Share Your World – January 29, 2018

Share Your World – January 29, 2018

041514-sywbannerShare Your World (SYW) is a weekly series of four random questions created by  Cee’s Photography. In answering the questions, the reader shares things about ourselves, our home, and our traditions. In this way, we get to know each other more. Feel free to join in and share your world.

 

If you had an unlimited shopping spree at only one store, which one would you choose? Why?

This one is hard because I really hate shopping, plus I am trying to be more of a minimalist, at least with certain things. However, our house needs a lot of repairs, so maybe Home Depot so I could get everything we need to renovate. I would need to bring a handy-man home too, but that’s another story.

What is the worst thing you ate recently?

I am taking an 8-week Total Wellness course to learn to eat better (and lose some weight). Our assignment this week is to eat vegetables at every meal. That is right…breakfast too. Since there are not any vegetables that I want to eat that early in the morning, I decided to try the Naked Juice’s Kale Blazer. I like Naked Juice and I didn’t think a veggie version would be bad, but I have to say that it was the worst thing I have tasted maybe ever. There was a peppery flavor that was awful. It was worse than the V-8 I tried the day before.

Name five things you like watching…

Birds that feed in my backyard (or anywhere for that matter)

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The ocean, especially from my balcony on a cruise ship

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Photo credit: Susan Spaulding

Sunrise and Sunset

Galveston Bay at Sunset
Photo Credit Susan Spaulding

4)  Netflix (binges)

5)  Deer Crossing in my yard

What did you appreciate or what made you smile this past week?

This little guy became part of our family a week ago. He has been a delight.

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Photo Credit: Shelley Spaulding
Photo 101 – Collage of Color

Photo 101 – Collage of Color

My final tribute to Photo101. Thanks to everyone who took the time to look at my photos and for sharing yours with me. Until we meet again.

 

 

 

 

 

Landscapes and Cropping (Day 15)

Landscapes and Cropping (Day 15)

I love landscapes,  although I rarely do justice to the beauty that captivates the natural eye.  For this assignment, I chose several of my favorite landscape photographs to showcase, including a few that were used for previous Photo 101 themes.

My first two photos were taken last summer (August 2015) in The Badlands National Park, South Dakota. This stark area earned it’s name. The rock formations were formed from wind and rain erosion and there is little vegetation.  If you ignore the greenery in the foreground, I imagine this is what the moon would look like.

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On this same trip, we drove through the Colorado Rockies. The towering peaks never cease to amaze me.

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As we drove down the highway, we came across a creek of melted mountain snow.

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Several years ago we visited The Arches National Park in Moab, Utah. The sandstone formations are incredible.

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The golden grassland of Nebraska.

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Waves breaking on the shore of Galveston Bay, Texas

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An Oklahoma Sunset

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A Moment in Motion(Day 13)

A Moment in Motion(Day 13)

Humans experience time as a series of continuous moments, all strung together. One moment feeds the next and we don’t notice where one ends and the other begins. What makes a photograph special is that it captures a single, unobserved moment before it disappears forever.

This photograph was taken at Galveston Beach. It was April 20, 2013, late in the day. My first trip to Galveston and the first time to the shore after a very long absence. The day was filled with motion: sea gulls hovering over the water and swooping down to catch a small fish; waves rushing to the shore, only to recede and re-form; families splashing in the cool Gulf waters, or simply strolling along the sandy beach in search of sea shells. In the snap of a camera, this moment came and went. This moment was unique, and this photo is the only remnant that it ever existed.

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Bliss (Day 4)

Bliss (Day 4)

Island of Roatan
Roatán, Islas De La Bahia,

 

If Bliss means heaven, then cruising the Caribbean is my idea of bliss.  Although I have only take three cruises so far (fourth later this summer) I am hooked and all that holds me back is time and money.

There are many things I love about cruising. The serenity of being on the open ocean, away from cell-phones, emails, and social media provides a much needed break from life’s demands. The smell of the ocean air and watching  fish fly out of the break from my own small balcony helps me appreciate the simply pleasures in life.

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Archway at Rose Hall, Montego Bay, Jamaica

I love the sense of adventure and exploration. There is always something new to look forward to.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Roadside Market in Roatan

I enjoy experiencing new cultures, meeting new people, and trying new things. Seeing people whose lives are so much different than mine reminds me of my own humanity.

 

 

 

 

Galveston Bay at Sunset
Galveston Bay at sunset

Sunrise and sunsets are always beautiful, and there is no better way to start the day than by grabbing cup of hot  coffee and watching the sun come up over the ocean horizon. There is peace in the quiet and beauty at the start of a day.

 

 

And a sense of gratitude in knowing there will never be another sunrise like the one before you.