nature

Edwin Warner Park, Nashville, TN

My favorite loops in Edwin Warner Park, yesterday, on a sunny Sunday afternoon; lots of people taking fall-themed photos: keychains dangling to make their baby smile; engagement photos, couples throwing leaves up in the air and kissing for the camera; teenage siblings in flannel blocking a pathway, hugging in a line to get a family picture. Then me, also toting a camera, walking solo, taking pictures at random whenever I could catch a glimpse of good lighting or something beautiful. I did a lot of adjusting with the camera settings for the changing of light as well as experimentation with filters in post editing--hence, the variation in colors: 

The Red River Gorge, KY

I'm not a nature girl. This, I'm sure, comes as no surprise. And I don't mean to dismiss the possibility of me becoming a human that desires to be away from urban areas. In fact, I aspire to become a camper, climber and all-around lover and pursuer of mother earth... so much so that, in my head, an element of becoming a self-actualized Sarah includes exhibiting characteristics of the aforementioned adventurer/ explorer. To put it simply, becoming more outdoorsy is something I want to acheive to be more complete as a human being. That being said, I will now admit to something that will underline, italisize and add exclamation points to the first sentence of this blog post. I am very ashamed about it, but I have admitted this shameful secret to others willingly, as if confessing my secret to faces displaying condemning looks would absolve some sort of the culpability and regret. Alas, here's the shameful secret: I have lived in Lexington, KY for 3 years and had never been to the Red River Gorge-- until exactly one week ago. I am about to leave Lexington along with two of my closet friends, Maggie and Duncan; so I made it a point to finally get out to the Gorge with these two. While there, we chose trails based on recommendations from a W6 customer: we hiked Rock Bridge, Chimney Rock, Princess Arch and finally Natural Bridge. The day finished at Miguel's eating incredible pizza that definitely lived up to all the hype. 'Twas a delight going to this natural beauty, and I plan on returning at least one more time before the end of this month. One step closer to becoming self-actualized Sarah. Here are the pics from the day: