Weekly Photo Challenge: Orange

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Rule of Thirds


“Butterfly Garden”, Mounds State Park, Indiana

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Garden at the Pioneer Village, Springmll State Park, Indiana


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Weekly Photo Challenge: Scale

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Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado


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The depths of the deep blue sea (or aquarium)

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Warmth

I learned in a physical anthropology class that a baby will become accustomed to whatever temperature they lived in for the first six weeks of life. So if you’re born in the middle of winter you’ll prefer colder climates and if you’re first six is during the heat of a southern summer cold climates will be difficult. If we move to another region we can adapt to 15º either way.

I was born in a warm region and grew up in a region that only has a yearly variation in temperature of about 40º. We rarely saw temps lower than 30º and 80º was considered a heat wave. Most of my adult life I lived in Indiana where daily temperature variations can range 40º or more. That will sure mess you up. And yearly variations of 125º or more, are you kidding me??? A year didn’t go by that I didn’t long to move to Florida.

This natural human phenomena was brought to mind while I was visiting with friends this week from New York. We went to swim in their “heated” pool but it was freezing! They just casually enjoy the nice “warm” water. I’ve learned warmth is relative as is cold. I remember the days when the upper 60s felt so good and now I’m looking for my sweater and fuzzy sox. Where’s the afghan and my coat? Oh yah, I didn’t think I needed them anymore since I now live in Florida. Warmth has taken on new meaning.

There was a time when I was on the road that warmth made a big difference in my physical comfort and more so my mental state. I had just spent October in damp cold New England then drove five days to the sunny southwest for another month. The sunny days and dry heat thawed out my body and soul. This is one of my favorite desert spots. I laid on the warm sand and soaked up the sun. The perfect prescription for a soggy and frost-bitten soul.

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White Sands National Monument, New Mexico

All degrees are in Fahrenheit

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Gone, But Not Forgotten

Ancient Pueblo Cultures, often called Anasazi, are the ancestors of the Pueblo Native Americans of the Four Corners region of the United States. Within this area many distinct cultures existed from around 7000 bce until nearly 1600 ce. While their cultures are gone, they aren’t forgotten. The remains of their cultures can be found in the community ruins, cliff dwellings, ceremonial features and petroglyphs in Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado and Utah. Nearly all known archaeological features are preserved and maintained by the National Park Service, state historical societies and state parks, Native American groups or private organizations.

The cliff dwellings below are of a culture that lived in the area from 1100 to 1550 ce. Bandelier National Monument, New Mexico is at the far eastern part of the Ancient Pueblo people.

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Bridge, sand and sea converge

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Colonial Beach, West Yarmouth, Cape Cod Mass


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Weekly Photo Challenge: Angular

Cooper River Bridge, Charleston, SC

Cooper River Bridge, Charleston, South Carolina


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Weekly Photo Challenge: Descent

This descent to Little Clifty Falls is one of my favorite places in the park. Years ago there were no stairs and no boardwalk across the top of the falls. You just took your chances walking down to the river then carefully cross the falls.

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Clifty Falls State Park, Madison, Indiana


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