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Daily Photo Challenge: Strangers

“You see I usually find myself among strangers because I drift here and there trying to forget the sad things that happened to me.” - F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

“You see I usually find myself among strangers because I drift here and there trying to forget the sad things that happened to me.”
– F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

Today’s photo challenge is strangers. While on a peaceful day out, I brought my camera to a park that has a huge lake nestled in the very center. Among the many joggers and strollers at the park, I noticed these two ladies fishing. I have no idea who they are, so they are strangers to me. It appeared as if a daughter was fishing with her old and ailing mother. After I took the shot, I continued to walk towards them. My guess turned out to be truth, for I heard the lady standing call out to the woman sitting using the title of “ma“.


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Daily Photo Challenge: Close Up – Take 2

“If dandelions were hard to grow, they would be most welcome on any lawn.” ― Andrew Mason

“If dandelions were hard to grow, they would be most welcome on any lawn.”
― Andrew Mason

For today’s photo challenge, all I could think of were wishes and dreams. I needed something to sum all those thoughts up and fit into the close-up photo challenge. Why not a dandelion? If you look close, you can even see a small spider’s web! I especially love this simple, little, delicate, and finely woven seed. A single wish that will soon be carried away in the breeze…


Daily Photo Challenge: Collection

The little things I gather here....and store away forever there. Bits and pieces everywhere!

The little things I gather here….and store away forever there. Bits and pieces everywhere!

Today’s photo challenge is collection. One thing I love to collect are sea shells! Every beach I’ve ever walked upon, I have also gathered a shell from. If I lived nearer the ocean, I’m absolutely sure that my house would be full to the brim with sea shells! I love them so much. The thing I love most about them is how different every single shell is.



My Bucket List

I’ve always heard about bucket lists, but never really made on of my own. In October, I finally decided I should make one, and I did. I typed it up and put it in my room as a reminder everyday to keep working on my goals for my life. Here it is!

My Bucket List:

  • Learn to draw/paint.
  • Teach my dog how to run with me.
  • Own an Arabian horse.
  • Own a Mad Hatter hat.
  • Learn to dance.
  • Get a tattoo.
  • Run track in college.
  • Own a Volts Wagon.
  • Own a professional Nikon or Canon camera.
  • Dye my whole head of hair a totally different color.
  • Register Loki as a service dog.
  • Master all songs on “Just Dance 3.”
  • Give someone who really deserves it the middle finger.
  • Buy my very own house.
  • Grow an amazing garden at that house.
  • Build a personal library consisting of at least 100 books.
  • Read 200 books.
  • Climb an Egyptian pyramid (I will find a way!).
  • Star gaze from deep in the Sahara desert.
  • Touch the Moon.
  • Find the Moon a real name.
  • Scuba dive in the Red Sea.
  • Dive in the Great Barrier Reef.
  • Try a Vegemite sandwich.
  • Sail down the River Nile.
  • Visit another part of Africa – not just Egypt.
  • Run through the ruins of a Greek temple.
  • Celebrate a Hallowe’en in Ireland.
  • Eat a taco in Italy!
  • Visit an old Norse castle.
  • Go on an African Safari and get a picture of a wild lion!
  • Listen to a story told by a village elder of a tribe somewhere in the world.
  • Visit at least 7 other countries not already listed.
  • Create a delicious recipe all my own.
  • Pet an elephant.
  • Pet a shark.
  • Help a baby sea turtle get to the ocean right after he hatches.
  • Ride a camel.
  • See a Humpback whale in the wild.
  • See a wild toucan.
  • Find a four-leafed clover.
  • Try a piece of Turkish Delight.
  • Read the entire Bible.
  • Meet on of my favorite actors.
  • Make homemade pasta.
  • Sew a beautiful and wearable dress.
  • Enter one of my photographs in a contest and win a prize for it.
  • Run a marathon.
  • Help a noble cause.
  • Ride in a hot air balloon.
  • Sky dive.
  • Write a book, even if it’s never published.
  • Ride in a parade on my Arabian horse while dressed like an Egyptian.
  • Find and marry my true love.
  • Raise a family with him.

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One Plane Ticket, Unlimited Adventure.

If someone were to give me a plane ticket, and told me I could go anywhere in the world, where would I go?   There are so many places in the world I want to go, so many things I want to see.   I could fly over the icy waters of the South Atlantic until I reach Antarctica, where I could meet penguins and watch whales of many shapes and sizes surface in the Ocean.   I could speed through the air to the tropical forests of Brazil and visit the ancient ruins of the Mayan.   I could zoom over seas to the savannahs of Kenya and discover the animals I only dreamed of seeing.   Prowling lions, beautifully painted zebras, huge hippos, laughing hyenas, tiny meerkats, bouncing gazelles, majestic elephants, and more wait for me to admire them.   I could walk the white ruins of ancient Greece   Or prehaps I could go to Ireland to see the beautiful coasts, rolling hills, and grassy moors.

There are unlimited possibilities for me to choose from.   However, there is one place I have always wanted to visit for as long as I can remember, and that place is Egypt.   I long to see the vastness of the desert and hold the Sahara sand in my hand.   I want to dive in the Red Sea.    I want to ride a camel on the steep foot paths no human in their right mind would walk otherwise.  I want to visit the ruins of every last temple, pyramid, and tomb and float down the River Nile in a simple dahabeeyah.

So many places I could go.   So many things I could see.   I just need that one plane ticket to get there.