52 Tuesdays #12: Transfixed

Transfixed – Held motionless by. 

There are those moments where you stop in your tracks, stand completely still, almost forgetting to breathe, and stare at that object – be it an animal, person, or other creature. Because of my love of nature I find myself doing that quite a bit. So here are a few photos of those moments when I stood transfixed.

This photo was taken while snorkeling in St. Kitts. The fish in the center was obviously one to fade into the scenery so every time we saw him we tried to be super still to see more of him.

st kitts fish


This photo was taken on St Martin and we seemed to attract quite of few of this little guy. What was most amusing is that we weren’t the ones transfixed but they were. They would float around us as we swam looking for neat fish and coral.

st martin fella


And one of my favorite little critters to photograph is this one. We love to feed them the crackers then I’ll wait very still and focused on the squirrel so that I can photograph it.

snacking squirrel

52 Tuesdays Challenge #6: That!

That – as in “Look at THAT!” “Did you see THAT?” “Gotta try THAT!!” or better yet “I’ve got to have a photo of THAT!!!”

You guessed it – this week’s word is THAT!

The first photo I thought of when I chose the word today was this one from our honeymoon. We were taking a tour in Vancouver, BC and happened upon these super cute raccoons! They were cute enough to talk us out of some ice cream cone! And the mother was blind in one eye – she is the middle one and you can see her right eye is clouded. So cute!

raccoons in Vancouver


The next is a squirrel that was hanging out at our cabin at Beavers Bend park over a Christmas/New Year holiday. They love crackers and this one wasn’t too shy. But times like this one are where I run for my camera because I love being up close with nature!

squirrel in Beavers Bend


I’ll try to keep it short and sweet today, so here is the last little collage. This is from Bikes, Blues & BBQ 2012 in Fayetteville, AR. Along Dickson street there is always a motorcycle (bike) to look at during B,B & BBQ. This particular bike had a trailer of a coffin and several creepy riders. And then the man standing next to it had his own pet scorpion! Another example of “Can you believe THAT?”

BBBBQ creepy photos

Hope you enjoyed the photos today and c’mon – Share with me your THAT!!

Where’s My Backpack Weekly Travel Challenge: Animals – Day 2

This is day 2 in the week-long Where’s My Backpack Weekly Travel Challenge: Animals! Today I get to share with you one of my favorite spots that we visit that is close to our home – just an hour and a half drive. It is Beavers Bend State Park just outside of Broken Bow, OK. We usually either rent a cabin or take our camper to the park. We’ve even been known to just go for the day or for breakfast on our motorcycle. It’s a great place to enjoy nature in a laid back manner.

This little guy is a visitor to our cabin when we stay there (or his look-alike comes back). He/they love the crackers we share on the balcony.

This one is from my first camping trip with my hubby – then just my boyfriend for a few weeks. I joke that this is where I thought I’d lost him to the doe….. 🙂 Of course, all the doe was interested in was the crackers that he so cleverly held in his lips and she was brave enough to come and get them.  (Hint for those who visit the park– bring boxes of saltine crackers! )

Day 1 – Arkansas Wild Wilderness Safari