Visions of Autumn

Travel Theme: Autumn / Travel Theme: Orange

My all time favorite Autumn photos are of my grandkids and daughters back in Spokane, WA.  I’m sure you will agree they are absolutely LOVELY!!!

Grandkids by Allie Hannah Photography - Spokane

Grandkids by Allie Hannah Photography – Spokane

During my recent visit to Seoul Korea I decided to meet up with friends, go hiking and just walk around some of my old stomping grounds.  My walk to Seoul tower brought me through some beautiful hilly areas with the trees just turning amazing colors.  I met a friend in Insadong and just happened to stumble on a dance and parade.  I tried finding out what the event was.. but will have to just label it improv Korea.  I really do love this place.

Other posts I enjoyed

A Tale of Two Cities – Spokane and New York City

Ok.. so I love my job.  I love my life.  I am blessed with it all.  However, I’m still a little homesick and sometimes envious of so many of my friends.  Maybe it’s Facebook’s fault.. seriously.  There is a thing called Facebook envy.  This is something that revolves around how our self esteem and even our happiness is negatively affected by spending so much time looking at the perfect lives that our friends and family are projecting on this and other social network sites.  Everyone I know seems to be spending their time with family and long time friends. everyone is having a great time and toasting the holidays.

Realistically we all know that we all post only the best portions of our own lives and our best looks on social media.  Even knowing this, I can’t help but feel a little sorry for myself on a bad day and wish I was also hanging with my family and friends. (Picture me stomping my foot, pouting or throwing myself on the couch and crying about how everyone in the social media world is spending so much lovely time with their family and close friends.)

The Daily Post’s May 5 prompt “A Tale of Two Cities” made me go back and look at my favorite places in the world and I finally narrowed down the two places I would split my time with if I could only split my time between two places.  In fairness it only took me about all of 2 seconds to decide on these 2 places however, it was fun looking back at all of the places I have been.

My first choice is an obvious one.  Spokane, Wa because that is where the majority of my family is.  Spokane is where I grew up and where I finally returned to raise my kids.  Spokane is the place where I always wanted to leave but always love returning to in order to reconnect with friends, family and just the city.  I especially love Spokane in the Summer.  My city has a beautiful river that runs through it, a giant park in it’s city center that was once a rail station and became the home of the 1974 World’s Fair which ended up transforming the city.  (World Fair Spokane, WA) It was the smallest city to host the world’s fair and it was also the first to focus on environmental issues rather than on futuristic themes.



Other events Spokane is now Known for:

BloomsdayLilac FestivalArt FestHoopfestPigout In The ParkSpokane Interstate FairFirst Night Spokane

My own personal visions and memories of Spokane.

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My second city would be New York.  I love it so much that I have actually been requesting it adopt me.  I love New York for virtually the same reasons I love Spokane.  I have a variety of friends and family living there.  Every trip I have taken there has been loaded with fun and great memories.  New York will always hold a special place in my heart and mind.  Even if it doesn’t adopt me. Though I don’t know why it wouldn’t.  Maybe there is a law against it.  I’m not sure.  I do love New York and I love my friends and family who live there.  There is always something going on in New York and always someone who is willing to do it with you.  Whatever IT is.

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Other posts I liked.

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  2. A Tale of Two Cities or Ages
  3. All Things Cute and Beautiful
  4. Tucked Into A corner
  5. New York City and LA
  6. Life is Great
  7. New York and Pennsylvania
  8. Wherever she is
  9. Hung
  10. Turkey and the Big Apple

Sunday Post: Wonderful

I just happened to read about 3 different friends becoming grandparents recently and instantly knew what I was going to use to participate in Jake’s sunday challenge – Wonderful…

I can’t think of anything that makes me feel more wonderful, inspired and proud as when I think of my daughters and how amazing and beautiful they are in how they are currently starting their own job as being parents.

When I watch them with their kids and see how they are handling the toughest job in the world (parenting as if you didn’t know) I feel amazing, wonderful and proud.  I cannot think of a better way to say this than through some of my favorite photos of them and their babies.  I hope you enjoy.

Haute Pink Photography

Madden and Jemma’s reflection through a giant fishtank in Seattle.

Haute Pink Photography in Seattle with granddaughter

Haute Pink Photography in Seattle with daughter and grandson

Haute Pink Photography in Seattle.. favorite smiles

Inspirational Nature


Haute Pink Photography – Alki Beach with Family

Valerie Andrews, A Passion for this Earth
“As a child, one has that magical capacity to move among the many eras of the earth; to see the land as an animal does; to experience the sky from the perspective of a flower or a bee; to feel the earth quiver and breathe beneath us; to know a hundred different smells of mud and listen unself- consciously to the soughing of the trees.”

Haute Pink Photography – Seattle Alki Beach

The best remedy for those who are afraid,
lonely or unhappy is to go outside,
somewhere where they can be quiet,
alone with the heavens, nature and God.
Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be
and that God wishes to see people happy,
amidst the simple beauty of nature.
I firmly believe that nature brings solace in all troubles.
-Anne Frank 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Merge – The Past with the Present

The past is strapped to our backs. We do not have to see it; we can always feel it. -Mignon McLaughlin

I took this week’s photo challenge by guest host Gary Ng Gnostec Photography in a bit of a different direction.  The challenge stated “Sometimes, you have to appreciate that the world will collide around you and present you with said collision, wrapped up in a plastic album sleeve, for sale in a local used record store.”  My world sometimes collides when I think about the past and try placing it in the present.

The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there. -Lesley Hartley

I am constantly reminded of how things were when I was a child and how they are now.  The merging of the past with the present is always around you whether you are talking about rules, regulations and standards of living or just how different things look or are perceived in this era

The past is a good place to visit, but I wouldn’t want to live there. -Anonymous.

There is a saying about how you can’t escape your past and another saying about how you can never go home.  This to me is an awesome juxtaposition where two random always connected but distinctly different objects are always present and always moving in a parallel motion.  Who you are and who were and who you are now along with what you can and cannot change determining who you will become.

My photos represent the past merging with the present.  How some things change and some stay the same.  Enjoy.

Dad and 3 daughters approx 1970-1971

Dad and 3 daughters – 2011 – Haute Pink Photography

2 daughters – 1995 approx

2 daughters – 2012 – Haute Pink Photography

Bestie in high school – approx 1984

Bestie from high school – approx 2010

Sisters approx 1973

Sisters 2011, Haute Pink Photography

Best friend from high school with her husband – 1984

Best friend from high school with her husband – 2012

Mother and daughters – 2002 approx

Mother and 2 daughters 2012 – Haute Pink Photography

I have realized that the past and future are real illusions, that they exist in the present, which is what there is and all there is. -Alan Watts

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More about the challenge:

Merge. The world is made up of many things. There is a saying that opposites attract, and this is true for relationships and other things. What about photography? Many surprises can come out of merging two different entities into one. Sometimes this fusion of the elements is what we call art.

For instance, try placing an object where it does not belong. Or, juxtapose two different objects. The statements they make together may be contradictory, but remember: break the rules and experiment. As for me, I love merging the arts, especially two distinctly different types of art. On one side, there is the performing arts—a ballerina, for instance—and on the other side, there is architecture.

”Merge” is the weekly photo challenge from WordPress this week, and you can see all the entries here.

Gary Ng is an architect and photographer based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He is the founder of Gary Ng © Gnostec Photography and author of his photo blog. Subscribe to his updates via his websiteblog, or Facebook page.