One Word Photo Challenge: White

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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Crooked & Squiggly

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Crooked layers of earth, Death Valley National Park, California

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Squiggly

Squiggly tree roots, Dr Phillips Community Park, Orlando, Florida

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Travel Theme: Fresh

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Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

 

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Monochrome Monday: Seagull Beach

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Seagull Beach, West Yarmouth (Cape Cod), Massachusetts

Sunday’s Nature Quote: Come to the woods

Come to the woods, for here is rest.

John Muir

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Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Weekly Photo Challenge: Extra, Extra

Extra, Extra Water

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Shadyside Park, Anderson, Indiana after several thunderstorms.

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Spotlight on Florida: Aquatica

This is one of our favorite places. I love the wave pool and Roa’s Rapids, a lazy river. This isn’t the lazy river you float along in an inner tube. Roa’s Rapids is a little more challenging with waterfalls, geysers and of course rapids. We also like the more gentler lazy river – Loggerhead Lane. There are two wave pools Big Surf Shores and Cutback Cove. We prefer Cutback Cove as it’s a little more adventurous. I just wish they’d let us use boggy boards. Finally, Kai enjoys Kata’s Kookaburra Cove, a play area just for the little ones.

I know, you don’t see photos of Roa’s Rapids. Maybe one day I’ll remember to bring my water camera.

 

Cee’s Fun Foto: Edges

I have a fear of heights, or I should say, falling. So when I went to the EDGE of this cliff my heart raced as I imagined myself dropping off the side. But this didn’t keep me from getting close to the EDGE to photography the valley below. I’m only a few feet from the EDGE, a big wind would have blown me off and down. I think they need guard rails.

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Canyon de Chelly National Monument, Arizona

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Travel Theme: Unespected

I lived and traveled throughout the eastern and southern US until my mid-40s. I’ve spent a lot of time in the Appalachian Mountains. The mountains in this range are generally about 4000 feet above sea level and the highest is Mount Mitchell in North Carolina at over 6600 feet. The Appalachians are the oldest mountain range in the world and such have experienced much erosion. They’re rounded, covered in green and often look like rolling hills.

In 2005 I finally took my first road trip west. The mountains dwarfed anything I’d seen in the Appalachians. The Yellowstone Ecosystem in general proved quite unexpected. I expected geysers and hot springs but soon realized there was so much more. As we traveled south down the John D Rockefeller Jr Memorial Parkway my eyes and soul experienced a most unexpected spiritual awakening. We were already 8000 feet above sea level when we saw those towers of granite jetting into the sky for another 5000+ feet.

I haven’t been the same since. I even changed my geographic focus from human to physical, teaching geomorphology instead of culture and sacred landscapes. I’d seen photos of Yellowstone and the Teton’s but nothing compares to seeing such places with your own eyes. You can’t grasp the majestic nature of the American West, or any geographic region, until you visit yourself. No photo can adequately convey the treasures of this earth.

And while I did return, I still long to see them yet again.

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Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

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Monochrome Monday: Blind Pass Beach

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Blind Pass Beach, Englewood, Florida