PhotoPOSTcard: Morning at Schwabacher Landing

Schwabacher Landing in Teton National Park is a great place to go for morning photos or a short hike. It is supposed to be a good place to see wildlife, though all I saw was this trout swimming in the crystal clear water. Still, the scenery was quite breathtaking, even without a moose in the photo.

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Rose

PhotoPOSTcard: Sunrise at Oxbow Bend

The mountains at Grand Teton National Park are big and bold and in your face.  They rise straight up from the valley floor with no rolling hills to soften their approach. One of the most popular places to see the sunrise in the park as it brightens up this jagged skyline is from Oxbow Bend on the Snake River.

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Rose

PhotoPOSTcard: Somewhere In Wyoming

My drive from Salt Lake City to Grand Teton National Park through Utah and Wyoming was quite scenic. Not far from the town of Jacson in Wyoming, I passed this scene and had to stop and take a photo. It seemed so quintessential for the area.

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Rose

PhotoPOSTcard: Pretty in Pink

During my stay in central Alaska this summer, I saw fireweed blooming everywhere. It is a colorful pink perennial which easily grows in sunny spots along the roads and the shores of lakes and rivers. It is one of the first species to come up after a fire, which is how it got its name. Supposedly it is also a harbinger of winter. I was told that the flower blooms from the bottom up and when the blooms at the top are done, winter will arrive in six weeks. I clearly caught it in mid bloom and mid summer.

Please note that my visit to Fairbanks was hosted by Explore Fairbanks. All content is my own.

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Rose

 

PhotoPOSTcard: Midnight in Fairbanks, Alaska

This is what midnight looks like in the land of the midnight sun in Fairbanks, Alaska in mid July. I went to the Chena Lakes Recreation Area to get an unobstructed view of the setting sun over water. The sun did dip below the horizon, but just barely, so that it was this bright all night long.

Please note that my visit to Fairbanks was hosted by Explore Fairbanks. All content is my own.

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Rose

“Step Into My Garden” – A Perfectly Imperfect Watercolor Quilt Design

This was one of the first quilts I started, and many years later, once the kids were off to college and I had more time, it was also one of the first quilts I finally finished. It also taught me that there can still be beauty in imperfection, even if the mistake is huge.

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Spring in the Brandywine Valley – My Travel World International Magazine Article

I absolutely love spring in the Brandywine Valley of southeastern Pennsylvania and northern Delaware. At this time of year I don’t need to travel because I am surrounded by some of the most beautiful gardens in the country. Starting in March and continuing nonstop through May, the gardens that were formerly part of DuPont family estates glow in a riot of vibrant colors as a succession of blooms brighten the landscape and my spirits with them.

You can read my article about spring in the historic Brandywine Valley in the most recent issue of Travel World International magazine.

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Rose

 

Quilting with Flowers – Discovering the Quilt Gardens in Elkhart, Indiana

I’ve seen quilts displayed on beds and hanging on museum walls. I’ve also seen quilt designs painted on barns and on the sides of buildings. But one of the most unusual quilt displays I’ve seen has to be the Quilt Gardens in Elkhart, Indiana. More than one million blooms make up seventeen large quilt designs that are on display each year from May 30 to Sept. 15.

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PhotoPOSTcard: Bonneyville Mills

Indiana’s oldest continuously operating grist mill is in Elkhart county and is part of a 222 acre county park that also has miles of trails for hiking, biking and cross country skiing. I just appreciated the beautiful early morning view when I visited the area last fall.

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Rose

A Hot Time in a Cool Town – A Frederick Fire In Ice Festival Weekend

Sure, I could have spent my Groundhog’s Day birthday in Punxsutawny, PA with Phil the Groundhog – but why repeat that scene again?  (If you are not groaning at this bad pun, then watch one of my favorite movie classics “Groundhog’s Day”).

Instead, a weekend with the Frederick Fire In Ice festival seemed like a much “cooler” activity to check out.

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