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{already missing the fluffy, white snow…}

Yesterday a wish of my kiddos came to fruition… it snowed here in South Carolina!  They’ve been wishing for snow since we moved here 2 years ago.  We got snow each year in Snoqualmie so it was strange for them not to get a taste of it each year.  Tyler was so excited at the thought that we might get snow that he woke up at 3am (that’s not a typo) to look outside only to be let down that there wasn’t any.  He was up on and off all morning and both kids squealed with anticipation when big white flakes finally began to fall from the sky.  Of course we spent most of the day outside playing in it, eating it, riding bikes in it, throwing it, etc.  They both made a ‘snow pie’ – you know, a bowl full of snow and I chopped up bits for fruit and put it in the bowl (as they stirred it) and then they ate it.  So fun!  We also made real snow cones! That was such a treat – I poured FUZE juice in it and they were giggling with excitement.  Then we took breaks , came in and had hot cocoa topped with mini marsh mellows.  This was the best winter day yet!    Now it’s melting and Tyler and Brielle keep asking when we’ll get more.  I’m afraid this was the last of it, but we enjoyed it while it was here.    Below are a few pictures of the snow! 

The first thing both kids did…. let the snow drop onto their tongue ;-)

Tyler running to throw a snowball at daddy’s truck!  I’ve never seen someone love the snow as much as Tyler, he couldn’t get enough of it.

Brielle the problem solver:  She insisted on wearing her sunglasses so the snow wouldn’t get in her eyes.  She didn’t take them off until the snow stopped blowing so hard.  I couldn’t resist running in to get my camera to remember this moment.   Oh and she has a spoon and an apple slice in her hand making her tasty snow pie. 

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Michelle CalhounFebruary 13, 2009 - 10:50 am

Kara, your work is some of the most gorgeous that I have seen so far!!!!
WOW!! You are so creative, and the works of ART are just stunning!

Ali GreenwoodFebruary 8, 2009 - 10:04 am

Ooh you got some great shots Kara. Love the shots of Tyler and Brielle. The sunglasses made me smile :o )

TheresaFebruary 6, 2009 - 7:55 pm

I am so jealous!! I use to live in Sumter and we got snow a few times, I miss it. Now I am in So. Cal., love it here too but, again miss the snow and that wonderful landscape down south.. Your photography is amazing!!! I just love your site BTW. Found you through my friend Feanna – Kait Emerson Designs.

Cheryl JohnsonFebruary 2, 2009 - 6:50 pm

the girl has style LOL

we just had the heaviest snowfall in 20 years, the kids were over the moon until they realised school was still open !!

Emily SmithJanuary 31, 2009 - 6:43 pm

I LOVE the tree and road picture! Gorgeous!

shannon lottJanuary 30, 2009 - 2:21 pm

Love the snow pics and am jealous a little bit. Snow photos are my favorite. And my daughter has that same princes bike! Such great memories here!

Melanie WatsonJanuary 28, 2009 - 1:01 pm

Oh my goodness… what beautiful images of the snowfall. I so miss the snow. Granted Nashville didn’t get much of it when we lived there but considering Florida doesn’t get any… I do miss the little we did get. :) Beautiful work as always! :)

KateJanuary 25, 2009 - 10:09 pm

Thanks so much for visiting my blog! I love your work and can’t wait to see more–I’ve added you to my Google Reader so I’ll definitely be back.

These pictures of the snow are gorgeous…I feel just like your kids. I’ve lived in Texas my whole life and just started school in upstate New York this year. Snow is definitely amazing :]

StephanieJanuary 25, 2009 - 2:33 am

These are some FUN photos!!! Sometimes, snow is a good thing. :D Also..LOVE the new look. :D Very awesome. :D

ohana photographers - david and kimiJanuary 24, 2009 - 11:38 pm

i loooove the catching snowflakes with the tongue image!! so innocent and carefree!

michelle nicoloffJanuary 23, 2009 - 6:04 pm

Kara…these are gorgeous!!! What a nice treat to have snow…my kids would have been thrilled!

Julie RaneeJanuary 23, 2009 - 1:05 pm

Such wonderful memories you have captured! Love the scenic shots too!

elizabethJanuary 22, 2009 - 7:48 pm

Ohhhhh Kara.. these are amazing.. just amazing.

JessJanuary 22, 2009 - 7:45 pm

I’m so happy you got to enjoy the snow. I was just wishing yesterday it was gone…here in Utah. BTW love the shot scenic shots.

Natasha WhiteleyJanuary 22, 2009 - 4:20 pm

as always, these are fantastic!
I love no 3! and no 1.. and no 2 :D

Tami :)January 22, 2009 - 3:32 pm

Sigh…I get lost in all of your images. Stunning – I want to buy it. Are you selling any of your fine art?

Jessica TyndallJanuary 22, 2009 - 11:27 am

Hey hey hey….we didn’t get any snow!! Boooo! ;) Looks like you guys had a lot of fun and it also looks like you live in a magical fairy land! Beautiful photos Kara!

Kara MayJanuary 22, 2009 - 10:29 am

lol – If only snow can be sent. We would take truck loads ;) There’s still a little bit of snow on the ground since it’s so cold but tomorrow should be 60+ degrees so it will be gone soon :(
Thanks for the comments :)

HayleyJanuary 22, 2009 - 10:26 am

I will gladly send you some of our snow…LOL. What beautiful memories you’ve captured here!!

rachel brookeJanuary 22, 2009 - 1:30 am

My heart is aching a looking at these photos. You are so lucky to get to see snow!! Oh what I would give to have some….I’m glad you posted these though, they make me happy and feel like I got to “experience” it a little.

MeganJanuary 22, 2009 - 1:24 am

Those first few shots are just WOW..love them..and of course the ones of oyor kiddos so fun..I can’t say that I would want to deal w/ snow on a regular basis..I’m such a baby..BUT..I know my kids would love it..just for a day…bet it’s so much fun!

Lisa LenderinkJanuary 22, 2009 - 12:36 am

Great memories you captured! I will gladly send Tyler some
of our snow. I can’t remember when we’ve had as much snow
as we do this year. We got over 40″ just in December!

Since we are so used to snow, I guess I forget about some of the
fun things you can do….great idea about the snow cones.

My kids would love that! :)

The sunglasses crack me up!

amanda andrewsJanuary 21, 2009 - 10:28 pm

They can have our snow :)
but really these are such fun fabulous shots!

PennyJanuary 21, 2009 - 9:26 pm

Tyler LOVED the snow from his first year on and Brielle hated the snow from the first. Glad to see how much fun they BOTH are having. Wish we could be there with them.

Jamie KutterJanuary 21, 2009 - 8:41 pm

Hi Kara! Your work is so beautiful. I love looking at your blog. I am SO jealous of the snowy road….that is to die for!

SelenaJanuary 21, 2009 - 7:03 pm

Oh how fun!! So many times we, in Michigan, think about how big of a pain the snow is to us. But looking at these photos have really inspired me to ENJOY all 5+ inches that we do have. :) So happy you and your kiddos could enjoy the fluffy white stuff. :)

Jessica FeelyJanuary 21, 2009 - 6:08 pm

Hey! Thanks for visiting my site/blog..:) Your pictures are amazing and I love them! I cannot believe how gorgeous it is where you are. You are not missing much in Seattle…just a bunch of fog and rain. I love your site too, I hopefully will get one in the next couple of months:) I’m sure I will be a regular on here now!
-Jess

{the calming fog}

Thank you so much for those of you who have nominated a person/family for my give-away below. The stories I’ve gotten so far have been heart-wrenching reminding me how important it is to give to others and to give often.  There’s still time to send more nominations – just make sure you send them to kara@karamayphotography.com  telling me your nominations story, their name and your contact information.  I’ll be posting the results on Christmas Eve (after obtaining permission from the recipient). 

I love mornings like this morning.  I woke up to deep mystical fog outside my window.  I love the quiet, calm feeling fog brings – everything seems to slow down a bit.  It’s almost as good as snow (I love snow and have been so jealous that my family and friends in Seattle are seeing snowfall – I miss it and Tyler does too).   Anyway, after I dropped the kids off at school I rushed home to get my camera and set out to take a couple of quick pictures before heading back home to packaging orders.   Here’s some of what I captured today.   I haven’t had time to look at all of my images just these few.  The second image I played around with my two of my homebrewed processings to give the image a different look.  

Image below: I drive past this old tree and decayed shack every day. Something about this path takes me to another place.  I’ll even take the ‘long route’ just to get another glance at my lonely, beautiful tree an the long narrow path.

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MekennaJanuary 4, 2009 - 6:35 pm

Kara,
I haven’t checked back in a while. Hope I haven’t become a complete stranger to you now.

These pictures are beautiful on a sort of haunting level, I don’t know how you do it! Just out of curiosity, what kind of camera do you have?

Elizabeth GLassJanuary 2, 2009 - 12:28 pm

Soooo beautiful. Definitely need to be hanging on a wall. Love your treatment too.

Natasha WhiteleyDecember 23, 2008 - 3:24 pm

Came back looking for new photos, but I gotta say these photos were so worth having another peep!
awesome!

Micha EverettDecember 23, 2008 - 2:05 pm

Wow these would make amazing wall art! What beautiful pictures~

amanda andrewsDecember 22, 2008 - 10:54 pm

Holy Cow Girl!!! You are one talented lady! These are amazing!!!

StephanieDecember 20, 2008 - 2:28 am

I have yet to experience fog like this. you capyure it’s simple beauty so pefectly. :D

Jennifer Lea PhotographyDecember 19, 2008 - 7:15 pm

Kara~Thanks so much for your comment on my blog. I have looked at your art a million times and love your images! So you giving me a compliment means a lot to me! Have a great weekend! Jenn in Ohio

ohana photographers - david & kimi bDecember 19, 2008 - 2:02 pm

loooooove everything about these!! wow!

hope you and your family have an incredible christmas!!

Kris LeighDecember 19, 2008 - 11:18 am

Absolutely stunning location Kara! I wish I could find a hidden gem like this where I live! Gorgeous! :-)

Kylene CleaverDecember 18, 2008 - 10:07 pm

OMG I LOVE LOVE LOVE #2. I would print that large and hang it in my family room :-)

VanessaDecember 18, 2008 - 7:04 am

wow- I love these days also!!! What beautiful images and your pp- lovely!

Kara MayDecember 17, 2008 - 10:11 pm

Thanks for your comments! Yes aren’t these haunting and eerie?! Yet peaceful, mystical and dreamlike? A strange but very grabbing combination that I’m drawn to. I’m so glad you like them!

susan robertsDecember 17, 2008 - 8:21 pm

That mist is so beautiful and haunting

LillyDecember 17, 2008 - 7:22 pm

Stunning. Amazingly beautiful. You should really consider selling your fine art Kara. You could make some cash on these. I would buy one/some/them all. Absolutely beautiful!!

HayleyDecember 17, 2008 - 5:05 pm

These literally took my breath away!!! The 3rd photo with the processing you used is PERFECTION and oh how I would love to have that hanging nearby to “take me away”. The scene is so calming. You truly have captured simply beauty Kara and these peices of art I hope are hanging in someone’s home to enjoy!! Gorgeous work…and if I am not back around before the holidays…Merry Christmas to you and your family!!

elizabethDecember 17, 2008 - 4:38 pm

Ohhh My Goodness Kara I love these I hope you print a few out really big and hang them they are amazing

DawnDecember 17, 2008 - 2:28 pm

Beautiful pictures….GREAT desktop backgrounds

melissaDecember 17, 2008 - 8:10 am

Wow, these are stunning!

beckieDecember 16, 2008 - 11:40 pm

These are just lovely. I can’t even pick a favorite.

Julie RaneeDecember 16, 2008 - 10:56 pm

Gorgeous Kara! You can even make bare trees look beautiful!
Now maybe I should comment 2 more times on this post so you get the idea. ;) You cracked me up with your posts on my blog.

TiffanyDecember 16, 2008 - 10:09 pm

These are GORGEOUS!!!

Allison MooreDecember 16, 2008 - 7:42 pm

Wow, you can photograph ANYTHING and make it a work of art!! I would so buy these big to hang on my walls.

CynthiaDecember 16, 2008 - 7:39 pm

Soooo beautiful!! I want to just jump inside the pictures and feel the cool fog wrap around me. These are stunning Kara!

TanyaDecember 16, 2008 - 6:03 pm

These are so beautiful Kara!! Love the last one ALOT!!! :)

PennyDecember 16, 2008 - 4:58 pm

These are wonderful. Would make gorgeous mounted and matted pictures.

Natasha WhiteleyDecember 16, 2008 - 3:57 pm

wow kara, all of them are gorgeous, but the last really draws me in!

LesleyDecember 16, 2008 - 3:52 pm

Wow, these photos are calming yet very Tim Burton all at the same time. :D