17-01-07 The More It Snows

The more it snows (Tiddely pom),
The more it goes (Tiddely pom),
The more it goes (Tiddely pom),
On snowing. And nobody knows (Tiddely pom),
How cold my toes (Tiddely pom),
How cold my toes (Tiddely pom),
Are growing.
Winnie the Pooh
The House at Pooh Corner


9-6-14 Weekly Photo Challenge: Adventure (Tikal Edition)

The challenge is adventure.

“This week, share a photo that says “adventure.” It could be an image of someone setting off on an epic journey, a photo you took on an adventure of your own, or something more metaphoric that represents a personal or psychological adventure. We’re excited to see where you’ll take us!”

1993 August: Guatemala. After three months in Xela I hit the road. Several weeks later I found myself in Tikal, a truly extraordinary place. Tropical Rain Forest. Height of civilization around 500 of the common era. Average temp 93. Average humidity around 80%. 

I took this self portrait right before I put on the few clothes I was carrying and stepped into the shower so I could wash them and myself before all the water ran out for the night. 10 minutes later, back in the room. (I will spare you that photograph.)

Note the blanket on the bed…

adventure 1-2


Other adventures:













6-20-14 Weekly Photo Challenge – Between –

This week’s challenge is very timely.

It is Between.

Today we left from here:RSJohnson_1406190416   and arrived here: RSJohnson_1406200311

but almost exactly between (80 miles)…













1-24-13 Weekly Photo Challenge Beyond #3 (Going Beyond)

Why going Beyond? (check out other entries at the link). Three times in one week is a bit much, no?

However, these are two of my favorite pictures. I think they contrast nicely and both remind me of wonderful times and isn’t that one of the primary reasons people shoot?

England - after Stonehenge

England – after Stonehenge



Here are a few other entries:

  1. Beyond « Giving Thought | Giving Sight
  2. artisanal « yi-ching lin photography
  3. Weekly Photo Challenge: Beyond | Fog « David Williams Photography
  4. Weekly Photo Challenge: Beyond « To Mother Earth, with Love
  5. Weekly Photo Challenge: Beyond | Adventures in Michigan’s Up North
  6. Weekly Photo Challenge: Beyond « aNadventures
  7. Escaping Negativity; Ibiza « Broken Light: A Photography Collective
  8. Weekly Photo Challenge: Beyond « smittenwithhim
  9. Weekend Photo Challenge: Beyond (beauty beyond love) | the long way home
  10. Soft Sky (Weekly Photo Challenge: Beyond) « It made me… click!
  11. Weekly Photo Challenge: Beyond « A Nature Mom
  12. Beyond This… | this man’s journey
  13. Weekly Photo Challenge: Beyond « Rebecca Barray
  14. Weekly Photo Challenge: Beyond « Found Round & About
  15. Weekly Photo Challenge: Beyond | An Evil Nymph’s Blog
  16. Weekly Photo Challenge: Beyond « Creative Exfoliation
  17. Driving the back roads | Beyond the Brush
  18. Weekly Photo Challenge : Beyond « Memories are made of this
  19. Weekly Photo Challenge: Beyond « Gasm Travels
  20. Weekly Photo Challenge: Beyond « illuminating the invisible
  21. Weekly photo challenge: Beyond (2) – Vélez « Every picture tells one
  22. Weekly Photo Challenge: Beyond | pitaloka89
  23. Weekly Photo Challenge: Beyond « Fitness, Food and Photography
  24. Weekly Photo Challenge: Beyond « Tranquil Dreams
  25. Weekly Photo Challenge: Beyond | Janaline’s world journey
  26. cherry blossoms « yi-ching lin photography
  27. Weekly Photo Challenge – Beyond « buddhafulkat
  28. Weekly Photo Challenge: Beyond « Evolver Photography
  29. Weekly Photo Challenge: Beyond | the ever-budding bear
  30. Weekly Photo Challenge – Beyond « A Beginner
  31. Weekly Photo Challenge: Beyond | Andy in Oman
  32. Más lejos – #postaday / Weekly Photo Challenge: Beyond | The Daily Post « Dario Alvarez, Fotógrafo 2.0
  33. Weekly Photo Challenge: Beyond | 12 Books in 12 Months
  34. Weekly Photo Challenge: Beyond « Convexum
  35. Weekly Photo Challenge: Beyond « Talker Huge
  36. Weekly Photo Challenge: Beyond –
  37. Weekly Photo Challenge: BEYOND (Beyond what we see) « A drifter off to see the world
  38. Weekly Photo Challenge: Beyond (the lollipop) | Carltonaut
  39. Weekly Photo Challenge: Beyond « Rainbow Bakery
  40. Beyond!!! | Beyond Beauty Tips
  41. Weekly Photo Challenge: Beyond « Endless Frame Photography
  42. kebab « yi-ching lin photography
  43. Weekly Photo Challenge: Beyond « Mundo Retorcido
  44. Going beyond | Mama’s Empty Nest
  45. Weekly Photo Challenge: Beyond « Shutter bug
  46. Weekly Photo Challenge: Beyond « Zain’s Pix & Text
  47. Beyond the historic castle walls of Aljezur | Piglet in Portuga

9-21-12 Travel Theme: White Take 2 – Caption This Picture

“A moral character is attached to autumnal scenes; the leaves falling like our years, the flowers fading like our hours, the clouds fleeting like our illusions, the light diminishing like our intelligence, the sun growing colder like our affections, the rivers becoming frozen like our lives–all bear secret relations to our destinies.”
François-René de Chateaubriand, Memoires D’outre Tombe

Second pass at “White”.Ailsa’s new travel theme.

Travel Theme: Texture – Take 2 – 9-19-12


Before the week ended I thought I would take another crack at Ailsa’s Travel Theme this week (Texture).

These are old pictures and have been scanned. One in particular was very dirty but it actually adds to the theme.

Let’s start in Quetzaltenago (Xela), Guatemala. Summer of 1993.

Then move to Phoenicia New York in the fall of 1994.

And let us end our little textural journey on a mountain road in Ireland in 2005.


3-31-12/4-2-12 Gee But It’s Great To Be Back Home

When I had reached the top, above Dominica‘s Boiling Lake (for images of it click back one day), with my bruised knee, and sore calves, I was looking down on this amazing natural phenomena – the sound it makes is incredible – and despite the pain, everything was just about perfect at that moment.

However, there was a party of 3 Germans and a Spaniard who had arrived a bit earlier … and they insisted on chattering, loudly, and smoking.  Here we are, having just walked up and down mountains for 14 km, at an amazing place in nature, and they are talking about the Spaniard’s business back in Chicago and smoking a well-known American brand of cigs.  At least they packed the cigarettes back out.

As they were getting ready to head down, one of them asked  me where I was from. I said New York City. The Spaniard responded. “New York – man, that means chaos to me”.  Without a thought I said, “It means home to me.”

I love to travel. If I could afford it, I would travel 90% of the time.  But what makes traveling for me is knowing that behind me or in front of me, is my home, my place, waiting for me.  It hasn’t always been NYC. Once it was Boston, later Southern California, and in the future it may be somewhere else, but right now NYC is home and it is always nice to return.

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