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For those of you who missed this on my other blog…

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Well, it’s been quite some time since I’ve written anything on WordPress. And I’ve missed it. A lot. But I have been busy, and I wanted to fill you all in on what I’ve been doing. I have taken up photography. I think I may have mentioned it before, but I now have a website that is up and running.

I have a blog on my new website, so I will probably be taking this one down in the months to come. I could not anticipate how busy trying to get this up and running would keep me. But it has occupied me more than I could have imagined which is why I’ve been absent for so long.

But I wanted to invite everyone to come have a look at my website, comments welcome. I can’t begin to describe either, the joy it brings me to have come this far…

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Contrast

Weekly Photo Challenge

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“If I ever go looking for my heart’s desire again, I won’t look any further than my own back yard. Because if it isn’t there, I never really lost it to begin with.”
― L. Frank Baum, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

Oz of the Alhambra

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This is the weekly photo challenge for WordPress.  If you are interested to find out more, click here.

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News on the Homefront…

Well, I’ve been absent for quite sometime, and I have been missing my blogging friends and world.  I’ve got one child who will be leaving for college come fall, and the other two will follow next year.  I’ve been very busy with photography and it has blossomed into something resembling a job.  Last spring I began shooting cross country and track and field meets for Milestat.com.  It’s a different kind of photography, fast paced and fairly exciting.  Plus, I get to watch my boys run when it is one of their meets.

This has led me to explore the option of launching a photography business.  I’ve flirted with sights like 500px and pixoto, trying to decide exactly what I wanted to do.  I also shot two weddings this past year, and hung some fine art in my husbands office. Last week I attended a photography conference, and after giving it much thought, I am going to give it a go.  I am in the process of designing a website, which I confess has given me fits.  Hopefully, it will be up and running by the end of the month.  Once it is, I will be migrating this blog to that website, or perhaps I will just link this blog to it.

I will, however, be picking back up my blogging habits in the near future.

Thank you everyone for hanging with me, and visiting my blog while I’ve been away.  I’m looking forward to 2014, and wish everyone a wonderful year to come!

In the meantime, I will leave you with a photo from the edge of Culloden field just outside of Inverness, Scotland:

On the Edge of Culloden Field

On the Edge of Culloden Field

© Vonne Arnel Gonce Photography, All Rights Reserved

Ancient Rome

In April we took the boys to Italy for spring break, thinking that they would have a marvelous time exploring all that history.  Seeing that history is their favorite subject, mixed with historical politics we also though ancient Rome would be a favorite spot.  When we got there, we were surprised to see bored faces, and unimpressed looks.

It seems we have Hollywood to blame for this.  When we made our way to the coliseum (and realizing we were losing our audience) we thought we’d wow them with the ancient structure.  Turns out, they were expecting a rebuilt version of it’s former glory, something akin to what they saw in Gladiator.  I guess we should have taken them on a formal tour to pike their interest.

In the end, they thought it was impressive.  But their favorite tour turned out to be Villa Adriana and Villa Deste, better known as Tivoli Gardens. Who knew?

The Street Performers of Florence

The street performers of Florence were really amazing.  In 1437 a street performer named Fiasco performer juggling and other acts on the streets of Florence.  Now some of the most seen are mimes.  I could not detect even the most infinitesimal movement from them unless they were “on.”

Just a little story about rock climbing…

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3 years ago, the boys boy scout troop went to Nelson and Seneca Rocks in West Virginia to climb the Via Ferrata there.  A Via Ferrata, is a rock climbing system for people who aren’t experienced in free climbing.  Unfortunately, the age restriction of 13 prevented the twins who were a few months shy of their 13th birthday from climbing.  Bugs and DH were able to climb while the twins were stuck hiking the trails.

When they returned home Bugs and DH talked about how great the climb was, while the twins both drew long faces.  As I listened to the two talk about the climb, it peaked my interest and I kept thinking how awesome it sounded. I turned to Buzzard and Roo.

“I would like to do that!  How about we go again after you turn 13?”  This produced dead silence in the room.  DH said, “I don’t…

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