Yesterday, my mom and I engaged in some early Mother’s Day festivities. We woke up bright and early and head over to Allure West Studios in Doylestown for a private photography lesson. If anyone is interested in learning the ins and outs of manual photography, I highly recommend taking a class with Jung. By the end of our three-hour session, we had all of our questions answered and then some. Plus, he simplified everything to the point that all of the jargon and settings associated with manual photography no longer intimidate me.

After our class, we grabbed a bite to eat while waiting for the weather to clear up. Then, we took a short drive over to Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve in New Hope. Given that my mom’s explored pretty much every park and nature preserve in Bucks County, I tried really hard to find a place that she had never been to before. Luckily, it turns out that Bowman’s Hill is just about the only place she had never visited prior to yesterday. If you’ve never been, I highly recommend it! It’s beautifully maintained, and there is always something new blooming.

It ended up being a picture-perfect day, literally and figuratively! We wandered around the preserve for several hours. Between landscapes and macro shots, as well as the many variances in light depending on where we were in the preserve, there were plenty of opportunities to put our newly-gained knowledge to use. I am proud to say that not a single photo that I took yesterday was taken in auto-mode. I still have a long way to go, but I’m happy with my progress so far!

On our way home from the preserve, we agreed that we were seriously craving burgers on the grill – bison burgers, to be exact. We decided to stop by None Such Farm Market to pick up some goods. While I was there, I couldn’t resist the urge to check out their fresh produce. The majority of their products – meats, cheeses, flowers, fruits, and veggies, to name a few – are organic and come straight from either their farm or other local farms. Among several other items, I ended up purchasing an ataulfo mango (a variety that I’d never tried before) and an apricot (which I’d never tried raw). I really enjoyed them as components of this morning’s fruit bowl!

Bucks County is a strikingly beautiful place with so much to offer. Between its outdoor sanctuaries, farms, eateries, architecture, and endorsement of the arts, it would be extremely difficult to run out of things to do for folks like me and my mama. We had lovely day, indeed.