Birds of a feather.. well you know..


“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 KingRita 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.

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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.

Travel theme: Distance


Nepal

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.

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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?  

Khalil Gibran

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

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:

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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

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

Travel theme: Liquid


Ailsa’s challenge in ‘Where’s My Backpack Travel Photo Theme this week is:  Liquid.  Liquid, water, wet and a multitude of other damp images come to mind when I think of this challenge.  I think of refreshing liquids, boat rides, floating villages and wet kids.

I hope you enjoy.

A couple more of my favorite images:

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