Leaf, needles, and a forest.”


Hiking the trails within the National Parks, National Forest, and National Conservation Areas can produce a feeling of irrelevancy for whatever is going on in the world. Standing motionless staring at enormous Ponderosa, Jeffery and Sugar Pine trees with Douglas, White, and Red Fir trees in the distance, within a forest of green blocking the sky from view. The silence is golden yet broken, with … Continue reading Leaf, needles, and a forest.”

“I have no qualms on a precipice.”


After two months of preparations, working out at a gym and buying $987.94 worth of backpacking gear. We are on the John Muir trail in Northern California and have been hiking for two days. But, for the past two hours, we have sat on a precipice overlooking a valley into the Sierra Nevadas at just over 8000 feet. We were enjoying the unnerving silence of … Continue reading “I have no qualms on a precipice.”

“Wanderlust.”


Wanderlust is revealed through my photography during my nomadic travel adventures. These photos reflect my travels from Key West Florida, up the East Coast of the US, through the Midwest, the Western United States, and the Canadian Rockies. Please, enjoy.  🙂 WordPress photo challenge Continue reading “Wanderlust.”

“Journey Unravel.”


Usually, a journey takes someone from one location to another, so what is a personal journey? Within the mind, a personal journey begins with imagination, a dream or idea, driven by desires, fueled by a passion for achieving a goal. It takes fortitude and perseverance to remain focused on a journey in the face of distractions, enticements, and temptations. Although some journeys are shared with … Continue reading “Journey Unravel.”

“Two, Gulf of Mexico morning horizons.”


The Gulf of Mexico has two horizons for me as seen from Galveston Texas sunrise December 2016, windy cold. Fort Myer Florida November 2015 sunset, lazily warm. Sunrise or sunset each has a perspective from either coastline as seen in these photos do not reveal the temperature differences. WordPress photo challenge Continue reading “Two, Gulf of Mexico morning horizons.”

Radical Moose Encounter


What would be the radical experiences to capture morning photos of the sunrise at a place called Silver Lake at Brighton Utah, 8000 feet above sea level? I never thought the term wildlife and landscape photographer would describe me but after an encounter with a young bull moose. I can say it applies. As I stood with a jacket, cap, long pants, hiking boots and … Continue reading Radical Moose Encounter

Ghost away


Ok, if you are a follower of this site, you know that I have begun traveling and reporting on my locations with photos. So, this is a very personal blog posting revealing a deep fear I have kept secret from you all. My fear of traveling this summer is the cold weather. Yes, the COLD! Any temperature below 55-degrees, I am afraid to experience. Because … Continue reading Ghost away

“Shared Journeys”


I have taken many journeys across the US either by car, motorcycle, and tractor trailer. During all of my travel’s my family and my mother, in particular, worried about me going alone. I have shared my journey with people I have met along the way who are friends to this day. My, solo journeys are filled with unknown possibilities, friends to meet and discoveries to … Continue reading “Shared Journeys”

“Feast”


My date and I enjoyed a dinner feast, discussing our live and thoughts about our future. We decided to meet the following Saturday to attend the religious festival feast of life. We enjoyed a great time as our friendship feast grew. We attended my father’s annual Bar-B-Que feast the following Saturday. After dessert, we shared a kissing feast behind the garage and were caught by … Continue reading “Feast”

“Glass”


The word glass has many definitions around the world, yet, its basic form, glass is a non-crystalline solid with enormously other uses. For me, the word glass immediately brings to mind my attempts to photograph a sunrise or sunset reflecting on a body of water that is smooth as glass. Although I should use the word mirror, I chose glass, because of the smooth texture, … Continue reading “Glass”

“Partners”


I took plenty of long-distant photo of the Mute Swan partners with their cygnet securely in between both. A week later, they ventured to my side of the lake for a visit I believe seeking food or having their photos taken. The Swans have lived here for some time, and their monogamous relationship has outlasted many humans. It is either true love of they cannot … Continue reading “Partners”

Voyages


The various reasons voyages are taken range from curiosity to seeking what’s’ over the next hill, seeking adventure to explore places unknown, a pilgrimage of self-reflection and sometimes you just want to return home. My voyage is a combination of all three. My curiosity to see what is over the next hill, to explore new places while reflecting on my past travels. But, my home … Continue reading Voyages

“Pleasurable Reality”


  Many pleasures can be seen watching people and pets. People’s faces reveal their pleasure during conversations producing laughter, smiles, and giggles. People show their pleasure while holding hands, eating their favorite foods, singing their favorite song, or seeing an old friend. Pets express their pleasures walking on a leash, carried in backpacks, doggy strollers and of course when being petted and rubbed. Their tails … Continue reading “Pleasurable Reality”

Awe or Awesome


The word awe is a noun, and some people consider it is short for awesome, however, it is not. Awe is defined as a feeling of reverential respect mixed with fear or wonder. I use the word awe to describe my first sight of the Grand Canyon, for which I’m still in awe of its beauty, depth, and enormous vastness. As I looked below into … Continue reading Awe or Awesome

“Serendipity”


I use the word “serendipity” to describe the events that have brought about my writing and photography experiences and opportunities. Serendipity took center stage Tuesday morning after I met an old friend of thirty years. We sat for breakfast sharing lots of experiences from our previous career and catching up on our lives in retirement. After an hour or more, we stood, embrace in the … Continue reading “Serendipity”

“Simplicity”


The simplicity of life is sought daily by many around the world. Whether you live in a small village or the big city, we all dream and seek the simplicity of life. However, life is cluttered with many barriers to stifle simplicity. From the moment you open your eyes by the sound of an alarm or the sound of animals, the day begins wishing for … Continue reading “Simplicity”

“Thanks Hindsight”


How is the year shaping up for you so far? Have your prediction come true, or did you have a curve ball or two? The past 46 six days of the new year have been great! I have scheduled a couple of days a week dedicated to editing and revising my short stories for submissions to writers journals,  writing competitions and applying to writer residency … Continue reading “Thanks Hindsight”

“Courage to Overcome”


Courage to overcome life’s obstacles is essential, however, what motivators are used to begin and sustain the courage to overcome? Awakening from what I hope was a nightmare is all I could imagine. My eyes were closed as my right hand felt the soft fur of something breathing. The breath reminded me of my ex-husband who is the reason and caused for this hike. However, the … Continue reading “Courage to Overcome”

“Write Here, Write Now”


Write a post entirely in the present tense. I walk along the wooded path listening to birds chirp morning songs. I see a pair of Blue Jays squawking and chasing one another. Cardinals, Gold Finches, and a yellow-throated warbler occupy a beautiful Sweetbay Magnolia tree. I stop walking to smell the pines and oaks along the trail and to absorb the beauty of  sounds, and … Continue reading “Write Here, Write Now”

Photo101/Day Five: Solitude & the “Rule of Thirds”


We’re excited about today’s theme, solitude. In addition to thinking about what it means to you, also consider the placement of the subject in your shot. How can you interpret the state of being alone, or a lonely and uninhabited place?   The solitude of a single sail boat anchored off shore in the calm waters. The length of a concrete pier stands motionless between … Continue reading Photo101/Day Five: Solitude & the “Rule of Thirds”