Winter Sunrise over swimming pool

Inspiration of a Morning Sunrise

There is nothing like a gorgeous sunrise to kick-start one's day into full motion (perhaps with some caffeine to help it along)! WordPress posted the theme Rise/Set for the weekly photo challenge. I am a photo addict of sunrises and sunsets, so I couldn't pass this one up while on my continuing blogging break. The timing was perfect …

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Chair at Hilo Bay

My New Favorite Place

Surprise! No, your eyes do not deceive you, and yes, I am publishing a post a few weeks early! It is spring break for me and while I am still busy creating lectures and grading papers for this new class, I actually have some down time. Plus, I couldn’t resist posting for this week’s photo …

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Yosemite Girls

This is So Long For Now, Beloved Bloggers

The above image is of myself and my Beloved daughters enjoying a summer day in Tuolumne Meadows in Yosemite National Park. We just celebrated their late January birthdays, 30 for Lauren, 33 for Megan. I am honored to have passed on a strong leisure ethic to them. This photo of Lembert Dome from the Tuolumne …

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student bicycles line the sidewalk

Variations of Higher Education

The Weekly Photo Challenge does just that: it offers a challenge to photographers and photo-bloggers to find or take pictures of people, places and things of interest. This week, my challenge was going back into the classroom to teach a new set of university students on the subject of management. I really wouldn't say it …

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The silence of nature is very real...

False Alarms and the Silence of Leisure Spaces

In early January, my husband and I spent a glorious week in Hilo, on the Big Island of Hawaii. The Silence of Leisure Spaces We spent several days exploring the nearby beaches and waterfalls just enjoying the sounds of nature. We sat and ate our lunch in silence and simply enjoyed the show the surfers …

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Hawaii's Black Sand Beach

Weathered: Lava’s Journey to the Bottoms of My Feet

Although our week on the Big Island of Hawaii is nearing its end, I managed to incorporate our visit to Volcanoes National Park into the Weekly Photo challenge: Weathered. Where did the sand of the famous Black Sand Beach at Punahu'u come from? Weathering is the change of appearance or texture of dried lava rock over …

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Deciding to sail in Baja

Growth is Intentional

  There is nothing like a new year to inspire us to reflect on personal growth. Whatever makes you uncomfortable is your biggest opportunity for growth. Bryant McGill I haven't posted anything about my windsurf journey in a while, so this seemed like a great time to demonstrate my growth in the sport of windsurfing. …

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Raindrops sit delicately atop a spring rose bud

These are a Few of My Favorite Things

The WordPress weekly photo challenge asks us to... ..."celebrate the end of the year, by sharing the most meaningful (or favorite) photo you’ve taken in 2017." It has been a great year for photography buffs. I certainly was excited to get my first "real" camera, although I have great success with my mobile phone! Today …

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the ascent to greatness

Ascending Steps to Greatness

The weekly photo challenge asks us to show  our interpretation of upward movement with the theme Ascend. This was my last week of teaching classes for the semester. As I graded my last online final, I recalled how, the week before, I asked students in my classes to stand and be acknowledged for their achievement …

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Cheeky creature of the Sea of Cortez

My Cheeky Hans

If you are a blogger and/or photographer, the weekly photo challenges will take you on a roller-coaster ride of themes, for which to submit the appropriate image! Last week we enjoyed serene views of sunsets, peaceful moments and other settings which, as we prepare for the hectic holidays, was a much needed respite. The goal …

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Finding Serenity in a Desert Sunrise

Finding Serenity in a Desert Sunrise

Short and sweet post to share the weekly photo challenge theme Serene. With one more week of classes for which to prepare final grades, a birthday to celebrate (mine), and the inevitable push of the holiday season now here, finding moments of serenity will be good for my soul. Sometimes I have to stop what …

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From tree to tree for "Sunday Trees"

Sunday Trees: Autumn’s Transformation

As long as it is autumn, you will see a few more autumn-themed posts from me, and today is no exception. Both images are from my front and back yards. That redwood was planted 28 years ago (from a seedling I received at Cal Expo State Fair). It is the tallest tree in the neighborhood …

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Transforming from puppy to adult dog right before our eyes

The Transformations of Dogs and Trees

Sitting around with my family this morning after yesterday's Thanksgiving celebration, I'm reminded of just how much transformation effects all of us, and even while in uncertain situations, we remain positive and thankful. This year, many of my family members have been impacted and no doubt, transformed, by unique life events, such as moving to …

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Backyard porch light illuminates delicate Fall leaves

Experimental Autumn Perspectives

For a photographer, perspective means everything. Many photographers have their specialties, whether it is landscapes, macros, portraits, street, action,...well, the list goes on. I don't feel I have a particular specialty, but my eye tends toward landscape and macro photography...and color! I prefer color but I appreciate the black and white images that I have …

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Autumn sunset in San Diego

The Temporary Nature of Clouds

Often, as we look to the sky, we find fleeting beauty in the Temporary nature of clouds. Traveling to San Diego on this Veteran's Day weekend, I saw a variety of clouds, from the occasional puff just hiding the Autumn sun, to a full-on magical sunset. Beauty is all around us, but like the nature …

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