B & W Challenge

I was very recently nominated to compete in a 5 day B & W Challenge. The goal was to each day pick and post one favorite B & W photo I have taken.  Anyone who knows me will absolutely not be surprised that I could not seem to focus on just one thing and therefore did not exactly follow the rules.  After perusing over 300 photos I finally narrowed it down to “some” of my favorite photos.  I like them so much I thought I would share (and in some cases re-share) the entire grouping here.

These photos represent only a few of my favorites from New York to India.  I love them because they express everything from sadness to pure chaos.  There is just something about a black and white that is timeless and beautiful.  I hope you enjoy.

Other posts I enjoyed


Coffee Break

“What do you want?”
“Just coffee. Black – like my soul.”
Cassandra Clare, City of Bones

Yes!! Once again it’s time for a coffee break. As I have mentioned or shown in past posts (I have a confession A simple cup of Joe…and Morning Reflections), I like coffee.

“It doesn’t matter where you’re from- or how you feel…There’s always peace in a strong cup of coffee.”― Gabriel Bá, Daytripper

One of my favorite things to do is to wake up eat a solid breakfast and drink a very strong cup of coffee.  So in honor of that and reflecting some of my favorite past travels.  I would like to share some of my most recent favorite coffee breaks.  So here is to bountiful beans which are inviting and welcoming to strangers!!

Coffee is a language in itself.   Jackie Chan

No matter how you take it or where they serve it.. you just can’t beat coffee in Turkey!!


I like coffee because it gives me the illusion that I might be awake.   Lewis Black

I like coffee anywhere, but coffee in Vietnam.. though small.. it doesn’t get any better.

“Hydrogenated and androgynous milky white love is all I have to offer you. Would you like me to pour it in your coffee, or directly into your soul?
― Jarod Kintz, The Days of Yay are Here! Wake Me Up When They’re Over.

Other favorite coffee time pictures:

Other posts  I enjoyed while drinking my coffee

The number three and Distance from Seoul

Without mathematics, there’s nothing you can do. Everything around you is mathematics. Everything around you is numbers.

Shakuntala Devi
As terrible as I am with numbers.. I love them.  I grew up on statistical commercials such as “Three out of four …”

Or, even the commercials that don’t specifically state numbers but use words like more than or less than.

Really powerful, RIGHT?!?

We all have special numbers in our lives, and 4 is that for me. It’s the day I was born. My mother’s birthday, and a lot of my friends’ birthdays, are on the fourth; April 4 is my wedding date.

Beyonce Knowles

My special number is three.  I have two sisters, two daughters, and two grandkids.  My birthday is the 3rd month on the 30th day.  Like a book, I have a beginning, a middle and eventually I will have an end.  I’ve only found three leaf clovers.  “I AM SAM” is sort of my favorite thing to say.  Weird right?!?

But enough of that.  Ailsa’s theme this week was photo’s with numerals.  I also do not take that many photos with numbers in them. However, I actually did on my trip to Seoul.  I hope you enjoy.

Counting …

Other posts I enjoyed.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Forward

Forward. This week’s photo challenge… inspired me to think about how many times I have moved forward and what that moving forward has meant for me.  I can remember many times in my life certain people stated that I seemed to be a person that was constantly running away from people, places and things.  The truth is, I have never ran from anything but have spent a lot of time running towards everything.

This week’s photo challenge asked what ‘forward’ meant to us.  Well, to me it has always meant finding interesting people, places or things that are ahead of me and that have caused me to want to move forward and toward a new and unknown destination.

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I have had an amazing life with many shiny objects ahead of me that have distracted and caused me to want to leave behind one thing (or in some cases many things) that I truly loved and appreciated in order to move on.  For this I am grateful.  I cannot imagine, even for a second not moving forward.  Because of my inability to run away from things I will always remember fondly the places I have been and the people I have met.  Because of my ability to move forward, I will always anticipate the amazing things that are yet to come.

Go check out the other photo challenge participants here.  Or bust out some pictures and join in the fun!

Travel theme: Hot

I’m going to diverge from using standard photos of hot in relation to Ailsa’s travel theme this week as I’ve been living in a country that is HOT most every day.  It has been breezy and chilly lately.. dipped below 75 the other day.. brrrrrrrrr….

I have fortunately missed (or not missed-depending on how you look at it) the cold for the past 2 years in Venezuela and this paradise life is soon drawing to a close (13 more days — boooo) and I will be leaving the 75-95 F weather and bursting into Washington State where the same day forecast shows a near 40 degree reduction in temps.  So to prepare myself for this.. even just a little.. I decided to go with my one favorite cold weather heat me up.. FIRE… I hope you enjoy.

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Just a few of my favorites