Sunday Stills, the next challenge: Watershots

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Photo taken at Buffalo Bill Reservoir, Wyoming

Weekly Photo Challenge: Sea

A sea is defined as a salt water body of water with some connection to an ocean. But some bodies of water are so large, so sea-like, it’s hard to believe they aren’t classified as seas.

Here is a challenge for all of you, which of the photos below are seas and which are lakes? Hard to tell, right? I can’t wait to see your answers. I’ll reveal the answers next Wednesday.

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Sea 2

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Sea 3

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Now I’d like to offer a few more ideas how we use “sea”.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Carefree

Fishing on Kentucky Lake, Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area, Kentucky

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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: The Season of Autumn

Step Stone Falls, Arcadia State Park, Rhode Island

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Blue Ridge Parkway, North Carolina


Mount Moran, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

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Caribou National Forest, Idaho

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Brown County State Park, Indiana


Summit Lake State Park, Indiana


Pioneer Village, Spring Mill State Park, Indiana


Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee

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Acadia National Park, Maine

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Travel Theme: Beaches

Ah, beaches, one our most beloved vacation spots and most popular places to live. But when we think of beaches, ok when I think of beaches I think of white sandy beaches, ocean breezes and flowing waves. So I’ve decided to explore some a-typical beaches. Not all have sandy beaches or beautiful waves and only one has ocean breezes.

This is one of my favorite spots along the Keeweenaw Penisula on Lake Superior, Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

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Apostle Island National Lakeshore, Lake Superior, Wisconsin apostle is

Cave Run Lake Beach, Daniel Boone National Forest, Kentucky

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While this is a beach I wouldn’t want to swim here, although some people do. The smell is atrocious. Beach at the Great Salt Lake, Utah


When is a beach not a beach? There’s sand and surf but this beach is man-made. Aquatic’s wave pool, Orlando, Florida


Sodus Beach, Lake Ontario, New York

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Holland Beach, Lake Michigan, Michigan

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Point Huron Beach, Lake Huron, Michigan

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Presque Isle Beach, Lake Erie, Pennsylania

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Is this a beach? Is this a road? Is this a parking lot?  YUP. Daytona beach, Florida, where anything goes (at least before Sandy)…The only entry located on the ocean.



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A Word A Week Challenge: DAWN

I have only photographed dawn, or sunrise, twice that I actually woke up for. I usually just stay up.

The first photograph was taken at Crater Lake National Park, Oregon. As a little girl my uncle taught me about many of the national parks and Crater Lake was our favorite. Not only was I fulfilling a lifelong dream but honoring the memory of a man who had meant so much to me. We drove into the park well after midnight and followed the road until we found a parking lot. There were no lights, no moon; we couldn’t see more than a few feet in front of us. I was disappointed that I wasn’t able to find Wizard Island; I was hoping to take a photo of it at sunrise. I set my alarm to 4:00am and after hitting snooze a few times I finally rolled out of the car and turned around to see where we were. What did I see? We were only feet from the lake and the parking lot overlooked my beautiful Wizard Island.

I hiked hundreds of feet to the top of Watchman’s Peak just in time to capture the sun rising over the lake.

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The second photograph was taken at Summit Lake State Park, Indiana. I thought I would be sick getting up so early, but I did it. I got out of bed in time to get many beautiful shots. This photograph was taken in 2008 and was the last time I got up before the sun. I don’t expect it will happen again too soon.


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Travel Theme: Green


Double Rainbow, Jenny Lake, Grand Teton National Park Wyoming


Green Foliage, SeaWorld Orlando


Green Stream, Hemlock Falls Trail, Hoosier National Forest Indiana


Dear peaking through the greens, Spring Hill Park, Indiana


Montreal River Scenic Area, Michigan


Cataract Falls, Lieber State Recreational Area, Indiana

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Transportative photography: Where am I again?

As I pulled into my campground I thought “where am I again?”, is this really Kentucky? I woke to this site everyday…what a view. I had been traveling in Tennessee and Kentucky for several weeks and only found one other place open for camping. It was a breath of fresh air when I discovered the Land Between the Lakes NRA.

Land between the lakes NRA

For the Love of Geography: Mountains

I grew up in a coastal town in Massachusetts. Living so close to the Appalachian Mountains, my family and I often visited Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine each fall enjoy the spectacular display of color. I believed I knew what a mountain was then I took my family on a trip west. I’ll never forget how I felt as we drove south through the Grand Teton National Park. My daughter was driving and my other daughter in the back and I was in the passenger seat. I was overcome by a sense of awe and spiritual awakening.
As we drove, my head hanging out the window, my jaw resting on the car door I finally was able to catch my breath I yelled “STOP”. And I yelled stop every few minutes so I could get out and photography these monuments to God’s strength and beauty.
These photographs were taken during this ride along this mountain range that just seems to jet into the sky from what felt like flat land.

Mt Moran WY Cascade Canyon, Lake Jenny WY Grand Tetons, WY

These photographs were taken on a later trip to the Tetons, a stark difference. Initially I was disappointed that I wouldn’t get the same spectacular views as before but we can’t go back, we always must embrace the present no matter what we’re faced with. The views may not have been the same but the spectacular sunsets were definitely worth it.

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Wildfire, Grand Teton National Park Wy

Mt Moran, WY

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Travel theme: Transportation

Canoeing, Lake Superior, Minnesota

Canoeing, Lake Superior

While driving is my favorite mode of travel, canoeing and kayaking are a close second.

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