For the Love of Zinnias – Sweet Southern Blue

There was a time in my life that I did not care much for zinnias. I have no idea why I didn’t love these easy to grow, colorful flowers. I don’t think I realized that they came in all colors, sizes, and shapes. Now I can’t wait to order new varieties and watch them grow. […]


  My mother plugged in the lights on her Christmas tree so my grandson could see it. He walked over to it and reached up to grab a light and I managed to get this one shot before eveyone yelled at him not to touch the tree. Since I didn’t have the flash on, I […]

TROPICAL RAINFOREST – MOODY GARDENS, Galveston, Texas | Sweet Southern Blue

Moodys Gardens in Galveston, Texas is a great place for photographers.  You can check out all of my photos and information on visiting Moody’s Gardens at my travel blog Southern Blue Traveler.  

Baby Tripp’s Birth ~ I photographed my grandsons birth ! | Sweet Southern Blue

    The birth of my grandson was amazing, awesome, surreal, and the most beautiful event I have ever photographed.  Yep, I photographed my grandson’s birth. When we give birth to our children, we are caught up in a spiraling whirlwind of chaos.  There are doctors, nurses, lights, and various instruments clinking against their metal […]

Garden Tour of Moss Mountain Farm – P Allen Smith | Sweet Southern Blue

‘m contintuing  my tour of Moss Mountain Farms with P Allen Smith here with photos of his gardens. The flower gardens were filled with bright pops of color ; add that to having the Arkansas river as your backdrop and you have a feast for the eyes. Here are some of the photos of his […]


When I arrived, I wasn’t sure what to expect but after visiting with with family and touring the grounds, I highly recommend stopping by if you are in the area.  If you are looking a destination to camp or park your RV, I would put this Krause Springs at the top of my list. You […]

Photographing Bluebonnets in Texas Hill Country

My sister wanted to travel to the Texas Hill Country and photograph the bluebonnets this year and this is the results.  The flowers were beautiful and I had the opportunity to photograph some other amazing places I had wanted to visit for year. You can check out a list of the places I recommend checking […]

My “Under the Tuscan Sun” Moment | Sweet Southern Blue

Under the Tuscan Sun I have seen this movie more times than I care to admit.  It is one of my favorite movies and I live vicariously through Diane Lane every time I watch the movie.  Maybe it’s because I can relate with her movie character.  A woman who divorces her cheating husband, travels to […]

Positano, Italy – Sweet Southern Blue

From the moment I arrived in Positano, I was in love.  I read that it is the most photographed fishing village in the world and I can see why.  There is something magical about the intricate winding roads, and we enjoyed exploring each alcove or shop as we traveled down to the sea. Like most […]

Cinque Terre, Italy ~ Monterosso al Mare | Sweet Southern Blue

Monterosso al Mare was the last village we visited.  It had a different feel than the other village.  The town is divided into two distinct parts: the old town and the new town. The two areas are divided by a single tunnel that caters to pedestrians and there are very few cars in the town.  […]

My “Under the Tuscan Sun” Moment | Sweet Southern Blue

I have seen this movie more times than I care to admit.  It is one of my favorite movies and I live vicariously through Diane Lane every time I watch the movie.  Maybe it’s because I can relate with her movie character.  A woman who divorces her cheating husband, travels to Italy, falls in love […]

Eze Village, France | Sweet Southern Blue

One the second day of our cruise we docked in Monaco.  My daughter had chosen to visit Eze Village, France while we were in port..  I had never heard of Eze Village and had done no research on it before we left. Let me back up a minute in case this is the first post […]

Pisa, Italy | Sweet Southern Blue

My daughter and I have just returned from our European vacation and I’m trying to recover from jet lag.  I look over all of the photographs I took and I am awestruck by everything we saw in our whirlwind tour of seven countries.  We took a Mediterranean cruise with Norwegian Cruise Lines, leaving from Civitavecchia for […]

Cinque Terre, Italy ~ Riomaggiore | Sweet Southern Blue

Riomaggiore is the most southern village of the five Cinque Terre.  The town of Riomaggiore presents typical features reflecting its history and traditions.  The town stretches along a vertical axe where steep staircases are the only means to move around the town and the typical houses have one or two-floor towers. The first historical traces […]

Photo Shoot in Grapevine, TX | Sweet Southern Blue

Had a great time visiting my aunt and uncle in Texas over the weekend.  We decided to take some pictures of my daughter and niece in Grapevine at the tracks.  The girls were so pretty and we had such a great time while there.  Here are some pictures of my daughter ….. My Uncle with […]

Daffodils | Sweet Southern Blue

Daffodils I wandered lonely as a cloud That floats on high o’er vales and hills, When all at once I saw a crowd, A host, of golden daffodils; Beside the lake, beneath the trees, Fluttering and dancing in the breeze. Continuous as the stars that shine And twinkle on the milky way, They stretched in […]

Spring | Sweet Southern Blue

It Spring!  Unfortunatly it’s cold and rainy here so I decided to post some photos that I took a couple of years ago.  Hopefully it will wash away some of this pollen.

Winter ~ Historic Washington State Park | Sweet Southern Blue

Snow just makes everything look beautiful.  Here are some pictures that I took around the park where I work.   It was so beautiful….

Winter at Historic Washington State Park | Sweet Southern Blue


Montego Bay, Jamaica Part 2 | Sweet Southern Blue

My daughter booked us at the Hilton Rose Hall Resort and Spa.  It was beyond my expectations !  If you are looking for a place to spend some time in Jamaica, I would highly reccomend it.  We paid $80 a person and it included your choice of food from  three restaurants, beverages (including all non-premium brand liquor, draft […]

The Gibson Family | Sweet Southern Blue

I had the pleasure of photographing the most adorable family.  Meet the Gibsons….      

Cozumel | Sweet Southern Blue

Cozumel was beautiful but I liked Jamaica and Grand Cayman better.  We didn’t do an excursion here so that may be why I didn’t enjoy it as much.  If I ever get back to Cozumel, I plan on going to Tulum to see the Mayan Ruins.   That little person you see standing by the […]

From Tropical to Winter | Sweet Southern Blue

I come back from my Caribbean vacation to this. Yep, it has snowed in southern Arkansas. It’s rare that we have snow, especially on Christmas day. In a few days time I had the opportunity to see both spectrums of God’s creation and I have to say that they are both exquisitely beautiful in their […]

GRAND CAYMAN | Sweet Southern Blue

Here are some of the pictures that we took while in Grand Cayman. It was absolutely beautiful. . . The Stingray City snorkel trip was the highlight of our vacation.  We had the opportunity to touch and feed Stingrays and snorkel the magnificent coral reefs. . . . . . The North Wall is an abyss that plunges in the […]


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