THE GUARDIAN close your eyes for a moment hear the birds sing lapping of the ocean waves everything nature brings upon the highest mountain peak fresh air in the breeze euphoria envelopes the soul unearthed to appease peace to the condemned being hope rests in unease gather your thoughts in prayer the moment must be seized the guardian bellows justice to all the world's maker love conquers the beast forgiving sins of the taker destiny placates the arrival protectors of the realm misjudgment darkens all conquered grievance overwhelms shining of the light breaking of the clouds the guardian lets loose released tension allowed only the protector can honor these rights be free to the heavens spread your wings in flight by: Lisa Coleman Sue Vincent is the host of Thursday Photo Prompt. "Guardian"
While having a picnic lunch at the Arrowhead picnic area located at Fort Desoto Park, Tierra Verde, Florida in Pinellas County, we saw this Great Egret fishing for his own lunch. He could care less that I was there taking photos which is great for me but scary in that the birds are not afraid of humans at all in this area.
We were there on an absolutely beautiful day in January, 2020 before COVID-19 landed us at home and unemployed. Traveling from Jacksonville to Tampa for a late Christmas visit with the kids and grandkids proved to be a perfect winter day with temperatures in the 80’s with blue skies.
During the COVID-19 lockdown, we have been fortunate enough to be able to get outdoors. The weather was cool and perfect during the early weeks of spring migration so hiking and birding was a real treat. On this day, we drove over to the St. Marks Wildlife Refuge near Tallahassee, Florida.
St. Marks is a 3 1/2 hour drive for us one way, but with no B&B, hotels or campgrounds open, we had to settle for a day trip. It was so worth the getting up super early and taking the road trip.
Written for Jez’s Water Water Everywhere.
This week Jim Adams has prompted us with the spice of life, Cinnamon | Mint | Parsley | Pepper | Rosemary | Sage | Salt | Thyme for this week’s Song Lyric Sunday. Cinnamon is my favorite spice. I use it in a lot of my regular diet such as yogurt, oatmeal and cinnamon toast. Then it gets added to cobblers and cookies, YUM for Snickerdoodles. I didn’t choose cinnamon, just thought I’d share my eating habits a bit. However, today I combined two, Pepper and Mint (a herb and a spice, well technically…peppermint is a herb of its own) and came up with the 60s classic “Peppermint Twist”.
Let’s see if this inspires you to get up and dance! I’ll be exercising with my hula hoop shortly and “Peppermint Twist” is on my playlist.
The original recording of the 45 single was determined to be too long so they cut it into 2 parts. Side A was “Peppermint Twist” (Part 1) and Side B was “Peppermint Twist” (Part 2), mostly instrumental.
The British rock band The Sweet speeds up the tempo a bit to “Peppermint Twist”.
Well, they've got a new dance and it goes like this (Bop shoo-op, a bop bop shoo-op) Yeah, the name of the dance is Peppermint Twist (Bop shoo-op, a bop bop shoo-op) Well, you like it like this, the Peppermint Twist It goes round and round, up and down Round and round, up and down Round and round and a up and down And a one, two, three, kick, one, two, three, jump Well, meet me baby down at 45th street Where the Peppermint Twisters meet And you'll learn to do this, the Peppermint Twist It's alright, all night, it's alright It's okay, all day, it's okay You'll learn to do this, the Peppermint Twist Yeah, yeah, etc Source: LyricFind Songwriters: Henry Glover / Joseph Di Nicola Peppermint Twist lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, BMG Rights Management
DISCLAIMER….This post documents our vacation from September, 2019. We continue to write while being at home because of social distancing due to the coronavirus. This post takes us on a drive back to Bozeman, Montana with a little stop back into the west entrance of Yellowstone National Park (Day 10 of our vacation). I encourage you and yours to visit all the beautiful places that the USA has to offer once our great nation overcomes this terrible obstacle in front of us. If you missed any of the Living in the Moment posts from this series, the links are listed at the bottom of this blog. Stay safe and God bless, we are getting through this!
As we ate our last delicious breakfast at DreamCatcher B&B in Victor, Idaho, we were filled with mixed emotions. Like everyday on our vacation we woke up excited to see what the day would bring. But this day was different. We felt like we had just gotten to Driggs, Idaho and now we were leaving. Actually that was only part of the truth. The other part was that today was the day we were taking the long drive back to Bozeman, Montana. It signaled the beginning of the end of our vacation adventures. We still had two days left before we flew back to Jacksonville, Florida, but it felt like we would have to board the plane and leave any moment. As we pulled out of the DreamCatcher’s driveway, we said goodbye to another wonderful experience and we fully expect to stay at this great B&B on a return trip. It was raining off and on this late morning as we drove through Driggs and took the highway headed north.
We checked the map and our time and decided to go back into Yellowstone for one last fore-ray. The drive through Idaho was beautiful. It was a mixture of mountain views, forests, rolling hills and farmland. A wonderful mixture of natural patterns that a map can not accurately depict. The constant change of scenery made the drive go by quickly and re-emphasized what a beautiful state Idaho really is. Storm clouds started rolling in, but we didn’t care, we were prepared to take it as it came and enjoy the ride.
After a nice trip with very little traffic through the country roads, we experienced crowded roads again driving through West Yellowstone, Montana, only a few miles from the West Yellowstone entrance. All the storms had blown through and we entered the park on an absolutely gorgeous afternoon. It was a little chilly and windy and you could see some spots where snow had fallen as the weather had come through the area.
Our stomachs were growling and we looked for another scenic spot for one of our famous vacation lunches. We were winging it and needed a little luck to find a great location to enjoy our last meal in Yellowstone. Bingo, there was a picnic area right on the Madison River and a picnic table only a stone’s throw away from the water. We were on a tight schedule and it was chilly, so we didn’t record our usual video and I only took this one photo. We did enjoy some delicious grilled cheese sandwiches courtesy of our MSR Pocket Rocket. We paired them with a locally grown organic apple that we purchased at the grocery store in Driggs, and an organic mixed green salad from the local greens we bought at the Driggs Farmers Market. While savoring our last meal in this amazing park, we watched two bald eagles fishing over the river and one lone fly-fisherman wading in the icy waters. Neither the birds or the human were having much luck.
With full bellies and broad smiles, we decided to venture further into the park and see a couple of the geothermal features we had missed on our drive through the park days earlier. Driving along the river in the afternoon light, we were hit again by how beautiful Yellowstone really is.
As we approached a parking area along the highway parallel to the Madison River, the traffic had backed up. The parking lot was full and there were cars parked all along the side of the road. People were outside of their cars with binoculars and cameras in hand. In the middle of all this commotion was a park ranger and we soon found out why. Moving along the river with his cows, was the biggest bull elk we had seen in either Yellowstone or Grand Teton. We had seen some big bulls but this guy was a monster. If a large bull elk weighs 700 lbs, this bull would have been at least 800 lbs. The elk were further away than this picture looks. All the shots we took of the elk, and we took a lot of shots, were taken with 200mm lenses.
The park ranger was there to make sure nobody did anything stupid. Like, walking down to the river to get up close to the bull and trying to get a better picture. There was this beautiful majestic bull elk in all his glory, with all his cows, bugling away. This was the middle of rutting season and he was telling any bull or cow within listening range, “if you want some of this, come and get it”.
To see theses elk moving down by the river, oblivious to the human zoo up along the highway, was a truly special moment and one of many favorites during our trip.
After our unscheduled and truly mesmerizing stop, it was time to head toward the geyser basins. We were looking forward to seeing some of Yellowstone’s geothermal features we hadn’t seen on our way to Old Faithful, but nothing was going to top what we had just experienced.
We were still talking about how cool it was to see that beautiful bull and his harem when we got another surprise. About 1/4 mile down the road. we spotted this guy. He was on the other side of the highway and tucked into the woods. An impressive young ten point bull to be sure, but nothing like what we had just seen. He wasn’t even thinking about crossing the road and heading down toward the river. He knew what was down there. That big majestic bull had probably already pushed him around enough to send a clear message. “Don’t bring that weak sh*% back over here again!” So there he was, foraging in the woods by himself and listening to the king of the river valley bugle away with his ladies.
This great day just kept getting better and better. Now we were ready to spend a couple of hours exploring some of Yellowstone’s featured geothermal areas (next post) that we missed when heading to Old Faithful a couple of days before. Geyser basin and Grand Prismatic Spring here we come.
Living in the Moment is what we do while enjoying our time in nature. If you missed any of the other Living in the Moment Series, you can click on them here. Just After Take Off, Day 1, Day 2 Mammoth Hot Spring, Day 2 Traffic Jam, Day 2 Undine Falls and Lava Creek, Lamar Valley – Slough Creek, Day 2 Trout Lake, Lunch at Otter Creek, Mount Washburn, Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, Paddling the Yellowstone River, The Tiny House, Old Yellowstone Trail, Gibbon Falls – Drive to Old Faithful, Old Faithful, The Lakes, Jackson Hole, String Lake, Colter Bay, Paddle on String Lake, Jenny Lake Sunset, DreamCatcher Bed & Breakfast, Caribou-Targhee National Forest. Please look forward to our next post as the adventure continues. Only a few more to finish up this vacation of a lifetime!
We had to go to the bank yesterday and these African Lily flowers were in full bloom and beautiful. Don’t worry, all our transactions were done from the parking lot and we had masks on and so did the bank manager.
Lily of the Nile Brilliant blue in purple style Bowing in glory. Green leaves I spout off Saying hello to my friends Peace presenting truth.
More greener….What was I talking about? (Play Video) Well, it is amazing that just yesterday I was talking to a lady who was watering the plants at the church a block away from our house. Standing about 20 feet away while chatting with her, but still got to talk to someone outside…and told her I was going to go home and do a rain dance. I did and today it has been raining all day! Woop Woop! I haven’t even turned on The Weather Channel in a week. They always says it’s going to rain and it hasn’t, not at our house anyway.
I couldn’t get a good video of the wind chimes today. They were moving a little, but would stop when I started recording. The wind chimes video below was shot during Hurricane Dorian in September and is the sound I was hearing but couldn’t capture. Well, anyway…this is our backyard. A bit overgrown, but with Frank healing from his broken collarbone, not much has gotten done this spring. I suffer from allergies and don’t get to participate in the cutting, mowing and weed eating. He is back to doing some yard work, but hasn’t gotten to the back yet. The front looks great!
I enjoyed listening to the rain coming down, with a light breeze sometimes giving my wind chimes a little ting. Hurricane Dorian made them sing in September. Enjoyable is an understatement!
THE BRIDGE hear the frogs croak looking for a mate birds singing in the wind meditative calming state nature embraces sweet moments in time alone with one's self to the bridge I will climb the red bridge overlooks much greenery in calm such peaceful moments open hands to the palm breathe in the purest air painted path doeth take lovely lilies in the pond eyes open for mercy's sake crossing over to the other side last moments begin say goodbye to the earth death always wins by: Lisa Coleman Sue Vincent is the host of Thursday Photo Prompt. "Painted"
Looking back at some of my photos from our vacation last September, I had a few images I didn’t use in my post that were perfect for Water Water Everywhere. We took a 12 1/2 mile paddle in our Sea Eagle inflatable whitewater kayak that took us 12 hours to paddle through strong winds. We had never paddle this river before and didn’t know it at all. We went ALL IN! It was bright sunny blue skies when we began, but by the time we approached our destination, storm clouds were edging closer and we had no idea how close we were to that final takeout at the Paradise Gateway Bed & Breakfast. The scene was surreal looking out over the mountains, feeling the breeze and hearing the lap of the waves hitting the boat. The original Living in the Moment post can be found here if you would like to read the full story. How did we get our kayak from Florida to Montana? Click the link above to find out.
Written for Jez’s Water Water Everywhere.
Since I live in Florida and our state parks have opened back up, I thought I would share my photos from yesterday’s beach fun at Little Talbot Island State Park. They are open at a 50% capacity which has been reaching maximum capacity by 10am on the weekends. This is the second Saturday we have driven out there and the same thing has occurred. Even though people are not 100% back to work, it is a holiday weekend and the amount of vehicles and people showing up was a testament to that fact. We got there at 9:15 and the park was packed by our standards.
I got my first decent shot of a Sanderling yesterday. I’ve been trying to get a good shot of this fast-paced little bird for 20 years. I finally got close to one that was scurrying about and clicked a few pictures. The Laughing Gull showed up when we started getting our lunch out. GO FIGURE!
There were many people out there fishing. We talked to one guy who had brought in two Pompano and I asked him what time was dinner? That is some good eating fish. Frank kept the umbrellas moving to keep us in the shade. We have a large beach umbrella but it doesn’t fit in the Prius very well so we MacGyvered it with our two rain umbrellas.
This week Jim Adams has prompted us with End/Finish/Over/Stop for this week’s Song Lyric Sunday. Appropriate for the craziness we have lived with for the past few months. I don’t think COVID-19 is OVER. I don’t think it is FINISHED and I don’t think this is the END even though states are beginning to open like Florida who was barely closed a month. Make it STOP!
So, I brought back a somewhat older tune belonging to Luke Bryan, “I Don’t Want This Night To End” about a guy meeting a girl and it being a magical first night together hanging out.
Who doesn’t love Luke Bryan? Anyone? He is a hot American country music singer who began his career as a songwriter for other country music icons like Travis Tritt and Billy Currington before signing with Capital Nashville in 2007. Luke has had a string of hits (23) as of this post and continues to put out new music. In 2013, Luke was named “Entertainer of the Year” by both the Academy of Country Music Awards (ACM) and the Country Music Association (CMA). The two most prestigious awards in country music and the top honor for both.
Luke continues to entertain us while being a judge on American Idol alongside Lionel Richie and Katy Perry. He is a good looking country boy from Georgia that brings flare and harmony to the show. His current “Proud to be Right Here” tour has been postponed or rescheduled through July and and sporadically through the rest of the year. Several dates have no current update. I guess only time will tell if the show will go on anytime in 2020.
Girl, I know I don't know you But your pretty little eyes so blue Are pulling me in like the moon on your skin I'm so glad you trusted me, this light up on this dusty sea And let your hair down, and get outta town Got the stars comin' out Over my hood And all I know now Is it's going good You got your hands up You're rocking in my truck You got the radio on You're singing every song I'm set on cruise control I'm slowing losing hold of everything I got You're looking so damn hot And I don't know what road we're on Or where we've been from starin' at you Girl, all I know is I don't want this night to end Gonna cuss the morning When it comes 'Cause I know that the rising sun Ain't no good for me 'Cause you'll have to leave Gonna make the most of every mile Do anything to make your smile Land on my lips And get drunk on your kiss The clock on the dash Says 3:35 There's plenty of gas And the night's still alive You got your hands up You're rocking in my truck You got the radio on You're singing every song I'm set on cruise control I'm slowing losing hold of everything I got You're looking so damn hot And I don't know what road we're on Or where we've been from starin' at you Girl, all I know is I don't want this night to end You got your hands up You're rocking in my truck You got the radio on You're singing every song I'm set on cruise control I'm slowing losing hold of everything I've got You're looking so damn hot And I don't know what road we're on Or where we've been from starin' at you Girl, all I know is I don't want this night to end I don't want this night to end No I don't want this night to end Source: LyricFind Songwriters: Ben Hayslip / Luke Bryan / Dallas Davidson / Rhett Akins I Don't Want This Night to End lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner Chappell Music, Inc
DISCLAIMER….This post documents our vacation from September, 2019. We continue to write while being at home because of social distancing due to the coronavirus. This post takes us to Driggs, Idaho (Day 8-9 of our vacation) where we arrived on the other side of the pass from Jackson Hole, Wyoming. I encourage you and yours to visit all the beautiful places that the USA has to offer once our great nation overcomes this terrible obstacle in front of us. If you missed any of the Living in the Moment posts from this series, the links are listed at the bottom of this blog. Stay safe and God bless, we are getting through this!
We woke from a wonderful nights sleep at DreamCatcher Bed and Breakfast in Victor, Idaho on the backside of the Tetons. We were well rested and ready for our next adventure. As we walked the property that morning it was obvious that the weather had changed and we had more weather coming our way. We started talking about the possibility of changing our plans for the day and headed inside for a delicious breakfast.
Leaving DreamCatcher that morning. we had broken clouds and a mix of sun and rain. We decided to play it by ear and start our day by exploring the quaint little town of Driggs. We really fell in love with this place and our first stop was to a local real estate office, just to see what the housing market looked like. Then we drove down Main Street into the center of town to find the small organic grocery store we’d heard about, Barrels and Bins Natural Market which turned out to be a real treat. As an added bonus, the weekly farmers market was taking place in the parking lot across the street, double score!
Having checked out the town, it was time for a little play time. As we were heading up the mountain towards Grand Targhee Resort, we spied a local outdoor adventure store and a nice artsy gift shop. Two quick stops and a new pair of winter gloves for my birthday from my hubby (couple days late, but who’s counting… thank you very much), we were on our way to play in the mountains, YAY!
It was raining when we left town and began our climb toward Grand Targhee. As we drove up the mountain, we watched the temperature in the van dip lower and lower the higher we went. At this point we wondered when the rain would turn to snow. Our estimate was that when the air temperature hit 35 degrees, we would see snow. By the time we got to 38 degrees, we started seeing small ice crystals in the rain…come on snow. At 37 degrees a little more of the ice crystals…come on snow. At 36 degrees we had rain and snow mix…come on snow. At 35 degrees…viola, snow was falling. We hadn’t gotten to the top at this point so we knew we had the possibility of seeing real snow the rest of the way.
It may seem funny that we were excited to experience snow in September but there were a couple of reasons why. First, there wasn’t anything we could do about it. We could have pissed and moaned about not being able to hike and see the views of the backside of the Tetons. But, that wouldn’t have done any good. And second, we live in Florida. It was still over 90 degrees at home and we had just dodged a major hurricane. Let’s live in the moment and enjoy this for what it is. Like the song says ” Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!”
At the end of the road was the Grand Targhee Ski Resort. All the lodging and the restaurants were closed, but as we walked through the falling snow, we found an open door into one of the offices in the resort. There were a couple of seasonal employees there along with the summer manager, who was accommodating enough, to give us information on the resort. And, she gave us maps of the mountain, which had the hiking trails and of course ski runs. It was good information for the next time we visit the Potato State. As we left the lodge it was still snowing. We checked our time and knew we’d be playing in the snow a bit more before heading back down the mountain.
In the end, it was another magical day for us. We got a chance to spend time in an awesome little town and meet some very nice people, plus we had an incredible day outside. We saw more Dark-eyed Juncos than we had ever seen in our lives, plus got a couple of good photos. We had sun and rain with all shapes of broken and moving clouds. And we had snow, yep it was cool, hah hah.
Living in the Moment is what we do while enjoying our time in nature. If you missed any of the other Living in the Moment Series, you can click on them here. Just After Take Off, Day 1, Day 2 Mammoth Hot Spring, Day 2 Traffic Jam, Day 2 Undine Falls and Lava Creek, Lamar Valley – Slough Creek, Day 2 Trout Lake, Lunch at Otter Creek, Mount Washburn, Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, Paddling the Yellowstone River, The Tiny House, Old Yellowstone Trail, Gibbon Falls – Drive to Old Faithful, Old Faithful, The Lakes, Jackson Hole, String Lake, Colter Bay, Paddle on String Lake, Jenny Lake Sunset, DreamCatcher Bed & Breakfast. Please look forward to our next post as the adventure continues. Only a few more to finish up this vacation of a lifetime!
DAYBREAK follow the sacred path to ruin sunrise struggles to reach the dune joining the circle of prayer stone reminders we were there sing and dance to days gone by memories to bask with a sigh heavens struggle to break free sullen clouds tampered degree fog feels the air with unknown bequesting rhythm with the tone fiddles play faintly heard cross the line which is blurred in formation standing stones hear the hollow ghostly moans in the field we feel them prance saying thanks with a dance by: Lisa Coleman Sue Vincent is the host of Thursday Photo Prompt. "Dance"
Field of wildflowers in the Orlando Wetlands in Christmas, Florida
Colors of yellow As far as the eye can see Brightened by the sun. Blowing in the breeze The fortress hides special birds Gallinule cackles Common or purple Moorhens that is, not flowers Swim in the open. Wildflowers bring joy To those who seek nature's gift Fresh air ignites hope.
Where were you 40 years ago today, May 18, 1980?
I was 14, at school in an 8th grade classroom in Decatur, Texas anxiously awaiting for summer to begin. At 8:32 am Pacific Time | 10:32 am Central Time (the time of the eruption), we were completely into our lessons. By the time our afternoon classes were in full swing, word was spreading through the classrooms about this massive eruption of Mt. St. Helens in Washington. I had no idea what this meant as I had never been around an active volcano, but when I saw the explosion on television that evening, I was in awe! The main thing that was going on in my mind was how many people would suffer or die because of this. Only months before, I visited the museum in Fort Worth that had the Pompeii exhibit from the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. I was horrified and could envision the entombed bodies like I had seen at the exhibit!
Frank, on the other hand was living in Arizona at the time and this is his story….in his words.
I was 24 years old and managing a branch office for a national company. They had transferred me from Florida to Phoenix, Arizona that past Christmas and I was excited to be living around the mountains. I spent as much time in the mountains as I could and anything mountain or geologically related fascinated me.
That day, May 18th, I was sitting across the street from the office having lunch when I saw the news on Mt. St. Helens. To say I was enthralled would be an understatement. The truth is, I’ve been in love with Mt. St. Helens ever since. I had no idea at that time, that in the next 30 years, I would end up living around the Seattle area twice, and that I would be lucky enough to spend so many hours exploring Louwala-Clough (smoking mountain) the Native American name for this incredible volcano.
Mt St. Helens became and is, one of my favorite places to visit. I spent nights in it’s treeless environment watching meteor showers. I went to Spirit Lake and saw the millions of huge logs floating in it’s crystal clear waters. I did some spelunking and hiked the ancient lava tubes coming off the mountain, called the Ape Caves. This is a must, especially in the summer. If it’s unseasonably hot in August, (one of the years I went, it was approaching 100 degrees) it’s always in the 50’s in the Ape Caves. I even was lucky enough to back-country ski in the monument during the winter time. I wasn’t lucky enough to get a permit to hike to the rim but, I hope that’s an adventure I can undertake with Lisa when we visit the Evergreen State in the near future.
Of the considerable time I was fortunate enough to spend at Mt. St. Helens, the picture above depicts my favorite. It was in the middle of July 2000. I took off from Johnston Ridge Visitors Center (another absolute must see) around 5pm. I was going to be spending the night inside the monument so time was a non factor. That year, they had opened up the trail that went through the blast zone right in front of the volcano. I had waited years to have a chance to hike this trail. A couple of hours later, I was standing on the remains of the largest recorded landslide in history, staring into this amazing crater. With only wild flowers, sparse shrubs and very young trees to keep me company, it was a perfect moment of solitude and togetherness with nature.
I took out my snack and one of two ice cold beers, that had been frozen when I started my hike, and had myself a picnic and happy hour. Two beers and two hours later, the light was fading and it was time to head back. I had only seen two people on the trail out from the visitors center. On the trail back, I didn’t see a single soul.
Hiking up the ridge about two miles from the visitors center parking lot, I heard my first coyote howl. It was like he gave everybody else permission to start singing. I have no idea how many coyotes there were that night and I never saw a single one. But during the last hour of my hike, the howling was constant and from every direction. Somewhere amongst all the howling, I heard the lone bugling of a bull elk. He was probably saying “you can howl all you want but don’t even think about bringing your butt over here”. All the sound echoing through the mountains and valleys of this national treasure was incredibly cool and really eerie at the same time.
Back at the parking lot, I opened up the tailgate of my little Toyota pickup, sat down and cracked open my last beer. As the coyotes continued their serenade, I finished my beer crawled into my camper shell, unrolled my thermarest, opened my sleeping bag and got ready for bed. I celebrated how wondrously wild the monument can be and fell asleep to the sound of coyotes howling.
Little Talbot Island State Park opened on Thursday, May 14, 2020. It is a 5 1/2 mile stretch of beach with no commercial structures. They are open to 50% capacity so we got there early. What a treat! When we left the park around 3pm, the cones were up at the Ranger Station and the beach was closed to incoming traffic.
Plenty of wonderful sunshine, blue skies with patches of white clouds and the wind blowing at approximately 15 mph from the northeast provided a wonderful breeze with temperatures hovering around 78 F (26C) all morning. The tide was going out and water was crystal clear.
Jacksonville has been one of the ports to allow cruise lines to dock their ships in our berths and anchor them offshore during the shutdown. There was another one anchored way offshore behind this one. It was quite hazy at times this morning so I couldn’t make out which cruise line this was.
One of my best friends from the Tampa Bay area came to Jacksonville this weekend for a visit. Her and her husband have been staying in like so many of us and we are all well. She hadn’t left her house in 6 weeks and has been working from home. It is great having them here.
Please note: I’m very anxious about the state re-opening so soon and we are continuing to do our part with social distancing and wearing our masks when contact is too close for comfort. We went to the restrooms and had to wear those awful wonderful masks to keep us safe. It was excruciatingly hot and hard to breathe but at least we were at the beach!
DISCLAIMER….This post documents our vacation from September, 2019. We continue to write while being at home because of social distancing due to the coronavirus. This post takes us to Victor, Idaho (Day 8 of our vacation) where we arrived on the other side of the pass from Jackson Hole, Wyoming. I encourage you and yours to visit all the beautiful places that the USA has to offer once our great nation overcomes this terrible obstacle in front of us. If you missed any of the Living in the Moment posts from this series, the links are listed at the bottom of this blog. Stay safe and God bless, we will get through this!
As of the date of this blog, DreamCatchers B&B is closed for the summer season 2020 because of COVID-19. Visitors are encouraged to visit their website for any changes. It’s unfortunate that this wonderful B&B is closed because it’s a real treat to stay there. The house has large vaulted ceilings in the family room and lots of tall windows that let in abundant light and picturesque views of the mountains and valley. The outside space is just as impressive with beautiful decks, patios, well maintained grounds and 360 degree views of the beautiful natural surroundings. I hope you will be able to visit this beautiful B&B situated in the Teton Valley between Victor and Driggs, Idaho sometime in the near future.
Even with cloudy and cold rainy days, the stay was perfect. Each morning, Andrew (Innkeeper and Chef) would cook a fabulous gourmet breakfast for us to get our day started. I wished I had taken pictures of our food, but I was living in the moment and it slipped my mind. Bella, the innkeeper’s assistant offered her help beside him in a most enthusiastic way. She loved all the guests and made sure to give kisses and love whenever she could.
We stayed in the Coeur d’Alene (the honeymoon suite), which is the most private and largest of all the rooms in the house, with a magnificent en-suite, complete with double sink vanity, private walk-in shower and a clawfoot copper tub perfect for soaking your aches and pains away. The innkeeper provided some eucalyptus salts and for the two nights we stayed there, I indulged, feeling relaxed with silky skin. The epitome of luxury. What a splurge! A real treat after spending the day in the snow and rain.
We certainly enjoyed the firepit out back and spent some time out there in the chilly weather. Frank took the MSR Pocket Rocket that we brought with us and made some Claude’s Hot Chocolate. One of the things that was a constant for us, on this entire vacation, was to be able to cook a hot meal or make hot chocolate anywhere we wanted. It was always a real treat and one of the most enjoyable things we did. The freedom it gave us to control our schedule, so we could eat or have a treat whenever or where ever we wanted, was great!
I am so blessed to have a wonderful husband that takes me away on adventures to explore the unknown while we are Living in the Moment.
Living in the Moment is what we do while enjoying our time in nature. If you missed any of the other Living in the Moment Series, you can click on them here. Just After Take Off, Day 1, Day 2 Mammoth Hot Spring, Day 2 Traffic Jam, Day 2 Undine Falls and Lava Creek, Lamar Valley – Slough Creek, Day 2 Trout Lake, Lunch at Otter Creek, Mount Washburn, Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, Paddling the Yellowstone River, The Tiny House, Old Yellowstone Trail, Gibbon Falls – Drive to Old Faithful, Old Faithful, The Lakes, Jackson Hole, String Lake, Colter Bay, Paddle on String Lake, Jenny Lake Sunset. Please look forward to our next post as the adventure continues. Only a few more to finish up this vacation of a lifetime!
The log wasn’t long enough for the 2 of us. The gator wins today! This photo is for my buddy, Jim Borden who has made it apparent that he does not like alligators. Check out his website by clicking on the above link.
I kinda went out on a limb this week, well a palmetto frond. The challenge says I can use leaves and foliage so here you go. I captured this last week when we went to Okefenokee Wildlife Refuge in Georgia.
Reaching for the light Raise my fingers to nurture One frond at a time Tough as any rock Fan shaped leaves puncture at tips Into the skins touch Pines stand guard today Fanning covers for the birds In natures daylight
A STORM BREWS slippery slope in my mind mossy texture unwinds subtle breeze takes hold release to unmold. beyond the horizon matters dark luminous clouds gather brewing storm barrels close isn't that the way it goes? mother nature decides the fate furry lies within her wake her anger will unleash go quickly, begging, beseech. declaration to the lands pounding its body through the sands a body of water deep and high mixed with color of the sky. hours later it's all over caressed by its urgent lover sun rays shone brightly, a new day dawn renewed life it will spawn. by: Lisa Coleman Sue Vincent is the host of Thursday Photo Prompt. "Causeway"
Photos by Jez is the new host of WWE that is a weekly challenge posted on Monday.
Arrowhead picnic area Fort Desoto Park, Pinellas County, Florida taken in January, 2020. This overlooks the intercoastal of Tampa Bay connecting it to the Gulf of Mexico. The temperature was about 80 F (27 C) and perfect with a light breeze to keep the bugs down. The water was calm and a few locals were fishing. It was a perfect winter day in Florida.
I would like to extend a wonderful Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there who sacrifice so much for their children. I want to say Happy Mother’s Day to Frank’s mom and my mom who are looking down on us from Heaven.
MOM A MOM protects her child Whether human or animal It's part of their DNA Adore their efforts as you are capable. MOM should be celebrated All through the year Her everyday sacrifices Deserve praise while we hold her near. Cheer for MOM With our whole heart For never letting us down Each and every part. Every part of our lives Have come to this moment Love MOM today Always as if it were the last spent. A flower to MOMs everywhere Heros you truly are Honoring you in every way Close by or from afar. By: Lisa Coleman Happy Mother's Day!
This week Jim Adams has prompted us with Couple/Together/Us for this week’s Song Lyric Sunday.
As some of you know or maybe you don’t, Frank and I have been together 15 years and just celebrated our 3rd wedding anniversary. I needed to give you a song that represents us. I usually stay in the Country genre, but have been known to color outside the lines. Today I pay homage to my Rock n’ Roll husband with “Happy Together” by The Turtles. The lyrics really speak volumes of our relationship.
The Turtles were an American rock band that included lead vocalists Howard Kaylan and Mark Volman, later known as Flo & Eddie. Other band members included Al Nichol, Chip Douglas, John Barbata and Jim Tucker. The band broke up in 1970.
Imagine me and you, I do I think about you day and night, it's only right To think about the girl you love and hold her tight So happy together If I should call you up, invest a dime And you say you belong to me and ease my mind Imagine how the world could be, so very fine So happy together I can't see me lovin' nobody but you For all my life When you're with me, baby the skies'll be blue For all my life Me and you and you and me No matter how they toss the dice, it had to be The only one for me is you, and you for me So happy together I can't see me lovin' nobody but you For all my life When you're with me, baby the skies'll be blue For all my life Me and you and you and me No matter how they toss the dice, it had to be The only one for me is you, and you for me So happy together Ba-ba-ba-ba ba-ba-ba-ba ba-ba-ba ba-ba-ba-ba Ba-ba-ba-ba ba-ba-ba-ba ba-ba-ba ba-ba-ba-ba Me and you and you and me No matter how they toss the dice, it had to be The only one for me is you, and you for me So happy together So happy together How is the weather So happy together We're happy together So happy together Happy together So happy together So happy together (ba-ba-ba-ba ba-ba-ba-ba) Source: LyricFind Songwriters: Alan Gordon / Garry Bonner Happy Together lyrics © Round Hill Music Big Loud Songs, BMG Rights Management, Carlin America Inc, Universal Music Publishing Group
DISCLAIMER….This post documents our vacation from September, 2019. We continue to write while being at home because of social distancing due to the coronavirus. This post takes us into Grand Teton National Park on Day 2 of the park (Day 7 of our vacation) where we had just finished up our second paddle and stopped at Jenny Lake for the sunset before heading to Victor, Idaho for the night. I encourage you and yours to visit all the beautiful places that the USA has to offer once our great nation overcomes this terrible obstacle in front of us. If you missed any of the Living in the Moment posts from this series, the links are listed at the bottom of this blog. Stay safe and God bless, we will get through this!
After a wonderful day on String Lake, the late afternoon light was kicking in and the wind picked up, as it usually does late in the day. As we were leaving the parking lot, we decided one more pitstop was in order to complete another one of the items on our bucket list. It was Jenny Lake time! We had looked forward to seeing this beauty before we left the Sunshine State. And luckily for us, we noticed the crowds around the lake had quieted from earlier in the day. We wouldn’t have a lot of time to spend because we still had a long drive ahead of us. We were staying that night in a great B&B in Victor, Idaho (more on that in our next post). So, we needed to drive from Grand Teton through Jackson Hole and over the pass to get there. In other words, our normal vacation schedule and…we loved it.
When we got to the lake, the sunset peaked through broken clouds with the wind blowing hard enough to almost knock me off my feet a few times. When you have strong winds in a mountain environment, it’s a lot like gusty winds in a city with tall buildings. The wind gets channeled into certain areas and greatly magnifies the force. So you can be walking in an area that has light winds and you walk out from around cover and wham, the wind hits you with a big invisible surprise. With the wind blowing and the sun saying hello and goodbye through the clouds, it was time to take a few moments and explore one of the crown jewels of Grand Teton.
We walked around the hiking area for a bit up top and then went down the trail to the shoreline. Waves were crashing over the rocky formation at the base. We got sprayed by icy cold water a couple of times but we had our rain gear on so no big deal. It was magical being there with Frank, breathing in the fresh mountain air, sitting on the large boulders and taking in every bit of this natural wonder.
The 2 days in Grand Teton National Park flew by so fast. We were not ready to let it go, but we had reservations and a pretty good drive to Idaho for the night. We’ve already penciled in a large list of places we want to explore when we pay this amazing place another visit in the not too distant future.
Before leaving, we stopped up on the rim of the lake for one last goodbye view. We saw a Bald Eagle flying like a fighter pilot in the winds, swooping, circling, banking and diving. It was amazing to see and a little puzzling until we looked down at the surface of the lake. We knew he wasn’t fishing with the waves on the lake being so chopped up, and he wasn’t. He wanted some water fowl for dinner. He was literally dancing in the air, circling, diving, banking, circling, diving and banking over and over trying to catch a Common Merganser. Every time the eagle dove, the Merganser submerged. The bird would come up for air, the eagle would dive down…over and over again. The Merganser won that round. After several minutes, the Bald Eagle gave up and flew away with an empty stomach.
With big smiles on our faces and thankfulness in our hearts, it was time to get going. Now I was ready to mark another state off my list on my way to get all 50. We’d be spending the night in the Spud State. Idaho here we come.
Next stop, Dreamcatchers Bed & Breakfast in Victor, Idaho.
Living in the Moment is what we do while enjoying our time in nature. If you missed any of the other Living in the Moment Series, you can click on them here. Just After Take Off, Day 1, Day 2 Mammoth Hot Spring, Day 2 Traffic Jam, Day 2 Undine Falls and Lava Creek, Lamar Valley – Slough Creek, Day 2 Trout Lake, Lunch at Otter Creek, Mount Washburn, Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, Paddling the Yellowstone River, The Tiny House, Old Yellowstone Trail, Gibbon Falls – Drive to Old Faithful, Old Faithful, The Lakes, Jackson Hole, String Lake, Colter Bay, Paddle on String Lake. Please look forward to our next post as the adventure continues.
My daughter, Kaela took this photo and sent it to me and I thought it would fit nicely with my week of Magnolia Flowers.
Winds pull me away Floating by air, fresh water Emerging in pool Cast for all to see Ripped from its home, float intact Cool water refreshed
I got a little creative with my feature image today. Felt like doing some creative art. Hope you like it. It has been a while since I’ve let myself think in those terms. I’m a little rusty!
Looking underneath Shadows reflect pure sunlight Basking in my bloom
The Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918 was created between the United States and Great Britain (for Canada) to protect the populations of all protected migratory birds and later amended between the U.S. and Mexico, U.S. and Japan, and the U.S. and the Soviet Union (now Russia). In North America the treaty was amended between the U.S. and Mexico in 1976 and Canada in 1995. Over the years this treaty has been instrumental in protecting these natural treasures. It could be argued that, through the years, this act has done more to protect birds than any other single factor.
Unfortunately, the Trump administration has moved this year to gut the protections that migratory birds have had for over 100 years. The new Fish and Wildlife Services proposal means that the incidental killing of protected birds will no longer be prosecuted. As an example, oil and gas companies, builders and land developers, power companies and other industries would no longer be accountable for reckless practices that kill migratory birds. That’s over a thousand bird species we’re talking about.
The Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill disaster in April of 2010 killed more than a million birds. BP subsequently paid more than $100 million dollars in fines for violating federal laws that protect birds. It didn’t bring the birds back but, helped put money into resources to clean and rebuild habitats while standing as a deterrent for possible future negligent acts by fossil fuel companies. The latest proposal by Fish and Wildlife Services would have eliminated any penalty for the killing of those million plus birds and the destruction of their habitat.
If you live in the United States, please let your members of Congress know that you do not support the weakening of this crucial Act that protects our feathered friends. If you have any questions, feel free to contact the head of your local Audubon Society.
What is World Migratory Bird day and when is it? Glad you asked. World Migratory Bird Day, which was created in 1993 by folks at the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center celebrates the bird migrations in North America. You can find out more here about the history. It takes place every year on the second Saturday in May for the United States and Canada and the second Saturday in October for Latin America and the Caribbean. It is now global with humans participating all over the world. For 2020, these dates fall on May 9th and October 10th.
Different bird species migrate at different times and while showing the love of this migratory phenomenon is recognized for one day, we should all be doing our part to maintain a high level of conservancy by sharing the importance of bird migration in America and all over the world every single day.
Most years, this day has people coming together to participate in different activities such as bird watching, bird-counting tours, educational workshops, festivals, exhibitions, art contests, and awareness fundraising events. This year, the festivities are online with “Bird Day Live”. This online festival is a 3-day event that starts tomorrow, May 7th. If you click on the link, you will see the countdown clock.
The Theme for 2020 is “Birds Connect Our World” which I see as very fitting for the spring migration of 2020 while the human population has endured the worst pandemic in world history and our connections have been limited, at least in person. Birds have not worried over the stay-at-home orders, wearing a mask when going out, watching the stats on television as the number of confirmed cases and unfortunate loss of life rise with each passing day, plus the complete lockdown of our world’s economy. Migration has continued with species moving from one home to another for short periods of time while they procreate and find food after flying for thousands of miles to reach their next destination.
The American Goldfinch migrates from mid-Alberta to North Carolina during breeding season and from Canada to Mexico during the winter.
The Northern Cardinal is not a migratory bird but has expanded its territory from the southern U.S. to other parts of the U.S. – further north and west.
The Downy Woodpecker is the smallest woodpecker in North America, foraging for insects in trees & creating holes for nesting. Knock…Knock…Knock!
May 9th, 2020 is also the biggest birding day of the year known as Global Big Day. Participation is simple and covers #11 on the list of things you can do to help with conservation of our birding world. Check out the info at the bottom of this post. Frank and I have participated in this event for 7 years now. Every day seems like a global birding day for us. We bird in our yard and try to go somewhere on a birding hike at least once a week. We are always on the lookout for new species, adding to our growing life list and observing avian behaviors. As I started writing this blog, I felt the need to do more and hope to encourage you to help save our feathered friends. We have done all 13 of the items that I suggested above in some capacity over the years and continue to make a conscious effort to give our children and grandchildren hope for the future.
A new record was set on the 2019 Global Big Day with 92,284 checklists of birds collected in one day all around the world.
I wanted to dedicate this day, May 4, 2020 to the fact that the Florida State Parks are open effective today. This was taken before the lockdown as we travelled for a day trip to Ravine Gardens State Park in Palatka, Florida.
This week Jim Adams has prompted us with Burrito/Fajita/Mexican/Tequila for this week’s Song Lyric Sunday. Since my drink of choice (back in my heyday of drinking) was Tequila, I wasn’t passing this up and maybe I took the easy way out, but you are getting me and my preferred spirit.
Mexican food is my favorite cuisine. I suppose that is because I was born and raised in Texas. Tex-Mex is really what I grew up on, but whenever I can find some true homemade authentic Mexican food, I’m as happy as can be…as long as it isn’t too spicy.
However, I’m still sticking with the Tequila. I’ve always preferred the taste of gold over the silver. Who needs Patron when you have Jose Cuervo at a reasonable price. Once when I was stationed at Camp Pendleton, California, me and a few of the guys took a trip down to Tijuana. It was safer to drink the tequila than it was to drink the water, so we indulged except for the one driving. That wasn’t me…driving that is, so I indulged. Scary place to be, Tijuana, but we were a bunch of Marines who thought we were invincible. In the photo above, I was fakin’ holding up a shot because the E-Club only sold beer and wine, hence the trip to Mexico.
“Jose Cuervo” the song was still very popular in the country bars and even the E-Club. There might have been a time or two that I found myself living out that song a bit. I will admit that I danced on a bar or two. I still dream of those days as an 18-19 year old who loved to party. BTW…the drinking age was 18 in 1984.
I love me some Tequila shots, Tequila Sunrise and my own creation Tequila Surprise.
A few years ago, I decided to make myself a Tequila Sunrise. I got out my ingredients…grenadine, handle of Cuervo, orange juice and ice. I poured in my tequila, added the orange juice, then the grenadine and went in for my taste test before adding the ice. It was not right! Something was dreadfully wrong! I turned the bottle around and realized I had grabbed the handle of Captain Morgan. Ooops! So, I put my concoction into a larger glass, added Jose Cuervo and viola…..Tequila Surprise. It was yummy! With both the rum and the tequila and once I added the ice and got it cold. Oh man! It became my drink of choice, but only I knew how to make it.
The video above is from Halloween, 1986 while Shelly West performs on the Ralph Emery Show. Many of the band members, Ralph and all his guest that night were in costume and it made for a festive performance. I met Ralph in 2003 while working at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa, Florida and was able to sit down with him and chat for about an hour. He gave me a signed copy of his book after our visit. Really a top-notch, down to earth guy.
Well it's Sunday Mornin' And the sun in shinin' In my eye that is open And my head is spinnin' Was the life of the party I can't stop grinnin' I had to much Tequila last night Jose Cuervo you are a friend of mine I like to drink you with a little salt and lime Did I kiss all the cowboys? Did I shoot out the lights? Did I dance on the bar? Did I start a fight? Now wait a minute Things don't look to familiar Who is this cowboy Who's sleepin' beside me? He's awful cute, but how'd I Get his shirt on? I had to much Tequila last night Jose Cuervo you are a friend of mine I like to drink you with a little salt and lime Did I kiss all the cowboys? Did I shoot out the lights? Did I dance on the bar? Did I start a fight? All those little shooters How I love to drink 'em down Come on bartender Let's have another round [Modulates] Well the music is playing And my spirits are high Tomorrow might be painful But tonight we're gonna fly Jose Cuervo you are a friend of mine I like to drink you with a little salt and lime Every time we get together I sure have a good time You're my friend You're the best Mi amigo (Tequila) Jose Cuervo you are a friend of mine I like to drink you with a little salt and lime Did I kiss all the cowboys? Did I shoot out the lights? Did I dance on the bar? Did I start a fight? Jose Cuervo you are a friend of mine Source: LyricFind Songwriters: Cindy Jordan Jose Cuervo lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
DISCLAIMER….This post documents our vacation from September, 2019. We continue to write while being at home because of social distancing due to the coronavirus. This post takes us into Grand Teton National Park on Day 2 of the park (Day 7 of our vacation) where we took our second paddle, this time on String Lake. I encourage you and yours to visit all the beautiful places that the USA has to offer once our great nation overcomes this terrible obstacle in front of us. If you missed any of the Living in the Moment posts from this series, the links are listed at the bottom of this blog. Stay safe and God bless, we will get through this!
Another glorious day at Grand Tetons National Park preparing to take an awesome paddle on String Lake in our inflatable Sea Eagle kayak. This was our second paddle of the trip, the first being on the Yellowstone River a few days prior. Check out that post here.
String Lake is a beautiful little stretch of water located between Jenny Lake and Leigh Lake. The smallest of the three, this little beauty is more protected from the wind than the other two, has a great picnic area and is a much less crowded alternative to Jenny Lake. We highly recommend a stop here!
As soon as we arrived at String Lake, we unpacked the kayak from its suitcase and laid out the rest of the gear, the seats, paddles, dry bags and cooler. We made a time lapse video to show how quickly it is for us to inflate the kayak in only 3 minutes. You just need a strong leg motion to make it happen. Frank is the strong leg!
I can’t tell you how many times people have been amazed and dumbfounded by the fact that we brought our inflatable whitewater kayak on the plane from Florida for this vacation. Normal comments have been “I can’t believe it fit in the suitcase”. Actually it was two suitcases, one for the boat and a second one for the gear. In all fairness, the second suitcase did have a lot of our kitchen gear in it as well. The comment we’ve heard most often is something like “what a hassle, that’s too much trouble. I would never do that”.
Well, we would never have been able to take a thirteen plus mile, six hour paddle on the historic and beautiful Yellowstone River. Plus, since there are no kayak rentals at String Lake, we wouldn’t have been able to spend the day paddling and floating this amazing little jewel in the middle of Grand Teton.
The amount of freedom and enjoyment we experienced bringing our little boat with us can’t be measured in words. On a dream vacation filled with amazing adventures and incredible sights, our two paddles sit right there at the top of our list of “can’t believe we did and saw that”. And, all we had to do was bring two extra suitcases.
Before leaving Jacksonville some months earlier, Frank had decided he was going to swim in one of the lakes. He had been giddy over the thought of it and was surely going to make a splash when he did. He did make a splash alright, but what he really did was, freeze his butt off. I still laugh thinking about it. Armed with his long johns (thermal underwear), his wetsuit and booties, Frank prepared for his ice cold swim. I’ve read that the water here at String Lake is relatively warm in the summer months, but it was September and the outside temperature was in the 50’s and 60’s during the day. The water temperature was in the 40’s, not quite as frigid as the water on Deadliest Catch, but pretty darn cold
As we paddled, we followed a small flock of six Common Mergansers fishing together as a family. Watching them work together was amazing. We got some really nice pictures and the birds all got a nice meal! Many photos didn’t come out because the wind had picked up and to try to steady a shot with the boat moving up and down and side to side was quite difficult.
On this day in the middle of September, you could see to the bottom of this crystal clear lake. Paddling String Lake was a relaxing paddle, very different than paddling the Yellowstone River. That had been a workout. Here, the waters were somewhat calm with a light breeze and of course, no white water. We had moments we were able to float, kick back and relax. Other times we would paddle with or against the wind to position us exactly were we wanted to be on the lake. We experienced freedom of movement in an environment with no trails, no roads, no map and no set destination. Capturing sights and sounds we would never have experienced if we had stayed on the land wishing we had a boat to go on the lake. We made that wish come true!
There is nothing better than being in a kayak or other non-motorized boat experiencing the up close and personal environment of a place steeped in history and wonder like String Lake. Of course, the visual part of the experience is amazing but the sounds and feelings you assimilate are just as powerful. To hear only the sounds of nature and feel the movement of the water under you, makes you part of our natural world. It cleanses the soul and fills your spirit with a renewed sense of purpose. A purpose larger than anything you could possibly do at work or home while doing your daily tasks.
Please come join us on the next post as we make a pitstop to Jenny Lake to watch the sunset on this final day in Grand Teton National Park!
Living in the Moment is what we do while enjoying our time in nature. If you missed any of the other Living in the Moment Series, you can click on them here. Just After Take Off, Day 1, Day 2 Mammoth Hot Spring, Day 2 Traffic Jam, Day 2 Undine Falls and Lava Creek, Lamar Valley – Slough Creek, Day 2 Trout Lake, Lunch at Otter Creek, Mount Washburn, Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, Paddling the Yellowstone River, The Tiny House, Old Yellowstone Trail, Gibbon Falls – Drive to Old Faithful, Old Faithful, The Lakes, Jackson Hole, String Lake, Colter Bay. Please look forward to our next post as the adventure continues.
All of these photos were pulled out of my archives except Memphis and that was provided by my daughter. Everyone is smiling, well…most everyone. These are my loves!
This is Heaven. Not a grandkid, but my little baby. She is 13 years old now. She was about 2 1/2 at the time of this photo. She loves Halloween and seeing all the trick or treaters come to the front door. How about that tongue and those eyes for facial features?
Memphis Jackson, one of my grandsons, not quite human. He is a one year old Brown Lab with tons of energy. Follow him on Instagram: @memphisjackson18
This is my oldest granddaughter at her 14th birthday pool party last summer. She was in last week’s black and white photo challenge as a toddler in a pool. See a trend here? In case you missed it…See it here.
Let me present to you my human grandson who has my freckles. What a great facial feature they are! Sometimes he reminds me of Alfalfa from the Little Rascals, but so did his father as a kid. It’s a good thing!
My middle granddaughter has the same freckle features that adorn her face. She was opening up her gifts at her birthday party last summer after being in the water feature bouncy house they rented.
My youngest granddaughter having a birthday gelato with lots of sprinkles on top. It gave me a nostalgic moment so I thought I’d make it look like a photo straight out of a 1950 diner.
Mindful of the cliffs Tall trees lined each bank Birds flit and sing A caressing song To my log I cling. No fog or pollution Clean air all around Breath the perfume Flowers hidden below Clear thoughts resume. Gurgling water flows down Embankment delights Faces on the stone Smile lavishly debarking Unspoken monotone. Mystical dreams River puddles flow deep Spirit of the woods Cleanses the soul Blessings release the goods. Rustle in the treetops The sun going down Reflection in the pool below My time has concluded Beauty cascading, oh what a show. Sue Vincent is the host of Thursday Photo Prompt.
For my last square top, of course it had to be a bird. This is a wood stork and is found in the southeastern part of the United States. This guy sat on top of this hollowed out tree that has several woodpecker nesting holes in it. They are beautiful when in the air with their white wings outlined by black feathers. The wood stork is 33.5-45.3 inches (85-115 cm) in length with a wingspan of 59-68 inches (150-75 cm) when in flight.
I want to say a big thank you to Becky for hosting this awesome challenge! Thank you for giving us a great venue to share some of our photography.
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Pine Tree tops stand straight(ish) in the Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge at dusk as the sun was setting. We were on Scrub Jay Trail looking for the Florida Scrub Jay. Frank saw one peak out of the palmettos and we heard them calling all around us, but I think they did it to taunt us since we had our cameras with us. No bird photos this evening unless you want to count the black dots in the the sky. Those were seagulls flying over the Atlantic in the distance beyond the kaleidoscope of colors we were fortunate to witness.
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The sun fuels my soul Landscaping the future now Beauty in yellow
This beautiful sunflower has popped up in my neighbor’s yard across the street. My neighbor passed away a few months ago at the ripe young age of 94. The house is now for sale. Her spirit was screaming at me when I passed by while walking my dog the other day. The video will show how hard it was to capture this flower open. I exercised extreme patiences. Now as I think about it, I believe she was just playing with me, teasing me to get the image because she had a wonderful sense of humor. We often laughed in her driveway at whatever small talk we conjured up. I later found out during her funeral service, she was quite the prankster in her youth. Her birthday was in September, the day after mine so she was a Virgo…an Earth sign.
Thank you Sue Vincent for another awesome photo prompt. Is the list getting longer?
Ward the shores of time
Ebb and flow of history
But the twinkling of an eye
The photo for this week’s prompt was taken on the Cornish coast near Carn Lês Boel, not far from Land’s End. It is an exceptionally beautiful place, but it was not the aesthetics that had drawn us to visit the prehistoric promontory fort there, but the fact that it is here that the ley known as the Michael Line makes landfall.
Thank you to everyone who took part, visited or reblogged the posts or left comments for their authors.
A new prompt will be published later today. As always, I will reblog as many contributions as space and time allows as they come in… and all of them will be featured in the round-up next Thursday.
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Sharing Cee’s Friday funny finds and the video at the end is worth a watch especially if you love Freddie Mercury, Queen and Bohemian Rhapsody.
Chris and I always like to find little fun graphics and send them to each other. I thought I would start posting some of them on Friday and share them with you. Please join along if you would like.
And last but not least impactful a song about the seriousness of Coronavirus Rhapsody (based On Bohemian Rhapsody). Please be safe everyone and stay smart and healthy.
I’ve gathered a list of challenges and their hosts. So if you know a challenge host, please direct them to my blog. Feel free to contact me anytime. I hope everyone will be able to use my lists.
Qi (energy) hugs
Flash Fiction, Poetry, and Short Stories
Photography, Artsy Things, and Life on the Farm
Thoughts, Dreams and Ramblings of a Woman over 50
I discover, motivate and rejuvenate here !!
little ideas big pictures
Do photos convey any philosophy?
Not just live and let live, but live and help live
Lets Go Nuts Together
Capturing the beauty of God's creation through the lens of a camera
poetry and short stories
Mary K. Eastman ~ Mary Kay Diffin
joy, happiness, travel, adventure, gratitude
My Own Paradise: Life on Seven and a Half Acres
A somewhat healthy obsession with photography
Non Desistas. Non Exieris.
photography and life
where all emotions are cared for!
Refugees welcome - Flüchtlinge willkommen I am teaching German to refugees. Ich unterrichte geflüchtete Menschen in der deutschen Sprache. I am writing this blog in English and German because my friends speak English and German. Ich schreibe auf Deutsch und Englisch, weil meine Freunde Deutsch und Englisch sprechen.
Life with my camera
age is just a (biggish) number
Looking ahead, without looking back (too often)
Curiosity run amok . . .
Smile;) Its daisy
The camera gave me an incredible freedom. It gave me the ability to parade through the world and look at people and things very, very closely. Carrie Mae Weems