Jo’s Monday Walk: Countryside (part 2)


Allow me to share a few more photos of our Texas countryside walk.

These handsome horses were just standing there, they didn’t pay attention to us… Do horses ever sit or lay down?


These red wildflowers are the Indian paintbrushes. They start blooming the same time as the Bluebonnets and in the same areas.


I really wanted to take photos of the ranch through the wire fence, but hubby won’t let me step on the grass, “Snakes might be hiding there. I’m serious!” He told me repeatedly.


This beautiful countryside is only 20 miles away from Austin (Texas Capital).  See the earlier Countryside walk click here.

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Jo takes us to GUISBOROUGH FOREST AND THE PRIORY for a grand walk, you don’t want to miss it. Join us and share you walk and photos.

Thank you for stopping by! Happy Earth Day :)



“Two Different Lives”


Two Different Lives — Photograph by Merve Ates, National Geographic Your Shot

“I was traveling between the European and Asian sides of Istanbul, Turkey, by ferry,” says Your Shot contributor Merve Ates. “I was sitting on seats outside, accompanied on my journey by seagulls. The boy on the right was sitting next to me. … It seemed like the man and the boy were sitting side by side. In reality, the old man was reading the Koran, while the young boy had a worried look on his face. Two separate lives, together in the same frame.”

It seems to me, the Merve Ates’ photo reflects a man’s life journey — from a young boy with worries and wonders into a calm state of mind of an elderly. Perhaps, it’s a “one life” capture.

Have a great week :)


Weekly Photo Challenge: On Top


The photo was taken this morning at around 7 am. It was such a stunning scene.

More WPC on top

Happy Friday  :)


Thursday’s Special

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Yellow roses from Texas for you, Paula! Hope you feel better soon! Thanks to Emilio for carrying the torch in Paula’s honor.

Thank you for visiting! Happy Thursday :)

Thursday Special

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Shiny


“There is only a certain amount of kindness in the world…just as there is a certain amount of light.


Choose a place where you won’t do very much harm and stand in it for all you are worth, facing the sunshine.”

― E.M. Forster, A Room with a View





Visit Cee’s Fun Foto and more shiny entries.

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Phoneography and Non-SLR Digital Devices Photo Challenge: Macro

Camellias are native to Eastern and Southern Asia. China’s native name for camellias means ‘tea flower’, as it is the most common plant in the world to be used to make tea.


In 1959, the camellia was officially named the state flower of Alabama.

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The first one was taken by iPhone 4s, no editing; the other two were edited with the Waterlogue app :)

See Sally’s creative macro photos, click here.


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Jo’s Monday Walk: A Countryside Walk


Last Saturday, we decided to visit a couple wildflower spots mentioned on the online daily report and FB. Those gorgeous wildflower sights stretched for several miles along the state highway. As everyone was driving at around 50 mph, there was no way to stop to enjoy the sight.


“So, no photos for this trip??? ” I got irritated. Minutes later, hubby made a smart turn onto a gravel road. We were pleasantly surprised by the beautiful scenery. My camera was so ready!

I love the shot below. These birds were staying by the side of the cow. When I was walking toward them, birds took off immediately, and I able to capture the scene.

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Ahhh….  a sea of wildflowers…



It wasn’t a long walk, but a very pleasant one. It did take while to get there though. Thank you for being my chauffeur, B! I know you’d rather be watching the Masters Golf Tournament   :)

I lost for words when I saw this post, actually every single post that Cindy put out is stunning. Prepare for heavy traffic. :)

Pit, this one is for you. Welcome back!

Take an enjoyable walk with Jo and share your walk.  Happy Tuesday!



Week Photo Challenge: Monument

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The above “Thinker” photo was taken in the garden of the Musee Rodin.

Rodin (November 12, 1840 – November 17, 1917) sculptured a body of a slave to express human’s freedom of thinking, 1880–1881.

Rodin’s Thinker captured an intensive thinking process; it presents all humanity thinking.  Rodin said,” What makes my Thinker think is that he thinks not only with his brain, with his knitted brow, his distended nostrils and compressed lips, but with every muscle of his arms, back, and legs, with his clenched fist and gripping toes.”

See more WPC: Monuments.

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Travel Theme: Clean

Thanks to Ailsa for using her beautiful “clean” photos to remind us the environmental issues we are facing.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Americans generated 251 million tons of trash in 2006. Trash from single- and multi-family homes made up 55-65 percent of the total waste produced in 2010, while 35-45 percent of the waste came from the commercial sector including businesses, schools and hospitals.

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Dolomite, Italy

Our per capita trash disposal rate was 4.6 pounds per person, per day. Sixty-five percent came from residences, while 35 percent came from schools and commercial locations such as hospitals and businesses.


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According to the National Solid Waste Management Association, the solid waste industry employs 368,000 people. They use 148,000 vehicles to move garbage to 1,754 landfills and 87 incinerators.  Trucks and trains used to move waste all create diesel exhaust, which contains nearly 40 toxic substances. 

Li River, China

Plastic waste kills up to one million seabirds, 100,000 sea mammals and countless fish each year.

Coronado, CA

Coronado, CA

E-waste according to EPA:

  • By 2017, the volume of discarded e-products worldwide is expected to be 33 per cent higher than in 2012.
  • 300 million computers and 1 BILLION cell phones are put into production each year. This global mountain of waste is expected to continue growing 8% per year, indefinitely.
  • Only 15-20% of e-waste is recycled, the rest of these electronics go directly into landfills and incinerators.

See more Travel Theme: Clean, click here

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Charming Gardeners For Thursday’s Special


“Let us be grateful to people who make us happy;


they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.”  –Marcel Proust


 This one is for you, my blog friends. Thank you for being so supportive! You are my charming gardeners, and I am truly grateful!

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Thursday Special