Monday, January 22, 2018

The Ancient Number Seven...


A bird's eye view of the Mayan ruins of Tikal. We repeated this foot shot from our visit many years ago. Seven years perhaps?


Can a number have power? Numbers definitely have special meanings. If the number seven does hold a certain sway, I hope that the seven sacred (at least to me) photos shown here will bring me good luck. I posted these on Instagram, and they only brought me a new onslaught of cyber morons that use the follow/ unfollow method to grow their account. I love sharing travel photos, but I hate that so many people on social media lack integrity as fellow humans - they waste my time. But, the fact that I posted a few vacation photos on the vexing app, made it quick and easy for me to get back on the blogging track. 

It's a snowy day in hell - I mean Minnesota - and we just got back from glorious Guatemala. We saw mystical Mayan ruins, towering volcanoes and more new bird species than any of our ten previous Central America trips. Guatemala is a beautiful place. A country packed with soaring vistas, miles of uncharted jungle, Mayan history and friendly, loving people. At one of the places we stayed, the owner gave my husband a hug. Instagram users could learn a thing or two from the people of Guatemala.  



A room with a view in bustling, vibrant, yummy Antigua.



Peaceful waters at Lake Peten.



Coffee for miles near the cloud forest of Coban. (although, ironically, there's not a cloud in sight)



A red portal in Flores. 



A bucket list sunset at Lake Atitlan.



Temple 5 at Tikal.

There are seven platforms above, cradling Temple five. The number seven permeates the Maya culture like clockwork. Click on the number Seven for a more thorough numerical explanation.

Today, I just wish I could close my eyes, count to seven and be transported back to the jungles of Tikal. It was magical at dusk, when spider monkeys, large green parrots, falcons and toucans outnumbered tourists. The chatter of birds was only overpowered by the feral roar of the howler monkey. 

There will be many and more to come in 2018 about Guatemala. I took more photos than any other trip with my new camera. 

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Monday, December 25, 2017

Season's Greetings from Santa Squirrel!


This year's beautiful, timeless and classic Christmas card. Ha!



I hope Santa Squirrel scurried down your chimney! He clawed his way under my tree and left me this...



A camera is so much better than an acorn. One time, on a street far, far away, our car was broken into and low and behold, a tiny pile of acorns was found on the driver's seat. True story. It must have been Santa's naughty elf.

I can't wait to take souvenirs with my new camera. I hope you'll be back for many visits in 2018 to discover mementos of Guatemala, Florida, Utah, and more. (Maybe even Minnesota!) And speaking of Minnesota, Santa Squirrel brought me two new books by award winning author Peter Geye. The Minnesota-nice writer is critiquing my novel. He's also the subject of my latest blog post over at The Chorus of the Crows  Be sure to stop by...



Meanwhile, I'm heading into the kitchen to make my traditional, messy and delicious, Christmas Lefse. Click here for a tutorial from my very own kitchen.

Merry Christmas 
and
Happy New Year!

Monday, December 18, 2017

The Leftovers



Leftover photos from my sunny November sabbatical...

The beginning.



Splendid skies. 



Tiny tulips. 



Fish Hawks



I'm rich!



A gentle Grebe.



Horse shoe crab.



A kinky snake. 



Wild wood.



Broken boundaries. 



Offerings. 



Bark.


Birds of a feather.


A rare sand-gater. It even has teeth!


A beautiful beach butterfly!



This live shell was bigger than a man's hand. 


Osprey feathers perhaps?



I didn't expect to see chickens in the parking lot of remote Rookery Swamp. 


Wild and weathered Lover's Key. 


The fallen. 


The slanted and sparkly. 



The glorious end!

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Monday, December 11, 2017

Duluth on Prisma!


Jay Cooke State Park.


Jay Cooke State Park on Prisma! The St. Louis River was boiling back in September. Along the gorge, massive slate formations pepper the riverside like porcupine quills. The pointy rocks make Jay Cooke a Minnesota must see. We always stop by in September when my husband skates the Northshore Inline Marathon.



In Duluth, we inspected the tiny rocks along the shore. This one was occupied.


We always see Carins. The artistic Prisma App really brought out the detail of this stack.


Color in Canal Park.


The key group. I love the weathered and colorfully striated wood. 


The keys in Canal Park are a must see. The group looks even cooler on Prisma!


I love how the Prisma App added so much drama to this harbor photo. And the basalt rocks look as dark as coal. 

Duluth rocks!

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Monday, December 4, 2017

Street Scenes from Leon, Nicaragua. Part III

































Yesterday, I was reading my travel log from our colorful trip to Nicaragua last year. In Leon, entries were all about life on the streets - every morning we would take a photo safari. In Leon, life is sultry, vivid, smelly, gritty and a combination of fast and slow. It's definitely the year 2017 as most people own smart phones. And yet, many people still travel by horse. The smell of charred wood is always adrift on the breeze. Wood is fuel. Wood is even used to sweep! (I posted a photo in a previous Nicaragua post of a man sweeping the Central Park square with a tiny broom made of sticks) 

Food in Central America is outstanding. If you order soup, they aren't going to open a can or use something from the freezer. No way! (freezers are for ice) Most likely, you'll hear the cooks chopping the vegetables and making it right on the spot. Chicken - its dusty and short feathered life free of a cage - can be a revelation. Other food, is literally left out standing on the street. Baking in the sun. Yum. We simply shake our heads and hope we don't get food poisoning simply from looking.

Next stop is Guatemala!


Coming soon.


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