West From My iPhone

Hello hello!

So I recently shared my adventrures west with you all… but really those were just the photos from my camera. There were lots of times where I didn’t have my camera with me, and thus used my phone to take photos. (plus I love doing panoramas!) I wanted to share these with you guys too! Take a look!

Buffalo Bill Dam

Buffalo Bill Dam

Buffalo Bill Dam

Buffalo Bill Dam

Mountains

Mountains

Yellowstone Lake

Yellowstone Lake

Wild Animals

Wild Animals

Old Faithful

Old Faithful

The Devil's Tower

The Devil’s Tower

The Devil's Tower

The Devil’s Tower

The Devil's Tower

The Devil’s Tower

The Devil's Tower

The Devil’s Tower

The Devil's Tower

The Devil’s Tower

Mt Rushmore

Mt Rushmore

South Dakota Air and Space Museum

South Dakota Air and Space Museum

Badlands

Badlands

Badlands

Badlands

Badlands

Badlands

The first ever Chipotle!

The first ever Chipotle!

I need to go on more adventures.

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-The Whale

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West. (Vacation Photos)

Hey, Everyone! I’m back from vacation!

This post is all about my travels and a bunch of photos!
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I must say that this trip involved a lot of driving… I wasn’t a huge fan of that. I also wish I had taken more photos of the cabin, and any at all of Denver. I do have more on my phone, so that might end up being another post!

My favorite part (scenery wise) was the Badlands hands down. You can probably tell by the amount of photos I took there! So lovely.

My favorite part (activity wise) was a tie between the cabin we stayed at in South Dakota, or Denver, Colorado. I wish I could have had more time to see Denver… we only stayed one night there. Maybe I’ll make a trip back there!

Now it’s back to daily life in Cincinnati. I do love my city.

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-The Whale

October: Leaves and Halloween

Hey!

So today I have some photos from this past month! I believe fall is probably my favorite time of the year… but I seem to think that about every season (except winter!) once it comes around… but I definitely do enjoy fall. How the leaves smell. Pumpkin EVERYTHING. Scarves and boots. Yup. It’s all good.
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The first set of photos are from a visit to Washington Park at the beginning of the month. It’s one of my favorite places to go on a nice day, and there is almost always something going on. Plus it has a beautiful view of Music Hall.
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The last photo is right before I went to see The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses at Music Hall! I love the fountain at night.

This next set of photos is from an adventure around my neighborhood I went on one cloudy afternoon.
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I like taking pictures of interesting objects and textures…

Now how about a few Halloween photos??
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I wish I had more…. I was of course a Minion from Despicable Me! The other photo is of my brother and his girlfriend as Wayne and Garth from Wayne’s World… I thought that was pretty amazing!

Well, that sums up my October… Hope you all are enjoying this season!

-The Whale

Fuji Instax Mini Collage

Hello, hello!

Today I have another small project I did for my apartment! A while back I shared some information about my Fuji Instax Mini camera. At that point I was trying to figure out what exactly I wanted to do with my growing stack of photos taken with the camera. I really love the look of these photos and I certainly didn’t want to stash them away somewhere. I wanted them to be on display!

Well, as you can imagine, I finally figured out how I wanted to accomplish this!

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I eventually settled on making a collage I could display out of the photos. At first I decided I wanted to aim for a circle shape. I taped the photos I currently had together into a circle and hung it about my tv.
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This didn’t really work out for me…. It was fine for a bit, but I had a hard time getting the photos to lay flat, and I also felt it was missing some sort of ‘wow factor.’ It definitely needed something. Also, I wanted to be able to easily add more photos to the collage as I took them.

At this point I decided that some sort of backing would for sure help out with making the photos lay flat better, so I thought, why not make a big circle, place the photos I have right now in the center, and then add to the outside as I go? Sounded good to me!

I cut out a big circle from a cardboard box and taped my current photo circle in the middle. I then made the decision to construct a grid around those existing photos to place any new photos in.
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When I began, I felt like I wanted the grid to be a series of color blocks, so I started out going with that… After maybe a fourth of the circle was complete, however, I felt that I wasn’t super into how it was turning out. I decided instead to opt for an entire gold background and a simple black grid. I didn’t wan to take away the focus from the photos with all of those colors!

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I’m now quite pleased with the results! It definitely is a nice way to showcase my little Instax Mini photos in my living room!

-The Whale

Lately… In Instagrams

Oh, hey!

Since I’ve been telling you guys how busy I’ve been lately… well I decided to share with you some of the recent things I’ve been up to. So here are some Instagrams from the past month or so!

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Lots of fires! Like really.

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Lots of Franklin County. (My home)

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Alt-J in concert! That was pretty great!
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Indianapolis adventures.

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My best friend’s bachlorette party!

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And then of course the wedding!

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Steak-N-Shake all the time. (and creeping on this guy) :]

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Music.

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Lots of hanging out in the city trying to figure out where to move!

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The decision.

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Moving day!

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Celebrations!

Well. That pretty much sums it all up… a bit. Of course there is more. But a little at a time. :]

See more by following me on Instagram!

-The Whale

So. I Moved!

Hello, everyone!

So if you’ve been reading my posts lately you’ll know that I’ve been rather busy. Well. Part of that is the fact that I have moved! That’s right. I’m out all on my own now!

I am so excited to have found the apartment I did. It’s in the exact area I wanted, for a price I like, and it’s pretty much just an awesome space! So having said that, I figured I would show you guys a few photos of my new living quarters…

This is of course a work in progress… (hence why there are no photos of the bedroom.. it’s very much still in progress). There’s tons of windows and hence natural light, and super high ceilings. Plus its located in the historic Over the Rhine area of Cincinnati, Ohio. This area has a not so great history, but recent efforts to revitalize it are going well. Very well. Some of my favorite bars and restaurants are here as well as a super cute vintage shop.

Well that is that. I’ll be posting updates and little home projects on here as I work on my space, so be on the lookout for that!

-The Whale

June in Bloom

June in Bloom

Hello!

So it is now time for my monthly photo series! I decided to title this month ‘June in Bloom’ partially because (like usual) I have a lot of flower shots, and partially because it sounds kind of nifty…

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This month there are a lot of daisies in the field by my house. I enjoy this. Daisies for sure make me think of summer.
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Honeysuckle is also in abundance. I love honeysuckle. It smells so sweet and reminds me of my childhood. Have you ever tried honeysuckle nectar? Its fantastic. I used to spend a lot of my time pulling apart honeysuckle blooms in order to get to the sweet nectar.
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Yellow Lilly
Lots of lilies have been blooming in our flower beds.
Basil
I bought a basil plant a few weeks ago. It’s doing well and that makes me happy! It reminds me of the origins of this blog…

-The Whale

May Flowers (and stuff)

Oh hey there, everyone!

Today I have some more photos. I kind of have felt the need to challenge myself a bit photography wise… so I’ve decided to start doing a monthly photo series basically starting last month with April Showers. So of course I had to follow that up with May Flowers!

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Well. May flowers and stuff… cause I only really have a few flower shots… I hope you understand.
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texture: fossil

Make a wish.

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Pretty flowers.

I hope you guys enjoy these photo series!
You can check out all of my photos on Flickr!

-The Whale

Fuji Instax Mini

Hello!

My post for today is featuring a camera I received as a birthday gift (by request of course) back in December, and I must say, this camera has very quickly become a favorite toy of mine! Better even than my Holga I so dearly love! The camera I’m talking about is the Fuji Instax Mini!
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The great thing about the Instax is that it prints out the photos instantly like a Polaroid does! I’ve been taking this camera with me on a lot of adventures lately so it has gotten tons of use!
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I love the vintage, old-style feel of the photos!

One problem though, now I have a pile of Instax photos just sitting on top of my dresser…. I need to find something interesting to do with them! I’ve been looking for some inspiration and found some intriguing ideas here and here. I was also thinking of making some sort of nifty scrap book with them. Any suggestions are welcome!

-The Whale

April Showers

Hello everyone!
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(<3 Whale Boots!)

So spring has finally sprung here in Indiana! I'm beyond stoked to be done with all the cold and the snow. Not my thing… There was a lovely calm rain going on the other day. I felt the need to snap some pictures because it just felt so tranquil. So out in the rain I went, and you know what? It didn't bother me one bit.

Here are a few of my favorite shots:
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I hope you all are also having warmer weather!

-The Whale