Travel theme: Bridges


Ailsa from “Where’s My Backpack” travel themes is “bridges” this week and her personal inspiration was the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.

Click here to see what everyone else has come up with.

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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: Circles


This week’s Travel theme is circles.  Most of my favorite circles surround the theme wine.. and If I’m wining, I’m usually dining.  Enjoy some of my random circle art finds as well.

All my life’s a circle;
But I can’t tell you why;
Season’s spinning round again;
The years keep rollin’ by. * Harry Chapin in “Circle” 68492_10151158243833282_2014657585_n 183722_10150095956668282_799029_n 164049_487131258281_5931292_n 164503_487131343281_5899719_n 208943_10150903488588282_215829928_n 246512_10150903515483282_1015064474_n 248019_10150187986643282_336770_n 252239_10150903520843282_1142561005_n 253119_10151103036908282_626057386_n 260060_10150229223128282_5453748_n 269778_10150229214788282_7434752_n 296281_10150328901383282_1221879225_n 307509_10150328925743282_966913723_n 319576_10150328901243282_1097497599_n 527777_10150903491148282_1131481669_n 320061_10150328921143282_99307349_n 316459_10150328926393282_322154436_n 486219_10151158176908282_552040740_n 532170_10151158244733282_677281118_n 579055_10151158175483282_1810672695_n panama circles of food san francisco wine barrels

A circle is a round straight line with a hole in the middle. **

Mark Twain

SUNDAY POST : Natural Resources


Jake’s theme for this week is natural resources…click here to go to his page.  His weekly challenges always present a challenge for me because I like to find photos that are a little outside of the box.  This week I’m going to stay very much in the box and only as a side-note step out.  I hope you enjoy.

My first photos are from a visit to a Cambodian silk thread weaver factory.  We saw the process of creating yarn from piles of leaves to larvae to silkworm to yarn to weaving.  It was amazing to watch these ladies work, knowing that these ladies sat in these positions for hours using the natural resources that surround them to make a living as well as to create beautiful natural crafts.

Cambodia Silk making factory. Ladies weaving the thread.

Cambodia Silk making factory. Ladies weaving the thread.

Textile machines in silk factory

Silk worms at the silk factory in Cambodia

Silk baskets that hold the silkworms while they weave/spit their threads.

Silkworm bush to harvest silk.

Bed of leaves to grow and feed silk worm

Silk worm bushes/trays.

The next group of photos come from Spokane, Wa (natural water resources) and the drive to Seattle, WA (natural wind resources).

A river runs through it. Spokane, WA has a river running through the center of the city. Over the years it has helped to create energy for the city as well as a beautiful backdrop for the 1976? World’s Fair.

Windmills that produce energy on I 95. A very windy area.

A river runs through it. Spokane, WA has a river running through the center of the city. Over the years it has helped to create energy for the city as well as a beautiful backdrop for the 1976? World’s Fair.

Windmills that produce energy on I 95. A very windy area.

This is a water fountain in the middle of the city. I was told that it is fed by the Spokane river that runs through the city.

Windmills that produce energy on I 95. A very windy area.

Windmills that produce energy on I 95. A very windy area.

These next four photos are from Catatumbo, Venezuela.  They are of some local crabbers making their living and feeding their family off of the natural resources of the water they live in and are surrounded with daily.

The man doing the work. Amazing to watch their handmade crab trappers and how fast this man needs to work to catch each crab.

The job and the net

Local crabbers living on Venezuela’s natural resource

The haul

These final pictures are simply of people (me included) enjoying a variety of natural resources.

Sailing on wind power in San Francisco Bay

Using nature and a natural phenomena to enjoy the cold.

Climbing trees in Shanendoah National forest.

Trying to break up some dead wood for a fire using natural resources to do the task.

Hauling dead wood to create seating at a camp in the Shanendoah National Forest

Just hanging around on a hike in Shanendoah National Forest

Climbing trees in Shanendoah National Forest.

Some of my favorites in no particular order.

  1. SUNDAY POST: Natural Resources | Tea with a Pirate –
  2. sunday post : natural resources | bodhisattvaintraining
  3. Windmill at Sunset | Canoe Communications
  4. Sunday Post: Natural Resources…The Children of the World
  5. Eye candy | Thirdeyemom
  6. The Giving Tree | Thirdeyemom
  7. Sunday Post: Natural Resources « patriciaddrury
  8. SUNDAY POST : Natural Resources | tahira’s shenanigans
  9. Sunday Post:  Natural Resources -Another Day in Paradise
  10. Sunday Post : Natural Resources « restlessjo
  11. Positive Parental Participation
  12. Natural Resources. « Luddy’s Lens
  13. Jake’s Sunday Post: Natural Resources | A Number of Things
  14. BAMBOO- A Natural Resource « Zeebra Designs & Destinations
  15. If a tree falls | Beyond the Brush
  16. Jake’s Sunday Post theme: Natural resources « newsferret
  17. Tell me, was it one of those days? | The Wanderlust Gene
  18. Longing « Stray Thoughts
  19. SUNDAY POST: Natural Resources Wool | Cee’s Life Photography
  20. Wind Turbines | Figments of a DuTchess

 

SUNDAY POST : City


JakesPrinter’s has brought another great theme for this week.  CITY

After reviewing all of my favorite shots from my favorite cities I found too many to narrow down.  So what I decided to do is pick my favorite city to highlight and post some of my favorite pictures from that ONE city.. and for the others.. well.. I couldn’t just ignore them so they will need to follow in a slideshow.  Now if you’ve read a few of my past posts you will know what city I’m going to profile.  I hope you enjoy.

THE CITY

Statute of Liberty

New York

Canal Street New York

Elmo New York

New York Cabs

New York Times Square

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