Thirty Minutes in the Life {October 2014}

When the weather begins to turn and the clouds creep in.  When we see more gray days than bright ones.  When layers upon layers become the norm.  That’s when we begin to hold tight to is or what was, as we anticipate what it to come. 

Weather is a big deal where we live.  We have a saying, ‘if you don’t like the weather here, stick around, it will likely be different in an hour’. (For the record, I totally butchered that quote, but you get the point.) Anyway, it’s true.  We can have really chilly days in the middle of summer and a random warm one in the middle of winter.  For the most part, though, we understand that once October hits, our warm days are numbered. 

For that reason, we drink in any moment we can.  If we look at the forecast and see that a warm late October day is on the horizon–we will be celebrating–outside–doing our thing.  That is what happened on this particular evening.  The day started out chilly and overcast and by late afternoon, a shift happened.  The sun stretched her warms rays across our skies and cool air turned warm.  Rather than serving the dinner I had prepared, I threw it in the fridge and we ventured out to a new place and explored.

Just us, out there, doing our thing.

If you’ve visited this space before, you already know that “our thing” is not anything spectacular or note-worthy, or special. 

Not special to anyone but us, that is. But more often than not, in the normal, everyday, random “us” moments, if I keep my eyes open, something very special happens. 

And tossing dinner in the fridge and eating Wendy’s instead proves to be worth it once again.

Each month I am reminded again and again–30-Minutes goes far to revive the soul.


Please take a moment to visit my friend and Naples Italy Lifestyle Photography, Amanda Voelker Photography and see how she spent 30-Minutes in October.

  • Karen Hunt Photography - Summer, these are great! Meadow always seems to find the best little animals/insects on your adventures. We are feeling the same about the cold on the way and wishing it would hold off a little longer. That last image is so incredible. I always enjoy your posts so much! October 27, 2014 – 5:00 pmReplyCancel

  • Stacey - Summer, these are beautiful!! I just love your large sky images!! October 27, 2014 – 6:46 pmReplyCancel

  • Cindy Cavanagh - Summer, I love your spontaneity. It is a great reminder to live everyday to it's fullest. Thank youOctober 27, 2014 – 11:29 pmReplyCancel

  • Colleen Putman - Wow!!!! That last photo is jaw-dropping! You MUST print and frame that one for your home 🙂 October 28, 2014 – 2:57 amReplyCancel

  • Mame Voelker - Summer I love these and the last few are ridiculous! So so beautiful!!October 28, 2014 – 11:20 amReplyCancel

  • THE LETTS FAMILY - I love the fall landscape shots, but those last three are so amazing. That one of your youngest in the rocks… the perspective is so interesting. The ball looks huge! My eyes just can't figure it out. And then the sky in the next to last one. Wow!!! I love how your older daughter appears like she's about to walk on air. And whoa. The light on that last one. You said it. "It is good for the soul." … Wait. Did I butcher that? 😉 Great shots!October 29, 2014 – 3:52 amReplyCancel

  • threeflowersblog - Yes!! Love this Summer – I really love Autumn's muted light and the sun always seems warmer to me than in high summer – your images capture that all for me. And, as others have said, that last image had me picking my jaw up off of the floor! You are the master of moody skies!! October 29, 2014 – 11:45 amReplyCancel

  • Jenn Weis | Dallas lifestyle photographer - Gorgeous and incredibly inspiring!! October 29, 2014 – 4:10 pmReplyCancel

  • Kristi Libutti Burton - I always love seeing your adventures in all the gorgeous outdoor beauty, and yes, you are a master of skies! So beautiful!!November 1, 2014 – 9:46 pmReplyCancel

  • Sophie - Oh my goodness that sunset!!! These are stunning, I love the caterpillar shot so so much. Absolutely incredible work as always Summer. Beautiful warmth to every one xxxNovember 1, 2014 – 11:40 pmReplyCancel

  • Julia Cooke - Your posts are so beautiful and always build to a jaw-dropping conclusion! I am a total country girl stuck in a city of over 15 million so posts like this are very welcome respite 🙂November 6, 2014 – 8:07 pmReplyCancel