I know that I’ve already expressed gratitude for the earth and its beauties, but I am also very grateful for the chance I’ve had (and continue to have) to travel many places around the world and also close to home. When my husband and I got married, he hadn’t traveled much. A couple of years after we married, I convinced him that we needed to take a trip to Great Britain to visit a nephew who had been transferred to London for a year, along with his wife and three boys. It was the best thing that could have happened to us. Since then, we have made a few more trips across the pond to the east, across the pond to the west, and headed down south for my first experience in Mexico (besides Tijuana). I’m looking forward to many more adventures around this amazing globe we live on in the near and distant future.
I love flowers. I love smelling flowers. I love looking at flowers. And I especially love photographing flowers. My maternal grandmother had the most amazing flower garden: roses, lilies, snapdragons, daisies. Each summer, her small yard was transformed by colors and scents that transported us to a fairy world.
Today, the United States of America honors its veterans. Many other countries are celebrating Armistice Day and Remembrance Day today. One of my grandfathers served in World War I (yes, I’m old), several of my uncles served during the Korean Conflict, and many more nephews and nieces have served or are currently serving in the armed forces. As a nation, we can never thank them enough. The gratitude of the nation should never be in doubt.
So, thank you to everyone serving to keep our country and our world a better, safer place.
(The images are from the Punch Bowl Cemetery in Honolulu, Hawaii.)
For the beauty of the earth,
For the beauty of the skies,
For the love which from our birth
Over and around us lies,
Lord of all, to Thee we raise
This our hymn of grateful praise.
Folliott S. Pierpoint, 1835-1917
I have been lucky enough to do a bit of traveling around this amazing planet on which we live (that sentence structure is a nod to all of my English professors at the University of Utah). I’ve been to Asia, Europe, Mexico, Great Britain, and most of the United States of America. Everywhere I go, I find beautiful things to photograph and wonderful people who fill my heart with happiness.
We were in Hawaii in November taking photos for a friend’s wedding. His nephew asked me to take pictures of him proposing to his girlfriend after a skydiving group activity. (It was the day after the ceremony.) Although they had been talking about getting engaged for a while, she was completely surprised by the timing. I think the tightness of her hug says it all.
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I just discovered this photo challenge, and I’m excited to join in. This photo was take on the backside of Molokini Crater on a snorkeling trip to Maui. While I was prepared to enjoy the colorful fish, the beauty of the crater, the deep blue of the ocean, and the perfect sky were an added bonus to the trip.
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We’ve had the opportunity to visit Hawaii a couple of times the last few years, and each time we’ve been to a different luau on the island of Kauai. The highlight of the show at each of these luaus has been the fire dancers. Their skill with the fire sticks or flaming poi balls is amazing to watch. Fire is such an essential element. Without it, humans would never have figured out how to cook their food (not to mention no fire oven pizzas) or to heat their dwellings. I love building fires in the fireplace at our family cabin. It links me to my past. My grandmother and uncle gathered and hand-laid the stones in it. I’m fascinated by the movement of flames.
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