Tuesday, January 3, 2012

fresh fruit

Fresh Oranges for the New Year RS 
Sometime between Thanksgiving and Christmas, my in-laws decided that they wanted some fresh Florida oranges. I remember thinking "can't they just get some at the grocery store?," but they insisted on driving the eight hours down to Florida to get the real deal. A few weeks later, we visited them for Christmas and found box loads of these fresh Florida oranges around the house.  Apparently, they came back with an entire truckload. I had to chuckle...but, after seeing photos such as Purple Deebee's below, I've learned that fresh fruit makes quite the holiday treat.

It then occurred to me that the idea of driving eight hours for something...whether it be fresh Florida oranges, visiting friends or family, seeing your favorite band, or photographing something you've always dreamed of isn't really that crazy (I've certainly done much crazier). As I start to think about the new year, I'd like to take this notion of "driving eight hours for fresh fruit" and apply it every chance I get...from the ordinary to the extraordinary. Let us not be restricted by time or place or lenses...let's go the distance!

Happy New Year!
from me to you..
from me to you... by Purple DeeBee


Gilly said...

Thought-provoking post, Ashley; it's interesting to ponder on what matters enough that we'd drive eight hours to have it. Love both these shots.

Becky Sue said...

I like it! Step out of your comfort zone and constraints. Take risks. Be brave!

Lovely photos. :)

Becs said...

Love this, will be attempting to apply this to everything I do this year. :)

Anna said...

Hi Ashley,
Love your twist on fresh! It's a fresh thought that I'm going to hold on to :)
Happy New Year to you!

Holly {Soupatraveler} said...

I love this story Ashley! And you're right! sometimes, even if its a little crazy, you gotta go the distance!

Shoni said...

I totally agree. Since embarking on this new photography journey, my little family has seen places we may not have taken the time to go to before. In addition, we also have some awesome pictures to remember our adventures by. My favorite pictures (that aren't related to my kids) are the pictures that took the most effort to snap.

Thanks for the reminder and just in time for the new year!

Kelly Warren said...

I drove 8 hours one way over the holidays just to have lunch with my 90-year-old great aunt. And then turned around and drove back home. It was the best 16 hours of driving I've ever done! :-)

Ana Eugénio said...

so beautiful and true :) thank you for reminding me there's no distance when it comes to our dreams. xxo

urban muser said...

awesome post ashley. i can't believe they drove 8 hours for oranges, but i like the way you are thinking about applying that in 2012 :)

Kirstin said...

Ashley, this is perfect for the new year! I love it!

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