10 on 10 – April 2014 (Crab Fishing in Garden City, SC)

10 on 10…Ten photos taken throughout one day or event documenting that day or event as an exercise in lifestyle photography

Instead of focusing on an entire day of photos for the monthly 10 on 10 post, I decided to share our little adventure crab fishing over spring break. It was just icky enough and super creepy crawly to excite both my dirty, busy boys.

So how do you catch a crab? First you need a net, a package of raw chicken, and a marshy area. (Quick note here…please remember to remove leftover raw chicken from the back of the car once you’ve caught the crabs. Not very pleasant after 3 days. I speak from experience.)

We headed to a park south of Myrtle Beach in Garden City, SC to set our traps. The nets were loaded with raw chicken, lowered over the side of the deck into the cold water, and tied to a post. Then the boys headed to play and give the crabs a chance to crawl in. After about 20 minutes of playtime, they raced back to the end of the bridge, pulled up the nets and… three crabs and many, MANY snails were captured! The boys were excited! And being the peaceful fishermen that we are, we took a few photos and slipped the slimy little creatures back in the water. Not a bad day!

spring break at the beach for families

family activities in Myrtle Beach

what do you need to go crab fishing

supplies for crab fishing in South Carolina

marshland in South Carolina

park near South Carolina beaches

how to catch a crab

crab nets in Myrtle Beach

characteristics of a crab

Our blog circle is a little small this month but it hasn’t stopped us! Please continue on by visiting Laurie to see how she spent her day!

Laurie Schultz - April 14, 2014 - 9:54 pm

Love the angle of your son lowering the net onto you! You always find such creative ways to capture life. You really challenge me to think outside the box!

Emily - April 16, 2014 - 8:39 am

Love your angles too! Especially the one of your sons at the bottom of the stairs….. Looks like a great day!

The Disorganized Drop-off Debacle (March fine art photography)

There are so many colorful synonyms for the word messy…grubby, grimy, disheveled, disordered, chaotic, careless, littered, untidy, unkempt. And sadly, every single one of those could be used to describe the inside of my car. Using all the words at one time with a slight grimace on your face would be a more accurate description.

Try as I might, I cannot, I repeat, CANNOT keep the inside of my car clean. Okay, so maybe I’m not trying all that hard. And maybe the empty cup or wrapper on the floorboard is perfectly fine by me. But give me a week (or really just a few days) and I can take a perfectly spotless car interior – carpets vacuumed in a fluffy pattern of cleanliness and leather seats sparkling with that greasy, conditioning shine – and turn it into a horror show that would leave most car salesmen crying and shaking in the corner.

Blame it on everyday life. I do have two dirty boys and a large, dirty dog. And I’m tired when I pull in the driveway. (Insert whine here.) I’d rather leave the mess there with every intention, I said EVERY intention (my Pinocchio nose just grew a bit) of coming back outside to clean up the mess in an hour or so. It doesn’t happen. Ever. Which leads me to the post.

A messy car can easily be that hidden little secret only those in your inner circle are familiar with. Unless you have school drop-off – that driveway in front of the school where moms in shiny, clean cars slowly pull up to drop off their children each morning. Volunteers and teachers stand on the sidewalk ready to open the car door and help the kids out – a painless job…unless it’s my car.

Here’s the scenario. I drive in the school parking lot, head cowering, remembering with dread the half-eaten sandwich my son left in the side door, and nervously wait my turn. We pull up to the designated spot as the friendly and smiling volunteer walks over to let the boys out. She has no idea what’s waiting. The door is opened, my boys climb out, and with them drag half the contents of the back seat. The volunteer, smile slowly fading, bends over to retrieve the items now littering the school sidewalk and toss them back in the car. I apologize, make some ridiculous excuse and drive off vowing to clean it before tomorrow which, of course, never happens.

It’s humiliating. I’ve even tried timing our drop-off to avoid the scene. For instance, if we pull in the line and are far enough back, the boys can jump out before a volunteer reaches us. Anything that falls out in the process becomes litter. The boys know this routine well. As soon as the car slows, they jump out, slam the door quickly and run. When the volunteer makes it to me, I shrug, mouth the word, “Boys!,” and drive off quickly.

My oldest asked why I was doing this post. “Mom, why do you want everyone to know how grubby your car is?! They’ll think we’re dirty!”) Well, we’re not, just only inside my car. But I have to believe I’m not the only one. There are more of us out there, right?

So I’m taking a stand for all the moms with their dirty cars. It’s okay. You’re not alone. And if you ever need spare change, a roll of toilet paper, empty soda cans, pens, toys, an extra shoe, a banana peel, crushed Pop Tarts, a dehydrated apple core…just flag me down. It’s probably in my car.

(Not super excited by the photo…spring break and a high wind warning made this a speedy shoot! But I guess the process goes with the theme…disorganized!)

keeping a messy car

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Pamela Joye, Boston Northshore




JanM - April 2, 2014 - 7:51 am

This is so relate-able for any busy mom. And you are so right- the occasional cleaning lasts for only a day or two.

Skye - April 6, 2014 - 3:00 am

I think your image is just right! Love your inclusion of the boy on the roof and the dog in the front (he even looks embarrassed!) And fyi I’m totally with you – our drop off zone doesn’t include volunteers so I’m safe there, but if a kids friend needs a ride or i’m car pooling it’s just sooo horrible!! I found a container of grapes the other day that looked like they’d been there a month, whoops!

Carrie - April 6, 2014 - 11:44 am

What a fun, creative illustration of something that plagues us all-the messy car:) I just love every little detail of this image!

pamela joye - April 7, 2014 - 3:35 pm

you do norman rockwell in a modern real way. i know i’ve said it before, but that’s truly how i feel. it has the same sentiment – the story….it’s just that your story has mess in it. how could it not with boys and a dog? tho add a poodle in it and it makes me laugh (cause poodles feel poodly posh like no?) anyway – this made me giggle and no, you are not alone. i hide my “stuff” in the trunk or under recyclable bags which i keep in the backseat (yes, i’m one of those with the bags).

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10 on 10 – March 2014 (Asheville lifestyle photography)

10 on 10… Ten photos taken throughout one day or event as a study in lifestyle photography. The photography blog circle group originated at The Bloom Forum.

As often happens, I waited until the last possible minute to take photos for the 10 on 10 project which meant yesterday was spent with camera in hand. But, the day proved to be beautiful and by beautiful I mean gorgeous, deep blue skies, few if any clouds, spring-like temps and our long-lost friend…the sun!

Because I can’t stand to stay inside or sit still on a day like that, I decided we needed to hit the trail. Inspired by a friend who ventured to the same spot the day before, we drove to Max Patch inside Pisgah National Forest.

Max Patch is a bald mountaintop with 360-degree views of the mountains. It’s a 6-mile drive on gravel to the top but worth it if the weather’s good. The spot is also a major landmark along the Appalachian Trail.

My friend recommended bringing kites which we did. Of course the only ones I found were the $1.37 kites which lasted about 10 minutes. But it still made for some fun shots. After exploring the mountaintop, we drove down and stopped to play in a creek before heading home. Perfect weather, perfect day! (Minus the small family argument when we made a wrong turn right before the top of the mountain. Traveling with loved ones…fun times.;))

Never fun to wake up to a messy kitchen but it’s nothing a hot cup of coffee can’t fix (If you look closely under the wine glass, there’s a sheet of paper with “10 on 10″ scribbled on it to remind me to pull out the camera!)

photographing a messy kitchen

Little man playing Wii under his brother’s desk

how much is too much screen time for children

Finally made it up the road to the top of the mountain

where to hike in North Carolina

First kite-flying attempt walking to the top

places to hike in the Smoky Mountains

Brothers goofing off on the mountaintop

family-friendly hikes along Tennessee and North Carolina border

One side of amazing views

panoramic views atop Max Patch

Last attempt at kite-flying (judging by his face, it didn’t end well)

spring activities in Pisgah National Forest

Resting at the top

best place to relax in mountains

Stopping at a creek on our way down

boys Reebok tennis shoes good for hiking

Searching for the perfect rock to skip (My oldest is a champion rock skipper!)

spring is here in North Carolina

And back home to happy puppies (who don’t look very happy in the photo!)

Standard Poodle is great with other dogs

Please continue on in the blog circle by visiting my friend to the south

Laurie Schultz – Savannah, GA http://laurieschultz.blogspot.com/2014/03/10-on-10-march.html

laurie schultz - March 10, 2014 - 11:01 pm

gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous!!!!! Those kite pictures are so adorable, and capture such youthfulness in your kids! I also love the one of your boy laying on top of the mountain looking into the sky…what a great view! …not to mention the feet in the creek! :) I LOVE your perspective!

Rox - March 12, 2014 - 2:56 pm

Beautiful day and a beautiful location! I have to say my favorite image is of the dogs, though. It’s all about expression, right? Maybe they felt left out. :)

Linnae Harris - March 13, 2014 - 2:26 pm

I’ve lived in Asheville 8 years and haven’t even been to bald Mountain although my kids have several times. Based on your photos though, you have inspired me to go! You photograph are gorgeous and depict such a lovely day!

Emily - March 24, 2014 - 8:36 pm

Wow- great location! Love the kite flying shots!

JanM - April 2, 2014 - 7:07 am

What a perfect day! I always enjoy your 10 on 10 sets for the stories they tell but love that each image could stand alone. Fantastic!

Asheville Steve - April 14, 2014 - 10:09 pm

It’s crazy, I have been going to places within Pisgah Forest for nearly my entire life and I still have not visited Max Patch (though considering the size of Pisgah, maybe it’s not so bad). These shots look fantastic Kate, and I am a really like the concept of the 10 on 10 project.

admin - April 15, 2014 - 9:14 am

Thanks, Asheville Steve! It’s a bit of haul to get there but well worth it. And you can take pics by the Appalachian Trail and act like you hiked it. ;)

iHeart Faces… “Smile” (Asheville, NC Photographer)

There’s nothing better than a good, “in your face,” wide-mouthed smile, especially when it’s on a child with their brand new, lop-sided, full of gaps, adult teeth. Those are the best smiles, ones made without thought and out of pure, simple, childhood joy.

(This photo is a submission in the iHeart Faces weekly photo contest. This week’s theme is “Smile.”)

wide angle photography

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Reuse, Recycle…Re-What?!!! (Fine Art Photography)

I have a confession to make. Earth Fare – the healthy, organically-grown, no high fructose corn syrup, no trans fats, no nothing, grocery store chain – freaks me out. I do love shopping there (despite the high prices and yes, I know, Trader Joe’s is cheaper but it’s also an extra 10 minutes from my house). But every time I pull into the parking lot, my heart starts racing and I get a lump in my throat because I know how it has to end…at the checkout line with the dreaded question, “Do you need a sack?”

To begin, I consider myself an environmentally-conscious person. I try to use rags instead of paper towels. I make sure lights are turned off. And I save plastic bottles for the recycling bin. But when I go to checkout at Earth Fare (or really any healthy grocery store), I feel like a loser surrounded by the other shoppers in line who have their 10 reusable shopping bags piled in their carts. And then the clerk asks me, “Do you need a sack?” Glancing at my cart filled to the brim, I think, “Duh, of course I do!” But then I realize, “Ohhh, she wants to know if I brought my own reusable shopping bags or if I need to use five of their brown paper sacks thus slaughtering a tree. I can feel the condescending looks. What do I do?! If I say, “yes,” will they hate me? Will they think I don’t love the Earth? But I don’t have any other way to carry home my packages of seaweed snacks, bags of pinto bean chips, my four organically-grown artichokes, my humanely-raised package of chicken and the fair trade chocolate bars. I don’t want to kill a tree or add more trash to a landfill but I really like those Earth Fare brown sacks with the thick handles.

Faced with this question and with people in line behind me, I quickly run down my options. I can say, “yes, I’d like my groceries in the sacks,” and face the stares of the others. I can spend more money and purchase the reusable bags conveniently located at the checkout line. Or I can tell the cashier, “No, I don’t need a sack,” and start shoving my purchases down my pants so I can make it to the car in one trip.

And to make it worse, I just noticed that Earth Fare has a large bin full of cardboard boxes by the checkout lines so shoppers can pack their own groceries in a box and carry it home. Seriously?! And do you bring the box back when you’re done?! Will they know?!

So maybe I’m the only person in the history of Earth Fare shoppers to worry about this. But when I say, “yes, I’ll have the sack (or the plastic bag),” I feel like I should tell the cashier all the ways I plan to reuse the sack/plastic bag so it doesn’t go to waste and so she’ll know a tree didn’t die in vain or a landfill won’t overflow with plastic waste. I don’t do that, but I feel like I should. “Oooh, can’t wait to get my brown paper sack home and see all the ways I can reuse it…a fun “ball in the bag” game for the kids, a hat for a school play, kindling for my fireplace, to accessorize my poodle….and so on.

So what’s the lesson here or point of my post? Go green, people, and don’t use the sack! Or do…I don’t really care.

fine art photography in North Carolina


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Rox - February 28, 2014 - 5:29 pm

This is great! I just love the bow tie. What a creative post.

Susan - March 1, 2014 - 9:23 pm

I am in tears laughing over your words, but your images say it all!!!! I love your sense of humor. The target bandana (head scarf) is too precious! I just went to Whole Foods the other day and did not have my “sack.” Felt the same pressure. You should submit this somewhere…maybe for a stock photo? It would make a great campaign for going green.

Skye - March 2, 2014 - 4:13 am

So while some of this is a little foreign to me, I still get your conundrum and clearly your creative other uses for the baggage here are justification in them selves! Maybe the next time you go, you can wear some of these fashion items just so they ‘know’. Wonderful imaginative piece, once again I think your mind must be some crazy wonderland! :)

Valeria - March 2, 2014 - 6:47 pm

Oh my!! That is just too funny. Maybe next time you should take along a print of this image and show to the cashier, so she will get it how to re-use the sacks. I love it.

pamela joye - March 2, 2014 - 7:29 pm

you dear are a riot. i know full well what you’re speaking about as i’ve stood in the whole paycheck (um whole foods) line to check out. so this is perfectly you – filled with quirky wit and long on a playful exploring creativity. the picture aligns well to your words.

Kristin - March 3, 2014 - 4:26 pm

You are so creative and such an awesome writer and photographer! I can only imagine what people say about me as I shop at one of those non-earthy grocery stores and get the plastic bags. I do reuse them… That does count right ??

Linnae Harris - March 3, 2014 - 7:54 pm

You’re hilarious! Very creative!

Paige - March 5, 2014 - 7:04 pm

HAAA!! Thank you for saying what we all feel! And that image is stellar!

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