Lukewarm coffee & early morning city streets

"Walking man walk. Walk on by my door. Well, any other man stops and talks but not the walking man. He's the walking man, born to walk, walk on walking man." James Taylor's Walking Man

"Early in the morning, risin' to the street                                                                                                           Light me up that cigarette and I'll strap shoes on my feet." Sublime's What I Got

What I don't have anymore is the cigarettes. What I do have is coffee. And these early morning walks in foreign cities over cobblestone streets and through half deserted municipal gardens.  I have an hour of stolen time while my three fellas are still sleeping back in the hotel. An hour of joy and silent discovery. An hour. A lifetime. A life. My life. Traipsing over sidewalks as many women before me have done. Savannah, St. Pete, Chicago.  Moving backwards in time reading building cornerstones. Lovely. And then, as the coffee runs out and people begin to appear, turning back to my family, returning with new dreams and a calmness inside, already planning my next walkabout. 

 

River Street. Savannah.

River Street. Savannah.

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Walkways leading to Upper Factors Walk. Savannah.

Walkways leading to Upper Factors Walk. Savannah.

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The colors....

The colors....

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Every time I go to Savannah, i have to get a shot of one of these! :)

Every time I go to Savannah, i have to get a shot of one of these! :)

Gravestones lining the back wall of Colonial Park Cemetery. Most of them are so old the engravings are illegible.

Gravestones lining the back wall of Colonial Park Cemetery. Most of them are so old the engravings are illegible.

St. Pete Beach.

St. Pete Beach.

Cloud Gate. Chicago. I love the reflection of the skyscrapers.

Cloud Gate. Chicago. I love the reflection of the skyscrapers.

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Architecture of this building...wow..

Architecture of this building...wow..

I stood in the middle of the street for this one. The hubs may not let me go on the walks anymore. ;)

I stood in the middle of the street for this one. The hubs may not let me go on the walks anymore. ;)

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Jay Pritzker Pavillion at Millennium Park. Amazing design.

Jay Pritzker Pavillion at Millennium Park. Amazing design.

Lurie Garden.

Lurie Garden.

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The end.

The end.

A & C Florida Southern College, Lakeland, Fl

It all started with macaroni & cheese.

I met Ashley & Chris this past Saturday at Florida Southern College in Lakeland, FL for their family session and to find out a little about their story. The two were introduced at a barbecue party by mutual friends. When asked, Chris said one of the first things that attracted him to Ashley was her macaroni & cheese.  They say the way to a man's heart is through his stomach & Ashley definitely has that figured out!

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There's a warm glow of happiness surrounding Ashley & Chris. It's an amazing thing to be around.

There's a warm glow of happiness surrounding Ashley & Chris. It's an amazing thing to be around.

This session wasn't about only them though. They brought along two of the cutest little people and I love little people.

This session wasn't about only them though. They brought along two of the cutest little people and I love little people.

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Everybody ready for more cuteness? These two just about cornered the market on it!

Everybody ready for more cuteness? These two just about cornered the market on it!

And I love, love, love that Ashley brought her Grandmother. There is nothing like being able to have these pictures to look at years down the road.

And I love, love, love that Ashley brought her Grandmother. There is nothing like being able to have these pictures to look at years down the road.

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Beautiful lady. Beautiful story.

Beautiful lady. Beautiful story.

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Ashley & Chris- thank you so much for letting me capture some of the love in your family. Wishing you much joy & happiness on your walk through life together.  (and delicious macaroni& cheese!)  CBlackwell

Ashley & Chris- thank you so much for letting me capture some of the love in your family. Wishing you much joy & happiness on your walk through life together.  (and delicious macaroni& cheese!)

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