Guys, I have SO many extra photos. And that happens pretty much all the time. So I decided to make a new little series: these “Etcetera” posts will have random photography as well as recent life, thoughts… etc. XD (kind of like monthly wrap-ups, but different). I hope you enjoy reading them!

Now, where to begin? I have SO much to cover. Aha, Maggie is a good subject to start with.


I was trying to take a picture of Maggie’s eye but she kept MOVING. XD I did get this one good one, though:

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I also got some other, less close-up shots of her. I just love all of Maggie’s expressions, hee hee. It looks like she’s saying, “Aww, you shouldn’t have,” don’t you think?

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Such a pretty pup. ♥

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It looks like she’s praying. 😛

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Dad just finished combining (harvesting corn) for the year. WOOHOO! Now maybe we can jump in the grain bins

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Mini Sister’s Photoshoot

Speaking of fields, Megan and I (and Maggie) did a little mini photoshoot in the soybean field while it was golden green and brown. Isn’t the lighting AMAZING?

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If you guys like my photography/lifestyle posts, you should totally check out Emmaline Figura’s blogs, Lucillian Photography and Crystal Ice Studio! Her photography is AMAZING – she deserves so many more followers!

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I love this picture, but it sure took a while to clone out the soybean that so rudely butted in front of Megan’s chin. XD Humph, I shouldn’t have said that. Now you’re all probably inspecting Megan’s chin…

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Megan got a few pictures of me but most of them didn’t turn out or I had a weird expression, heh heh. This is probably the best one. Still have a weird expression. XD

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Guess what? My younger brother and I were driving to piano lessons today, and when we got there we found that one of my car’s tires was completely flat. O.o But guess what again? My brother changed it himself, while I was having my lesson! I really want to learn stuff like that – I’m much better at art than mechanics. XD

Sunset Bokeh

The sunset did capture well on my camera, but it did make for some neat silhouettes and bokeh!

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Singing hymns is one of my favorite things at our church. The congregation sings beautifully, and it’s glorious when we do an a capella verse. ♥ I like singing for things like that, but not enough to take voice lessons or anything. I usually just hum and whistle at home. 🙂

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Do you guys have any special plans for Thanksgiving? We’re having three different celebrations because we have a rather large extended family. 😉 Are you traveling? We aren’t – most of our family lives quite close by. But if you are, here’s a tip: salty snacks like chips really take carsickness away. Well, I mean they help if you eat them. They won’t do much good just sitting there by your seat.


Dad and the kids always pick out a hanging flower basket for Mom for Mother’s Day, and it lasted all the way into late fall this year! Isn’t it pretty?

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Ugh, I have to write a 15-30 page research paper for school. *Long sigh* At least we’re taking this week off for Thanksgiving!

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We also have a rose bush (well more like a rose vine) by our door, and it’s a weird mix of knockout-type roses and “real” roses, as we like to call them. There are usually only a few “real” roses a year and this was one of them. ♥

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To find the rose you must first get past the thorns. To find the rainbow you must first walk through the storm. Bad things make the good more beautiful. And always remember, my dear, there is beauty even in brokenness.

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GUYS. LOOK AT THIS PHOTO! I just pressed the button and the moth behind just happened to fly in at the right moment. I LOVE IT WHEN THAT HAPPENS.

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Pretty butterflies + pretty zinnias – my photobombing car = a mildly pretty picture.

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The Big Apple

We have one very old apple tree that usually produces nothing but food for worms. XD However, this year it actually grew real apples and they were DELICIOUS! I don’t know what kind they were, but they were stupendous. And I found this one extremely large apple – see? (The one on the right is a more normal-size one.)

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Golden Garden

These might be some of my favorite pictures ever! I just love the golden lighting so, so much, especially with the golden tones of the flowers. ♥

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Sometimes I feel wise and knowledgeable, and then I wonder if that simply means I still have so much to learn. I guess that happens when you’re a teenager, huh? 😛

(Side note: I rather dislike the word “teenager” for some reason. Don’t exactly know why.) 

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And would you look at all that bokeh? AHHHHH.

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This picture seems relaxing, like you can feel the sun and hear the breeze through the willow branches. 🙂 I can sort of remember planting this willow tree, even though it’s quite a good sized tree now – it’s a curly willow so it grew SUPER fast.

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This isn’t really a garden, but it’s golden. Even dust is beautiful when the sun shines through it.

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I think cameras can make anything beautiful. In fact, here’s a challenge: find three things you think are ugly and try to take a beautiful picture of them.


We also have two black and two English walnut trees in our yard. I strongly dislike the bitter taste of black walnuts, but English walnuts taste great! (They’re the kind you get in stores.) We don’t usually shell these though, because it’s a lot of work for not much result. Have you tried black walnuts?

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This is rather random, but I wanted to take a picture of a begonia blossom from my grandmother’s hanging flower pot because I noticed the beautiful, intricate curlicues in the center of the blossoms. I love the little things like this. 🙂

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I got a picture of my youngest brother pressure-washing one of the wagons. 🙂 His birthday was today, actually! The frame was supposed to be transparent but it’s showing up black here…? I hope it works once I publish the post, but I’m doubtful.

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I like the way shadows look on this barn. 🙂

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And now we have come to the end of this post. Wow, Allison, what a moving conclusion. *clap, clap*

ANYWAY, I hope you enjoyed reading this gathering of orphaned thoughts and photos. 😛 I know it was an enormous post, but I’m only half-sorry because phew, I now have a large chunk of my random photos squared away. XD I don’t think Etcetera posts will usually be this long, though, if I do them in the future. Which category/picture/random thingy was your favorite? Do you think Etcetera posts would make a good series or are they too random and scattered (because I would kind of agree with you on that XD)?

Have a wonderful day, dears, and thanks so much for reading. ♥



109 thoughts on “~Etcetera~

  1. Ah! I think it’s impossible to pick a favorite… your photography is all so good! I don’t mind long blog posts at all – they’re my favorite kind 🙂

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    1. Hee hee, thank you so much, Catharine! And aww, I’m glad to hear that. I personally don’t mind long posts either but I know some people do, and I can understand that. 😉


  2. I am going to be spending Thanksgiving with my friends’ extended family since mine live really far away and it’s a four hour road trip and I’m really excited that they invited me and my mom because I’m an only child and my parents are divorced and we have never really had a real Thanksgiving with a lot of family so it’ll be really fun. ☺️

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  3. I really enjoyed this post, Allison! 😀 I’d absolutely love to see more like it!
    Aww, I LOVE the photos of Maggie and the pictures of Megan and you! And all the rest of the photos are gorgeous as well! ❤
    To answer your question, yes, we do have plans for Thanksgiving! We're going to my aunt's house and having Thanksgiving dinner with her like we've done every year for quite a while. Funny story: There was this tall, bright blue house that was a little ways away from our home, and we always would point it out when we passed by because it was so beautiful and it looked just like a Victorian dollhouse! Then my aunt bought that house last year, and now we get to actually go inside of it! XD I hope you enjoy your Thanksgiving!
    Haha, I really don't like the word "teenager" either…. It always gives me a mental image of a kid who's wearing all black and is always scowling and disrespecting their parents. XD XD
    Anyways, wonderful post! 🙂

    -Clara ❤


    1. Yayyyy, thank you so much, Clara! I’m glad you enjoyed the post! 🙂
      Hee hee, thanks! I like those too. 😉
      Ooh, that sounds so fun! Wow, that’s amazing! Did your aunt know you liked the house? Thanks, dear – you too!
      Heh heh, yeah. XD It just has negative connotations, which I’ll admit are sometimes justified, but people don’t always have to think of teenagers as being rebellious and mean, do they?? XD
      Thanks again, dear, and thanks for the comment!

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  4. The bokeh is beautiful! All of these photos are amazing! I really like all of the ones of flowers, particularly the moth ones! I hope you continue with this series.


  5. I think etcetera posts are really cool, and I love your pictures.
    One of my favorites is the last one of the barn.

    Your blog is really nice! I’ve seen several blogs and I really think yours is probably the best one. Also, I like it that you post quite regularly.


  6. Aww, the pictures of Maggie are so cute! My favorite is the fifth one. I also love that first picture of Megan and Maggie. You’re right, the lighting is so pretty! Also, this picture is absolutely amazing! https://allisonsblog2.files.wordpress.com/2017/11/etc-4-853×1280.jpg?w=656&zoom=2
    That pressure washing photos is cool. My guess is that the border is black because you used the jpeg format, which doesn’t recognize transparency. If you want a photo format that recognizes transparency, you would use png. That’s why I like png better than jpeg. 🙂
    I really enjoyed this post and seeing all the random photos, Allison! XD
    I’m sorry I haven’t email you yet, Allison. I wanted to write an email over the weekend, but I got caught up in other stuff. And unfortunately, I have a good amount of school work to do this week, even though it’s Thanksgiving week. Hopefully I’ll be able to soon, though!


    1. Thanks, Sassafras! I like them too. 😛 YES, the lighting was so pretty! And ooh, that’s one of my favorite pictures in this post as well!
      OHHHH YOU’RE RIGHT. *smacks forehead* No wonder it wasn’t transparent. XD I just automatically save them as “jpg” since I’m used to it. Whoops. Thanks for the reminder!
      Yay, I’m so glad you liked the post, dear!
      And oh, no problem – we’re rather busy this week too. Feel free to wait till life settles down for you, and I can’t wait to read it! 🙂 Also, have a great Thanksgiving!

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      1. You’re welcome!
        Hehe, yeah, I save my photos as jpegs as well, because that’s what the format is on the camera. Have you ever tried shooting in RAW format?
        Aw, thanks! I hope you have a great Thanksgiving, as well! 😀


      1. Really looking forward to c more from u as ur photography inspires me….somehow it’s something i always know i love but not much of the effort spent on it..reading your kind of story does kind of make me feel “now i know what i should do”..thxs


  7. I loved reading this post!! Please do more!! Awesome photos!! I’m not sure what my favorite category was they were all great! The picture with the butterfly and the moth was amazing!! Happy (late) Birthday to your brother 😀


  8. These were SO beautiful. ❤ I love the picture with the moths. 😉 We are going to our aunt's house for Thanksgiving. 🙂 PECAN PIE I AM COMING FOR YOU!!! XD XD



  9. I LOVE THESE PHOTOS. They are so nice! I just love when the bokeh and the golden sunlight collide perfectly. It’s all about being in the right place at the right time. ❤ And thank you for the blog shout outs, too! That was very sweet!


  10. Gorgeous photos! Your pics are incredible! I cannot even explain how amazing your photography skills are! Are you planning on becoming a photographer when you grow up?


    1. Aww, thank you SO much, Bella! ♥ I don’t know if I’ll be a photographer like a portrait photographer, but I definitely want to keep doing this and maybe sell some prints or something like that. 🙂


  11. Wow, you never cease to astound me with your superb photography! 😀 I love the Etcetera post idea, you totally should do it, I love hearing random thoughts and things people do, along with epic photography! 😀


  12. I’ll admit I didn’t read every single word in that post, but I did enjoy it! And I loved the pictures!!! 🙂 We also have three thanksgiving things! One with dad’s side, one with Mom’s side, and one with our church! 😀
    Also, which brother was it that fixed the tire? I like fixing tires!! When you don’t have any brothers, your dad ends up teaching you a lot of those things! I mean…someone has to know it! 😉 Haha! Not saying that you don’t know how, I’m sure you know a lot of things, especially being the oldest, but… you know what I meant… right???? 😮


    1. Heh heh, thanks for your honesty. 🙂 (But seriously!) I’m so glad you liked it, dear! Wow, really? You’re, like, the only other person I know that has three Thanksgivings!
      Logan fixed the tires. 🙂 Wow, good for you! I really hope I can learn! Ha ha, true, I know what you mean. 😉

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      1. Hehe… :/ 😉
        I really did!!! Really?? Yeah!! We haven’t even gotten to our third one yet! XD 😉 Haha!!! Actually… I would have four! 😉 But I don’t know when we can possibly plan the fourth one… 😉
        Fun! 😉 XD haha! Yeah, it’s tons of fun! When we were down near MX on the missions trip, we had tire changing classes and contests, and since I knew how to already, I was the only girl on the team to change the tire! And I was wearing shorts, so I had black all over my legs when we were done!! XD It was so funny!! Hehe! 😛


          1. Haha! Did I say I was good at it? XD Haha!! Jk…but really, I don’t know that I’d say I’m really GOOD at it…but if I had to, I would know (I think) how to do it decently! 😉 Hehe! thanks…. 😉


  13. I love your pictures! Thanks for showing us a glimpse of your life! Wow! that apple is huge! Mybrother found one a similar size once at the supermarket.


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