Fourth of July in My Town

Fourth of July in My Town

“Travel is the only context in which some people ever look around. If we spent half the energy looking at our own neighborhoods, we’d probably learn twice as much.”
― Lucy R. Lippard

I live in the same town I have lived in for most of my life since I was ten years old.  Spending that much time in one place allows you to grow roots and enjoy the traditions of a place.

My town is one of the best places to spend

Foggy Morning on Roan Mountain

Foggy Morning on Roan Mountain

“I must go in, the fog is rising.”
― Emily Dickinson

I worked hard to get everything done Thursday afternoon so I could be in bed by 6:00 p.m.  Certainly not my typical bedtime, but I knew my alarm clock going off at

A Visit with an Old, Dear Friend

A Visit with an Old, Dear Friend

“As long as I live, I’ll hear waterfalls and birds and winds sing.”
― John Muir


There are certain friendships that are so deep and special that you can go for long periods of time without seeing each other, yet when reunited, it is as if no time has passed.  I had an experience similar to this Saturday when I had the opportunity to visit an old “friend”.  That old friend is

The Quiet Place

The Quiet Place

“The world is quiet here.”
― Lemony Snicket

In May, I was given the perfect gift, the gift of time in a place where I could find peace.

The trip was an absolute perfect combination:  time with

Scavenger Hunt Round Thirty-One

Scavenger Hunt Round Thirty-One

“Without ambition one starts nothing. Without work one finishes nothing. The prize will not be sent to you. You have to win it.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

The reveals for the thirty-first round of the scavenger hunt I participate in have come and gone in a blink.   This week the winners of the hunt are being recognized.

I started participating in the hunt around hunt sixteen.  I have found

Caged:  Another Week of Exploration

Caged: Another Week of Exploration

“Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.”
― Confucious

Each week, I try to get to the Riverbanks Zoo once or twice in order to explore with my camera.

If you take the time to look, you will find that things not only change daily but minute by minute.  A shift in light can completely change a scene.

Since I have been going to the zoo, I have thoroughly enjoyed watching

Caged:  Time with the Animals

Caged: Time with the Animals

“An animal’s eyes have the power to speak a great language.”
― Martin Buber

Spending a couple of days a week at the zoo has allowed me to observe the animals.

Three white rhinoceros now call Riverbanks Zoo