Sunday, September 27, 2015

Supermoon Lunar Eclipse 2015

Tonight I went out and took some pictures of the eclipse. Here are some of the best shots.

Friday, September 18, 2015

The Lone Star State

Before the holidays start up again in retail world, I took off for a trip to Texas to see my family. We are really close so it is hard being so far away from them. But, it just makes the times I do get to see them even more awesome and jam packed with fun things to do. We always have to go and visit Hagerman Wildlife Refuge. It is one of our favorite places. The area they live in had a lot of flooding in the spring and the refuge was completely under water and closed most of the summer. It had just opened back up when I got to Texas so we had to take a look. It was crazy seeing how high the water line was on the trees. All the trees just had green on the very top and then at a point all the leaves just cut off from where the water had been. Now that the refuge was starting to recover, the public could come to visit again. They recently built a very impressive butterfly garden to attract many kinds of pollinators and to educate the public. My parents are volunteers at the refuge and helped with this project so we went and they showed me the garden. I could not resist snapping a ton of photos with my sony. 

My parents
And hummingbirds too!
Another adventure we went on was to White Rock Lake in Dallas to see the Monk Parakeets and the Wood Ducks. The Monk Parakeet is originally from South America. These in the White Rock Lake area were supposed pets released into the wild that apparently thrived in the Texas climate. They were very cute and also very noisy. It was interesting to see so many different kinds of animals adapting to urban life. The wood ducks have very interesting colors and were very stunning to observe. 

I had a great time seeing all my family, friends, and old favorite hangouts. It was an awesome trip that had me longing to never leave that beautiful Texas countryside and its big open skies.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Journey to the Cape...

This past weekend we went to the Cape for a day trip.  I love the Cape. I interned there one summer at a wildlife rehab center - Cape Wildlife Center. It was the most rewarding work I think I will ever do.

My sister in law Sakina is interning there over the summer at the Chatham Bars Inn, so we went to see her and hang out for the day.
Karim, Sakina, and Soeb

Some awesome lantana at the Inn 

Beautiful hydrangea at the Inn 

So when we went we had to hit one of my favorite spots - PB Boulangerie.
Enjoying our goodies 

They have the best bread. My favorite that I always get a few loaves of is the Fromage. It has bits of cheese baked into it and is just divine. I had visions of all the sandwiches I could have this week so we bought four loaves this time. It's great because I can just freeze what I don't use right off the bat. Anytime I want I can just return to the Cape in one cheesy bite!
The paninis I made with "the bread" 
After our snack, we ventured out to see the Nauset Lighthouse. It was a beautiful sight to see, as most lighthouses are.
Right next to the Lighthouse was a great beach with lots of surfers. As you can see from the picture, it was a bit stormy that day. The ocean was in perfect condition for surfers. There were some great waves for them. I was a little worried for them though not because of the waves but there were seals swimming with them. Where there are seals, there is a very high chance of sharks. The surfers wetsuits look very much like a seal so it's easy for the shark to think the surfers are their next meal!

All in all, it was an awesome day. Can't wait to go visit again. There will always be a special place in my heart for Cape Cod.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Refreshed, back, and better than ever...

 So, I have been thinking about my blog a lot lately and how I have neglected it for years. Today, I have decided it is time to start again and hopefully keep it up. I promise to try my hardest. Since my last post, I have moved, moved again, and got promoted. I have been working hard to become a skilled florist at Whole Foods Market and it finally paid off with my promotion to Floral Supervisor and Buyer at the Arlington, MA location. I know you are probably thinking, "Isn't that a grocery store? How is that a real florist??" I can tell you that while it is a grocery store, I am very much a florist as any other. I do floral arrangements for all sorts of events and people. It really is an amazing job where I get to personally positively influence a person's day with a beautiful floral arrangement.

 Since I have moved to Massachusetts, I have really been trying to explore new places and get back to nature, wildlife, and photography. These are my passions. Being in nature and experiencing firsthand wildlife going about their day is amazing to me. From a family of foxes playing on the beach, to a bee pollinating flowers, I will never tire of observing and photographing their beauty and brilliance. Some of my favorite go-to places are Parker River Wildlife Refuge and Mass Audubon's Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary.

 Another thing about Massachusetts that I have really been able to enjoy is the food. Oh my goodness, all the amazing food. I do miss my beloved Tex-Mex and Chicken Fried Steaks, but here I am forced to branch out and try new things. I never knew I liked sushi until Karim basically forced me to try some. Okay, he didn't force me, but he made it look so good!! Our favorite spot for sushi right now is a little place called Thelonious Monkfish in Cambridge, MA. They have this awesome roll with strawberries that is to die for. Another thing that is new and so very tasty to me is Ethiopian food. They serve you all these amazing portions of meats and veggies atop this awesome, almost spongy in texture, sourdough flatbread called injera. You rip pieces of it off and eat them with the meats and veggies on top and slowly you devour the whole plate. One of our favorite places for this is again in Cambridge, MA at a restaurant called Asmara. The best food though, that we enjoy takeout of every chance we get in Indian. Oh my gosh the naan. Bring on the garlic naan. Freshly baked flatbread on a tandoor with little roasted garlic bits and parsley. Excuse me for a second while I go order some Indian food. The restaurant we usually always fall back on for consistently amazing Indian food is called Punjab in Arlington, MA. You can even watch them make the naan. I will end on one last mouth-watering favorite, Union Square Donuts in Somerville, MA. This place took me a while to warm up to because it is open at weird times. I held a small grudge against it for a while for not being open until 8am on a Saturday. We had woken up early to go try some before I had to be at work at 8am, mind you this was about a 20-25 minute drive one way. We get there in just enough time for me to still make it on time to work and they are still not open! What kind of donut place isn't open until 8am on a Saturday?!?! Anyways, since Karim kept insisting they were the best in the world, I finally went back and gave them a shot. And let me tell you, wow. I had a brown butter hazelnut crunch and some donut holes. These two things on the menu are without a doubt a must-have, can't-miss, heavenly bite.

So for future blog posts, I intend to explore these interests of mine and really let you get to know Lindsey. Floral, nature, wildlife, food, and photography, these are a few of my favorite things. Head over to Instagram and follow me @l_proton to see more of my photography.