Photo Vacation, Round 3: Nature's Harmony; Elberton, GA

>> Monday, March 29, 2010

I am so excited about this post! How do I sing praises enough? Nature's Harmony is a sustainable, slow-food affiliated farm which is involved in community supported agriculture (CSA) programs in Atlanta and the surrounding region. They treat each of the animals with an extra amount of love and attention (which is evident), allow them to live very full lives and eventually process them in a humane way. As a huge animal-lover, it's still hard for me to imagine taking on the responsibilities for processing an animal after raising it from birth. Still, I deeply appreciate that the animals are spared the neglectful treatment they receive on factory farms.

I had the opportunity to visit my good friend, Kerry Shay, and pick his brain about his apprenticeship on the farm. You can learn a lot about his experience from his blog, which I highly recommend checking out. After a little more than a day, he had me seriously considering going in a different direction with my life and considering the world of farming. There's something so incredibly peaceful about taking care of the animals, experiencing birth/growth, soaking in the clean air and seeing nothing but beauty in the distance of the rolling hills and stars. Not only that, it's totally fine that I'm out at 7:30 in the morning, getting a little dirty and not checking my blackberry until lunch time. Now.. that in itself is a miracle!

I'll break this into 2 posts so that it's not too long. After I walk you through the day you might just wish you lived on a farm too. Who knows :)

Early morning sun. My favorite (I don't see it nearly enough!)

It was still a little chilly that morning but the afternoon was perfect.

Oh, how I love these little guys!

This is Kerry. Doing a great job with the calves that love him so much.

If I had to pick, bottle-feeding the calves was prob my favorite farm activity.

Next we fed the "puppies". They are 5 months old and probably have a good 20 lbs on Rylynn. They are Livestock Guardian Dogs and a mix between the Great Pyrenees and Anatolian Shepherd. Such incredible sweethearts! They might have been my second favorite. They are bred with a natural instinct to protect the animals on the farm so they are actually not supposed to be "trained" like you would any other dog. The puppies learn from the parents and will take on the same guarding responsibilities upon adulthood.

One of the bulls. Can't remember the breed name.

Next we fed the "Large Blacks". These floppy eared pigs are very cute.. you can't deny it.

Lots of dogs on the farm- big and small. Can't remember this one's name but he was a lover.

We had to move one of the adult Black Australorp chickens out of the green house to join the free-range chickens. They are allowed to grow safely within the protection of this green house.

Love Cleatus... such a sweety

Up next: chicks, geese, more pigs, cows and lambs!


Photo Vacation, Round 2: Savannah, GA

>> Friday, March 26, 2010

Welcome to part 2 of Tia's Spring photo vacation! I only have a couple photos from Savannah since my trip there was much shorter than I thought it would be. I did, however, wait in line for almost an hour for some delicious food at Zunzis. Which was amazing.

So, the day was pretty overcast but still allowed for some great black and whites. I was also limited to only a couple blocks in the historic center since I didn't have time to move my car to the river. Not complaining, though! It was a beautiful day for a walk!

Farm photos to come! I'll probably be breaking them into 2 posts bc I have a ton! What can I say? Farm animals melt my heart about as much as kids do :)

What a wonderful place! Yum!


Photo Vacation, Round 1: Gainesville, FL

>> Monday, March 22, 2010

Sometimes it's nice being unemployed. The only thing that is not so nice is the lack of extra "spending" money. Thankfully I make just enough working for my dad to pay for gas and a couple meals out.. so it worked out okay.

Kris and I didn't get to go out very much since I was there Monday-Thursday, but I had a blast going to zumba and the gym (seriously). I would love so much to join a gym but the uncertainty in my life won't allow it. Sigh.

During the day I explored Gainesville for photo opportunities. Unfortunately, the bike idea was more of a pain than a benefit. Even though Gainesville is a very bike-friendly city, I wasn't able to take my bike in either of the parks I visited. One park had a strict "no bikes allowed" sign. The other had a tight winding fence that makes it impossible to bring a bike. I would be lying if I said I promptly left without trying to lift my bike over the fence. Hehe.

The Ben Folds concert was the perfect ending to the trip. After properly celebrating St. Patty's Day at a bar called "Mothers", we headed over to see Ben with the flood of undergrads. The whole time I kept thinking that these students had the perfect life and they didn't even realize it. Probably. At least I didn't.

So many Ibises. I'm sorry, but Miami's mascot looks NOTHING like this! Ha.

Paynes Prairie. Heard there were buffalo reintroduced here recently but I didn't see any. Maybe next time.

Botanical Gardens by Lake Alice

Evidently a lot of UF alums get married in this church

When editing sometimes you get bored with green

Baby gator

Daddy gator

Spanish moss is pretty cool from beneath

You can check out the complete album here. Happy Monday!


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Tia Nicole Photography has launched this summer after many practice photo sessions and the encouragement of some dear friends and family ("Life Through Tia's Lens" was a recommendation of my good friend, Kristin, who has been an avid supporter the whole way through!). This blog has documented the process from the beginning and also dates back to some older rantings during grad school and football seasons. Feel free to get to know me and my work. I like to focus primarily on natural shots, true emotions and beautiful landscapes. I also absolutely adore kids and pets so you will find a good bit of my work in these areas. Feel free to contact me anytime! I love blog comments!

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