so it seems that i have developed a great big photography crush. a friend of a friend, who will hopefully one day be my friend too (is that a song?) has always had a way with photography. it would appear, however, that her *way with a camera* has now become a full-fledged gift. she is amazing! currently she is traveling to timbuktu (honesty, she probably is...!) and back taking these incredible photos. i have chosen a few of my very favorites today, but as i *adore* so many more, you will be seeing them quite often i am sure. i have assured her that in no way is my using her photos on my blog a pressure-tactic to get her to start a blog of her own. feel free to comment though, not that i want *you* to pressure her either. peer pressure... that would be just plain wrong.