Tuesday, June 6, 2017

About two weeks ago, my boyfriend, Taylor, and I set out on a road trip! This was my 20I6 Christmas present from Taylor - thank you!  Our first point of interest was Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve in Colorado.

I couldn't pass up the opportunity to capture one of my floral designs in this amazing landscape. For it to happen, I created a desert themed bridal bouquet in Wisconsin. We then drove it over 1,200 miles to Great Sand Dunes National Park in Colorado, where I backpacked it into the dune fields. Taylor and I then camped in the dunes for one night! What an amazing experience. 

Taylor, walking around the dunes, snapping awesome pictures.

Taylor, walking around the dunes, snapping awesome pictures.

The bouquet held up in the blowing sand!

The bouquet held up in the blowing sand!

Before our hike!

Before our hike!

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You can't see my head from this angle!

You can't see my head from this angle!

Backpacking bag that was about 35 - 40 pounds. I carried most of our water supply.

Backpacking bag that was about 35 - 40 pounds. I carried most of our water supply.

After our two mile, two hour hike up and down dunes into the dune field, we set up our tent! We settled in a sand dune valley, or "slack". The main dune field area is about 30 square miles. Taylor and I explored less than 5% of it!  The hike was difficult for me. First off, the oxygen levels were low, because the elevation ranged from 7,000 to 13,000 feet. I was also carrying camping supplies, which included snacks, dinner (Mama brand ramen...yum!), my sleeping bag, a camp stove & fuel, clothes, and plenty of water. My bag may have been 35 - 40 pounds, if not more. Additionally, lack of training on hills/cardio didn't help. The sand was also another factor; it's so difficult to walk in!

After our two mile, two hour hike up and down dunes into the dune field, we set up our tent! We settled in a sand dune valley, or "slack". The main dune field area is about 30 square miles. Taylor and I explored less than 5% of it! 

The hike was difficult for me. First off, the oxygen levels were low, because the elevation ranged from 7,000 to 13,000 feet. I was also carrying camping supplies, which included snacks, dinner (Mama brand ramen...yum!), my sleeping bag, a camp stove & fuel, clothes, and plenty of water. My bag may have been 35 - 40 pounds, if not more. Additionally, lack of training on hills/cardio didn't help. The sand was also another factor; it's so difficult to walk in!

Our "campsite" in a slack! It got windy overnight! A maximum of 20 backpacking groups are allowed to camp overnight in the dunes. We met another couple before our hike that planned to sleep in the dunes as well. After we set up our tent, we didn't run into any other backpackers. We occasionally could see hikers in the distant, but for the most part, we felt like we were alone in the dunes.

Our "campsite" in a slack! It got windy overnight!

A maximum of 20 backpacking groups are allowed to camp overnight in the dunes. We met another couple before our hike that planned to sleep in the dunes as well.

After we set up our tent, we didn't run into any other backpackers. We occasionally could see hikers in the distant, but for the most part, we felt like we were alone in the dunes.

I finally got to see the Milky Way! I forgot how much I love stars. Taylor and I woke up at 3 am to see it. It was peaceful and a reminder that most things we worry about are trivial. You can see our glowing tent in the picture! This photograph is by Taylor Duncan, Taylor Duncan Photography. Visit his website for more awesome pictures at www.taylorduncanphotography.com. His images are available for purchase. 

I finally got to see the Milky Way! I forgot how much I love stars. Taylor and I woke up at 3 am to see it. It was peaceful and a reminder that most things we worry about are trivial.

You can see our glowing tent in the picture!

This photograph is by Taylor Duncan, Taylor Duncan Photography. Visit his website for more awesome pictures at www.taylorduncanphotography.com. His images are available for purchase. 

Taking a break!

Taking a break!

 

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Here are the fresh flower designs I made for the "Talk Derby to Me" event at the Iron Horse Hotel.

Peonies, ranunculus, and lily grass

Peonies, ranunculus, and lily grass

Lisianthus bow tie

Lisianthus bow tie

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Calla lilies, lisianthus, and lily grass

Calla lilies, lisianthus, and lily grass

Calla lilies, lily grass, peonies, and lisianthus

Calla lilies, lily grass, peonies, and lisianthus