Home is where the heart is. I grew up in Chicago and though I have been away now for over 25 years, it still feels like home every time I go back. At the same time, our current house, where we have lived for the past 25 years, is just as much my home. For the first time in many years, we are not traveling over Thanksgiving. We are staying at home and staying safe and that is something I am quite thankful for at this time. What are you thankful for today?
Photo Location – Women’s Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial in Washington DC.
This is my favorite memorial around the Washington DC Tidal Basin. It touches me as a woman and a mother like no other sculpture does. Let’s not forget the many women and nurses that should also be remembered and celebrated on this Veteran’s Day.
Photo location: A close up of the larger than life monument of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr in Washington DC. Just around the corner from the FDR Memorial, this is one of my favorite sections along the Tidal Basin. Winter is a great time of year to visit because there are no crowds.
Photo Location – The vistas in Big Bend national Park, Texas. go on forever – until the road takes you into the wind sculpted Chisos Mountains. Like many of the most spectacular US National Parks, Big Bend takes some effort to get to, but the journey to get there is indeed part of the reward. The scenery is spectacular both day and night, and the crowds are re few.
Photo Location – A lion prowls the savanna grasses in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area in Tanzania, Africa. An appropriate photo for this old Turkish Proverb.
This lion was just one of the many animals we were fortunate to observe in their natural habitat inside the unique ecosystem that makes up the Ngorongoro Crater, one of Tanzania’s UNESCO Heritage Sites. The crater is the largest inactive caldera in the world and supports a huge diversity of wildlife. Because of its enclosed area, the crater has one of the densest populations of lions in East Africa. We ended up seeing seventeen lions during three separate sightings on our game drives in the crater.
After a month of traveling, I once again have the time for these weekly inspirational quotes.
This Japanese garden is one of the most authentic I have seen outside of Japan. The garden was designed and built in the years just after WWII, and was intended to provide a visual understanding of Japanese culture and beliefs.
Photo Location – Covered Wagon quilt block on the Quilt Barn Trail just outside of Forest Grove, in the Tualaltin Valley, Oregon. This quilt block and the Nelson Mandella quote are appropriate together in so many different ways.
Photo Location – In early May, the rolling farmland of Oregon’s Tualatin Valley just west of Portland is a tapestry of color.
Farmers plant fields of red clover as part of their crop rotation process. The clover is an organic means of fixing nitrogen in the soil. The plant also has many uses in alternative medicine where it is used for treating such diverse conditions as coughs, menopause and cancer. But while the plant may have practical uses, as I drove around the Tualatin Valley, I just thought the many fields covered in red and green, and shining in the sun, were extremely pretty.