Travel Theme: Smoke and Mirrors



…and mirrors


Smoke and Mirrored Reflections



Photos taken at Grand Teton National Park and downtown New Orleans

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Niagara in the Mist


Photos of Paintings: The Barbara Anne

While I’m avid about not posting (other than reblogs) works of others I’m making an exception with my “Photos of Paintings”. These were painted by my grandmother who developed and taught the technique of painting with the spatula. She introduced me to the world of art, tried to teach me to paint which I failed miserably at and brought me to art shows all over southeastern Mass. If she were alive today I know she’d love to see her work online for all to see. Unfortunately I was only able to acquire a dozen or so of her works. It is my desire to show off the beauty I grew up with. 103_3907crop

This painting was named for me; the name on the boat is “Barbara Anne”. Most of her work was seascapes (Cape Cod), landscapes and flowers; she rarely painted people and only painted a handful of portraits. Even though she felt she couldn’t get faces “just right” they were always beautiful.

Sunday Nature Quote: Natural Healing

This is my first “Sunday Reflections” and it is only fitting that my first quote comes from an individual that has inspired my heart and my love of nature. As an avid supporter of the National Park Service it understandable that John Muir would be that champion to all who desire to connect with the natural world. We all need the beauty of nature to heal our hearts and souls and for this reason this is one of my favorite quotes. Unfortunately I’ve never been to Yosemite so his beloved Sierra Nevada’s will have to do.

Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.   ~~ John Muir


Spotlight on Florida: Dr Phillips Community Park


Weekly Photo Challenge: Future Tense

There are many places I’ve been that I’d love to back to; the desert, the mountains and waterfalls; Yellowstone, Tetons and Glacier National Park. And then there are places I haven’t been that I would dearly like to see: Yosemite, Redwoods and Alaska……11072010-220

The Desert: Saguaro National Park, Arizona


The Mountains: Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming


Waterfalls: Moose Falls, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

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A Word A Week Challenge: PARADE

Opening parade, Andersontown Powwow


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The Earth’s Hair

Willow Trees: The Earth’s Flowing Hair


Fall Creek Falls Park, Pendleton Indiana

Spanish Moss: The Earth’s Hair on a bad day, and much like my own hair.

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Natchez National Historic Park, Natchez Mississippi

Water, Earth’s glistening coat

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Pelicans at Yellowstone National Park Wyoming

Sunset, Earth’s colorful scarf


Blind Pass Beach, Englewood Florida