“Some birds are not meant to be caged, that’s all. Their feathers are too bright, their songs too sweet and wild. So you let them go, or when you open the cage to feed them they somehow fly out past you. And the part of you that knows it was wrong to imprison them in the first place rejoices, but still, the place where you live is that much more drab and empty for their departure.”
― Stephen King, Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption: A Story from Different Seasons
I had to participate in this week’s Travel Theme: Birds from Ailsa. In my last post I mentioned loving taking random non-posed pictures. Sometimes this goes very good for me and sometimes it results in me having to delete about 300 of my 500 random shots that didn’t produce anything.
HOWEVER, on the last hash I attended while walking through a field we startled a flock of birds and i clumsily grabbed my camera and shot off 7 photos and didn’t expect a thing. (Refer to “On On” post if you do not know what a hash is). Out of the 7 photos I took, the following photo came out pretty well. Thank you point and shoot.
A few other birds on this hike..
But really, the reason I love this theme is it reminds me so much of an old, old movie that horrified me as a child. Enjoy.
Yeah horrible graphics but still frightening. So to leave on a happier note..more birds.
Ailsa’s travel theme this week is Distance. Perfect theme for me as I am currently preparing to go very far away. As I mentioned in my last post I am less than 3 weeks from heading off to Nepal.
country name Nepal in Devanagariscript *screen shot –Immanuel Giel 09:20, 1 Mar 2005 (UTC) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
My head is full of Nepali and exhausted so I’m trying to find ways to rest my mind and enjoy a little bit of my remaining time in DC. While I prepare to go far away I am also trying to distance myself a little from the people near me and my life in the U.S. As excited as I am to head out once again, I know that I will with as much passion and sadness miss the friends that are currently closest to me as well as my daughters who will not be traveling with me.
A friend who is far away is sometimes much nearer than one who is at hand. Is not the mountain far more awe-inspiring and more clearly visible to one passing through the valley than to those who inhabit the mountain?
Last weekend a friend and I took a trip to Richmond, Virginia where we took a day to pamper ourselves (she is learning Vietnamese and will soon be off to ..duh.. Vietnam). We spent a 2nd day in the area before returning to DC visiting a local winery. While I”m not sure if the photos express distance so much as my sentiment does I hope you enjoy.
Windsor Wineries in Virginia
Windsor Wineries in Virginia – Cheers U.S.
Now it’s your turn to bring your most distant, faraway places to the foreground. If you would like to join in this week’s travel theme (everyone is welcome!) here’s what to do:
Create your own post and title it Travel Theme: Distance
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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.