Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Places People Visit

People visit other countries to get acquainted with the culture and history. Approximately 38.33 million U.S. citizens traveled overseas in 2017, according to the Statista.

Xi’an, China

Cork, Ireland

Bangkok, Thailand

People love to visit America’s National Parks. More than 5 million people visit Grand Canyon National Park each year.

Over 4 million people visited Rocky Mountain National Park in 2017. A great place for watching the wildlife/hiking and

taking photos of majestic mountains:

People visit places to watch parades and go to events. People want to celebrate and have fun with other people.

The Western Heritage Parade in Texas:

People just want to enjoy the freedom of going somewhere…

Happy Travels! 🙂

Lens Artists Photo Challenge #15: Changing and/or Changeable

Recently, changing weather has brought fall color to many parts of the world, where we see green fading into gold, orange, and red.  Birds are ready for their migration, and flowers are gone and forming into seeds. Changes in nature are always fascinating.

To see fall colors, many of us have to travel to north. This fall, we went to the eastern part of Canada.

Everyday scenes of sunrise or sunset will never be the same:

In addition to the changing seasons and scenes of sunrise/sunset, thanks to the digital age we are also able to change images by using some of the many available software tools at our fingertips. For example, we can merge a moon image with a landscape photos:

or edit a photo to make it look more like a painting in a digital studio. Photo images have become changeable.

Further, changes in nature go well beyond seasonal changes. There are changes around us every day. I look forward to seeing your interpretation of “Changing and/or Changeable. Please join us.

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Have you seen these?

Kathleen’s (365 days blog.com) shares  some unique windows.

Angela (Shoot ‘N Go) has a lovely gallery.

HHY (haddhaiyaar.coms) shows some cool photos.

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Tune in on Saturday (Oct. 20th) when Tina of Travels and Trifles will host our Lens Artists Photo Challenge.

Remember to made a link to this post and tag your post. For more information click here.

Thank you for visiting!

Cork and More

Cork Harbor is a natural harbor and river estuary at the mouth of the River Lee in County Cork, Ireland.

It is one of several which lay claim to the title of “second largest natural harbor in the world by navigational area” 

The harbour has been a working port and a strategic defensive hub for centuries, and it has been one of Ireland’s major employment hubs since the early 1900s.      — Wikipedia

We took a land tour to visit a couple of places outside of the City of Cork. Driving on those narrow, winding road must be challenging. Besides, bikers don’t look out for cars and buses.       

Here are a few photos of the beautiful landscape in this part of Ireland: 

Thank you for visiting!

Lens Artists Photo Challenge #14: Windows


Ann-Christine said, “For this week – Find a favorite window and show us your special choice!”

The Dutch have some special ways to decorate their windows. A flower basket and decorative butterflies around these two window are beautiful, inviting as well. 

Decorating an empty wall around the small window with a ceramic turtle, a few plant baskets, and a lovely painting is quite refreshing:

Lovely red and white window shutters. Do you see a cat sitting by the flower pot?:

Modern architects show their creative techniques of structuring unique windows:

This site is one of the popular sites of Amsterdam. All the windows face the canal: 

Taking a photo on a raining day through a window:

This baby bird was peeking out the nest “window” for the first time while I was taking photos through my kitchen window:

Thank you, Ann-Christine for this week’s Lens Artists Photo Challenge theme. click here to see her fabulous window gallery. 

Thank you for visiting! 


Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #13– Look Up

El Transparente of the The Primate Cathedral of Saint Mary of Toledo, Spain.

El Transparente is a stunning feature of the cathedral. In the 1700, a hole was cut into the ceiling to let the unbeam brighten Mass.  The opening faces east, and each morning the rising sun reminds all that God is light.

As soon as we walked into the cathedral, we were attracted to the light pouring from the ceiling, then when I looked up… Glorious!

Steps away, we looked up and saw the splendid details of the ceiling of the cathedral altar.

Thank you so much for this exciting theme, Patti! Click here to visit her stunning “look Up or looking up” post and join us.

See you next week. Thank you for visiting!

 

Cruising onto Ireland…

The ship cruised onto Ireland quietly, a beautiful and peaceful morning scene was right in front of us.

The weather was cooperative that day.

As the ship was cruising slowly, we got different views of the magnificent rocks and the lighthouse along the shore.

Last but not least, a close look of this beautiful lighthouse standing tall on the rock:

Thank you for visiting!

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #12 – PATH

This week’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge is Path.

“There are no wrong turnings. Only paths we had not known we were meant to walk.”

–Guy Gavriel Kay

“We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and

doing new things, because we’re curious…

and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.”

Walt Disney

That curiosity has led us to visit different regions and many countries.

When we are on the road, hubby depends on his compass almost all the time and I always rely on his call, also the Google map when I need it. No matter how careful we are, sometimes we still make wrong turnings. We have learned that “There are no wrong turnings. Only paths we had not known we were meant to walk.” 🙂

This week Tina hosts the path theme. Click here to visit her beautiful path photos and stories.

Join the Lens-Artists Challenge, click here for more information.

Thank you for visiting!

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