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Sunday, December 31, 2017

A Year In Photos ... 2017

#yearinphotos #yearlyphotomemories #memories #remembrances #originalphotography

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Another Year ...

Photography by Kristine 

Another Year

Coffee mornings & wine nights
Kid-like highs & heartbreaking lows
Many conversations & great belly laughs
Family moments & lasting memories 
Enjoyable movies & page turning books
Unexpected moments & baffling disappointments
Different hopes & revised dreams
Wide smiles & lifelong tears
Adapting to new schedules & late dinners
Busy days & quieter evenings 

Dec 2017 

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Happy Holidays To All ...

Photography by Kristine 

Merry Christmas To My Family & Friends 
Wishing You Health & Happiness, Always 

Looking forward to writing more in 2018 ...
Until Then ...

Much Love,

Sunday, October 1, 2017


Photography by Kristine 


A season that arrives each year
One I never tire of 
Like an old friend returning
Leaves dancing across the street
Crisp cool air across my face 
Layers of clothing to wear
Opening the door to the scent of comfort food
Football games to watch
Enjoying time with family and friends
A time that never lasts long enough 

Kristine Dubuque Ortega
October 1, 2017

Thursday, August 31, 2017

We Will Rise!

For those of you who know me, you are  aware that I am not one to speak of politics. I have my opinions, but they are not vocalized often. 

When I came across this quote, I was reminded of the negativity of where the world is headed. How the Government is run. The state America is in.

I find solace is knowing previous generations have also had their uncertain times. They have risen above and so will we! 

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

The Appeal of Sea Glass ...

Photography: Beach Lust 

As each Summer passes I find myself researching the beauty of Sea Glass. What is about these colorful pieces of frosted glass that are so appealing?

There are very few beaches along the New England coastline where you can find these rarities. I hope to visit a few beaches I have researched between now and the upcoming Fall season.

I would love to have a few pieces to call my own.

Does anyone else find these finds engaging?

Sunday, July 9, 2017

The Summer Switch Out ...

Photography by Kristine 2017 

The Summer Switch Out ... 

Hot chocolate for ice cold lemonade
Winter boots for stylish sandals 
Long sleeves for tank tops 
Shoveling snow for raking the yard 
Silence in the early morning to birds chirping 
Bare trees to colorful bushes 
Dark colors to bright hues 
Short days to longer evenings 
Comfort food for ice cream sundaes
Moisturizing before bed to pedicures
Warm socks to bare feet

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Meet Frida ...

Meet Frida! 

She is a Blythe doll. She has a short purple bob hairstyle, four different colored eye choices (you can pull a cord and change the color of her eyes - aka eye chips!), she has a simple skipper style body. Most of her doll clothes I have found have been vintage clothes from doll collectors! 

She has been my latest photography experiment. She has been teaching me how to catch the best light, has gotten me outdoors and has given me great joy to capture and dress up for these photo shoots! 

Most of these photos have been taken on my day off. She brings me back to the days of "play". 
She has reminded me to slow down, and do what I love ... Create! 

As a child I was never into dolls, but she is different. Unique. Fun. 

What have you done strictly "for fun" lately? 

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Thinking Out Loud ...

Photography by Kristine 


A bitterly cold day
Layers of comfort
Daylight Savings Time 
Looking ahead to a new work week
An upcoming blizzard in view
Reading to catch up on
Journal writing to be done
Appointments to reschedule
Momentos to cherish
A charity to give to
Promises to keep
Photographs to take
Springtime plans to schedule
A day trip to the ocean
Re-arrange clothes for a new season
Calendar appointments to check
Family members to visit
Thank you cards to write
Time made for what matters
Wish for more time
Hope for the best
Grateful for it all

Kristine Dubuque Ortega 

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

30 Minutes ...

Original Photography by Kristine 

30 Minutes of You
by Kristine 

A Stranger
Met at the local pond
He was French Catholic
With a coffee in hand 
Had a Sister, Like Me
Lost an Uncle
The same way I lost you
Spoke of his seven year old daughter
A proud dad, A salesman
In a dress shirt and tie
We spoke of family, Life
A person I felt
I was destined to meet
I needed to talk, About you
The great person, You were
And always will be
Minutes, Turned into an hour
We shook hands
A window rolled down
With the most sincere goodbye
A tear rolled down my face
How I got through
The past thirty minutes 

Original Poetry by Kristine 

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Meet My New Addition ...

Meet Eva !!!

As a child I was never a huge doll lover. I was interested in my stuffed animals more so than my dolls. As my photography interests grow, I am always looking for a new subject to take photos of.

Meet Eva (aka Evie!) ...

The way I came to name this beautiful doll was that I wanted her name to have meaning, but also have a name that could be shortened.


Her full name is "Eva" for my grandmother, a wonderful woman who loved to laugh and brought us many years of enjoyment! Evie is her knickname.

More photos to come ...

Tell me what you have been photographing lately ...

Monday, January 2, 2017

My Word for 2017 ...

Photography found on Pinterest


My Word For 2017 ...

R E L E A S E 

I will admit I went back and forth between a few words for 2017. I had the word BALANCE last 
year and I wanted to continue this journey. I feel RELEASE will help me hold on to the good
and let go of anything that is no longer working for me. 

As many of us, this time of the year makes us want to start the year off right. I am thinking of small routines that will place me into my creative space during the free moments throughout the day. I have been carrying a book and a journal around with me for awhile. I would like to try my hand at adding sketching and watercolor to my journals. I would love to expand on my creativity, alongside of my writing, poetry and photography.

More of these thoughts in the upcoming weeks ... 

What are your plans for New Year?