Weekly Photo Challenge – Near and Far

This was taken on the White Pass Train in Alaska.  What a wonderful trip that was.  Talk about near and far.  I have so many wonderful memories filled with those type of images and photos.  My favorite Near & Far memory was riding a draft horse across the Tundra.  It was a rough and mucky ride and not at all like riding across the plains like the Bonanza opening credits.  It took forever to get back to the ranch… It looked near but it was actually far… never seemed to get closer.

A-Z Archive Challenge – The letter W

Once again I appreciate the fact that these photos are supposed to come from our archives.  It gives me an opportunity to revisit photos from the past and brings back many wonderful memories.  If you would like to see more examples of the A-Z Challenge click the red button.

The “W” that kept appearing in my archive was Walkway.  So I have included a few.

The photo above was taken in Newport, RI.  It was one of those beautiful days that can only be seen at the ocean.  Everything blue with splashes of sunshine.

This photo was in the Carolinas.  So many special memories there.

One of my oldest and also one of my favorite photos.  I was standing in one of those lifts that electrical repair workers use to repair the high/hot wires.  This one was fully extended right next to the marsh…. a light wind would have blown us over.  I am not so brave now.

This walkway is in Wilmington, NC.  The island beyond is Wrightsville Beach.  And there are two more W’s  Wrightsville and Wilmington!

Now to start searching for the X archives….

Weekly Photo Challenge – Summer

The Weekly Photo Challenge this week is Summer.  Lately my summers are directly linked to grandchildren or nieces. Every time they visit their request is the zoo and Chicago.  I show a lot of photos of the zoo so, Chicago it is.

This view is from the Ferris Wheel at the pier.
The Bean. How great to lay on the cool ground in the shade of the bean and look at your distorted image.

My niece in the fountains near the bean.  Such a cooling spray.

Weekly Photo Challenge- Blue

Sara from The Daily Post at WordPress  has posted the new weekly theme and it’s BLUE!


Every year, at the opening of the State Fair, I try and attend the Night the Light where they set up the balloons and light them up as the night sky darkens.  This was taken a few years ago.  Now they wouldn’t let people this close.  I loved taking pictures of the insides of the balloons.  Bet you CAN guess what this balloon was about…


This photo was taken the next morning when the balloons were taking off.  I think I permanently ruined by neck taking this shot.  Again, they won’t allow you to get this close.


And this last photo had to be the blue blue sky of Newport, RI.  We were just driving around and came across a number of kites.  It was wonderful.  Sea air, blue sky and colorful kites.

If you would like to join in the challenge or view other photos click on this link to the challenge page.  I especially love the blue domed roofs in Frizztext’s photo.

Garden shots in St. Louis

But which is the stone that supports the bridge?
~ Kublai Khan

This is a bridge in the Japanese section of the Botanical gardens in St. Louis.  A friend and I went a couple of years ago around Easter.  It was perfect.  The garden was in the peak of it’s spring lushness.

This was in one of the beds of tulips outside of the conservatory.

And this beauty was inside the conservatory.  I was proud of this photo because red is hard to capture under good conditions and this was a cloudy day inside a bubble.

Great place, beautiful gardens, so glad we visited.

Move over George, make room for Scotty!

When I grew up television was young, there were no computers to speak of and one’s imagination was a wonderful tool.  Books were a ticket to another world or just over the rainbow.  But then TV went from black and white to color.  The Flintstones arrived on the scene followed closely by the Jetsons.  I was entranced by the Jetsons.  Push button living, flying cars, sky high vistas and tv phone!  Jetsons had Skype!  I didn’t even know then what Skype was, it wasn’t invented, but I wanted it! I have it now and I love it.  Every long distant grandparent needs Skype and the iPhone.  We have spent many a Saturday morning talking with our kids and grandkids and laughing just like we were there with them.

Still no flying cars and robots haven’t taken over the cleaning duties, but we’re moving closer. Technology is moving quickly and I have to say I can’t wait until air travel is replaced by the simple command, “Beam me up, Scotty!”