Photo Challenge: Air Plant Collage

This week’s Daily Post photo challenge is collage.  I was reminded of our trip to the Sarah P. Duke Gardens on the campus of Duke University. On the wall just outside the Doris Duke Center was a beautiful collage of air plants.

air ferns

 

We went to the gardens to view the Triangle Bonsai Society Expo inside the Doris Duke Center building. To see photos, click Bonsai.

To see my last photo challenge post, click Bridges.

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Photo Challenge: I Love Bridges!

This week’s Daily Post Photo Challenge is bridges.

I have always loved bridges, the large, high ones that span rivers and highways down to the small, low ones crossing a creek in the woods. They are like tickets to another place you would ordinarily have to swim or fly to and, possibly because I’m petite, I’ve always like to be up high and look down.

bridge

 

stone bridge

 

wooden bridge

 

Which bridge do you like the most?

Check out prior photo challenges:

Dense Is Sometimes A Good Thing

Scenes From Atop

Wanderlust Through Books

This week’s Daily Post Photo Challenge is Wanderlust. I love to travel although I do not get to do it as much as I’d like, due to life obligations, money and time:( So, I travel through the books I read.

This week I’ve traveled all the way back to 17th Century Japan with Laura Joh Rowland’s novel, The Perfumed Sleeve.

book cover

From Publishers Weekly

In Rowland’s ninth absorbing historical set in 17th-century Japan (after 2003’s The Dragon King’s Palace), Sano Ichiro, the shogun’s special criminal investigator, must once again navigate treacherous political waters to solve a puzzling murder. Sano finds himself retained by a corpse when the valet of one of the country’s leading figures, councilman Makino Narisada, delivers a posthumous request from his master. Narisada asks Sano to examine the circumstances of his own death. At first it seems that the elderly official succumbed to natural causes, but several clues point to foul play. While the initial suspects from the victim’s household all appear to be harboring guilty knowledge, the detective’s task is rapidly complicated when the two leading political rivals battling to succeed the shogun accuse each other of the murder and pressure Sano to slant his pursuit accordingly. The shadow of events from The Dragon King’s Palace hangs heavily over the two main supporting characters, Sano’s wife and his chief assistant, driving them to take perilous risks; nonetheless, this is an accessible entry point to the series for newcomers. Deftly combining a classic whodunit with vivid period detail, Rowland raises the stakes for her next book with an unexpected twist at the end that promises to present her dogged but fallible hero with even more difficulties in the future.
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I really enjoy this mystery series and it helps feed my wanderlust.
Do you like to travel through books?

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

boulders

Dense boulders in the Allegheny National Forest, NY

waterfall

A dense waterfall at Letchworth State Park, NY

Past photo challenges:

Scenes From Atop

Anticipation

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.

boulders

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.

camper

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.

Miss my last weekly photo challenge? Click Photo Challenge: Graceful

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.

creek

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.