Hot Springs holiday trip

I’ve shared some of the photos with you of our last trip to Hot Springs for the WinterTide exhibit at the Fine Arts Center. But I wanted to share a day in the life type of post with you. My husband is such a huge part of my photography – he and I travel together when we have the opportunity. Sometimes it is going to where he is working or where I am working and other times we venture off together to the unknown or known.

So the weekend of December 7 & 8 we were in Hot Springs, AR – one of our favorite places to visit. Here is a look into the 24 hours (not including sleep) of our trip!

We started out with the WinterTide exhibit attendance at the Fine Arts Center.

Then we went for an evening of dinner and entertainment at the Vienna. It is a live entertainment venue that was presenting a Christmas show that night. We were the odd couple in a room full of sorority ladies with their husbands that were one of the largest contributors to St. Jude Hospitals. Inspiring group. Our table was the odd man out group Рa couple originally from Cuba, their friend, and two ladies that were friends with the owner. I also fell in love with the chandelier!

Early in the morning I snuck away while Hubby slept peacefully to get in a few shots of my favorite spring just across the street from our hotel, The Arlington. We took the rest of the day to venture out into Hot Springs and do some exploring of areas where we had not been before. We started with a quick trip up West Mountain and then heard of Garvan Gardens where they were hosting a holiday lights show.

At Garvan Gardens we found plenty of entertainment – lights, nature, music, and food!

All a very enjoyable and special 24 hours for my husband and I. We can’t wait to go back again and see what else we can find new to explore there!

special day hot springs

Snow in black and white

We had a snow here in Texas on Christmas Day. Technically, a white Christmas. It had it beautiful moments but wasn’t really heavy enough or cold enough to stay around long. So I did get a few photos to share with you of the smaller aspects. Here are some that I altered to black and whites.


shed in the snow



barbed wire snow



trees in the snow

Festive! Where’s My Backpack Travel Challenge

The first weekend of December my husband and I made a trip to Hot Springs, Arkansas for an exhibit at the Fine Arts Center of Hot Springs. The exhibit, WinterTide, showed two of my photos. While we were there we made a trip to Garvan Gardens. We saw a truly beautiful light show there. It had a great combination of nature, the holiday spirit – Christmas music, hot chocolate, popcorn, and lots of lights! Here are a few photos that mean Festive to me this holiday!


3 tiers of lights tree gingerbread house and family christmas tree behind the arch moon bridge



white light tree

Circles: Where’s My Backpack Travel Challenge

In the spirit of the season I wanted to find something that fit the challenge of circles from Where’s My Backpack and was also a bit to the Christmas side of the spectrum. Here are a few that I found.

This one is a tree lighted to the music in Garvan Gardens, in Hot Springs, AR. The music would play and the different layers of the tree would light up.

christmas tree

The second photo is of a gingerbread house Santa. This was in the lobby of The Arlington hotel. It was a huge house and this was one of the many windows with characters and candy!

santa in gingerbread house