Cruising: Bird and Flowers

If you had time to read my last post, you’ll know that I recently went on my first cruise.  Despite a few misgivings, I found much to enjoy about the experience: time off from work, a whole week with friends that I only see a few times yearly, and fun with photography.

Clearly I am not a wildlife photographer but it wasn’t hard to photograph these colorful birds.

I attempted to capture a pelican taking off from the water, but I just didn’t have the right lens with me.

One of my favorite images from the trip is this next one, which I am posting again even though I shared it in the previous post.

The flowers and trees were stunning as well.

Such vivid colors!

These shadows made the photographer in me quite happy.

While I would have loved to have done some hiking or to have learned about the local flora and fauna, I sure enjoyed the color of that water.

I was so inspired by it that I waded right in even though I didn’t have my bathing suit on!  Is anyone surprised by that?  Yes, that is a margarita in my hand 🙂

Next Cruising Post – The Ship

Farmers Market Flowers

Just a few more shots from the Flower Seller at the Farmers Market.

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Visit Monochromia to see this first image in B&W.  Do you have a preference?

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#cellphonephotography

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Next time I’ll bring my camera!

Choices

Life is full of them.

Work. Volunteer. Chores. Play.

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And then there is WordPress.  Posting our own blogs and visiting others.

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After visiting as many of you as possible, it’s time to move on for the night.

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I’ll be back soon with photos from time on the water and time on the bike.

Seeking Solace

On the way to work this morning, I pulled over to find solace behind the lens.

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The news out of America, each and every day this week, has been devastating.  Frankly, it’s been this way for much longer than a week.

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We are a terribly divided nation.

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I’ve seen people asking for prayers for Police Officers, without mention of the victims of racial, gender, and sexual violence.
I’ve seen people asking for prayers for the vicims of racial, gender, and sexual violence, without mention of the Police Officers.

We cannot let violence divide us any more than it already has.

I wish the rain could wash away the hate and the violence, but since it can’t we must unite to Stop the Violence!

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As I sit here, listening to the pouring rain, I am horrified by the violence.  I grieve for the families.

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I am saddened and frightened by the divisiveness and hate, and I am angry that we can’t seem to find any solutions to the violence.

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Stand Up

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Amidst the sadness, the anger, and all of the awful wrongs in this world, there is still beauty to be found … in nature, in good people doing great things, and in the heroes who stand up and do what is right.

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Thanks to the two heroes in California for STANDING UP!

We must all STAND UP!  I’m too angry about the injustice to write more right now, nor am I eloquent enough to do so ever.  But I will keep standing up and trying to do right.