About puddlewonder

Barbra Pinnock, originally, wanted to be an English teacher. After earning her B.A. in Literature she decided to pursue her passions for writing and photography. She lived in Okinawa, Japan as a child. The experience left a lasting impression on her and she returned to the island as an adult. After four years abroad she returned to the states. She spent a few more years as a nomad before settling in Virginia. She now lives in Ladysmith, Virginia with her husband and two daughters.

Memorial Day

A few shots from the Fredericksburg National Cemetery’s annual Memorial Day Luminaria.


An Afternoon with the Wilson Children

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of taking some lovely photographs of the Wilson family children. Children are the best subjects to photograph. They haven’t learned to be self-conscious and their expressions are always so honest. I plan on taking many more photographs of this wonderful family, to help document their growth. Thank you Wilsons for allowing me into your home for the afternoon.


A Day with Rodin Through the Lens of my Galaxy S5

On Friday, March 11, 2016, I had the pleasure of attending the second to last day of the Rodin exhibit in Richmond at the Virginia Museum of Fine Art. I truly, regret not bringing my camera. A lesson learned the hard way, for sure. Every other time I have gone to an exhibit at the VMFA there has been a strict no photography policy. So of course the one time I assume the rules will be the same I leave my camera at home. I did my best with what I had, my Samsung Galaxy S5. Here are a few of my favorites from that day. Note I forgot to write down all the names of the pieces. It was extremely busy and I was with family so I was unable to linger longer with the pieces.

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RunnerCache Race Report: Dahlgren Trail Half Marathon

Running has become my second favorite thing to do. And I really like this blog/blogger. Inspired to sign-up for this race next year!

Ramblings of a Runner Cacher


When I signed up for my first half marathon in 2014, I wasn’t entirely sure I could run that far.  13.1 miles seemed so overwhelming.  I learned that I could do it, though, and in a reasonable length of time, too (2:35:16).  Now that I’ve run seven of them, the distance no longer scares me.  After the 2014 Marine Corps Historic Half, I posted on Facebook that I felt like my legs would fall off.  I was sore for days.  On February 20 I ran my seventh half, and although I was a little sore for the rest of the day, I felt well enough to seriously consider going for a quick run the next morning.  (I went for a walk instead–and I had some soreness in my right shoulder and hip from my epic wipeout on the trail–more on that in a minute.)  I signed up for this only a week and a…

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Monroe County Historical Association

Monroe County Historical Association                                                                     Stoudsburg, Pennsylvania                                                  http://www.monroehistorical.org

While in Pennsylvania I visited the Monroe County Historical Association’s museum. The association has taken up permanent residence in Stroud Mansion. A beautiful 12 room Georgian-style mansion built in 1795 by Jacob Stroud for his son, John. There is a research library and a rotating exhibit along with the permanent collection. It is an absolute gem. I highly, recommend stopping in if you ever make it to Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. Until then here a few of my favorite photos from my visit.



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I heard about this technique called “Freelensing” right before Christmas and was just itching to give it try. Finally, gave it a whirl. Here are a few of the test shots. Definitely, need some practice. what do y’all think? Any suggestions on how to improve the outcome would be greatly appreciated.