“Elevating my knowledge of West Wendover NV.”


My travel mission was set to photograph the Bonneville Salt Flats with a refuel top off in the town called West Wendover, NV en-route to Reno NV. However, it’s been my custom to stop at the visitors center of all towns and communities. I was greeted by both of the two wonderful ladies in the photo below who informed me of their towns historic facts, its significance with … Continue reading “Elevating my knowledge of West Wendover NV.”

“Structure,”


The structure of nature can sometimes have no structure at all. The Bonneville Salt Flats white sands are a living sight to witness. The white sands distinguish no structure, only a blindness of white. The smoky haze from western fires dims the mountain’s outline leaving a blindness of white as far as the eye can see. Only the distant sound of tires screaming along the … Continue reading “Structure,”

“Enamored with Nature.”


After viewing and capturing photos of the natural beauty in Yellowstone National Park, I found the Flagg Ranch Campgrounds located along the John D Rockafeller Parkway in between Yellowstone National Park and five miles north of the Grand Teton National Park entrance. The campgrounds $40.00 fee was the steepest cost I had ever encountered for a tent site, so I found the nearby disperse (free) campsite … Continue reading “Enamored with Nature.”

“Heart Mountnain, Japanese-American Confinement.”


  I love history and consider myself an amateur historian of American History, so when I entered the Cody Wy visitors center to see what the area had to offer, my interest was peeked to learn of a nearby Japanese confinement memorial. I was eager to tour the site located 12-miles northeast of Cody Wy and with the directions downloaded into the GPS, I was … Continue reading “Heart Mountnain, Japanese-American Confinement.”

“My Homage to Travel Dreams.”


A retiree who accepts their status will become a happier person going forward into the second chapter of their lives. While many retirees remain in their past, never reflecting on their future. (M.J.Leake) As a child did I dreamed of flying or traveling around the world after reading about Amelia Earheart’s adventures and reading the Jules Vern’s novel “Around the world in 80 days?” My … Continue reading “My Homage to Travel Dreams.”

“Unfurl and Synchronized Traffic.”


  Depending on where you live planning a trip from your home to travel across town can easily be accomplished depending on where you live. In the major metropolitan cities along both the east and west coasts of American, it can be a challenge of a life time to travel 10-miles in less than a half hour depending on the time of day. So, after … Continue reading “Unfurl and Synchronized Traffic.”

“Ooh, Shiny spot in the sky.”


Millions of people gathered in the major location around the continental United States to witness a solar eclipse at varying degrees. I was fortunate to see two sunset and sunrises in one 24-hour period… As the darkness increased, there was a certain calmness in the air as the crowd of several thousand quieted to take in the beauty and solitude we were witnessing. These photos … Continue reading “Ooh, Shiny spot in the sky.”

“Focus.”


This week’s photo challenge is titled “Focus, ” and the photo I have submitted has several items of in and our of focus. The primary object, the bridge, with the setting sun, and the clouds above are in detail focus. The cars on the bridge, the head along the lower half of the frame, the tree tops under the bridge and the safety cages along … Continue reading “Focus.”

“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.”

“Earth Day Sunsets.”


As the sun sets on another yearly earth day celebrations around the world including protests marches to bring attention to climate change. One fundamental aspect that will never change is the sun rising and setting every day whether we care for our planet are not. WordPress photo challenge Continue reading “Earth Day Sunsets.”

“Dense.”


The density within a photograph can capture and reveal woodland landscapes, a field of flowers or a large school of fish. My photos encompass multiple items within its landscape. The Caloosahatchee River that flows south past Fort Myers Fl, The Fort Myers Marina, two river islands, two cross-river bridges, multi-level apartment buildings, building rooftops, palm trees, streets filled with cars in the old town district … Continue reading “Dense.”

“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.”

“2016 Nomadic Adventures & photos Part #1,”


It was the 1st of April when I decided to purchase a vehicle to replace my 1991 Ford Explorer, or as my adult son called her, “The Exploder.” He and several close friends believed that upon my retirement six years prior, I should have purchased a new car. I gave it some thought but buying another vehicle easily drifted from my frugal conscious mind. My … Continue reading “2016 Nomadic Adventures & photos Part #1,”

“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.”

The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center


I was fortunate to visit The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in Albuquerque NM. in the photo below. The center is opened 7-days a week with varying prices seniors, adults, students, military, and groups. Click the link for detailed pricing. On the weekends, the center host dances from the local Pueblo communities, as featured in the photos below. The displays exhibit the journey of a proud and … Continue reading The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

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

“Animals.”


This week, look to the bond between human and animal for inspiration.   I draw my inspiration of animals in the form of respect. I capture my photos from a distance allowing them to roam, without any obstruction by me. This moose couple is similar to most people who want to live their lives unencumbered by anyone taking their photos. WordPress daily word prompt Continue reading “Animals.”

“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.”

What I do and how I travel


It is an amazing how little has changed in my life since leaving Southwest Florida. I still wake up most times before 5:00 and 6;00 am with thoughts and ideas of writing on my mind. These thoughts are held over from the night before as I read myself to sleep. It would be normal to think of the novels I read the night before. However, … Continue reading What I do and how I travel

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.”

“Mirror.”


  Capturing photographs of reflections on a lake is what sprung my amateur photographers imagination. Since the early morning bicycle rides into Lakes Regional Park in Lee, Co, Fl. I have been successful capturing photos of incredible mirror reflections that once revealed on my computer screen overwhelm my eyes. Here are recent photos from Nebraska, and Utah’s Wasatch Mountains. WordPress photo challenge The quote is … Continue reading “Mirror.”

“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.”