Photo Challenge: Dense Is Sometimes A Good Thing

This week’s Daily Post Photo Challenge is Dense. The word dense makes me think of the woods I love to camp and hike in.

hike in the woods

Cooper’s Rock State Park, WV


Dense boulders in the Allegheny National Forest, NY


A dense waterfall at Letchworth State Park, NY

Past photo challenges:

Scenes From Atop


Let’s Hear It For Tiny!


Photo Challenge: Solitude

This week’s Daily Post Photo Challenge is all about solitude, enjoying time alone. I not only enjoy my times of solitude, I need solitude to stay sane. To me, everyday life responsibilities are like riding a roller coaster and sometimes you just want a break from it all and get off to recharge your batteries. My times of solitude let me do just that.


I love being in the woods, the more remote the better. It’s like you’ve stepped into a different world. Time slows, you breath deeper and you treasure every minute.


We love to go camping at the state parks. They tend to be more wooded, with more spacious sites than the private campgrounds. Some of our best camping trips were when the park was less crowded. You could pretend all the woods belonged to you and civilization was miles away.

Any other camping-lovers out there? Campers are some of the nicest people we’ve ever met.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Graceful

This week’s Daily Post photo challenge involves what we see as graceful. To me, one of the most graceful forms is water. Water that laps at the shore from lakes and oceans. Water that trips over the stones in a creek bed. Water that flows over cliffs as a waterfall.


Ohiopyle State Park, PA

Ohiopyle State Park, PA

My sons climbing up under the falls at Ohiopyle State Park, PA

Letchworth State Park, NY

Letchworth State Park, NY

Lake Erie, PA

Lake Erie, PA

Niagara Falls, NY

Niagara Falls, NY

There is so much in nature that is graceful. Be sure to take time to enjoy it.

Photo Challenge: How Do You Relax?

This week’s Daily Post photo challenge is about relaxing. Everyone has to find their own way to relax from the stress of everyday life. Below are a few of the ways I relax 🙂

  • I love to go hiking through the woods and climb on rocks. Fresh air, sunshine, nature…what’s not to like.

woods and rocks


  • I took lessons from our Aggie Girl, who was an expert on relaxation. (She has recently passed away)  cat on bookshelf


  • I enjoy doing yoga to stretch my body and quiet my mind. I even had a yoga buddy.  cat on yoga mat


  • Reading relaxes me. I like to escape into the story.  reading on the beach

What are some of your ways to relax?

Why I Like Standing On The Edge

Here is another fun, weekly photo challenge from Daily Post. This week it’s all about the edge!

Here are some dizzying photos from our trip to Niagara Falls, New York. Looking over the edge 🙂

Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls

Looking over the edge, I get that thrill of excitement and fear mixed. It’s almost hypnotizing in its fascination to imagine the force and power of that water rushing over the edge and dropping thousands of feet. What a beautiful display of the beauty and power of nature!

If you have never seen Niagara Falls, whether from the US side or Canada’s side, you are missing a spectacular place. I recommend it to anyone.

To see more photos of our trip and the things to do at Niagara Falls, read my post: Getting Wet At Niagara Falls


How to Have Fun With Miniatures

This week’s Daily Post Photo Challenge is about fun. One of the many things I like to do for fun is build my dollhouses. Miniature dollhouses come in various ranges from 1:12 all he way down to 1/44 scale. I have mainly worked with the one inch to one foot scale but will some day explore the world of one half-inch to one foot (if my eyes can do it). Thought I’d share with you some photos of a couple of my miniatures.

This house boat is my current project. I plan on making it a “glam-boat” with lots of bright colors and feminine touches.

house boat in miniature

Sorry I can’t show you a photo of what it will look like finished because the box is packed away for our move.

This is my Victorian cottage. I imagine an old Confederate General’s widow living here with her seven cats. I’m still working on the landscaping.

Victorian cottage dollhouse


This is a miniature woodland scene created in an old 20 gallon fish tank.

woodland scene

squirrel's house

woodland scene

Does anyone else build miniature scenes or dollhouses?

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