Ambience in Nature

I truly love nature. So when I saw the Daily Post Photo Challenge of Ambience I knew I wanted to go with the nature application of the theme. Enjoy!

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Hot Springs, AR – the hot springs bring a special feel to the town. You can walk around and find the hot water steaming in many different places. With the sun it makes the steam a beauty.

 

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Beavers Bend State Park in Broken Bow, OK – with the stillness of the river which runs through the park the rocks with their varied colors made a perfect reflection.

 

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Multnomah Falls, OR – The green beauty of the area around the falls paired with the spectacular waterfall makes it a quiet step into nature. There are so many areas around the Falls to explore and immerse yourself into nature.

 

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Beavers Bend State Park in Broken Bow, OK – Even in the fall the river and all of the natural landscape make this park a relaxing experience. My husband (you can see him in the middle of the photo) enjoys fishing and I immerse myself in all that nature has to show me. It’s a wonderful way to take some zen time…

Ground: In Black &White

How I do adore nature! Part of my fun in photographing nature is to look for the different perspective in what I see around me. Maybe you’ll find that little spider crawling on the flower or that beautiful burst of color in the center of the fall leaves. So Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge this week is ground.  The first of the photos is one of the beach in Maui  where in the early morning I found a child’s footprints in the sand. The second of the photos is a fall photo with some leaves and rocks. The third of the photos is where I took some liberties with the challenge. Since we love to snorkel the “ground” becomes the floor of the ocean. So with that in mind I am sharing a photo of the ocean, also in Maui, which has one of my favorite little creatures in it – an octopus. I hope you enjoy!

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Footprints on the beach

 

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Fall leaves

 

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Ocean floor octopus

 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Foreign

For this week’s Weekly Photo Challenge hosted by WordPress the word is Foreign. I have traveled only twice out of the United States. One was before the start of digital cameras. But my last trip I took quite a few photos. I fell absolutely in love with Venice, Italy. I knew it was clichéd and I never thought to be so mundane – but yes, I am in love with Venice.

So here are a few photos of Venice and those things that I felt were foreign or not of my every day world.

The first photo is one from my hotel in Venice. The bidet and the towel warmer were not what I would find in a bathroom in a hotel in the states – at least not at the ones I’ve stayed in. 🙂

 

 

The second photo is one of my favorites! I LOVED the masks in Venice. Stopping in the masks stores were one of my favorite things to do. They are such works of art! And I was equally amazed at the customization one could have – if you were wiling to pay the price! In this one I am trying on the mask that I bought for my sister – who loves butterflies.

 

The last one is of a waterway. You probably know that this is the primary route of the day-to-day transportation. Either the boats or the feet on the street.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Movement

Memorial Weekend we spent a few days in Hot Springs, AR. I took these two photos sitting on the front porch of the Arlington Hotel – a lovely hotel with that old-fashioned, back in the day feel about it.

The first is the movement of the cars on Central Ave.

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The second photo is of the horse carriages that move along Central Ave. You can see the horse as it moves along – it’s very faint but there…

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