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My favorite ride at the amusement park

At the Merry-Go-Round Museum in Sandusky, Ohio

Before I bought my first digital camera (truly a watershed moment), I spent many years in the classroom, beginning as a kindergarten teacher. Although I developed a genuine and lasting respect for kindergarten teachers, I quickly learned that kindergartners were too young, always underfoot, and definitely not for me.

Hustling out of kindergarten, I skipped over first and second grade and eventually landed happily in fifth grade, where, for 26 years, I taught mostly reading and writing with some science, math, and social studies thrown in.  Finally I closed out my career in seventh and eighth grade, teaching writing, just writing, for seven years. I loved it and wished it hadn’t taken so long to find my true home.

I’ve heard it said that “Growing old isn’t for sissies; however, I’m here to tell you that teaching seventh and eighth graders isn’t for sissies either. Every day my students amused me, frustrated me, entertained me, occasionally infuriated me (We’re being honest here), and sometimes amazed me, by demonstrating that, despite their raging hormones, they were (usually) listening, learning, and capable of producing some fantastic writing.

After 33 years in the classroom, I decided it was time to move on, so I retired, bought a digital camera, and headed outdoors. Now I am blessed to be able to spend hours in my favorite outdoor locations, camera in hand, enjoying God’s wonderful creation. My accumulated collection of 50,000 pictures, many of them captured along the trails in local parks, led to the creation of my blog Seen Along the Trail , where many (although not all) of the pictures were captured somewhere along the trail.

A touch of trivia

  • I have been married to my husband Bob for 54 years.
  • Our family includes three daughters, three sons-in-law, and seven (adult) grandchildren.

    Gulliver before our muggy morning walk

    Gulliver before our morning walk

  • I love dogs, so I can’t forget to mention our dog Gulliver, a much loved senior springer spaniel.
  • I grew up in the tiny town of Delta (population 800) in southeastern Pennsylvania.
  • Our children grew up where we currently live in northeastern Ohio, within walking distance of Lake Erie.
  • You can view my photo galleries on SmugMug and the daily picture I have posted almost every day for seven years on Blipfoto.
  • Oh, and the merry-go-round is my favorite amusement park ride…hence the above profile picture, snapped at the Merry-Go-Round Museum in Sandusky, Ohio.

That’s probably more than you need to know, so I will stop here and close by inviting you to grab your camera and join me for a photowalk along the trail.

Carolyn aka Skip

 

 

21 Comments

  1. Wow, your photos are gorgeous. I love the close ups of all the birds. The blue heron especially was wonderful. The spread of his wings really captures the moments. Something about them always fascinates me. I really like how your photos scroll across too.

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    1. Hi Michael. Thanks for visiting my blog. Especially thanks for your feedback on the scrolling photos. My blog doesn’t support a customized header, so I decided to use the scrolling pictures instead. I’m planning to change them out from time to time (maybe monthly) so they will always be fresh and timely. I’m glad you like the pictures. That particular heron was being especially photogenic.

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  2. I liked how you introduced yourself with merry go rounds and with your dog…nice to meet you Skip.

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  3. Skip –
    Love the about page. I think it’s a wonderful snapshot of who you are, the journey that led you here, and the journey you are on now. Can’t wait to see where your camera takes you, good luck and happy blogging!

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    1. Thank you for coming back to take a look at it, and thanks for the encouragement.

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    2. same here…

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      1. I remembered the merry-go-round picture and thought it would work as a profile picture. Thanks for the feedback.

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  4. Your nature photography is fabulous. I nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award. It is a pay it forward nomination. Here are the details
    http://pnwauthor.wordpress.com/2012/05/31/blog-awards-and-nominations/

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  5. Hi Skip! I love your blog so much! Your photos are wonderful and I love your commitment!

    For that reason, I’ve nominated you for a Liebster: http://fromthefifthfloor.com/2012/03/28/i-got-an-award-and-others-are-getting-one-too/

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    1. Thank you for the nomination. I am honored. I may not have time this week to pass the award along, but I will soon. I appreciate it very much.

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  6. LILLIAN DRELLICH March 27, 2012 at 6:33 am

    email message would not go thru. anyway, thankis for sharing your pics.

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  7. What a magnificent place and wonderful photos…..I am sitting in amongst grey iron bark and blue skies in Australlia as the temperature climbs. Your diverse autumn colours are a huge contrast to our grey’s muted greens and vibrant blue.

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    1. I would love to visit your country/continent. My grandson went to school in Sydney for three months last winter and really liked it.

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  8. searchingforfernando November 9, 2011 at 7:33 pm

    Your photos made me homesick for Ohio, even though I never lived there. I read Malabar Farm in 1988 and was so taken by Bromfield,s word pictures of Ohio that I set a goal to make it to Malabar Farm State park. In June of 1997 I drove from Oregon to Ohio, and found that Ohio was more beautiful than I expected. What really surprised me was how rural it was. Westerns tend to think that everything west of the Mississippi is paved over. I love your Chickadee and Deer photos. The colors are so Autumnal and warm. Just last week I was thinking how I would like to go back to Ohio in the Fall and roam through the woods and fields and see the changing colors. I’ll certainly be back here to see your new posts.

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    1. Well, you’ve missed the fall color for this year. Recent winds have left the trees pretty bare. Maybe you can put a return visit on your “bucket list” for future years. Ohio is a beautiful state and most of it is rural. We live in the northeast, east of Cleveland, so we have plenty of hills and lots of wonderful parks.

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  9. Your photographs are awesome!

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  10. Your blog caught my eye on the home page, so I thought I should check it out. I must say I enjoyed browsing your blog. You have some great photos here. I’ll be sure to visit your blog often. Congrats on being Freshly Pressed!

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    1. Thank you for those words. They have given me (and my photography) a boost.

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