Heather & Jonathan Got Married!

These two kids have been together for about four years, now, and have FINALLY tied the knot! The ceremony took place in a spot of Sholom Park in Ocala that I have been oogling over for the past four years, inside a vine-covered gazebo. It was very intimate and just right for the two of them. The only thing more beautiful than the location, of course, the bride.

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I’ve been friends with Heather for what seems like forever. Basically, since I moved to Citrus County 11 years ago. She’s always been there for me, and I’ll always consider her one of my best friends. I knew that one day her and Jonathan would be married not too long after meeting him. They just seemed to fit together so well, and I’m ecstatic that they’re finally bound together.

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Jonathan is a great guy, and I know he works hard at everything he puts his mind to. You can tell that there’s a lot going on up there, thinking of other people and what will come next. I’ve never seen either of them as happy as they did today.

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On a technical note: I shot all these photos with my Fujifilm X-T2 and 27mm pancake lens. They’re all shots for me, photos that just help me remember the day for when I need a good, happy, cry or whatever. It was nice to see how it could perform not only in near-darkness, but also what I could get from a single spot.

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Also, some of them are of Mr Personality, himself, Seth “Big Pony” who shocked me when I saw him in a suit, which does fit the long hair fairly well.

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Anywho… once again: Congratulations Jonathan and Heather! I am so proud of you guys, and I know I keep saying it, I am so so so so happy for you both. I love you guys and can’t wait for what comes next.

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NC Trip – Day Three

Today, we made our way to the Biltmore Estate. They seemed pretty strict about photos and video, but fortunately, I was able to loophole my way into taking all the photos I wanted.

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After touring the mansion and the gardens, we went for dinner at a local BBQ place, which was alright, definitely no Southern Pig & Cattle. I always feel like I’m taking a risk when I’m trying a new food place.

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After we ate, it started pouring down rain. Since it was too much like home, we decided to head back to the cabin and take it easy for the rest of the day.

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NC Trip – Day Two

Today was a little more rough on our bodies than yesterday. First, not only did we take the walk up to the top of Mount Mitchell, but we also did the three mile hike to Mount Craig and back.

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By the time we reached Craig, we were definitely tired. Somehow, there was a man who was actually running the trail. Crazy! He was nice enough to take a photo of Sarah and I, and I took one of him in return. He said that he’s lived here for three years and had not ever been on the trail before.

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On our way back, another lone hiker asked if she could join us on the way back. We all talked about various things, especially mushrooms. Apparently, there’s a type of mushroom that actually lactates, crazy! Unfortunately, she couldn’t find an example on the trail to show us, but it definitely made for good conversation and helped make the hike back go by faster.

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By the time we got to the trailhead, we were starving, and got in the car and drove to the little restaurant in the park. There, we both went simple and had burgers, and watched as the clouds rolled over the mountains.

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NC Trip Day One

We’ve been planning this trip for years, now. I literally mean years. Sarah and I started dating five years ago, and we eventually wanted to go to North Carolina for our honeymoon. Well, this year, as we celebrate our 3rd anniversary, we’ve finally made it our little cabin in the woods.

After our 9 hour drive, we made it, and immediately slept in until about noon today. Once we got moving about we laced up our hiking boots and headed for Roaring Fork Falls.

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It was a nice little hike that we both enjoyed, and definitely got us ready for the rest of the adventures that are ahead of us for the next few days. From a photo gear standpoint, I’m glad I brought the Fujifilm X-T2 along. With its compact and light weight body and incredible image quality, it’s the best camera I’ve ever had on a hike.

Fujifilm X-T2 Unboxing

Apparently, people do these on the YouTube.

I am SUPER excited to start shooting with this camera. So stay tuned for how things go! Being in Florida, it’ll probably rain all weekend, so I’ll at least be able to test out the weatherproofing.

Also, it can be noted that I tested out the older NP-W126 (the one that comes with the camera is the NP-W126S) battery with the X-T2, since I have a bunch of those for the X-T10. I noticed no issues with regular shooting, although from what I can guess, I wouldn’t want to attempt recording video with the old batteries, since they would probably overheat.

Anyhow, let me know what you think in the comments!