Mischief Night

Mischief Night, October 2018


Twas’ the night before Halloween, and all through the house, mischief was stirring in and under the devils’ blouse. Her horns were growing with precision and care, in hopes that tricks, not treats would be there. The ghosts were ghoulish, the monsters tucked under the beds, while visions of horror danced around in their heads. By: Trisha McQuade

What better way to get into the Halloween spirit than sharing a quick little Halloween poem I put together and reminiscing about last years trip to Mexico City for Dia de los Muertos?!

Last year, on this day, I was on a plane to Mexico City to indulge in the festivities of Dia de los Muertos!! To say I was excited, was an understatement. The atmosphere was ALIVE with horror, putting my right I to my element. Seeing all the babies, children and toddlers forgo the ‘cute’ costumes to embrace the terror brought me pure joy. Streets filled with baby ‘It’ clowns, Freddy Krueger’s, Jason’s, and of course, baby Chucky dolls was nothing but a pleasure to see. Not only were there horrific costumes, the streets were also filled with colorfully decorated ‘candy skulls,’ statues, unique decorations, makeup designs, and tradition.

My favorite part, wasn’t just the city coming alive, but the graveyards; full of life, light, memories and of course TEQUILA! Mariachi sounds enchanted the graves and loved ones honored their deceased with brightly colored ofrendas. Tequila, tequila, and more tequila flowed at every graveyard. It was a wonderful feeling to be welcomed by local families into their unique forms of celebration. To say it was special is an understatement. It’s an experience I will continue to treasure, until I make my way back to Mexico for another Dia de los Muertos celebration.

I’m currently kicking myself for not being emerged in the culture again, RIGHT NOW! So instead, I’ll plan for next year and take a look back into my first blog posts about one of my best trips to date.

Did I mention how much I LOVED being in Mexico for Dia De Los Muertos?! If you haven’t had a chance to read about my experiences, now is the perfect time!

Dia de los Muertos Festivities

Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) A broken down bus and a gondola ride.

Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) ” There is no life, except by death”

Into the artistic side of Mexico City

To The Moon and Back

January 31, 2018–Garden City, South Carolina


 

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I’ve always been in love with the sightings of the moon. Last night definitely proved that point as I stood in 20 degree Fahrenheit temperatures, brisk roaring winds, and high tide rolling waves in order to capture some shots of the ‘super blue blood moon.’ I completely underestimated the Atlantic winds and brutal cold, but I wanted to return to the spot I viewed the supermoon in December. It was full of special memories, new beginnings and the spot holds a beautiful space in my heart. Plus, there’s no better way to see the moon glisten brightly, than over a beach with flowing waves.

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I still remember the exact moment when I perfected my first moon shot. It was in Door County, Wisconsin, in the summer of 2016. I was there on a girl’s trip with my mom to visit wine country, enjoy some new food, and view the nature and lively surroundings of the thumb of Wisconsin. I took so many pictures on that trip of nature, sunsets, trees, and then finally an acceptable moon shot. It was a proud moment, seeing the details of the craters in the moon on my DSLR!

And now today, I’m even more obsessed with the moon. It gives me a lot of special memories, and also holds a special place in my relationship.

The moment we stepped on the beach, we actually stopped in awe at both the glow and the reflection in the ocean. It was enough to light up the sky! I really hope all of you got a chance to look outside and catch a glimpse!

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Unfortunately, I was only able to capture the moon this night, (not so much the beach or pier) because as much as I wanted to take photos, my frozen hands and camera just  wouldn’t cooperate. But, I’ll leave you with a few photos, a couple fun edits, and a some fun facts about the ‘super blue blood moon.’

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Why is it called a ‘blue moon?’ The term blue moon was used because a full moon happened twice in the month of January 2018, something that rarely happens in any month. So, of course, it is said to happen, ‘once in a blue moon.’

What makes the moon ‘super?’ The moon is at its Perigee, the closest point to Earth at this time, giving it a spectacular glow and brightness we don’t always get to see. It actually appears 14% larger and 30% brighter.

Where does the ‘blood moon’ name come from? The sun’s light is skimming through the earth’s atmosphere, giving the moon an orange or red glow.

And for those who were able to catch a glimpse of the lunar eclipse, I must say, I’m incredibly jealous! I realized too late it was happening, thinking it would happen into the evening or early next morning. Big loss on my part, I promise to be more on top of it next time!