theme – nature walk
I always say I need to get out more and explore the great things that surround me. The Morikami museum and Japanese gardens in Delray, Florida was one of them. Kim and I spent a day here taking a photo hike through the beautiful gardens. It was gorgeous and a place I hope to return to for another photo hike. – Diane
theme – spacious
This bridge was being built next to the Hoover Dam. My first thought was who in the world will want to drive over a bridge that far up? My second thought was how do you build a bridge that far up? To me, the answers to these questions didn’t really matter. I wasn’t building it and I would certainly not be driving over it.
I chose this photo for spacious because honestly, there is way too much space between the bridge and the water below. I will admit that even though this bridge scared the heck out of me just looking at it, I’m sure the photos you could get from being on it are spectacular. So, if you are ever near the Hoover Dam and get to drive across this bridge, take a picture for me. I would love to admire the view from the safety of the ground. – Diane
theme – delicious
One of the things my family does while on vacation in Topsail NC is they eat what they catch. Throw some crab pots down in the morning and dinner is served in the evening. I am not a fan of this catch it and eat it method. I prefer not to see my meal when it was alive and moving around. When dinner was over and there were a few crabs left, I kidnapped them and gave them their own special photo shoot. I loved the red of their shells and of course now I could pose them without the fear of being pinched by the claws. A little morbid? Probably, but they are so photogenic. - Diane
photo friday theme – mirror
We had our friends visiting from California, so we made arrangements to visit the 9/11 memorial.
This photo was taken of John outside of the 9/11 Museum Pavilion.
A strong reflection while we were all reflecting the loss, strength and resilience
of our country at a time of adversity.
Photo Friday Theme – Nature Walk
Photo Friday Theme – spacious
Adventures renting a boat for the day off of Summerland Key presented the spacious, endless turquoise waters. Captain O (aka: Dad) guides us around to find places to snorkel and just take in the beauty around us. We even had a fun dolphin encounter. The Keys are one of my favorite places for the relaxed atmosphere, great fresh seafood and the gorgeous turquoise waters! – Kim
As Jimmy Buffet sings “Changes in Latitude, Changes in Attitude”
photo friday theme – delicious
Beautiful fruit from our apple picking adventure in Chester, NJ. Kim
The Apple Orchard
Come let us watch the sun go down
and walk in twilight through the orchard’s green.
Does it not seem as if we had for long
collected, saved and harbored within us
old memories? To find releases and seek
new hopes, remembering half-forgotten joys,
mingled with darkness coming from within,
as we randomly voice our thoughts aloud
wandering beneath these harvest-laden trees
reminiscent of Durer woodcuts, branches
which, bent under the fully ripened fruit,
wait patiently, trying to outlast, to
serve another season’s hundred days of toil,
straining, uncomplaining, by not breaking
but succeeding, even though the burden
should at times seem almost past endurance.
Not to falter! Not to be found wanting!
Thus must it be, when willingly you strive
throughout a long and uncomplaining life,
committed to one goal: to give yourself!
And silently to grow and to bear fruit.
Rainer Maria Rilke
theme – the end of summer
The end of summer. A time when everyone begins to move indoors. A time when the beaches become deserted and ice cream is eaten less often.
Wait a minute, this is Florida. The summer never really ends. Stay outside, eat ice cream and enjoy those sandy beaches. - Diane
theme – frozen
This Nativity was hand carved from 520 blocks of ice. It was on display at the Gaylord Plams in Orlando, FL in 2008 as part of their annual ICE! show. The show is a walk through event with rooms full of larger than life ice sculptures such as candy houses, wreaths, arctic animals and scenes, and even a train. They have 4 ice slides for kids of all ages and it always ends in this room with the Nativity. No winter coat, no problem, parkas are provided for you as the temperature is an unFloridian 9 degrees. - Diane
theme – on the road
I have seen other photos like this and have always wanted to try it. I love the different perspective it gives. It shows the movement of the trees and the road but keeps everything in the mirror clear.
The other car in the mirror is my daughter. She is driving to college to move in for her freshman year. This photo, for me, captures the beginning of a wonderful adventure for my daughter. If I had thought about it, I would have loved to capture the back of her car in front of us as that would be symbolic of this particular adventure for me. - Diane