love your photography. Beauty was captured here for sure.

Mitzi Rice - August 22, 2014 - 4:06 pm

These are such beautiful images. There’s nothing quite like images taken after the rains. Beautiful story line as well!

Kathy - August 22, 2014 - 4:28 pm

Love the whole composition of your fence shot!

Dotti - August 22, 2014 - 5:44 pm

Lovely rainy day photos! I tend not to shoot in the rain but you’ve inspired me to be less hesitant. These are so lovely.

Diane Baker-Williams - August 22, 2014 - 9:23 pm

Rain drops after a rain are always so fun and beautiful to photograph. Love the image of the drops along the fence.

Liz - August 23, 2014 - 2:28 pm

Beautiful images! I love the top one particularly.

Donna - August 25, 2014 - 9:41 am

Such a perfect photo essay. Your words and images create the perfect sentiment for my week. As I head out the door, early this morning, for my workout with my fitness friends, I will keep in mind the restorative nature of this life. Everyday is a chance for a do-over, a fresh start, and chance to begin again. I’d welcome refreshing rain. Every image of this post is thoughtful and compelling and engaging. So happy I found your blog.

Kristy, Life-n-Reflection - August 26, 2014 - 12:04 pm

Beautiful captures of the rain. Did you use a water cage for your camera?

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