This project is an intersection of three passions of mine... running, being outdoors, and photography.  Every photo was taken from a Saturday morning run in 2017.  For me, this project is less of a documentation of each run but more of a reflection on things that I notice and appreciate.  It could be an aspect of nature, a component of architecture, other people, or something seemingly mundane, yet gives me an appreciation of the world in which I live.  My hope is to capture that observation with my camera in a way that reflects my gratitude for the subject.  I shot many photographs on each run, but I’ve selected just one to represent that specific Saturday morning. 
          I’ve challenged myself to run at least 1,000 miles in 2017, and Saturday mornings are a fraction of that distance.  Not every run is perfect or even good for that matter.  At times, my mind gets the best of me, negative thoughts and self-doubt creep in, and I consider giving up.  But I come back to these photographs in my head as I put one foot in front of the other.  I remember the relaxing trip to Tampa with friends, the perseverance of the woman crossing the finish line in her wheelchair, and the unbound energy of my dog running along side.  I recall the seemingly random, yet perfect arrangement of tree branches against the cold winter sky, the peppered gray hair in my husband’s beard as we enjoy our infrequent quiet time together, and the blooming daffodils informing me that spring is finally here.  I smile at the thought of the carefree group of teenage girls posing for a picture and hope that their friendship continues as the years go by and life gets more complex.  And I cherish knowing that my son is at home saying “choo-choo” as I run by the passing train, because I know that he hears it too.  These photographs represent what is and what lies ahead.  They motivate me to press on and explore what is around that next bend in the trail.  I am so thankful I am able to run and for all that running has given me.
Blue Heron
River Park Trail
Brentwood, TN
1.7.17
Underpass
Little Harpeth Trail
Franklin, TN
1.14.17
Morning of the Women's March
National Mall
Washington, D.C.
1.21.17
Trail
Boiling Springs Trail
Brentwood, TN
1.28.17
Pier
Old Tampa Bay
Tampa, FL
2.4.17
Harley
Crockett Park
Brentwood, TN 
2.11.17
Leaning Trees
Radnor Lake
Nashville, TN
2.18.17
Finish Line
Predators Fangtastic 5K
Nashville, TN
2.25.17
Foot Falls
Tower Park
Brentwood, TN
3.4.17
Husky in the Snow
River Park Trail
Brentwood, TN
3.11.17
Daffodil
Neighbor's House
Brentwood, TN
3.18.17
Train
Ravenwood Trail
Brentwood, TN
3.25.17
Best Friends
Ravenwood High School Color Dash
Brentwood, TN
4.1.17
Door
Harlinsdale Farm Park
Franklin, TN
4.8.17
Tim
Sydney Lane
Brentwood, TN
4.15.17
Caught in the Rain
Aspen Grove Park
Franklin, TN
4.22.17
Good Decision
St. Jude Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon
Nashville, TN
4.29.17
The Sweet Smell of Honey Suckle
Tower Park Trail
Brentwood, TN 
5.6.17
Water Tower
The Factory at Franklin
Franklin, TN
5.13.17
View from Pedestrian Bridge
Shelby Bottoms Greenway
Nashville, TN
5.20.17
Spiral Staircase
Vanderbilt University
Nashville, TN
5.27.17
Life Is Good
Lake Lawn Lodge
Delavan, WI
6.3.17
June Gloom
Along the Pacific Coast Highway
Huntington Beach, CA
6.10.17

Little Patch of Paradise
River Park Trail
Brentwood, TN
6.17.17
Half Mile from Home
Inglehame Farms
Brentwood, TN
6.24.17
Footprints in the Sand
Cumberland Park
Nashville, TN 
7.1.17
The Biltmore House
Lagoon Trail
Asheville, NC
7.8.17
Favorite Place on Earth
View from the Boardwalk
Long Beach, NY
7.15.17
Water Play
Millenium Park
Chicago, IL
7.22.17
Athens of the South
Centennial Park
Nashville, TN
8.29.17
Lane 3
RHS Track
Brentwood, TN
8.5.17
Race Buddies
Tomato Art Fest 5k
East Nashville, TN
8.12.17
Wild Turkeys
Wilson Pike
Brentwood, TN
8.19.17
Check back soon... more Saturday Morning Run photographs to come!

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