Black & White

Hey guys!
I have to confess that when I started this blog I wasn’t sure if I would have enough posts to pick your attention. But when a girl like me meets a new place, I have to explore every-single detail! It’s been fantastic searching for new places and scan the American lifestyle.
Thank you for being part of my journey here!

So, for this post, I would like to drag you to a different neighborhood: Manchester, which is located on the north side of James river. Manchester used to be an active port where tobacco and coal were shipped out and a great number of slave ships entered.
It’s a place with a lot of mills, railroads and nice and huge metal structures. it seems to me it’s the perfect place to shoot in black&white, isn’t it?
I don’t usually shoot in B&W…I hope I did a good job. Do you like it? 😉



a special place..

Death is a delicate subject; it happens to everyone, yet we rarely discuss it. Gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, political preferences or social status are irrelevant. Bottom line: we all die.
My journey here in the U.S., away from my family and friends, is giving me extra time to think… I’ve been thinking about my beloved ones and how much I miss them and also about my life: what I built so far and what I’m able to do in the future – and yes, it’s quite stressful. But you know, sometimes you need to put your life in perspective and check if you are living it the way you want or if you are following the right path…
Last weekend, I went to an ancient cemetery, dated 1849, here in Richmond. It’s a big, big rural garden with a lot of holly trees, that’s why is called Hollywood Cemetery. The cemetery is placed on a hill and it has a magnificent view of the river. wow! It was a great day for meditation…



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FALL-ing in love with details

Imagine that you have a piece of art in front of you. You are the type of person that loves to look at details? Or the big picture is really what matters?
Well, unless you see the details, you won’t get to see what the big picture is made of. Besides, unless we step back and occasionally look at the big picture, we would never know if the details we see were able to make a better sense.
That’s why I think you always need both.
Now that you’ve already step back to see the big picture, get closer (really close, sometimes) to see the details! and breathe the Autumn 🙂



FALL-ing in love with the big picture!

Why is Fall so beautiful here? oh! I just keep falling in love with this landscape; all these colors…

This weekend I went to Blacksburg (southwest of Virginia state) for a meeting, and I couldn’t resist bringing the camera with me. It was a long trip (3h30) but I think it was worth it because I could breathe the autumn and observe all its magic tones! Fortunately, my labmate drove the car. God bless you!  😉
The Fall foliage it’s just breathtaking! I wish some portuguese kings, like D. Afonso III and D. Dinis (check wikipedia ;)) had spread a few deciduous trees in our portuguese forests… (However, my sister, a geographer, told me those species are difficult to adapt to our Mediterranean climate; that’s why we are surrounded by pines and shrubs, get it?)
And do you know why we see so many colors? So, the green leaf is green because of the presence of a pigment known as chlorophyll. However, as the chlorophylls degrade, the hidden pigments of yellow xanthophylls and orange beta-carotene are revealed. These pigments are present throughout the year (but masked by chlorophyll), but the red pigments, the anthocyanins, are synthesized de novo once roughly half of chlorophyll has been degraded.  🙂

Now, enjoy the topography and let’s leaf peeping!


And more Halloween!! May I?

Guys, I’m sorry… but I couldn’t resist in posting more Halloween photos. I already posted about the candies and ‘franchising’, the zombies and now, of course, the houses! Houses FULL of decorations…breathing IT’S HALLOWEEN TIME!! It’s really amazing! And again, here it’s like the movies! They really commemorate Halloween, they do have the trick or treat (I hope next year I can photograph some costumed kids with their baskets full of candies 🙂 )!
I have to say that these cute houses are perfect for decorating because they have this nice front porches and little yards.. Oh, I’m in love!

PS: Extra scores for the blood fountain! 😀

You ‘betta’ leave your brains at home!!

“The 7th annual RIchmond Zombie Walk: it’s a sight to behold as dozens and dozens of the walking dead take a leisurely stroll through Carytown. Bring your camera and a baseball bat, you never know when they might get hungry.”
This was the excuse for going out with 40ºF, I translate for you: 4ºC, ridiculously cold!!! Well, it’s perfect for the zombies, they can stay dead and the chance of being melted is almost zero. And you have to agree with me, zombie parade is much better in a cloudy, deadly day than a hot summer and fresh day! lol I think they played very well the character, and definitively the cold helped! *evil laugh*
Are you prepared to see creeeeepy photos?


12 days for Halloween!

Hey y’all!
Ready for the America’s most exciting holiday? Here, Halloween is actually real (you feel it!), and people get very serious about this celebration! So how they celebrate it? Halloween is a synonymous of trick-or-treat, costume parties, carving jack-o’-lanterns (pumpkins), bonfires, visiting haunted attractions, telling scary stories and watching horror films.
Last year, I went to a costume party.. I had just arrived to the US, so my friend borrowed me a costume of…kind of a vampire. Well, I was half vampire, half me: the (tiny) dress+skinny black pants+some make up+ my

Ah! But this year it’s starting differently: I already bought a pumpkin (well, not exactly a pumpkin, it was canned pumpkin, cheaper!), my labmate already changed the old playlist to creepy songs (hehe) and the coolest thing ever: I saw a super awesome horror movie! Do you know Rocky Horror? It’s a film from 1975… so it’s a old science fiction movie, low-budget, trying to be very creepy! The result: a very funny film, but also with a “cultural, historical, or aesthetic significance”. But now, picture this: the film started on the projector and at the same time, some actors were performing, copying it. More, the public (including me) interacted too, helping to build the scenario (for ex. we had to throw water with little water guns to do the rain, do the choreography when they start to sing.. hilarious!). And some cast was spread in the public saying jokes at loud and making funny at the movie, on purpose.. I was thinking: What the f**k is this? Hilarious, simply hilarious… I laugh all the time and I just understood half of the jokes!! lol

Let’s see what I can do more for this Halloween… For now, just have a look at these photos..Is not cool all the stuff that they have to offer? Americans are pro in throwing theme parties!


2nd St festival

Jackson Ward is a historically african-american neighborhood here in Richmond. After the American Civil war, previously free blacks joined freed slaves and their descendants and created a thriving African-American business community, and became known as the “Black Wall Street of America”. As a center for both black commerce and entertainment, Jackson Ward was also called the “Harlem of the South”. Jackson Ward was frequented by Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Bill “Bojangles”, Lena Horne, Cab Calloway, Nat King Cole, James Brown.

2nd Street was the heart and soul of Richmond’s African-American community. Each year thousands of people come to Richmond’s historic Jackson Ward to hear live music on four stages, enjoy children’s activities, taste delicious food, shop in the marketplace, dance in the streets and renew old friendships. Who wants to see some photos from the 2nd Street festival?


The magnificient Jefferson Hotel

Hey everyone!
I’m back!..back on track! As you can imagine, my vacations were perfect, f**king perfect! Family, friends and boyfriend; beach,food and sun!! I just need to gather the photos all together, pick the best of, and I’ll make a post of it 😉
But first, I would like to share with you some photos from 5 star hotel The Jefferson, just a couple of blocks from my apartment. It’s very luxurious and unique, inside and out! Unfortunately I didn’t have the lucky to actually stay a night, but this summer, me and my friends had a sneak peak on the lobby and main salon.
The Jefferson opened its doors in 1895, and the responsible was Lewis Ginter, he commissioned the design and construction. He imported exotic palm trees from Central and South America and purchased hundreds of valuable antiques here and abroad. Unfortunately, he died less than two years later. In 1901, the hotel was accidentally burned down, demolishing three-fifths of the building. Although the interior of the hotel looked very different from the original, it was reopened in 1907.
One thing very curious about the decoration is the alligators that you can find everywhere, representing the actual alligators that usually lived in the marble pools in the Palm Court, becoming a source of much interest.
I have a friend that stayed in The Jefferson at her wedding night and she said that the breakfast was magnificent!
I hope you enjoy!*


PS: Hey, do you want to know what Inês from That’s Bananas, received from my giveaway? Check here! 😉

Mother Nature, please be gentle!

I have my luggage near from me and I’m just waiting for the taxi to go to the airport.

Before I leave for my vacations, I thought I could share with you some pictures that I took last monday, after a mini-storm. This weather here is really funny: it’s so humid that sometimes the sky needs to unload!! Imagine this for a second: the temperatures start to rise, as well as humidity; it’s like, you sweat as you stand outside doing nothing (iac!) and you it seems that the sky is heavier! Suddenly, the storm begins: thunderstorms, lightnings and heavy rain!You better stay at home 😉 Don’t try to fight with nature, you will end up completely wet (Nature: 1; you:0), I can assure that! Anyway, usually the storm is “fast and furious” and the recovery is fast too. Sometimes I wake up, after a bad night of storms, and it’s like nothing really happened.
So, where was I? Oh, yeah monday! Last monday, after a quick storm the skies turn out like this. Is not amazing? I didn’t edit the photos, at all! What you see is what I saw!

kiss, kiss


PS: I’ll be back just in September with more adventures in uncle Sam’s territory, missing my Portugal. But at least I have you 😉