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April 2017 - Istanbul, Turkey

April 2017 - Istanbul, Turkey

I know that countless sunsets fill up the internet, but why not clog it up more with one I saw earlier this year! :)

Last April we had the chance to visit Turkey and we happened to be crossing this bridge right at sunset. It was seriously amazing and I took way too many photos! Seeing this again makes me remember the incredible feeling of viewing it firsthand, thanking God for being such a wonderful creator. It is seriously breathtaking! 

Hope that you are inspired by something in your day today that brings you encouragement and thankfulness. Have a good one!

-Ashley

Life Happened

I've been slightly avoiding this initial blog post after my hiatus, as I knew it had been an incredibly long period since I had written on this blog. I went from updating from 4-6 times a week to nothing for two months! What happened?!

Let me tell you--life has happened. Not only did I move across the world during this time, but visited a few places in between and have been more busy than I ever could have anticipated! Between setting up a home, getting used to living in South Asia again (which includes figuring out how to not talk in English!), and trying to get into a routine--everything else has paused whether I've liked it or not. And unfortunately I'm far from finished with the above things.

Unfortunately, I won't be able to post like I was previously for now, but I do hope to post at least a few times a week, as I have many exciting things coming up in the future in regards to photography. I'll explain those more in another blog post (believe me, super exciting)!!

For now, I just wanted to say, "I'm alive and doing well" and post some long overdue photos, which I had planned to post in July (...such as the 4th of July fireworks). Such is life.  Better late than never! :)

Canon 5D Mark II, 24mm f/2.8  |  f/22, 1/80 sec, ISO-640  |  Koh Samui, Thailand

Canon 5D Mark II, 24mm f/2.8  |  f/22, 1/80 sec, ISO-640  |  Koh Samui, Thailand

This picture was taken last year some time on a trip to an island in Thailand. It is a beautiful place and I recommend everyone going, especially if you like to dive! I wouldn't know, because I didn't dive on that trip, but I'm told it's stunning. I'm normally drawn towards color, but I liked the change to black and white for this photo, as it accentuated the texture of the sand and the light on the water. :) 

Happy Friday!

-Ashley 

Never Gets Old

I love the beach.

I love the sand between my toes, the salt in the air, the rhythmic motion of the water, the color of the water and sand, and the sounds. I can sit for hours watching and listening to the water swell. When you look out over the ocean, you realize how small you really are!

Another thing I love about the ocean is that you can photograph it a million times and find another way to portray it.

Canon 5D Mark II; 50mm f/1.4  |  f/2.8, 1/400 sec, ISO-400

Canon 5D Mark II; 50mm f/1.4  |  f/2.8, 1/400 sec, ISO-400

Canon 5D Mark II; 50mm f/1.4  |  f/2.8, 1/640 sec, ISO-400

Canon 5D Mark II; 50mm f/1.4  |  f/2.8, 1/640 sec, ISO-400

I love that in both of these I feel like I can reach out my hand and grab the sand or feel the water. God's creation is amazing! Looking at this never gets old!

Hope that your day is awesome and that you find beauty in what you see daily!

-Ashley

A Week of Reflections

Canon 5D Mark II; 24mm f/2.8  |  f/7.1, f/5000 sec, ISO-320  |  Anderson Island, WA USA

Canon 5D Mark II; 24mm f/2.8  |  f/7.1, f/5000 sec, ISO-320  |  Anderson Island, WA USA

I was looking through my photos and I saw that I had many photos that had reflections in them, so I'm calling this week, "A Week of Reflections". :) 

This first photo is more reflecting color than it is anything. I love the yellows to the deep blues. I just love the water and how many ways you can capture it. 

Be looking for tomorrows picture! It'll be different than this one. :)

-Ashley

Rest in your Context

I really love the water, the beach, etc. It's such a wonderful place to sit and be still. I stink at slowing down, but the water actually makes me go slower. The rhythmic movement of the sea as it moves forwards and backwards is like a car's movement to a baby. :) It just brings calmness and peace (and even sleep!). Unfortunately, most of us in the world cannot live at the beach so we really have to learn it elsewhere. Where do you find rest at in your context?

Canon 5D Mark II; 50mm f/1.4  |  f/2.8, 1/640 sec, ISO-400  |  Koh Tao, Thailand

Canon 5D Mark II; 50mm f/1.4  |  f/2.8, 1/640 sec, ISO-400  |  Koh Tao, Thailand

For me it comes from a few places. One is with my guitar. Fortunately, my guitar is easily transportable, so I've been able to have one with me even as we've traveled around Texas! I have one overseas as well. I find if I can just bang on my guitar and sing at the top of my lungs for an hour every once in a while, I feel so much better! 

Another place of rest for me is friends. Being around my friends in the Dallas area has been so amazing. I couldn't emphasize enough how important and restful community is for me. These friends are the kind of friends that you wouldn't see for a couple years and when you meet up again it's like you just left yesterday. I think everyone needs these kinds of people. I'm thankful that we built these friendships before we left, otherwise coming back would be depressing.

ashleytruckey : Disc golf is the best Sabbath activity ever! #discgolf #Sabbath #fun #beactive

ashleytruckey: Disc golf is the best Sabbath activity ever! #discgolf #Sabbath #fun #beactive

The last restful thing for me is doing fun things with my husband. Lately our fun things have been active sport-like activities. If you've seen my instagram photos as of late, there has probably been a lot of disc golf. :) We love disc golf and play it at least once a week, normally on our Sabbath when we try to stop working for one day and just rest. Another active thing we've adopted lately is CrossFit! I imagine at this point after reading that you're either chiming in with me at how amazing CrossFit is or you think I'm pyscho for calling that restful. :) Regardless, it actually has been fun and has created another space for us to get away, work out really hard and to be with people from another context. 

So what is it for you? You have to have something, otherwise you will go crazy and burnout. If you don't know what it is, think about it and start implementing it into your week. I find if I can try to have something restful apart of my week, it really fuels me to push harder in all the things I need to do. 

Hope that you can find that rest in your context, whatever that looks like!

-Ashley

Oh, Contentment

Oh, the word contentment. This is one word that I'm constantly reviewing. Believe it or not, even though I've traveled to many places that my parents, family and friends have never been to, I still struggle with being content.

Some days I long for a regular 9-5 job that allows me to buy a house, join a gym, be with my friends, and have a "stable" life. It sounds appealing to someone who doesn't currently have a home (and hasn't had one for almost a year), is waiting for things that don't have a clear-cut end in sight, and someone who actually really thrives with some stability in their life. 

However, it's interesting because I hear from my 9-5 job friends similar statements like, "I wish I could travel where you've been--I live such a boring life." I can say from experience, travel is an exciting privilege and it's mind-opening, but it doesn't bring contentment. What brings contentment then?

Canon 5D Mark II, 50mm f/1.4   |   f/5.6, 1/2500 sec, ISO-250   |   Koh Tao, Thailand

Canon 5D Mark II, 50mm f/1.4   |   f/5.6, 1/2500 sec, ISO-250   |   Koh Tao, Thailand

I've lived a very short life of 29 years and I hope that I have a long life ahead of me still, but in this short time I have found that my trust in God is the only thing that brings contentment. Trust that says, wherever you've placed me, no matter how difficult or how simple it is, no matter how boring or exciting it is, you have a great plan and it involves me being here. This is hard to believe at times, no matter where you're at! 

What do you think? What has helped you be content in your life? I'd love to hear about it. 

-Ashley

Calming Waters

Canon 5D Mark II; 24mm f/2.8  |  f/7.1, ISO-320, 1/1600sec

Canon 5D Mark II; 24mm f/2.8  |  f/7.1, ISO-320, 1/1600sec

I post many pictures of water, if you haven't noticed, because I love it. I love to swim in it, be on a boat in it, I love the the sounds, the smells, how it looks photographed, the texture,  and so on. My stomach doesn't always agree with it, but I still persevere. :) 

This above photo was taken on a ferry ride to Anderson Island, which is an island outside of Seattle, WA. It's a beautiful place and has some amazing friends of ours residing there. 

One thing being around water does for me is that it relaxes me. Even in this picture, I remember being very cold taking the picture, but the calmness of the water was beautiful. If I wasn't so cold I would have remained there longer to watch it as we were going to the mainland...but I really hate the cold so I climbed back into the car. :)

Are there any places that you like to go that calms you? Share about it below in the comments!

-Ashley

Favorite Place

Out of all the places we've visited, I still think this is one of my favorite places: Istanbul, Turkey. I love the beauty of the water with the city in the backdrop. The mixtures of sounds and smells from the water, street food, boats, and traffic make it very fun place to just sit and take it all in. There is a lot to see and do--you could never do it in one or even two trips. If you ever get a chance, go and visit this place. You'll not be disappointed!

The last week was very busy for me with a conference and visiting friends, so I got a little behind in my photo of the day's and portrait project. I resolved within myself when I started these projects that I wouldn't be obsessive about it, so I am just going to pick up where I left off! :) I have some very fun photos to post soon though--some portraits from people I've randomly met and some new places for me that I've never been to. It's fun visiting new places! Have a great day!

-Ashley