Fiddlers for Silas (and me being brave)

For the first time in what feels like ages, we took a little day trip today. We drove to Yorktown, Virginia to play on a little stretch of beach on the York River. Last year Keats and Gabe had baseball games in the area and Jonny took our little guys to play there between games. They discovered the joys of catching fiddler crabs and Silas has been asking to go back for his birthday for months. Today in the car Silas asked me repeatedly how excited I was. “VERY EXCITED,” I told him. “What are you going to do as soon as we get there?” he asked. “Catch fiddler crabs with you,” I replied. (That was the correct answer.) In reality, as soon as we arrived the kids all took off and I sat in the van nursing Mabel. And while I found the fiddler crabs fascinating (There were so many of them! Their collective scurrying around was so loud!), I didn’t actually catch any myself. I mostly took pictures. It was a really fun day. Silas was so happy, he told us it was better even than he expected. Now I feel all exhausted and happy myself. It’s so good to get away from the house and all we have going on right now. We need to bring back the day trips. It’s just so hard with so many kids and schedules and work, and life. But I think this is important for us, to get away together when we can.

p.s. We will be updating our shop on Tuesday, June 6th at 12 p.m. EST. I’ll be sure to get a preview post up by Monday evening. Jonny has been working on some new cutting boards, and I will have goat milk soap and a bit of yarn available. I have some new things that I am offering as well. If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you might have seen the new stickers sets I have put together using my photos.  They are flower themed and so pretty! I will talk more about them in the preview post, but I am really excited about them! And finally, after getting requests for literally years, I am going to start offering some of my nature photography in my shop. It took me a long time to work up the nerve, and then to figure out how best to do this. I finally settled on selling high resolution digital downloads for personal use. The cost will be $10 each, or 4 for $30. I am very nervous about this for some reason! But it can’t hurt to try, right? Okay, I think that’s it. Check back in by Monday evening and I’ll have that preview ready for you.

p.p.s. If there has ever been a photo here that you wished you could have a print of, email me with a link to the blog post and I’ll list it for you!


  1. I live in Yorktown! We’ve had many happy afternoons and evenings in the Colonial Parkway pull-offs and on Yorktown Beach in old Yorktown. We’ve seen dolphins and seahorses on more than one occasion! I love your photos!

  2. Shannon Dennis says:

    I love the last one you have here and the photographs of the fiddler crabs. I think they would be perfect in a nursery!

  3. Oh my gosh every pic on every post!! Especially baby animals (I am the one who already asks that you make a children’s book of your pics!!)

  4. you are a brave one 🙂 good luck with your shop sale!! I would not catch a crab…just sayin’.

  5. Kirsten Clark says:

    I’m excited about you offering some of your photography as prints! I will absolutely buy one. I love how you capture simple, quiet things in nature.

  6. I cannot believe your baby girl is getting so grown up and joining the big kids in all the fun. They are all beautiful, I enjoy seeing them and what they are doing.

  7. oh. and a rainbow on the 1st photo. wow.
    and a happy birthday to the young man. love, urska

  8. Ah, we need to get away as a family like this even for a little bit! Those days are so good – exhausting but life-giving! I think it’s great you’re selling your prints! You have such a gift.

  9. I did a double take on the photo with the baby dolls. Bea’s lifelike baby tricked me!

  10. oh what fun! I can certainly see why your special tribe had so much fun. I cant believe how fast Mabel has grown, she is a perfect little flower Ginny.
    I saw your stickers on instagram and I immediately knew they will be a huge success.
    all the best hun xx

  11. Hey Ginny – fellow Virginian here. Where in Yorktown is this? We have nine more days of lessons, and then testing, and then we need some beach! Thank you!

    • This is on the York River off of Colonial Parkway. It’s more of a spot for wading and exploring than a swimming beach, though I think there are other spots along the York good for that?

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