One of my 2016 goals is to be more present. More mindful of everything I’m doing and take the time out to appreciate all the good times I’m experiencing. A lot of times I rush through things and at the end of the day I hardly remember what I did.

So when I was out making this image yesterday I was noticing the swirls in the icy water. Like I put my camera down and and really stood there to look at what interested me so much about this scene. I thought the patterns were so cool and can only assume it’s from wind. The circular motions and untouched ice was something like I had never seen at the tidal basin. What a beautiful footprint nature left.

Not only can I not sleep in anymore but since the sun rises so late now, I feel like I’ve been waking up extra early. It’s ok though or else I wouldn’t have been able to see gorgeous light like this if I were 10 minutes later.

3 Things I’m grateful for this week:

1. This makes me giggle.

2. Making fun lists like this one.

3. 7 days til Christmas!

Did you ever just lay on the grass and try to come up with funny shapes and things that were formed in the sky? I still do that pretty often when I’m out shooting. Not the laying in the grass part, but sometimes Ill try to see if I see anything in the clouds. If I were to do the same thing with this image, I’d say that it looks like a blue leopard. Rawrrr.

If you saw me this morning than you would of seen a girl with a tripod sprinting across Constitution Ave because the sunrise was AMAZING!!! I got to the Lincoln Memorial and had never seen it so pink before. The light from the sky, reflecting off the reflecting pool must of been so bright and strong that it made everything pink. Even these big workout guys stopped to watch. It was incredible.

Speaking of incredible the response to the Vietnam Memorial image from yesterday was absolutely mind blowing. Thank you all so much for the kind messages and comments. I’m going to spend some time today to try to get back to everyone. Thank you so much.

So I had to leave my family’s harvest moon dinner celebration a little early to capture this image. It’s ok, I’m not the biggest fan of Chinese food but my dad kept on insisting that there wasn’t going to be a moon because of the clouds.

I left anyways and was determined to get a great shot of the moon. He was partially right. The clouds were really heavy in the early evening but luckily they started breaking up around 8p. By the time I made my way to the Washington Monument, I was in the middle of a photo party of about 10 other photographers all waiting and shooting.