Weekly Photo Challenge: Atop

Gazing At Mount Tai How to describe Tai mountain? Its green towers above all of Qi and Lu! Here the Creator concentrated divine beauty; Its north and south sides split dark from dawn. Chest pounding, you reach the birthplace of clouds; Bursting eyes fill with birds returning to nest. Someday I must climb to the…

Weekly Photo Challenge: The Road Taken

I’ve been lucky to take many different roads in life, especially when traveling. One of my favorite trips was to Japan, a place that I would love to re-visit now that I’m older, have a better camera, somewhat more disposable income (no more living off of convenience store nigiri!), and have some kids to hopefully…

Travel theme: Paths

There’s nothing quite so beckoning or mysterious as a path that winds out of view. It always makes me wonder – where does it go? What’s at the end of that path? Or as Disney’s Pocahontas would say- What’s around the river bend! Waiting just around the river bend! Sorry, I’ve been on a Disney movie…

Travel theme: Bark

Sometimes when I’m trying to teach my 2 year old daughter different vocabulary, I’m a little stumped on how to teach her homonyms – those words that sound/are spelled the same but have completely different meanings! Ugh! Isn’t that kind of confusing for non-native English speakers? It’s something that I take for granted so when…

Travel theme: Turquoise

Turquoise is one of my favorite colors, as well as its close cousin aqua. In fact, it was one of my wedding colors! So I had a great time going through my photos and finding different shades of turquoise to share! I loved my friend’s turquoise nails as she made her french press coffee! Yes,…

Travel theme: Delicate

For me, there’s nothing quite so delicate and ephemeral as cherry blossom season! The flowers have a short bloom time so it’s easy to miss them in all their fluffy pink glory. It’s also rather hard to predict exactly when the flowers will blossom, so you may find yourself booking a trip to Washington DC…

Travel theme: Stone

This week’s travel theme made me do some extra research – are rocks and stones the same thing? Apparently the consensus is that stone is rock which has been worked with  – hewn, polished, chiseled, etc. So perhaps I am cheating a bit here… since my post is going to be about the gorgeous red…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Horizon

Three Different Horizons 🙂 and a fourth bonus one 😉 An untouched horizon in the bayous of Louisiana, with mirror-like water… A horizon with rolling hills, tilled farmland, and evidence of people about… A nocturnal horizon, showing the huge metropolis of LA at night from the Getty Observatory… And finally, the elusive Vertical Horizon: This…

Travel theme: Brown

As a color, brown seems to get a bad rep – it looks dirty, or boring, etc etc. But brown is great! It’s earthy, natural, and has a full spectrum of hues from light tan to deep chocolate-brown. And as chef Anne Burrell would say, “Brown food tastes good!” And I definitely agree there… browned…

Travel theme: Deep

After last week’s travel theme of Heights, it’s time to get down and dirty with this week’s theme of Deep at Where’s my backpack! There are a lot of ways to interpret this theme… one can be literally deep inside something, or deep in thought, or reading a deeper meaning in something… so here are…