Weekly Photo Challenge: Street View

The photo challenge this week was street view. I had a hard time deciding which view to share with you all but ultimately settled on the Main Street view in Daytona Beach, FL. I thought it was a bit more intriguing than your typical street photo (although, I’m sucker for a good shot of a pretty or interesting street!) Anyway, this was taken only a few weeks ago during my spring break trip to Daytona Beach.

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A little story to go with the challenge this week.

My friends and I were looking forward to a relaxing week on warm sunny beaches but little did we know the town would be taken over by hundreds of bikers! People from all over the US travel with their bikes to Daytona once a year to ride along the shore, trade parts, show off their bikes (snazzy rides, let me tell ya), gather and ultimately just have a good time. At first we were skeptical. Who are all these bikers? Will we have a relaxing time? Are they ever going to stop beeping their horns and revving their engines? Well contrary to popular stereotype, they’re actually some really nice people, with a completely bad ass lifestyle. The revving never stopped but we got used to it and had a blast regardless. Our joke of the week was “bikers vs. breakers”. Obviously we were breakers but secretly wanted to be part of the bikers. So we ventured on down to Main Street (pictured here) and felt totally out of place. Picture 5 little college girls roaming through hundreds of parked bikes and huge crowds of rowdy leather and denim clad bikers… kind of comical, and clearly stood out like a sore thumb. It was definitely an experience I’ll never forget and if I ever own a bike (not likely but wishful thinking) I’ll know where to start my bike week excursions!

Hope you enjoyed the photo and story time this week. Have you ever been to a bike week? Or had an experience like I did, thought your trip would be one thing and had a complete curve ball? I’d love to hear your story!

Well, enjoy the nice weather (I know I’ll be soaking up every bit of these 70 degrees of sunshine while it lasts) and if you have a bike…. take a little spin for me!

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Perspective.

Well as you may or may not know, it’s spring break!! Some friends and I flew to Florida a few days ago and while on the flight (lucky me, I got the window seat) I looked out over the clouds and the changing landscapes and perspective came to mind. It’s often not every day we get to see how amazing and beautiful the clouds and the earth are from above. So I decided to take this approach this week for the challenge and have photos from above and below the clouds.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Selfie

Ahhh. The age old selfie. It was only a matter of time until this lovely challenge arrived. You can love it or you can hate it. It’ll still go down in history as a classic. This one was taken a few years back with one of my good friends at the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore. (P.S. how cool that this is the outside of the building?!) Definitely worth a few hours of your day if you’re ever in the area!

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Juxtaposition

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I quickly snapped this photo a few weeks ago when I saw this man’s briefcase. Swoon. I remember it was a particularly dreary day and there must have been a conference or meeting of some sort because as I walked home from work I got stuck behind a group of men in typical (rather boring) business suits. Nothing special. They all had the same style and all carried similar briefcases (plain black or brown, traditional, remember we’re talking drab old style)… except for this one man. With his beautifully different, printed, colorful briefcase. Just one fish swimming against the tide.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Family

Family. Family. Family.

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This week’s challenge is one that means a lot to me. Family is everything. They’ve made so many things possible for me. I’m so so so grateful and blessed to have them. We drive each other crazy but I love them to the moon and back! P.S. Yes, in case you were wondering, we did take a family selfie this summer and no, we aren’t the least bit ashamed to say so!

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Family isn’t just blood. My family extends to friends, too. Many are close friends I’ve had since childhood, now scattered about the north east, and many are new since coming to school. Make new friends but keep the old. Right? These three are some of my greatest friends and they keep me grounded when I’m away from my real family, nine months of the year. These are my people, my family, we mesh. We’ve grown a lot together and I can’t wait to see where our paths lead us.