Rocks of Michigan

Rocks of Michigan

“The whole world is, to me, very much “alive” – all the little growing things, even the rocks. I can’t look at a swell bit of grass and earth, for instance, without feeling the essential life – the things going on – within them. The same goes for a mountain, or a bit of the ocean, or a magnificent piece of old wood.”
― Ansel Adams

I have always been fascinated with the beauty of rocks.  This summer, I was delighted to find so many gorgeous, colorful rocks to photograph along the beaches

My First Look At Fall 2019

My First Look At Fall 2019

“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.”
― L. M. Montgomery

One of the things I enjoy most about October is spending time looking at the changing colors of the leaves.  I try to visit different elevations each weekend so I can make the most of what each

Scavenger Hunt:  Round 26

Scavenger Hunt: Round 26

“Searching is half the fun: life is much more manageable when thought of as a scavenger hunt as opposed to a surprise party. ”
― Jimmy Buffett

The reveals have just concluded for the 26th round of the photography scavenger hunt that I began participating in during the 16th round.

The theme for this round of the hunt was

Van Gogh Exhibit

Van Gogh Exhibit

“I am seeking, I am striving, I am in it with all my heart.”
― Vincent van Gogh

An exciting exhibit, Van Gogh and His Inspirations, opened earlier this month at the Columbia Museum of Art.  My mother learned that the exhibit was coming and encouraged me to go.

For years, my mother and I have

Michigan Through My Lens

Michigan Through My Lens

“There is no abstract art. You must always start with something. Afterward you can remove all traces of reality.”
― Pablo Picasso

One of the things I love the most about summer is the gift of time.  Time allows me to slow down and get more in touch with

Petra

Petra

“Petra is one of the densest palimpsests of human history. Layer upon layer of archaeological remains provide evidence of a fascinating story that stretches back for thousands of years. It is a masterpiece of human achievement, an aesthetic and architectural marvel, and the source of a huge amount of inspiration since the 19th century.”

― Charles River Editors, Petra: The History of the Rose City, One of the New Seven Wonders of the World

My first experience of Petra, at night, filled my head with wonder of what I would see when visiting during the day.  Since I only really saw the pathway, lit by luminaries, and the Treasury lit,

Little Petra and Petra at Night

Little Petra and Petra at Night

“Petra is a brilliant display of man’s artistry in turning barren rock into a majestic wonder.”
― Edward Dawson

One of the highlights of my summer trip to the Middle East was a trip to Petra, which is located in Jordan.

Before visiting Petra, we had a chance to go

Wadi Rum

Wadi Rum

“The desert, when the sun comes up…I couldn’t tell where heaven stopped and the Earth began.”
― Tom Hanks

After crossing the border from Israel into Jordan, my friend, Larry, his niece, Rebecca, and I went to the place where we would meet our guide for a three-hour tour of Wadi Rum.  Wadi Rum is

Old City Jerusalem and the Dead Sea

Old City Jerusalem and the Dead Sea

“All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.”
― Martin Buber

One of the most fascinating things about my trip to Jerusalem was my time spent in the Old City.

There are four quarters in the old city:  the Armenian Quarter, the Christian Quarter, the Jewish Quarter, and the Muslim Quarter.

While in the Old City,