Saturday, August 30, 2008

The PUG Retreat...at last

Alright, alright, alright. Finally, the blog is being realized! I was having trouble uploading the pictures at the larger size, and now all is better! Much thanks to Brody Grant of Polarity Photography for helping me with the fixing.

So now I am finally able to share my pictures with you from the PUG's Rock n' Roll Retreat in the Berkshires. Much thanks to Amanda Harris Herzberger of Orchard Cove Photography for letting us invade her beautiful cabin for a relaxing, reflecting, picture-takin', swimming, and cocktail-slinging good time. I had an amazing time, and met lots of fabtastic (yes, that's fabulous and fantastic all at the same time) and talented photographers. For many of you, it was our initial meeting, and I look forward to getting to know you all better. Carrie Roseman, a.k.a. Madame Butterfly, is ready to share her photos of this rockin' retreat...

Amanda Harris' beautiful cabin looks as though it may be small and cozy...

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but as I walked around, more house was found as this unique cabin is built into the side of a hill...

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and there was this huge screened porch off the back of the cabin

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There were flowers and all kinds of greenery surrounding the cabin, and I captured some great shots of Mother Nature at work...

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busy, busy bee

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flutter by, butterfly...

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Then there was this teeny frog that was hopping around, and I just had to grab some shots. This one I liked best...

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Upon arrival, a few photographers took to relaxing on the dock at the lake. Some of them took it a step further by breaking out the yoga poses...

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Some of them didn't notice when the paparazzi arrived...

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Carla Ten Eyke let me know how she felt about my camera-wielding arrival...

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Mary Marantz showing us good form...

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Val McCormick, a fellow paparazzo, caught in the act!

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Paul McNerney of StudioFoto takes a little break from rowing his kayak

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Back at camp, the chairs gather for a very important meeting...

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A quiet morning read...

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KryStyle of StudioFoto shows us how it's done...

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Amanda Harris' dog, Strider, was so cute with his little furball toy!

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As I was leaving the comfy cabin and heading back to reality, my arms were loaded with all my camping and camera stuff, and it took some concentration to keep my klutsy self from dropping any of the delicately balanced belongings. On this walk back to the clubhouse, where my truck, Clarice, was parked, I noticed the smallest salamander that I had ever seen. It was orange and alone, and just truckin' along. I knew that I needed some pics of this little guy, so I disentangled my carefully constructed pile that I was carrying, and got down to his level. Here are two of my favorite pics of him...

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From gravel to sand, almost in the grass at last!

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I love the Berkshires, and was so glad that I got the chance to chill there for a hot minute and meet so many great people. I am excited to get to know everyone better, and look forward to the collaborations and friendships that will form.

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