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Fred was actually Frieda the whole time! She enclosed yesterday and we now have a Black Swallowtail Butterfly #inmygarden. See all the photos of her #metamorphosis up on my photoblog (link in profile)! #lifeofabutterfly  (at The Balcony Garden)
Sep 15, 2014

Fred was actually Frieda the whole time! She enclosed yesterday and we now have a Black Swallowtail Butterfly #inmygarden. See all the photos of her #metamorphosis up on my photoblog (link in profile)! #lifeofabutterfly (at The Balcony Garden)

Thank you everyone for your kind words on our engagement! Here is a side shot of the beautiful ring Kyle gave me. It’s a gold band with a white sapphire - the original engagement stone and also my birthstone! We are so excited to celebrate with our family and friends next year on Labor Day. Just under a year left! πŸ™‰ (at The Balcony Garden)
Sep 10, 2014 / 1 note

Thank you everyone for your kind words on our engagement! Here is a side shot of the beautiful ring Kyle gave me. It’s a gold band with a white sapphire - the original engagement stone and also my birthstone! We are so excited to celebrate with our family and friends next year on Labor Day. Just under a year left! πŸ™‰ (at The Balcony Garden)

We’re engaged!!! πŸ‘©β€οΈπŸ‘¨ (at The Balcony Garden)
Sep 7, 2014 / 1 note

We’re engaged!!! πŸ‘©β€οΈπŸ‘¨ (at The Balcony Garden)

Just planted these arugula seeds from @coreyleamon last week and they are finally sprouting #afterthestorm. Rain water does wonders! β˜οΈβ˜”οΈβš‘οΈπŸŒ± (at The Balcony Garden)
Sep 7, 2014

Just planted these arugula seeds from @coreyleamon last week and they are finally sprouting #afterthestorm. Rain water does wonders! β˜οΈβ˜”οΈβš‘οΈπŸŒ± (at The Balcony Garden)

A close up of my lovely new sage herb. Everything survived the thunderstorm last night and looks wonderful #inmygarden! (at The Balcony Garden)
Sep 7, 2014

A close up of my lovely new sage herb. Everything survived the thunderstorm last night and looks wonderful #inmygarden! (at The Balcony Garden)

πŸŒƒ  (at Texas Chili Parlor)
Sep 4, 2014 / 1 note

πŸŒƒ (at Texas Chili Parlor)

Reading my birthday present from @kylede_leon #inmygarden. The illustrations by @annariflebond are just gorgeous! #PuffinInBloom #RiflePaperCo  (at The Balcony Garden)
Sep 3, 2014 / 1 note

Reading my birthday present from @kylede_leon #inmygarden. The illustrations by @annariflebond are just gorgeous! #PuffinInBloom #RiflePaperCo (at The Balcony Garden)

Celebrating the end of a successful photo contest that @shnikolas and I hosted for @LBJLibraryNow in honor of #Wilderness50! #happyhour 🌲🐷🌲 (at Salty Sow)
Sep 3, 2014 / 1 note

Celebrating the end of a successful photo contest that @shnikolas and I hosted for @LBJLibraryNow in honor of #Wilderness50! #happyhour 🌲🐷🌲 (at Salty Sow)

Celebrating the end of a successful photo contest that @shnikolas and I hosted for @LBJLibraryNow in honor of #Wilderness50! #happyhour 🌲🐷🌲 (at Salty Sow)
Sep 3, 2014

Celebrating the end of a successful photo contest that @shnikolas and I hosted for @LBJLibraryNow in honor of #Wilderness50! #happyhour 🌲🐷🌲 (at Salty Sow)

Thank you everyone for the birthday wishes yesterday, I had a wonderful day! Thank you especially to the cashier woman at Whole Foods. I was checking out when she asked who the cake was for. I said, “Actually, it’s for me, for my birthday tomorrow.” She then asked what was my favorite thing from the items I was purchasing. So I told her it was the lemon thyme as I had trouble growing a smaller size this summer, but this plant was well established and smelled wonderful. “Well, it’s on us! Happy birthday to you!” she said. Yes, definitely a #HappyBirthday to me! #randomactsofkindness
Sep 2, 2014

Thank you everyone for the birthday wishes yesterday, I had a wonderful day! Thank you especially to the cashier woman at Whole Foods. I was checking out when she asked who the cake was for. I said, “Actually, it’s for me, for my birthday tomorrow.” She then asked what was my favorite thing from the items I was purchasing. So I told her it was the lemon thyme as I had trouble growing a smaller size this summer, but this plant was well established and smelled wonderful. “Well, it’s on us! Happy birthday to you!” she said. Yes, definitely a #HappyBirthday to me! #randomactsofkindness

Aug 28, 2014 / 1 note

Kyle won tickets to see Chicago (the band) and REO Speedwagon last night for being a smartass troll on Facebook. Mom, this is definitely your jam! The bassist from REO has the most beautiful hair in the world. Let it flow, man. Thanks to CJ at KLBJ 93.7 for the seats. Cheers! πŸ‘©πŸ»πŸ‘¨

carolgerson

Anything is possible if you’ve got enough nerve.
J.K. Rowling
Aug 28, 2014 / 3 notes
This photo changed my life. My dad taught me a few things about his camera, gave me a roll of film, and sent me on my way. I went outside and took this photo of Shasta puppy on our back porch in El Paso. I was so proud of it - it actually came out and Shasta looked right at me - a near impossible feat! This was the moment I became a photographer and I got to share it with the best dog in the world. It’s been two weeks since we said goodbye. He loved us so much and I miss him everyday. #NationalDogDay
Aug 26, 2014 / 1 note

This photo changed my life. My dad taught me a few things about his camera, gave me a roll of film, and sent me on my way. I went outside and took this photo of Shasta puppy on our back porch in El Paso. I was so proud of it - it actually came out and Shasta looked right at me - a near impossible feat! This was the moment I became a photographer and I got to share it with the best dog in the world. It’s been two weeks since we said goodbye. He loved us so much and I miss him everyday. #NationalDogDay

carolgerson:

8/22/2014 - Standing in front of our cleared building site! The sun was in our eyes, as if you didn’t know! Met with a dock builder to get a bid today. Also considering buying our neighbor’s Hurricane boat!

Congratulations to my parents! They have finally broken ground on building their dream home!
Aug 25, 2014 / 3 notes

carolgerson:

8/22/2014 - Standing in front of our cleared building site! The sun was in our eyes, as if you didn’t know! Met with a dock builder to get a bid today. Also considering buying our neighbor’s Hurricane boat!

Congratulations to my parents! They have finally broken ground on building their dream home!

Aug 25, 2014 / 1 note

BomBom Macklemore and Ryan Lewis Video Contest from Kim Smith on Vimeo.

"BomBom Butterflies"

Scenes from the forthcoming film “Life Story of the Black Swallowtail Butterfly,” imagined to “BomBom” by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, featuring the Teaching, from the album “The Heist” by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis.

Thank you to Macklemore, Ryan Lewis, and The Teaching, for providing the opportunity to imagine my film to the gorgeous BomBom soundtrack. From the first moment I heard the music I thought it perfect to tell the story of the butterflies with its beautiful piano, range of dynamic beats, and quirky sounds..

"Life Story of the Black Swallowtail Butterfly" is a narrated 45-minute film that takes place in a garden and at the sea’s edge. All stages of the butterfly’s life cylce are shown in beautiful close-up, from conception to pupation to metamorphosis. The film is created for children and adults, so that everyone of all ages can gain a deeper understanding of the essential role pollinators and wildflowers play in our ecosystem. Filmed in Gloucester, Massachusetts.

The North American native wildflower Common Milkweed is featured in “BomBom Butterflies”. Since 1999, more than half of the milkweed found throughout the nation’s farmland has been destroyed by the use of Monsanto’s herbicide Roundup and Roundup Ready genetically engineered corn and soybean seed. Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca) is the primary food plant for the Monarch Butterfly caterpillar and its nectar-rich florets provide nourishment for hundreds of species of bees and Lepidoptera.