Lake Scenes

I visited Lake Michigan several times during the past year and It changed significantly from season to season. Here are some pictures showing the contrasts.

The winter featured snow and ice on the water.

The summer scenes are much more inviting if you want to swim! Here it’s early in the day and people haven’t arrived yet…

And here’s a picture from last November.

The lake is wonderful to visit any season of the year!

Walking in Williamsburg

It’s a lovely day for a walk in Colonial Williamsburg to see flowers, buildings, and shops that are currently open. The tree-lined sidewalks provide enough shade to stay cool.

Flowers are in bloom everywhere!

It’s interesting to look at the shop displays.

This is a charming place to walk any time of the year!

A Walk in May

I thought the beginning of May was a perfect time to visit a park that has flowers, benches and even a fountain. Here’s the view from the entrance.

I walked to the fountain first.

If I followed these paths there were benches, fresh greenery and flowers.

Here’s a closeup of some azaleas.

It was a perfect day for a walk and a look at the colorful flowers. Spring has arrived!

This is for Jo’s Monday Walk.

A Grand Canyon Walk

My parents talked about taking a family vacation to the Grand Canyon when I was ten. Although that trip didn’t work out I never forgot about going there and finally went for a visit a couple of years ago. It was as rugged and spectacular as I had imagined.

As I walked (slowly) on one of the trails I got passed by many hikers, but that was fine because my objective was to look around and take lots of pictures. When I passed the Bright Angel Trail and saw all the groups starting off on their adventures I thought about following them. But after a few steps on the steep and narrow path I decided the Rim Trail was enough of a challenge!  

By staying on a wider trail I could safely admire the views and find places to take photos.  These were more scenes from that day.

Here’s a bird in a tree by the edge of the canyon.

My Grand Canyon visit was unforgettable and worth the long wait!

Postcards and Photos

After a trip it’s fun to reminisce by looking at photos. I’ve also accumulated quite a collection of postcards.  Sometimes I think I take so many pictures I shouldn’t need postcards, but that doesn’t seem to matter when I’m looking for souvenirs.

When I was in Italy a few years ago I wondered if I should I buy this postcard.

… or should I buy this one?

I couldn’t decide, so I got them both!

Then there’s the somewhat competitive idea of whether my photo is as good as a postcard of the same scene.  I took a picture of telephone boxes in Cambridge, England.  Then I bought a postcard that was similar.  I can’t decide which one is the better likeness, but I’m glad to have both for the sake of comparison.

My Photo:

The postcard:

I also like unusual postcards from different places.  This is a unique card of the astronomical clock in Prague.  There’s a little paper wheel on the side of the postcard that turns and shows the scenes on the clock changing the way it does when you see it in person.

Postcards are classic souvenirs.  And I’ve enjoyed mine, so they were worth buying!

A Visit to Prince Edward Island

I first read Anne of Green Gables when I was eleven and always dreamed about going to Prince Edward Island. A few years ago I went there for a visit and it was as charming as I had imagined. In addition to the beauty of the island there are all sorts of places that have connections to L.M. Montgomery and her creation, Anne Shirley.

Here are some pictures from my summer visit to PEI.

And of course there’s Green Gables!

Flowers with a View

Flowers are charming on their own, but some flowers have the distinction (and advantage) of being set in different places in Italy with remarkable views. Here are some examples.

Flowers in Tuscany:

Venice…

Assisi…

Flowers on balconies:

It would appear that flowers with lovely views are everywhere!