A Golden Hour Birthday Stroll

Hello friends!

I’m now 23 years old! For my birthday on Monday, Sully and I went for a walk and then went out to eat at one of my favorite restaurants. It was great, except for the part where I got mild food poisoning or something. Yikes. Anyway, during our golden hour stroll I got some lovely pictures with my aunt’s camera. She’s letting me borrow her old D600 so I can practice for second-shooting a wedding with her in June.

Enjoy this beautiful birthday walk!

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This path is my favorite because some parts feel so secluded and lush – like the trees overhanging this footbridge.


We only discovered this area a few months ago and I’ve been looking forward to seeing it in spring ever since. It turned to be filled with blackberry and honeysuckle blooms in May.


It makes me want to come back in summer and taste the berries these flowers turn into…


It’s hard to get a picture of the river spanned by this bridge since the banks are full of such enthusiastically spreading trees.


Look at the pretty bokeh this camera + lens made! Sully and I both love rivers and just water in general.


Honeysuckle climbed the bridge’s railing, adorning it with one of my favorite scents in the world. ❀


Seriously, doesn’t honeysuckle smell divine? And the taste? When I was a kid I wished you could buy a whole bottle of honeysuckle nectar to drink since the tiny drops at the base of the blooms were never enough.


Surprisingly, I think I actually prefer my D7200 over this camera. Maybe it’s because this D600 is older or maybe I’m not using it correctly, but the pictures seemed more hazy and difficult to edit than if I took them with my regular equipment. The bokeh and quality of the photos were excellent, though!


We came across a mountain of blackberry brambles blooming as if in a fairytale.


We were both rather sweaty and still had our everyday work clothes on, but I couldn’t resist asking Sully to get some pictures for me with this wall of blooms.


I actually quite like this one! The super shallow depth of field feels quite professional, even if Sully accidentally focused the camera on my hair and not my face. πŸ˜‰


A tired but happy birthday girl. πŸ™‚


There were just enough gnats to make fairy dust in pictures, but not too many to be annoying, hehe.


My favorite part of the path is this hidden lake. It’s difficult or impossible to see from the road. so never knew it existed until recently. From this path you can look down into mirror-like flooded woods filled with mossy islands while inhaling the faint scent of laundry detergent from the laundromat just beyond your view. Such a funny juxtaposition of nature and city.


I mean… doesn’t this look like a scene from a movie or something? It’s so magical!


We’ll end with one final picture I snapped on the way back of these cheerful white asters soaking up the sun.


That’s it for today! I hope you enjoyed those lovely glimpses of nature hidden in our small town.

Which picture is your favorite?

Thanks so much for reading, my friends, and have a lovely day!


P. S. Photos taken with a Nikon D600 and a 50mm lens. Edited with Lightroom.


33 thoughts on “A Golden Hour Birthday Stroll

  1. Sounds like you had a great 23rd birthday (minus getting sick)! Everything is so green!!!! Next to blue, that’s my favorite color. The blooms are beautiful and that hidden lake is gorgeous!!!!
    Aww, love the photos Sully took of you! And your purple shirt is a lovely contrast with the green background.
    Thank you for sharing and happy belated birthday, Allison!
    God bless,


    1. Hehe yes! I know, I looove green in nature. They were both so beautiful indeed!
      Aww thank you! You’re right, the purple shirt went well with the background.
      Thanks so much, Valentine. ❀


  2. Hi Allison;
    Thank You for taken us along on your beautiful walk. It is so silently lovely and inviting.
    Happy birthday year full of happiness,love and blessings.
    Marilyn,Joan and Marion


  3. I’m very much a city girl at heart – grew up in the big city and eventually established myself and my career there too. But I loooove being able to go back to the small town my mother was from, which looks a lot like your photos! (Although much warmer, I imagine. We’re from a more tropical area lol.) I loved this post, it reminded me that I need to go back and visit my family.

    And happy birthday!


  4. For some reason this one is my favorite: We came across a mountain of blackberry brambles blooming as if in a fairytale. What a beautiful walk! I would LOVE it! Happy Birthday, Allison!


    1. Thank you so much! And I’m so glad you enjoyed the pictures! Feel free to use them for your phone wallpaper and other personal use but if you repost them please add a link for credit. πŸ™‚ Thanks!

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  5. Well, even if it wasn’t your favorite camera, the photographer obviously knows her stuff… πŸ™‚ Because these are still gorgeous photos!!


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