Monday, February 25, 2008

Beach Sunday


For the first time since we moved to Florida, Jason and I spent Sunday morning sitting on the beach. I go to the beach almost everyday for exercise, but it was really wonderful to just sit and read. Jason was not as liberal with the sunscreen as maybe he should have. He is kind of lobsterish today in weird patterns from using the spray sunscreen. We have an umbrella somewhere but god knows where, so we went for the full sun. Normally I wouldn't post a photo that has a speck of a person in it. But since Jason felt it necessary to take my picture in my bikini, I am happy with the person-to-sky ratio.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

New website up and running!!


So after many laborious weeks my new website is up and fully functional. Thanks to everyone for your input and copy editing. Check it out if you haven't yet and make sure to bookmark it. There will be new galleries from time to time as new events unfold.

http://www.kategardinerphoto.com

I opted to only have music going with the galleries instead of all the time. I personally am the first to shut off music on a site I visit, but I think it does add something to the galleries. Plus don't want to get people busted at work.

Saturday, February 16, 2008

My first NASCAR experience

Our friends Rob Brule and Mark Shreve are visiting us this weekend for the Daytona 500. We went to the Craftsman Truck race last night at the track. For as much as racing is not necessarily my favorite sport, I will completely admit that I LOVED IT!!! It was so fascinating to watch the physics involved with getting these cars around the track. I don't think I could do an entire weekend of it but last night was pretty cool. See for yourself.

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Thursday, February 14, 2008

Kate Gardiner Photography (and Jason) move to St. Augustine!

Here are some photos of our new house and the new home of Kate Gardiner Photography. It is located right in the heart of the old downtown, about 100 yards from the Fountain of Youth monument to Ponce de Leon. We move in Feb. 28. I'll let you know if my wrinkles start to recede!

I decided yesterday to do some exploring. One block over from us is the Fountain of Youth front gate which is lined on either side by these huge trees covered in Spanish moss. At the end of our road is the marshland that extends out for a mile or so to the ocean.

I then headed downtown for some lunch. I ate at this wonderful wine and tappas bar which you can see in in the photo with the stop sign. It is located on the balcony of the building on the left. There is a gorgeous Greek Orthodox shrine on the main shopping street. You would never know it was there if you didn't see the small sign over the door. It is dedicated to St. Photios.

The main shopping area is closed to car traffic which is really nice. In Newport, RI you have to watch all the crazy drivers in the shopping area. This just makes it less congested. Many of the walls that fence off gardens in the downtown area are made of oyster shells as you can see in the last photo here. The sun and rain played tag while I was in town. This blossom was from a nearby bush.



Friday, February 08, 2008

More NYC trip photos






So here are some more photos from our trip to NYC in December for the NASCAR Champions Week. It is such a rarity that sun shines down in the concrete jungle. It was so beautiful.

This is one of the rooms at the Waldorf-Astoria where the modified series had one of its dinners. The whole room smelled divine! I can only imagine the floral budget for this dinner.

The snowflakes were on the side of a building. Can't remember which building.

Here are Jason and I at the Rockefellar Center Christmas tree.


The last photo was us at this "hot" night club called Mystique. It was great people watching. All on NASCAR's tab.

Thursday, February 07, 2008

Tony and Traci Engagement






Saturday I spent the late afternoon with Tony and Traci at the Daytona Beach Pier for their engagement session. They are getting married April 26 at this great place called Tavern and Chapel in the Garden in Port Orange, Fl.
Here are some of my favorite images from the afternoon. It is so easy to photograph beautiful people! Plus Traci had these rock'n shoes which you can kind of see off to the side in the last image.

Friday, February 01, 2008

Bocce on the beach


So I think these retired folk are in some sort of league at the beach resort behind them. Jason and I saw them playing bocce a month or so ago. Basically from what I can decipher, they draw lines in the sand about 40 yards apart then they try to get closest to that line without crossing it. But the sand here is really compacted and things roll forever. Looks like fun though.
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