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Friday, May 19, 2017

acts of kindness ...

no acts of kindness, 
however small, 
is ever wasted. 

 Aesop

 Champs-Élysées, Paris, France


I have been torn about posting this image, 
hesitant to take it in the first place, 
agreeing with my husband's disfavor of putting the down trodden on display.
In the end I decided to share it only because of its anonymity but even more because of the volumes it speaks to the universal hardship of mankind and the never ending need for acts of kindness.
Hardship knows no boundaries and to look the other way (including with a camera) is to pretend it doesn't exist.  
That helps noone.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Happy Mother's Day ...


The brilliance of Mother's Day doesn't come from the flowers ...


it doesn't have to be filled with sunshine ...


the best part of a day celebrating motherhood is getting to share it with your children (fur babies included). I miss my mom dearly and lament the too many Mother's Days I let slip away without celebrating it with her. 


 HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

she blinded me with science ...







Travel can be planned to the ninth degree and still take on a life of its own.
20 percent chance of rain turns into 100 percent.
Casual meandering around the Capitol surrendered to masses of people yelling something about science.
And visiting a specific Smithsonian museum tabled due to a one hour entry wait 
(created by same said crowd and compounded by same said precipitation).


I have found I am better with going with the flow with a camera in hand 
(and a cell phone camera works fine too).

So as we made our way back to the subway to shift gears,
get dinner and shop, I clicked away.






None of the aforementioned changes of plan ruined our weekend at all.

Good times were had by all. 
(even by this guy)

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Spring ...


Has it really been a year since we welcomed in Spring in Europe?   How can that be when I am still sorting through pictures for an anniversary photo book and regularly using them for my instagram feed?  What's more, it seems like just yesterday we said goodbye to the Crawley family and left our beloved Downton Abbey in the rear-view mirror.

Monday, April 3, 2017

lay of the land ...

[Laguna Beach, California]


[Switzerland]


[Honolulu, Hawaii] 


[Honolulu, Hawaii]


[Salt Creek Beach, California]


 As I scour images to complete a couple photo books there has been a regular presence of homestead photos.

Not the stereotypical travel photos of the beach or hillside, but images that in my opinion tell a lot about the region, culture, and the people who call it home.  

Saturday, March 11, 2017

hey, we should ...


What started as a 'hey, we should ..." ended with a rip roaring good time in Hawaii.


About a bazillion years ago my brother said "hey, we should go to Hawaii". He was in law school, I was in graduate school and we were foot loose and fancy free.  The concept of  bucket lists had not crossed our radar and endless lounging on the beach qualified as a destination because we had nothing but TIME.  Mostly what I remember about that trip was the overwhelming delight of fragrance (summer flowers were in full bloom),  island hopping, staying where they filmed Elvis' Blue Hawaii, and riding horses.

Careers, marriage, and growing families later, he again said, "hey, we should go to Hawaii". This time  with spouses in tow we stayed at Disney's Aulani Resort and limited our trip to the island of Oahu.



With a better sense of ohana (family) and a better appreciation for the aloha way of life, we embarked on a trip where idle time would be filled with adventure, 
and beach lounging reserved for photographing the sunset. 




We surprised ourselves with our agility to maneuver narrow, rocky, muddy trails through the rainforest/bamboo forest where we witnessed possibly one of the most lackluster waterfalls I have ever seen.  Still a fun journey.



We managed to hang with the hip and chic by shopping and dining late on a Sunday night in Honolulu.  We set out thinking it would be like any other town that rolls up the streets on Sunday evenings making it a breeze to scoop up a table for a nice dinner.   Nope, not even kinda.  That place was hopping and we old farts went with the flow.  Not bad for a group that earlier in the week could barely make it to 9:30 before falling asleep from jetlag.


We (and by we I mean me) tested the concept that you can outgrow or mentally will away motion sickness or at least discourage its symptoms with sea-bands and essential oils.

If we had turned the catamaran around after spotting the dolphin family of 6 
I might have had a shot at it.



 But my how blue that water was,
(I spent plenty of time looking over the side of the boat to vouch for this).



We traveled to the North Shore in hope of witnessing some serious surfing only to discover the quicksand nature of the beach and experience beach chickens. 
(and not of the seagull variety but of the rooster crowing and hen egg laying variety).  



We rounded up our trip on the east side of Oahu touring the Kualoa Farm where we thoroughly enjoyed the ATV tour of some of the most beautiful landscape you can image. 




yea, we should!

Tuesday, February 21, 2017