1440 {88} :: Easter Eye-Candy

a friend recently asked if i had images she could use for a presentation.
that sent me hunting through my tens of thousands of pictures that i’ve taken since 2011.

i was totally startled by what i saw…
over-exposure, under-exposure, grain {when i didn’t want grain}, cut-off bottoms, wonky white balance…

but i also saw how i used to see things…
beauty everywhere.
nurtured. growing wild. free. contained.

and i realized, like nester says,

it doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful.

i wonder if that’s how God sees us?

even with all our weeds,
imperfect, beautiful messes.

happy good friday.
happy easter.

Dina Lettre - April 18, 2014 - 10:28 am

Oh, how I love the dogwoods! Happy Easter, friend!

Sarah C - April 18, 2014 - 11:09 am

I so agree and happy Easter!

Tish - April 18, 2014 - 11:37 am

This is such a beautiful post. And yes, I believe that is how God sees us. Have a happy Easter! :)

Amy Avery - April 18, 2014 - 11:44 am

What a gift my friend to be able to look back and realize that yes, that is how God sees us. We are imperfect, but we are beautiful and made even more so when we relinquish our need to be perfect and simply cling to and trust in him. God gave you and amazingly beautiful and caring heart for everyone whom you encounter. God also gave you a discerning eye in which you are able to look beneath the surface not only in nature, but also in people to uncover the beauty that lies within. Thank you for stretching towards God’s light and sharing his beauty through the gifts and talents that he placed right within you. May your Easter be filled with many blessings and opportunities to go deeper to see the beauty within! xoxo

Beverly - April 18, 2014 - 12:32 pm

Such beautiful photos. I love your words too. Have a wonderful Easter!

T&T - April 18, 2014 - 12:54 pm

it is nice to see how we grow as photographers! And yes, God does see us that way!

Pam - April 18, 2014 - 1:00 pm

I agree that beautiful does not have to be perfect. You shared some beautiful photos. I especially love the 2 of the white flowers.

kim at picking poppies - April 18, 2014 - 1:08 pm

These are beautiful, and the last two (above the sheep) are stunning! And yes, that’s how God sees us!!

Mitzi - April 18, 2014 - 2:20 pm

Oh I simply love this collection of photos and the inspiring and thoughtful words. This is how I see the world as well…the beauty amidst the weeds. I’m certain that God does indeed see beyond our own imperfections and sees instead the beauty inside our hearts! Happy Easter to you and yours.

Diane - April 18, 2014 - 2:43 pm

Thank you for your post. I often get so caught up in the fact that I am not a photographer, that my editing skills are crude, and I don’t own an actual camera, that I loose sight of the practice of simply enjoying the fun of taking photos.

Kathy - April 18, 2014 - 3:00 pm

Simply spectacular! Hope you and yours have a blessed Easter.

Jaymi - April 18, 2014 - 5:21 pm

Beautiful shots! I love shooting in the spring!

Molly - April 18, 2014 - 5:31 pm

I LOVE the spring sunshine


Kristy Lifenreflection - April 18, 2014 - 7:33 pm

I love your train of thought, Happy Easter!

kim klassen - April 18, 2014 - 8:48 pm

your photos…are sooooooo gorgeous…. I can feel the warmth… truly beautiful.

happy easter…. xo

Sarah - April 18, 2014 - 10:13 pm

What a beautiful tie in for Good Friday. We are hard on our work and we are hard on ourselves, but all God does is Love us with all our imperfections. Beatuiful photos.

Julia - April 23, 2014 - 5:52 am

love-love-love! especially the dogwoods! thank you SO much for all the beautiful!

Ramona - April 23, 2014 - 10:17 am

Omg, these are gorgeous!!!!!

1440 {87} :: oh yes. another road trip.

winter sunset

whatever you do,
stay uncompromised

                                                            {~audi comercial}



i had to pull over and take a break from this seemingly never-ending road trip and simply enjoy this space and time with you.

going out of town is always a mad juggling experience, but getting stuck unexpectedly threw more than a few wrenches in the works, and it took us a solid week before we felt we had gained some sort of control over life again {that comment alone is crazy. who ever has any bit of control really?} i guess what i mean is that we established our old routines, our bodies resumed their east coast circadian rhythm, things seemed back to normal.

and then we left again.

the second trip was wonderful. amazing. perfect weather, timely and safe flights {always a blessing, but especially in the shadows of flight 370}, good opportunities we took advantage of… all truly blessings, but we were still so exhausted.

we are back again, and i am not only a trip behind in posting pictures, but also weeks of stories.

like how i drove my daughter and her friends all the way to nashville {4 hours} to support our high school basketball team as they played for the state title, the day after we got back from the first trip. you know, this trip with all the days of sitting in the car? and the icing on the cake? we changed over a time zone and arrived in just enough time to watch the final 7 seconds of regular play. 8 hours of driving, and who know how much money in gas, to watch 7 seconds of basketball. {it was tie score, though, so we did get to see an additional 10 mins of overtime period.} {and our girls lost.}

… how my second child is weeks away from graduating high school,
and how today is his 
eighteenth birthday.:)

… how we misread our calendar and missed my oldest son’s induction into an honor society at college.

… how my mother agreed to come back down to watch our children. {she’s 71, so the trip is no joke for her.}

… how my photography site is al.most.ready. {and how my nerves are fired up with anxiety.}

… how i’m taking on another intern, one who’s in the final part of her master’s of public health degree, to help with pearls for girls.

… how i got to meet a beautiful woman i’ve admired from afar.

… and how i got to see a friend i haven’t seen in sooo long.

so much in so little time.

and today? today i’m driving 5 hours to alabama for a competitive volleyball tournament. another road trip. anther chance to develop bonds and create memories…

can’t. wait. 

how ’bout you?
what’s your weekend have in store?

T&T - April 11, 2014 - 5:16 am

well, you certainly are having some fun!!

Dina Lettre - April 11, 2014 - 10:17 am

A blessing indeed…and a beautiful one, at that!

Amy Avery - April 11, 2014 - 12:30 pm

Patty, I am so blessed to have gotten to see you last evening and to spend some time just chatting and laughing and enjoying each other! Do you know just how truly beautiful you are? Yes, you are stunning on the outside, but your heart and the love you give to all who know you is what is the most brilliant and stunning beauty about you. I appreciate how you take the time to care for not only your family, but also your friends including me. It’s an intentional care and love that comes straight form the heart and it is a gift. I am blessed to be a recipient of that gift and I thank you! Have fun this weekend! Love you!

Mitzi - April 11, 2014 - 3:01 pm

Oh it sounds like such a wonderful time. The photo is awesome…sunsets are just the most beautiful and peaceful things ever. Wonderful blessings.

Tamar - April 11, 2014 - 10:50 pm

I love that quote! Need to remind myself that sometimes.

You sure have been busy little bees lately!

B - April 12, 2014 - 2:09 am

Looks like a peaceful place in that photo and it sounds like an eventful weekend! We’re supposed to go our county fair here this and a birthday party. I’m hoping to get in some R&R, though! Enjoy your weekend. :)

Kristy Lifenreflection - April 13, 2014 - 12:27 pm

Gorgeous sunset!

1440 {86} :: Dixie National Forest

At Cedar City, we exited Interstate 15 and headed east on Route 14. Within minutes, we were in the middle of nowhere… No businesses, no homes, no people. We lost cell phone reception, and rarely passed other cars. 

It was beautiful.

The road wrapped itself around the curves of the mountains. It dropped, and it rose again, and in some places, it rolled in waves.

And around every turn was a new sight…

Breathtaking views

At breathtaking elevations.

Layers upon layers of textures, colors, history.

Jack Frost’s handiwork was evident everywhere. Thick blankets of snow covered the ground, and frosted branches hung heavy, Dr. Suess-like. It all seemed surreal, magical. 

We spied a woman cross country skiing and marveled at her bravery. Truth is, the peace she surely finds here is addicting, impossible to refuse.

We drove for a while more across what seemed to be a plateau, with long flat fields of snow on either side, and then the road dipped again, down into a valley, though still high above sea level…

Until it began to descend out of the plateau, out of the forest, out of that white winter wonderland.

The colors of Earth re-appeared.

We headed south again on Route 89, and then west on Route 9. The sun was approaching the horizon and i became a little panicky, that we had travelled so far, and Zion was still out of sight. 

Then I looked around me and was again reminded that it’s not the destination, but the journey. 

And this journey, so far, had been amazing.


Marty - April 4, 2014 - 10:31 am

May I just say you are living what most of us only dream of doing? This is a bucket list adventure for sure!

Dina@4LettreWords - April 4, 2014 - 11:22 am

Oh, that little church!

Rese - April 4, 2014 - 1:24 pm

yes, those images are amazing – did hubbie stop for you to snap all these images along the way?

Kathy - April 4, 2014 - 3:25 pm

What an adventure! Thanks for sharing it with us :)

Lisa @ FSL - April 4, 2014 - 8:17 pm

Every week I pick a random person to take a peek into their blog from Kim’s Friday Find, and every week I head right to yours. You always hook me with your thumbnail photo. I look forward to reading more of your adventures.

Sarah - April 4, 2014 - 10:55 pm

The journey is everything. Beautiful photos.

Mike Nichols - April 5, 2014 - 3:21 am

Where is that church located? I’d like to head out there and get some pictures. Is it on Rt 14 or on 89? Thanks! Nice pics!

patty - April 5, 2014 - 3:01 pm

hi mike! it was on route 14, maybe half way to 89. enjoy the journey!

Molly - April 5, 2014 - 5:07 pm

Absolutely beautiful scenery


Becky - April 6, 2014 - 1:05 pm

No way! That’s glorious. My momma needs to go there. She’s a Dixie!

1440 {85} :: Favorite Road Trip Songs


Ya know, the whole story sounds romantic, right?

But this all happened after spending a whole week together, just he and I … We shared one room, the same bed, every meal, every conversation, every day all day skiing and boarding, 24 hours each day for seven days straight. 

{i loved it-shhh!}

And then top that off with an eight hour drive through a blizzard in a car with strangers, and another hotel room, another 24 hours…

You would have to think we were absolutely crazy to rent a car and head out with intentions of driving through the entire state of Utah to see some rocks and some more mountains after all that.

But we just wanted to .go.  To move about. To be free of confinement and plans and plane schedules.

So we jumped in the car with just the map that came with it and our smart phones for navigation, and set out for Route 15 South. We weren’t even sure which National Park we wanted to visit or if we would stop along the way or return to Salt Lake City for the night. We just decided as we went. 

And that, my friends, is the joy of a road trip.


And food.

We googled Man vs. Food to see if he had been to any cities that we would be near {and, um, just FYI, there are NO “cities” between Salt Lake City and Arizona on Route 15}. It’s one of those things we like to do… stalk the restaurants he’s visited and taste the plates he’s featured. {The reuben at Katz’s deli? HUGE.}

So with no Man vs Food restaurants within reasonable driving distance, we googled the next town on the map and found a list of restaurants and then jumped onto Yelp! to read what real people had to say about them. It was through that process that we found this little gem. 

Our phone’s GPS put us in the middle of the one intersection in that town, with NO restaurants at all in sight, so I phoned. A woman answered and told me they were  down a side street, across from the big church, and they didn’t open for another 2 hours, but to “Come on by! She’d love to serve you.”

And so we did. 

As we parked the car, a gentleman on a bicycle asked if he could help us. When we told him we were headed to Maria’s, he said, “Oh, she’s not open yet. But if you go in that door there, that’s the kitchen. She’ll be happy to see you.”

And so we did.

A young woman, who we would later learn was Maria’s daughter-in-law, and her little girl met us at the kitchen door, walked us through a spotless, and I mean spotless, professional kitchen into the main dining room and sat us by the chiminea, which was in the center. It was just he and I and Maria’s granddaughter.

And they served us delicious, authentic Mexican food. We had beef chimichangas and rice, and chips and salsa, of course. A meal fit for Man vs. Food if ever I knew one. 

And then it was time to go again.

After a few hours on the same highway, the mountains and the scenery start to look the same. Conversation was saturated. So we listened to the radio, skipping between different music stations and news. I really love talk radio, but this time, the music was perfect. 

There’s just something about driving aimlessly down a long highway you’ve never been on before with your most favorite person in the whole wide world, and music like Running on Empty or American Pie. Or Brown-Eyed Girl – a personal favorite;).  The only thing missing was open windows and the wind blowing through my hair. {It was just a tad too cold for that.}

Music is always powerful. Some songs triggered memories which evoked new conversation, some were up-lifting, and some were just plain fun. So I’ve come up with my 50 Favorite Road Trip Songs.

You know, just in case you get stranded at an airport and decide to go on a spontaneous road trip.

Classic Road Trip

Running on Empty - Jackson Brown
Life Is A Highway – Rascal Flats
Born To Run – Bruce Springsteen
Cruisin – Smokey Robinson
Fast Car – Tracy Chapman
Ticket to Ride – Beatles
Proud Mary – Ike and Tina Turner
Day Tripper – Beatles
Take Me to The River – Al Green/Talking Heads
Born To Be Wild – Steppenwolf

Can’t Help But To Sing Along

Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen
(I Can Get No) Satisfaction - Rolling Stones
Drops of Jupiter - Train
Don’t Stop Believing – Journey
Dead or Alive - Bon Jovi
Take It Easy – Eagles
It’s The End of The World As We Know It – R.E.M.
Should I Stay or Should I Go – The Clash
Go Your Own Way – Fleetwood Mac
Paradise City – Guns and Roses
Before He Cheats – Carrie Underwood
Jungle Love – Steve Miller Band
Drift Away – Uncle Kracker
Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic – Police


Big Jet Plane - Angus & Julia Stone
Carolina In My Mind - James Taylor
American Pie – Don McLean
California Dreamin’ - The Mamas and The Papas
Brown Eyed Girl - Van Morrison
Scarborough Fair – Simon and Garfunkel
Hotel California – Eagles


Happy - Pharrel Williams
Here Comes the Sun – Beatles
Walking On Sunshine – Katrina and The Waves
Beautiful Day – U2
Sweet Child of Mine – Guns and Roses
I’ve Got a Feeling – Black Eyed Peas
Hey, Soul Sister – Train
More Than A Feeling – Boston
All Summer Long – Kid Rock
I Like How It Feels – Enrique Iglesias


Love Shack - B52′s
Sweet Home Alabama - Lynard Skynyrd
Little Red Corvette - Prince
Paradise By The Dashboard Light - Meatloaf
Hot In There – Nelly
Stuck In The Middle With You – Stealers Wheel
Rappers Delight – Sugar Hill Gang
Raise Your Glass – Pink
Life’s Been Good – Joe Walsh

Ok. I know. Music is personal. Subjective. And definitely linked to your age. Whatever.  Still, these are great songs that will liven up any road trip, and can at least serve as a starting point for you to create your own list. Hope you enjoy!  

And remember, whenever you can, go! I will. In fact, as you read this? We’re on our way again. Stay tuned. Or follow me on Instagram {pattyx24} to see where our road leads us…;)

Rese - March 28, 2014 - 1:05 pm

lovely images from your trip! You really put so much work into this post!! I love the music adds~

Kathy - March 28, 2014 - 2:56 pm

Looks like a fun and memorable adventure!

rebecca - March 28, 2014 - 4:39 pm

I’m loving your music choices, that must have been a lot of work. I would love just to stop and stare at those mountains and then photograph them in every kind if light. We don’t have mush in the way of mountains out where I am.

Molly - March 28, 2014 - 6:38 pm

I LOVE so many of these songs. Thank you for sharing and reminding me of a few I had forgotten about


Marlene - March 28, 2014 - 8:24 pm

Makes me want to get in our car and go.

Diane - March 30, 2014 - 5:06 am

Talk about serendipity…we leave for our first road trip as a married couple this week! I looked at the list and between the two of us, we have most of those songs in our play lists but you gave me some to add. I enjoyed the commentary with the inspiring photos. So happy I stopped by.

Kim - March 30, 2014 - 10:07 am

I love the song list. I started, not sure maybe finished a road trip post using songs that were playing on the radio as the caption to my photos as we went, maybe that was Facebook, but we had a blast listening for the right lines. I hope you don’t mind, but I’m putting a link to this on my Facebook road trip page:).

Kristy, Life-n-Reflection - March 30, 2014 - 2:51 pm

I couldn’t agree more. Great playlist BTW

Suzanne - April 3, 2014 - 1:12 am

Oh, I wish I could!
I’m trying to talk my
hubby into another bike
trip next fall — maybe
the San Juan Islands in
Washington State : )

Love your photos and
the feeling that I was
riding right along with
the two of you, singing
my heart out! My hubby
and I LOVE music and–
surprise–I am the one
in this family who also
loves talk radio!

Wonder where you are
off to, next? Wherever it
is, I know you are making
it an adventure!

xo Suzanne

1440 {84} :: Road Trip

we rise early in the west because our bodies are east coast bound

and we breathe relief because we remember yesterday

the sun rises and splashes gold along the ghostly mountaintops

 and though we see blue skies, we wonder what’s behind us, behind the ridge
and if Titan will find us here

we follow our routine, snuggled in warm, checking the news and facebook, and i make hotel room coffee

he says,
i just have a bad feeling
so he checks his email

 Titan has brought ice to cowboys and they cancel our flight.

we are last on line, but undoubtedly the first from our plane. and finally, they put us on a flight scheduled to leave at midnight,
the next day

he says,
c’mon. we’re not sitting here. let’s roll! 

so we drag our luggage and selves and rent a car 

and embark on an adventure:

{a bold, slightly risky undertaking, with an uncertain outcome}


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Dina Lettre - March 21, 2014 - 12:51 pm

Looks like so much fun, Patty…but I’m glad y’all are back safe and sound. :)

Dawn - March 21, 2014 - 1:33 pm

Aren’t we thankful for inconveniences sometimes, they bring adventures we would never think of on our own. Look at the wonderful memories made and the beautiful places, you guys were able to visit.

Rese - March 21, 2014 - 2:00 pm

you two have the best attitudes! my husband’s head would have exploded!!

Molly - March 21, 2014 - 6:17 pm

Nothing quite like an impromptu adventure


Kristy, Life-n-Reflection - March 21, 2014 - 7:09 pm

Wow, gorgeous shots – you never know what adventure will find you!

Margie - March 22, 2014 - 12:46 am

Great shots and adventures.

Becky - March 23, 2014 - 2:28 am

Whenever you can… Go! That’s my thoughts exactly!

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