5-12-13 Travel Theme: Beaches – 3 Shots – 4 POV

Ailsa’s Theme this week is Beaches. You can find many other views expressed at her blog right here.


Birds of a feather

Birds of a feather


It's May, it's May,...

It’s May, it’s May,…

POV 3 and 4


A few other POV:

Travel theme: Beaches | no step too loose

Lisbon’s got a river beach! : Julie Dawn Fox in Portugal

The Beautiful Beaches of the Bahamas | Ron Mayhew’s Blog

Travel theme: Beaches | Figments of a DuTchess

Travel theme: Beaches (Oregon Coast)

Cherishing Our Beaches & Marine Life | Zeebra Designs & Destinations

beaches | photo theme hop

Travel Theme: Beaches | Hamburg und Mee(h)r

Beaches of the Maritime Provences | A New Day

Travel Theme: Beaches | Northwest Frame of Mind


4-14-13 Really-Wow

“And where are the clowns?
There ought to be clowns.
Well, maybe next year.”

I have spent much of the past 72 hours scanning through the last 2 and half years of photographs in preparation for a contest submission and my eyes hurt.  Basically the only things I stopped for were eating, sleeping and, thankfully, a visit from Aunt, Uncle, Cousin and kids who were in town for 24 hours. It was a relief to get my head out of the computer and see people who actually moved and talked even for a little while.  However I am about to dive back in.

Here are a few of the images that I have been working on.


Working away-1

Working away-5

Working away-4

Working away-6

Working away-2

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

10-22-12 Preparing A Change

Over the past few days I have been going through many of my images since – god help me – I am planning to reorganize. My old Lightroom/HardDrive  structure which worked for a while is now being overwhelmed by the amount of images that exist and I am losing my ability to easily call them up.

Here are two images I rediscovered taken in Tulum, Mexico in 2011.

3-29-11 Post 1(of 2): Off Topic – Akumal

So we returned home late last night from 6 days in Akumal. We are usually a city vacation family with “go-go-go” being our motto, so this was an unusual trip for us.

Loved it!

Starting with our dealings with LocoGringo , a lovely agency, everything was smooth and easy. We went back and forth with them for over a month as they supplied us information on our various lodging choices, worked with our needs and (very limited) budget until we finally decided on Vista Del Mar. This was a lovely little place with a great staff and easy access to everything in Akumal. We are not an all-inclusive type family so if that is your thing, do not come here. If you want to be comfortable, on  the water, plan your own days and just be, cook for yourself on occasion, blog daily -wifi access – this is the place for you.

Moonrise Day 2


Sunrise from the patio Day 4

Our flight down was amusing as we had 6 guys who clearly watched way too much Jersey Shore sitting in front of us. It is hard to believe but they made the Jersey cast look like intellectual powerhouses. The one who most “impressed” Abigail was the guy who kept marveling that you couldn’t smoke on airplanes and added at the end of the journey that they really had screwed up and had not drunk nearly enough on the flight, but, in their defense, they were very polite to Katherine as they were moving their seatback to a down low and locked position…My personal favorite was the youngest whose t-shirt read: “I Am Not An Asshole”. Good to know and thanks for sharing.

Must recommend two restaurants, El Ultimo Maya which is over the bridge in the Pueblo of Akumal, excellent dinner, lovely people who own it and, since, unfortunately for the owners, we were the only people there (it was after happy hour) – and we didn’t object, the cook/co-owner, kept his boom box blasting the entire time, everything from Jessie J to Beiber to AC/DC!  Second place to recommend is La Cocina Economico just before the arch where you enter the Playa area.  A great, economical breakfast.

The Mayan site at Tulum is a marvel and that is before you go down to the beach.

Final recommendation is AKTUNCHEN, a nature adventure.  For flat out fun they have a zip line “ride” that goes over the jungle, but the real attractions are the cave walk and the underground Cenote.

Unfortunately, the underwater snorkeling shots were done with film (how retro…) and are not processed yet so I have no idea if 1: they came out or 2: are any good.  In any case, if you are on the Mayan Riviera make sure to get there.

Just for fun we rented a golf cart and Abigail got her first experience driving.

Unlike many of her friends, she did not crash and she even drove at night.