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Sarah here. Andrew has family friends who grow absolutely breath-taking (and prize-winning) dahlias and zinnias; if you’ve poked through my galleries on our site, you may have seen some of them already. I fell in love with the huge dinner plate sized dahlias, and this year our friends were kind enough to give us a handful of dahlia tubers so we could try growing them ourselves.

One of the plants (Wanda’s Aurora) just bloomed for the first time, and I was thrilled to see that it makes those enormous lush blossoms I’d been dreaming of. It’s so much fun to play with flash direction and intensity with these luminous, sculptural petals.

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Orc Stomp 2015 – GenCon – 31 July 2015

Orc Stomp 2015 Gallery

Sarah here. I don’t know if it’s been obvious in my posts so far, but I am a big geek. I love fantasy and sci-fi and comic books and video games and non-video games (Dungeons & Dragons ftw!). In what seems to be a nascent tradition, a small group of my friends have been attending GenCon in Indianapolis for the past few years as a fun excuse for an annual reunion.

Two of my friends are runners, and this year they signed up for the Orc Stomp 5k fun run bright and early on Friday morning. While I admit I wasn’t thrilled to wake up at 0445 for the second day in a row, I was excited to cheer them on and get some photography practice in.

We couldn’t have asked for a more gorgeous morning, and for once I was actually awake and ready to take pictures at golden hour. It also turned out that the event had an unanticipated photographer shortage, so I tried to catch as many people as I could. I wish I’d had a longer lens and a little more practice shooting runs, but it was a super fun event.

The most fun –and surprising, for me– part was how many people grinned and posed for the camera. I’ve always been camera-shy (that’s why I’m on the other side of the lens), so it was a happy shock the first time a runner looked straight at the camera and gave me a big smile. It was awesome! There was so much positive energy that morning, it still makes me smile to think of it.


Running dinosaurs! What’s not to love?


So while I was shooting, this guy staggers up and asks if I’ve got any “hot scoops” on what to do when your thighs really hurt. As I blinked and tried to figure out what was going on, he said something about how he got really drunk, woke up early, and ended up following the runners. I don’t even know if he was part of GenCon, but I can’t make this stuff up.