Sunday, January 25, 2009

Un bacio silenzioso tra gli alberi


Il silenzio di un bacio vale più di mille parole.

(An image I took one foggy day. See a larger version here.)

Ancora sete ho di te

Being an Italian brat, you might think I would have driven that boy crazy by now. No way! ;)

Stefan and I have been married for a while now and I could not be happier. I simply adore all that he is. And the way he makes love to me, holds my hand while we are walking, holds me close while watching a movie, cooks for me, smiles and/or anything else he does, leaves me breathless. He is beautiful and I am glad he is mine.

And I know it seems like forever since I have updated here, but we have been extremely busy. I have not had much time to take new photographs either, but plan to soon. We did get a lot of winter images in December, but you know me--I like about 3 out of the 300 I take and find it hard to decide which ones to post. ;)


(An image I took while Stefan and I were out on a walk together.)

I hope everyone has a beautiful Sunday!



The city:

* Population: 18,670,000
* Shanghai was the most vibrant and cosmopolitan city in China.
* It's a sophisticated and fashionable cultural center.
* It's relatively young city full of energy and glamour.
* Shanghai is becoming the dominant destination in Asia for business and leisure.
* Shanghai is the commercial center of China.
* It is a multi-cultural metropolis with both modern and traditional Chinese features.

Shanghai - "Situated on the estuary of Yangtze River, Shanghai is the largest industrial city in China. Covering an area of 5,800 square kilometers and with a population of 18.7 million, it’s one of the most crowded urban areas of the world. Shanghai is a world attraction because it serves as the largest base of Chinese industrial technology, the important seaport and China’s largest commercial and financial center.


Previously known as the “Paris of the East” and now calls itself “the Pearl of the Orient”. Shanghai is the commercial center of China and has one of the most dynamic skylines in the world. It was the most vibrant and cosmopolitan city in China and today this international metropolis is undergoing an urban revival and regaining its status as a sophisticated and fashionable cultural center."

(The Bund - The Bund is the financial district of Shanghai. It’s made up of a number of older buildings constructed by foreigners between 1840 to 1930.)

Stefan and I are going to travel there. I feel the strong urge to bask in the city's smog, eat good food and simply enjoy the enormous city beside the sea (it is like San Francisco x'7).


(Above is an image of Chinese pizza.)

I have been reading a lot on Shanghai lately and I just know that it is somewhere I would love to visit. I would love to take my camera out and take photographs of all it has to offer. :)

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Morning Stroll

(An image I shot while in Newport, Rhode Island.)

Happy Birthday, Baby!

A very special Happy Birthday to the one I love. May each day of your life be as beautiful as you are to me. I so love you!

p.s. I have a lot in store for this very special birthday boy. ;)

Monday, January 12, 2009

Past Winners - I am honored. :)

These three photographs of mine have won cash prizes and will always remain in my heart:

Insatiable USA101's Contest - $1000.00 1st place winner:


As Colors Unfold (Carmel-By-the-Sea) Category winner - $100.00:


As the Fog Rolled In $100.00 Category Winner:


If I can touch the heart of just one person with my poetry, in or outside of my career, or within a photograph that I have taken, I have accomplished what I have set out to do. I love it when people smile. :)

Have a beautiful week!


Photo of the Day and Photo of the week

PhotoArtz for models and photographers:




ViewBug (Cash Prize):



I am extremely honored to have had my photographs win at the these two wonderful websites.

Thank you,

(... a special "thank you" to my husband for being my biggest inspiration.) :)

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Ferroggiaro - du Bois Galleries


Ferroggiaro - du Bois Galleries

My husband Stefan designed a beautiful website for my work. Please, if you have time, stop by and let me know what you think. :)

Thank you,

A Beautiful Heart


(Image taken while Stefan and I were out enjoying time together.)


Once in a lifetime something so majestic awes you, something so extraordinary it takes your breath away, this something renders you speechless, something like you comes into one's life, carries a heart in the breeze, across barren lands and salty seas into the sun.

You, yes you, my Sweet, my Cher, my breath... oh since I found you, I have discovered more about myself and the depths of soul in one month, than I knew about myself in all the days of this present existence.

I learn something wonderful about you and how we find the perfect way to love one another, each and every day. I am awe-struck as I stand in your light, unbridled passion untold, my heart is forever yours, from this life to the many others we will share.

I now know how awe-inspiring, joyful and wonderful love can be. You are truly the most sweetest and loving person I have had the honor to be in the presence of. When we spoke those words, "I do" and "I will" on that late evening August 30, I did not know how much more my heart could soar. I am lost in you, you are the honey on my tongue, the sweet of a kiss, the breath of life that fills me and makes me to live in a world of bliss.

I know that no matter what comes our way... together we will make it through and one hundred hundred years from now, our love will be discovered written on the tablets of time for all to read.

Kiss my breath with your heat, drip honey from your words, touch me in depths no person has ventured to reach, seek me in the sun, find me... together we will always shine.

I am so in love with you, immeasurably.

Your Man,


What wonderful words to wake to.... I had to place them here, so they remain alive in the one place I come to release my innermost thoughts. :)

I am so in love with my husband. Happy Saturday!

Friday, January 09, 2009

Happiness is,...


(Image is one I took on the Monterey Wharf in Monterey, California.)

... simplicity: living life with open arms, a hug from behind, the sunlight softly coming in through the window, the ability to be yourself, taking a drive on a quiet road, the sounds of a church bell in the distance, the sound of a train whistle in the distance, a fresh breeze coming into the window, early evening, a wonderful relationship between husband and wife, individuality, helping others,...

a good conversation, the sea, laughing at yourself, running through sprinklers, volunteering, the sound of an instrument playing softly, sailing, a walk in the rain, family, amore, holding hands, his smile, sharing an umbrella...

road trips, a simple flower, getting out of bed every morning and being grateful for another beautiful day, a good book, ...

a walk in the woods or along the beach, the rain, a good cup of cappuccino, nature, making a snowman, friendship, and peace.


Friday thoughts


(Image is one I took while in a restaurant in Philadelphia.)

S. Rothe' Du Bois wrote on your Wall...‏
From: Facebook (
Sent: Tue 8/26/08 2:34 AM
To: Cherilyn Ferroggiaro (

S. Rothe' wrote on your Wall:

"By the time most of you read this Cher will be my wife and I love her eternally."

I just came across that in my "See-Saw" folder. It gave me such a big smile. I read it to Stefan and he smiled as well. From the looks of things, we are going to have a wonderful year and many more. I am indeed grateful for my blessings.

I have since deleted my facebook, Ipernity, Wordpress, Model Mayham, and some other web sites. I did so for many reasons, most of all, I just do not have the time for everything. I have kept my most favorite places like Flickr and Myspace, so I can stay in contact with most of you and continue to share my work as well as, follow yours. :)

In other news,... here is an image I took beside the sea.


As you know, the ocean is a great love of mine and I so wished to become an oceanographer prior to going into the medical field. Nonetheless, it has remained wedged within my heart. :)

Have a beautiful Friday,

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

After the movie,...

Tesoro mio,

Lying beside you as we watch a movie is a pastime I adore, and when you are close to me, my heart smiles in every color possible. When I place my head on your back and run fingers through your soft hair, I think of how much I am in love with you. When each strand of fresh-scented hair falls sweetly through my fingertips, I only want you closer, (sometimes you cannot get close enough and I wish you could pour yourself all over me, because I am so in love with all that you are).

And when I move away for a moment, you reach for me with love in your eyes. You are so beautiful.

It is you, my love. It will always be only you.


Being married to you is something I never imagined this time last year, and if I knew then what I know now, I would have ceased all just to be with you. Nonetheless, you were (and still are), my very best friend, and that is a gift beyond measure in itself.


Sometimes, all it takes is for me to glance over at you and see you smile and I am weak in the knees.
You could never know how much I love you. In fact, it is almost impossible for anyone to ever fathom such utter adulation, because only few and far between have ever experienced what true love really is. I say this and mean, you may see a deeper love within my eyes or with each warm touch I render, but I could never begin to elucidate just how deep my love for you really is.



During our lives we believe we may have fallen in love a couple times here or there, but do we really? Was it love? I say, no. To truly feel utter love one must be willing to sacrifice everything and anything for the other. One must be able to do a few changes, to be able to carry the other in need, as that one would do for them. In order to really, really love,...


... one must believe.

There are many factors in a great relationship: respect, integrity, sacrifice, independence, tenderness, and authenticity, being there for one another, and knowing when to be a good listener without uttering, "I told you so". I trust you must stand beside that person whether they stand or fall. You must be willing to give them your hand and help them to their feet if they do in fact, fall, and brush them off with a heartfelt smile. There is such a great inner feeling in the awareness of knowing someone is there for you no matter what. That is what Stefan and I share.


Stefan and I spend a lot of time together and within each moment, I love him more and more. Most importantly, I believe in him. My confidence in him and all he does is something I treasure, because I know that no matter what happens, we will be a team. That is a gift that no amount of money could ever take away. There is no way to assess what that, (and what "he") means to my very heart.

I have only one more thing to add tonight... it is his smile that brings me the utmost delight--the very sweet curve of his lips that can bring a smile to my own lips.


And as I write these words, all I can do is smile. I so love him.

I wish you all the happiness we two share this year. I wish you all the best. Goodnight.


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