The children of Africa are so spirited and expressive! During my six weeks touring through six countries in Africa in May/June, I was fortunate to briefly interact with some of them. These little girls from Solitaire, Namibia have so much … Continue reading
I love to photograph children! They project so much wonder, delight and enthusiasm for life! During a three-week trip to Peru back in 2009, I was able to capture a few photographs. I love this little girl with her baby … Continue reading
As I’m revamping my site…I came across this post I neglected to post while on my 6-week road trip adventure…so…a break in the regular telecasting…
Tarpon Springs is another quaint and historic town in Florida! Through the years I’ve visited most of the “fun in the sun” areas in Florida…Miami..Key West..Ft. Lauderdale..Orlando..St. Augustine..Ft. Myers..Coco Beach…Panhandle, so I was surprised to discover a few of the quaint towns in the Tampa Bay area. Staying with a local and receiving guidance from her made the difference! Thanks Zully!
Today, I ventured off on my own and explored the Tarpon Springs area. With a population of over 23,000, it has the highest percentage of Greek Americans of any city in the U.S. The main street (E. Tarpon Ave.) has some street art (which you know I love) and antique stores.
Browsing in the windows, one store caught my attention–Tarapani’s. It has been run by the same family for 101 years–I spoke with the son and Grandmother–who were the only people in the store. They had some very interesting items and paintings…
This beautiful park was located at the end of the main road…
If you turn right onto Alt. Rt. 19, it will bring you to Dodecanese Blvd.–turn left and you’ll find a street filled with Greek shops & restaurants and the Sponge Docks…
Lots of fishing boats were docked. Some with sponges…
This flower’s beauty stood out to me…
I walked to the end of the street where I found these fishermen. Notice the fish in mid-air. I asked permission to take a photo and they said sure and stood there. I said, “You can keep working” and the guy on the left said, “Oh, thanks!”.
Walking back to my car I took a final photo…
Driving through a residential area of Tarpon Springs, I spotted this lovely home…
I hope you enjoyed your tour of Tarpon Springs and will come back again soon!
- Tarpon Springs outing (twofoodiesinlove.wordpress.com)
- Coast Guard, good Samaritan rescue 4 fishermen near Tarpon Springs, Fla (uscgnews.com)
- florida primitive (susandanielseden.wordpress.com)
- It’s Been A Tough Run (nativemichigander.com)
I’d like to do a series of posts displaying photographs I’ve taken of children in other countries. I’ll start with Children in Thailand and Laos. I visited in December of 2009 for a couple of weeks. Some of the children … Continue reading
Sue over at A Word in Your Ear has a weekly photo challenge and this week it’s–Clouds! Here are my entries…
Sunset Beach, Florida
Sunset Beach, Florida
That was fun to participate! Hope you enjoyed! Have a great day!!
I took this photo driving from Colorado through New Mexico. Georgia O’Keefe territory!
Most everyone’s heard of Eckhart Tolle‘s best seller…The Power of Now. Back in the day, people used to say, “Take it one day at a time”. I’ve made a conscious decision to implement this way of living recently and it seems to be working! At times in the past, I’ve had a difficult time making certain decisions…i.e. which of my passions to follow or whether to stay or go. I’m learning to feel with my heart/gut more than listening to the conflicting thoughts that bounce around in my head.
Learning to accept myself…the dark and the light!
Just in the past few days I’ve had numerous situations of Synchronicity and events that seem to go beyond coincidence! Now that I have narrowed down my true passions–which are–health/wellness, organization/decluttering, and travel/photography/writing, I’ve decided to stop attempting to pick just one to follow and instead…delve into all of them! So–that means I’m going to be a traveling hypnotist specializing in hoarding, who blogs about her experiences! Well…something like that. I’m still “Taking it One Day at a Time“!
The other key component is ACTION. So, today I got information about becoming a Certified Hypnotist; and I made a flyer to place on bulletin boards to help people organize their homes! I also entered a photography contest.
I’m learning to let go of fear and replace it with love! Fear of not having enough money for retirement. Fear of speaking in front of a large crowd. Actually, I don’t have many fears…so I’m lucky!
These are my wishes for each of you…that you may be free from fear; that you know and love yourselves; and that you are able to follow your passions and have Gratitude!
- Watch…Step…Become (angeladavidsphotography.wordpress.com)
- Telling the Truth about Hypnosis: World Hypnotism Day and New Year’s Resolutions (prweb.com)
- The Power of Now … (Excerpt from the book by Eckhart Tolle) (thinkwithmuniza.wordpress.com)
- Oprah and Eckhart Tolle (joanneguidoccio.com)
- What is Happiness? (coca-cola.com)
- How to Use Hypnosis (answers.com)
- Facing Up To Fear (aroadlesstaken.org)
- Fear is not leaving, ever!!!!! Action is needed, anyway. (ptsdawayout.com)
Art is everywhere! Dark/light… cold/warm…hard/soft…Contrasts help us appreciate life.
A little magic is always fun!
Jake loves to roll in the snow and be joyful…and coy!
Taking a walk on our property…leads to a creek…with more Art!
You’re never too old to sled-ride!
Our cabin in the woods. I like that it blends in with nature.
Nature loves to change colors!
What magic is around you?
- Santa Fe isn’t Cold Enough (…but it Has Mad Arts!) (artblog4you.wordpress.com)
- Photograph snowflakes with a basic point-and-shoot camera (instructables.com)
- Baby, it’s cold outside (theenlightenedjourney.me)
- A Cold and Snowy Night! (ourtomorrow.blogspot.com)
- Modern Art Was CIA ‘Weapon’ (drudge.com)
- Colossal Snowshoe Art by Simon Beck (synkroniciti.com)
2012 was a year of discovery and fun!
I participated in lots of activities…
Pinterest inspired me to make over 125 new recipes! My husband gained a few pounds.
And…I made homemade Febreeze, carpet stain remover, deodorant, In a Pickle Bag, scarves made from t-shirts, and these beautiful Easter centerpieces…
I attended lots of fun festivals, farmers’ markets, parties, and concerts!
I was a tourist in my own hometown of Cincinnati and the surrounding areas…
And–had so much fun seeing familiar places with new eyes through the lens of my camera!
In May/June, I camped for 26 nights of the 40 nights I spent touring seven AMAZING countries in Africa. You can read the first post here!
Met unforgettable people and had once-in-a-lifetime experiences!
Strangers opened their homes to me in South Africa, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida–through an organization called Couchsurfing!
It is an amazing way to meet new people, make travel affordable, and get tips from locals on what to see and do!
My six week-4,200 mile-USA road-trip through North & South Carolina, Georgia and Florida was an adventure! I left in late October and returned home in December.
I so enjoyed walking through all of the cities I visited!
There is so much beauty in the USA!
Florida was too pretty for words!!
I took a wine painting class with girlfriends, went to Columbus, Ohio for a girls’ weekend, and had girlfriends visit me in Florida!
Last…but most importantly…had quality time with family! I thank my husband for being a good sport concerning my passion for travel!
My cousins and I had fun taking photos with Santa!!
I’m not sure what I’ve done to deserve such a rich life…but I’m truly grateful and if 2013 is as good or better than 2012…then all I have to say is…”LIFE IS
GOODGREAT IN YOUR 50’s”!
I love snow! So…today was a special treat in Cincinnati! Being surrounded by acres and acres of trees provides a winter wonderland to take photographs! I didn’t even notice the cold…standing outside in my house slippers…taking delight in the beauty!
I tried a few new settings on my camera and was pleased with the result. It started sleeting this morning, and turned to snow later today. I was so blessed not to have to drive in it!
“The snow began to fall again, drifting against the windows, politely begging entrance and then falling with disappointment to the ground” ~Jamie McGuire, Beautiful Disaster
“The first snow is like the first love. Do you remember your first snow?” ~Lara Biyuts
“There is in every true woman’s heart, a spark of heavenly fire, which lies dormant in the broad daylight of prosperity, but which kindles up and beams and blazes in the dark hour of adversity.” ~Washington Irving
Staying warm by the fire…filled with gratitude! xoxoxo
- Let it snow, Let it snow, Let it snow! (greenwoodlakehouse.wordpress.com)
- Let It Snow! (dmarienthee.wordpress.com)
- Snowing!!! (thislifestatus.wordpress.com)
- Sunny today; snow tonight (vttoday.com)
I’m sure most of you have multiple Christmas celebrations…with all of the divorced families and grown children splitting their time between families. I enjoy being able to have lots of opportunities for spending time with family and friends! My first celebration was with my son and his girlfriend last weekend. He is spending Christmas with his father, step-mother and sister in Texas. He was excited about seeing his 14-year-old half-sister and I’m so happy that he’s happy!
I received a really special gift from him this year…one of my favorite photographs that I took in Namibia, Africa…framed!
Friday night we spent a wonderful evening with my long-time girlfriend from middle school and her husband. She prepared a delicious fish entrée and then we had game night…a couple games of pool and Wii bowling. Downstairs was decorated for a party their teenage daughter was having the following night.
The photo on the top right is after we arrived home…Randy bringing wood in for the wood burning stove. That’s how we heat the house in the winter!
Saturday night we had lots of fun at a friend’s (more like family) house, along with my brother, his wife, and my niece and nephew. Lynne…the hostess had decorated the table so festively…
We had a different wine with each course…
After the gift giving and white elephant…we sang songs…mostly Christmas songs using a Karaoke machine that hooks up to your I-pad, that Lynne received as a gift.
I was a bit obnoxious with my camera…snapping photos throughout the evening. But, hey…that’s my thing!
My husband was a bit melancholy because all of our parents have passed away. It can be a difficult time for people…but I read an interesting article recently that helps people control and redirect their thoughts. Basically…imagine there is a computer in your head along with a trash bin that you can drag negative thoughts into. I’m usually quite optimistic, so I don’t need to utilize the technique extensively, but it’s amazingly effective.
Christmas day we’ll go my cousin’s in the afternoon and then to the neighbors’! We’re blessed to have such good friends and family!!
- Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays (ethicsandvibes.wordpress.com)
- Memories of Christmas Eve (journal365.wordpress.com)
- Why this atheist celebrates Christmas | Jim Al-Khalili (guardian.co.uk)
- In joyless season, Newtown faces Christmas (azfamily.com)
- Christmas time! (poulosesarah.wordpress.com)
- Christmas Magic (akissofbliss.wordpress.com)
- How do you celebrate Christmas? (imconfident.wordpress.com)
- merry christmas … (mom2nick.typepad.com)
- How grandma celebrates Christmas by herself (silverevolution.wordpress.com)
- Spending Christmas Together In St. Charles (fox2now.com)
Walking in the woods is magical! Even when you go to the same place over and over again…there are always new ways to look at the same scenes and these scenes change through the weeks and months. There’s nothing like breathing in the sweet-clean-woodsy air and feeling the sun’s rays upon your face. The sky seems bluer in the woods.
I love the way the towering trees cast shadows and surround you with their being…
The paths seem so inviting. Without leaves, the trees don’t seem lonely.
A light dusting of snow still clings to this path…
Icicles glint in the light and seem to sprout from the rocks…like roots from a tree.
The trees admire their reflections in the icy water…
I’m grateful for the woods!
- My My Saddler’s Woods… You Are Just So Good! (yummygal.wordpress.com)
- Country diary: Waresley Wood, Cambridgeshire: There was something of a church about the woods, the main ride like a nave (guardian.co.uk)
- Woods of the future (wtcampaigns.wordpress.com)
- Winters in Maryland truly are quite beautiful… (chaosbeyond.wordpress.com)
- Everyday Adventure // A Walk on a Snow Day (amnmusic.wordpress.com)
- Wintertime Frost (3daysatsea.wordpress.com)
- Little Known Facts (blogbosebastian.wordpress.com)
These are some photos from my recent trip through the Southern US. I’ve given them a name. If you’d like to play along, I’d love to know what your imagination comes up with…
This was a wall in the kitchen of the first lovely Couchsurfing home I stayed in.
Field of Dreams
Searching for Me
Frozen in Time
Behind the Glass
Hope you can all slow down and enjoy the moments!
- My Couchstory: Sailing with Couchsurfers (couchsurfing.org)
- Where In The World Is Christmas? (atlasfire.wordpress.com)
- “Reality Distortion Field” (tirania.org)
- Watch: ‘Storage Wars’ Reality Show Might Distort the Truth (abcnews.go.com)
I’ve never participated in the “Weekly Photo Challenge” that WordPress hosts, so I’m excited to be able to contribute. This week’s challenge is delicate…
This photo was taken earlier this year in Columbus, Ohio. Everyone can interpret delicate slightly differently. My perception/interpretation is something or someone who can easily break or that you need to treat gently. Or perhaps when something/someone touches you delicately, softly or tenderly.
While I’m thinking and writing, the thunder is rumbling and the gray misty skies are lit occasionally with streaks of lightning. Raindrops are delicately clinging to the branches of a bush in front of my house….nature’s very own Christmas lights.
My heart is a bit heavy today…so I’m going to meditate and allow my feelings to be.
- weekly photo challenge : delicate (timetobeinspired.wordpress.com)
- Weekly Photo Challenge: Delicate (joebeans2002.wordpress.com)
- Weekly Photo Challenge: Delicate. (3rdculturechildren.com)
- Weekly Photo Challenge: Delicate (mytropicalhome.wordpress.com)
- Weekly Photo Challenge: Delicate (scottseyephotos.wordpress.com)
- Weekly Photo Challenge: Delicate (hereandthere5.wordpress.com)
- Weekly Photo Challenge: Delicate (curlybug.wordpress.com)
- Weekly Photo Challenge: DELICATE (Wintersky) (picturesinlivingcolor.wordpress.com)
- Weekly Photo Challenge: Delicate (katiedaisy921.wordpress.com)
A while back a lady contacted me from the African Development Bank organization and requested permission to use a couple of my photos from a six-week trip I took through six countries in Africa for a report that was being published on their website. I told her that was fine and actually had forgotten about it until she contacted me recently to inform me that it been published and the credit and link back to my blog was on the second to last page.
The report is entitled “Solutions for a Changing Climate” and this is my photo that was used on the cover page…
So…I’m excited about that and realize I need to start taking action to get paid for what I love…photography, adventure, travel and writing!
- The African Water Facility, the Government of Sudan and the African Development Bank Jointly Launch the First Peace-Building Water Project in Darfur (appablog.wordpress.com)
- African Development Bank funds $63m initiative to improve agricultural productivity on continent (ghanabusinessnews.com)
- Africa urged to tackle illiteracy (vanguardngr.com)
A couple of days ago my friends–April & Wayne–and I were at Fort Myers Beach to listen to one of Wayne’s favorite bands at the Holiday Inn, which is situated on the beach. Being a local, he knows where to go! Of course, we had to witness Earth’s daily wondrous display of beauty…the sunset!
When looking back at this photo…we don’t recall what we saw…but liked the photo…
April and I both like to do handstands, cartwheels, and generally just act like kids…so we rushed out in the sand and Wayne started snapping…
We both really liked this photo…it’s quite funny with all of the legs flailing around…
This one has a frenzied motion appeal…
Now we’re to the calmer…controlled stances…
We want this for everyone!
After all of that fun…we danced for a while!
It’s fun to engage the crowd! April pulled these gentlemen up to dance and they were quite surprised and good dancers!
I’m leaving Florida today to drive back to Cincinnati and will arrive tomorrow evening. Just in time to put up my Christmas tree, do a little shopping, baking, attend events and get used to the chill!
I had a great six-week road trip and loved meeting all of the new people, seeing new sights, and experiencing new activities! I’m very grateful and also grateful for all of you!! 🙂