Thursday, August 27, 2009

Wonderous Water

There's something about the nature of water that draws me to it. Perhaps it's the unknown that lies beneath its surface. It may be water's constant motion as it appears to search for new places. Or, it may be how throughout history water has connected peoples to other places and other ways of life. Water.

The photos in this group bring back memories of places that I have visited and enjoyed. London's Big Ben on the banks of the Thames; a quiet New Hampshire stream in the Fall; the banks of the Seine in Paris (my favorite city); morning fog on the shores of Lake Michigan in Sheboygan (where I eventually settled); a river in rural Southern France. All of these photos hold good memories for me, they're near water and that is where I am most content.

People and where they are most "at home" is an interesting concept to me. What type of surroundings make you feel "most at home"?

Thank you for visiting, please feel free to come again. May your travels be both interesting and enjoyable. As you travel, dare to go beyond your present horizon-you never know what you may find.


Wednesday, August 19, 2009

This Too Is Paris

Places change, though some aspects remain the same. As I look at these images, I wonder what the monk in the wall painting would think of today's Paris (especially the side street with it's three services all in a row!). Perhaps the city is as it was, with only surface changes.

Thank you for your visit, please come again. May your travels be interesting and enjoyable. I'm already looking forward to my own next major trip this coming March-Scotland and Wales followed by an extension trip to the Isle of Wight.


Sunday, August 9, 2009

Side Streets, Santa Fe Style

Side streets provide the unexpected, therein lies their attraction. You can travel the main streets of a city or a town and come across interesting sights, all of which are the expected. Guidebooks can lead you to those places. It's when you take a quick and unexpected turn that you come across the unusual. The unexpected is often the best part of the trip. (I do understand that veering from the main street can also lead you into an uncomfortable situation or you can become temporarily lost. Been there, done that.)

The photos you see were in the Canyon Drive area of Santa Fe, New Mexico. It is within walking distance of the main plaza, and an area with twisting roads, hidden court yards, and art galleries. It gave me nontraditional glimpses of the American Southwest that I found interesting. These are the places that I'd like to take you to this time.

Thank you for visiting,I hope that you enjoyed your side trip in Santa Fe. May your travels be interesting and enjoyable.


Saturday, August 1, 2009


Sometimes it's life's side trips that give us a great deal of unexpected pleasure. Our spontaneous visit to Horicon Marsh on our drive from Madison (Wisconsin) home to Sheboygan was one of those experiences. The photos in this blog were taken as I walked along a raised cordwalk path that wandered though the marsh. The peace, quiet, and beauty of the place was breathtaking. I hope that the photos do justice to that time and place.

I debated whether or not to create this particular post. After all, most of my other posts are of distant places and many of them center around cities. Most people who visit here do so for those reasons, not to visit a nature blog. In the end, I decided that a taste of Wisconsin's natural scenes was not out of place. Many of you have traveled to or will travel to much more exotic places and never have the opportunity to share these scenes in person. With that thought in mind, I present you with these images.

I hope that you have enjoyed your visit, thank you for stopping by. Please feel free to leave a comment, they are always welcome. May your own travels be enjoyable and interesting.