“The Roads Taken.”


  The photos of the roads I have taken vary widely from Aligator Alley near the Florida Everglades to the Alaska Highway, interstate 70 in Utah, Wyoming, Nebraska and the Canadian Rockies near Banff. For me, all of the photos provided me with scenic views of the roads I have taken. WordPress weekly photo challenge Continue reading “The Roads Taken.”

“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.”

“Mythical.”


Some things in life can become mythical within my thoughts. My hiking experiences encompass several decades as a Boy Scout, hiking trails in middle and southern Missouri. To becoming a Scout Leader hiking portions of the Appalachian Trail and many other forested trails in Pennsylvania, Maryland, North Carolina and West Virgina. Nothing prepared me for my first short hike in the Saguaro National Parks East … Continue reading “Mythical.”

(Photo Challenge) “Relax.”


A relaxing hike in the Sonoran Desert will bring you peace, and tranquility while viewing the beauty of nature’s landscapes. Below, I have listed facts about the Saguaro Cactus in found all over the Sonoran Desert. The Sonoran Desert covers vast areas of the Southwestern United States in Arizona and California, and of Northwestern Mexico in Sonora, Baja California, and Baja California Sur. The Sonoran Desert … Continue reading (Photo Challenge) “Relax.”

2016 International Balloon Fiesta


I realize it has been 9-days of daily balloons sightings as they rose into the morning sky. Ok, not every day, because some morning were too cold for me, and mother nature influenced the morning with breezy winds or precipitation. However, all in all, it was an incredible opportunity to fulfill one of the listings on my bucket list. There is an overwhelming and astonishing … Continue reading 2016 International Balloon Fiesta

“Graceful.”


Graceful is the word I use to describe Hot air balloons lifting off the ground into the early morning blue sky at the 45th International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta, in Albuquerque New Mexico. A parrot and butterfly can move about gracefully in flight, but as hot air balloons, they also share a gracefulness against a morning sky. All dairy cows move slowly on earth, yet the smile … Continue reading “Graceful.”

Migrating Settlers & Rv’ers


      Just like the early settlers who migrated west walking 20oo-miles, there is a current migration of travelers in recreational vehicles who criss-cross the US, Canada, and Mexico. However, during the fall many RV’ers follow the migratory birds south to warmer climates after the Labor Day weekend celebrated in the US.   Although some RV’ers stay through to October and November to see … Continue reading Migrating Settlers & Rv’ers

“Hiking.”


As a young Boy Scout, I hiked and camped a lot which is my outdoors foundation that lives on within me to this day. I now intermix photography, some video and take moments to enjoy the beautiful scenery. I have recently hiked several trails in the Wasatch Mountains near Salt Lake City Utah between 7000 t0 8000 feet. The sites along the trails can take your … Continue reading “Hiking.”

“Perplexed, zing.”


It is early in the morning a half hour before the sunrises as I walk along a hiking trail to capture photos of mother nature, starting her day. This September morning, the weather is cold and crisp with the brightening sky glowing with streams of light from behind the mountains. My senses are heightened listening to the quiet wrestle of leaves above in the trees, with … Continue reading “Perplexed, zing.”

Stump


The daily word prompts ignite my imagination of times in my life. The word “stump” has me reflecting on the stump-grinder, I rented to remove two tree stumps from my front yard several years ago. After I returned the rented machine, I can honestly say, I should have paid someone because of my wrist, elbows, shoulders, and chest ached for several days. I felt like … Continue reading Stump

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

Happy Birthday US National Parks


Today the US National Parks celebrate their 100th centennial. Yes, being 100 is cool when you have the gorgeous historic beauty surrounding you when you are a Park Ranger. The very first National Park was Yellowstone signed into law by President Ulysses S. Grant on March 1, 1872. Congress moved to set aside 1,221,773 acres of public land making it America’s first national park. Although … Continue reading Happy Birthday US National Parks

Full Moon thoughts


Photographing the western plains with clear, unobstructed views provides spectacular visuals especially the night of a full moon at sunset. As the sun descends into the horizon with the sight of a full moon in the opposite direction provides an extraordinary visual. The sight is a wonderment of inspiration and for some, it can conjure up romantic and or tranquil thoughts. Spectacular sunset colors fade. Into the … Continue reading Full Moon thoughts

“Paint”


This time last year I was in Key West Fl where I was exposed to the wonderful world of creative artists. I call it my creative summer of exploring the incredible talents of artist across all fields of creativity including writers, photographers, painters, poets and a large floor foot peddle loom weaver. These amazing artists expanded my perceptions of the arts so much I completed my … Continue reading “Paint”

My Journey Begins


For the past three months, I have been adjusting to life as a full-time RV’er with stops in St. Louis Mo, Tavares Fl, Spotsylvania VA, Corning NY, with a return to St. Louis for a family reunion. My first adjustment was the weather and the forty degree nights in Northern VA where my little RV was stored. Because of the cold weather, I returned to … Continue reading My Journey Begins

“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”

St. Louis Mo.


My journey as a travel writer begins in the city of my birth St. Louis, Missouri the “Show Me State.” On June 4, 2016, I started living full-time in a small recreational vehicle to travel the back roads of America. Before I left Southwest Florida, April 30, 2016, I purged a lot of personal belongings, to include one 4 x 3 plastic container and three, … Continue reading St. Louis Mo.