About


Welcome to "Life As I See It".   I'm so happy you're here and looking forward to sharing my photos and ramblings with you.  I'm not a professional photographer, but I love the world I live in and I love photographing it.


I have a philosophy - Life is Short! I feel we are all running around trying to fit as much as we can into our lives, often missing out on the simple beauty around us. It is my hope and intent that my photography helps people see the simple beauty around us, in our yards, in our towns, our state, our country and hopefully will make them want to slow down and appreciate the little things, because one day we'll realize that those little things were really the big things!


As a wife and mom of two grown daughters, grandmother to two beautiful granddaughters, I, like most women, had spent much of my adult life focused on home, family and work.  And I loved every moment of it.  A couple of years ago after my husband had been retired for a year, I decided to leave my part time job as  a Service Coordinator in a senior housing complex in order to have more time to enjoy my husband's retirement and more time to babysit our then 2 year old granddaughter.  A few months after making that decision, my daughter was offered a big promotion with her company that required her and her family to move to Indiana!  You moms and grandmoms can imagine how that rocked my world.   I knew that in order to survive the devastation I was feeling and keep breathing, I would need to redefine my purpose in life and find joy in something new.  And that is how this blog was born!   I'm happy to report though that just this February (2016) our family moved back from Indiana to our hometown!  I may have a little less time, but this blog will carry on!


Here on my blog, I hope to expand on my Facebook page, Life As I See It Photography by Gail Welter, (https://www.facebook.com/GAWelter) by being able to narrate our travels and the neat things we see along the way, and perhaps give you, my followers, some new places to visit, most of which are in New York State, and the surrounding areas of New England. Since revisiting my love of photography and with the blessing of retirement, my husband, John, and I have taken numerous day trips around the area in search of things to "shoot".  I think a misconception many of us have is that we must travel to another state or to some famous tourist spot to see new and exciting things.  John and I have proven the opposite to be true. We have found so much beauty and history right here in our own backyard. It is my hope that I can share those places with you and maybe even encourage you to go out and explore the world you live in - even if it is only in your own hometown.

Special Note
 On the header of my blog, you will notice a picture of an 'eye'.  That eye is the eye of my favorite llama - Down Under Thunder who is one of the many llamas who made his home at Dakota Ridge Farm.  Thunder passed away in 2016. In Thunder's eye, if you look really closely, you will see the reflection of my husband, John, and Gary, the co-owner of Dakota Ridge.  The 'eye' is a symbol to me, not just of my favorite llama, but of the fact that we must keep our eyes open - to adventure, to beautiful things, to the people around us.....to all of the blessings we've been given.  

To help you find your way around the blog, I've written a little GPS to help you get the most out of your experience and find earlier posts that may be of interest.  Here's a link to that: Life As I See It GPS


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10 Responses to “About”

  1. You're always an inspiration!

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    1. Awww.....thank you Bernadette! I appreciate that and I try to at least be positive and focus on the many things we have to be grateful for!

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  2. Just found your blog and after skimming through, I think we live in the same neck of the woods. I have learned to enjoy photography as I travel and spend time on my own. Kids are grown, and my husband passed away. I still work, but love planning trips to local spots and bigger adventures as well. Thanks for sharing your photos!

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    1. Thanks for finding my blog and for your comment! And thanks for following me on Facebook!! I love meeting people who take life into their own hands and make the most of it. There's so much to see and do in this area......and although I grew up here, I'm amazed almost daily of the places we are still discovering!

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  3. Dear Gail, I have been enjoying your blog and photos for about a year now. As a Washington County native, and recent returnee, I appreciate your enthusiasm and love for our beautiful corner of Gods' country. Thank you for taking us along on your journeys and sharing these treasures.
    I invite you to explore Salem, NY. I think you would appreciate our little hamlet and would love to see it through your lens.

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    1. Michele - you made my day!! So glad you enjoy the blog. I'd love to check out Salem. Any specific ideas for me??? I'm always looking for great spots to explore.

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  4. Just finding you for the first time. Curious if you are related to the Welter's from Albany, specifically Barclay St. The 5 of us grew up with the Welter's there and one was named John.

    Nancy (McClune) Palma

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    1. Nancy....John is my husband ;) Small world we live in. Glad you found me! My email is gwfirecracker@gmail.com Please write me there so I have your email and John will be thrilled to catch up with you~

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    2. To add another factor to the mix, I lived in Schoharie County for 20 years and worked there for almost 30 years. My husbands family had a working farm in Cobleskill for years. They still own the land where the old barn continues to stand. I love your pictures and as soon as I have a chance (heading to Schoharie for lunch today) I'll fully read your blog. I will send an email to your gmail address too.

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    3. Wow, that's too funny! I have a lot of farms and barns on the blog...you'll find a lot to read when you have time. Be sure to check out the Directory to guide you once you have time.

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