Lens-Artists #90: Distance

This week  Tina has chosen Distance as the theme for the Weekly Photo Challenge.

From Tina’s post: Bottom line; we are all in this together despite needing to avoid each other physically.  Please share with us the creative ways you’ve found to address your need to connect while keeping your distance. Have you found interesting and productive ways to pass the time? Are you enjoying comics/funny stories or do you find the situation too serious for jokes? The Lens-Artists team hopes our weekly challenge brings at least a small opportunity to look away from the news for a bit to connect with the rest of us. We look forward to hearing your thoughts and seeing your Distance images – whether related to the COVID-19 crisis or not.

The photo at the top of the page was taken the morning of March 13, 2020, the same day President Trump declared a National Emergency because of COVID-19. It was the last day I was able to take a walk on the beach. I wasn’t the only one on the beach that morning but everyone was already practicing social distancing. Here’s two more photos from my walk that morning.

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Last beach walk before Social Distancing began on March 13, 2020
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Last beach walk before Social Distancing began on March 13, 2020

Since that day, we’ve have been practicing social distancing. Except for my morning walks, my only outings are to the grocery store or to pick up a to go order to help support local restaurants. Sadly, the beaches were closed about 12 days ago. My morning walks are through the neighborhood now and that gives me a chance to say hello to neighbors I haven’t seen for a while as we practice social distancing by walking on opposite sides of the street.

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Beaches and parking lots closed after State of Emergency in Georgia
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Beaches and parking lots closed after State of Emergency in Georgia

Some days I have a hard time concentrating because of what is happening but during this time I have been able to take care of a few tasks I have been neglecting for a while. I’ve also pulled a lot of weeds and planted sunflower and zinnia seeds. I’ve had plenty of time to sit in my garden and watch the bees and butterflies.

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Monarch on Milkweed

I keep up with friends and family with phone calls, texting, social media and blogging. I’ve also learned a new skill – attending a Zoom meeting! Woo hoo!

Many, many thanks go out to all of the doctors, nurses, all hospital staff, first responders, farmers, truck drivers, grocery store workers, restaurant workers, teachers, volunteers who are making masks, distillers who are making hand sanitizer, manufacturers who are making ventilators and masks, volunteers feeding hospital workers and making meals available to kids who aren’t in school, all the parents who are at home with their kids now, neighbors who are helping out their neighbors. Thank you!

We are all in this together and I believe we will get through it and be stronger for it.

Many thanks to Tina for this weeks Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – Distance

Lens-Artists #89: A River Runs Through It

This week  Amy has chosen “A River Runs Through It” as the theme for the Weekly Photo Challenge. When I saw Amy’s challenge I immediately thought of the Mississippi River which runs through ten states in the U.S.

“The Mississippi River will always have it’s own way; no engineering skill can persuade it to do otherwise” – Mark Twain

The Mighty Mississipi runs from the headwaters in Itasca State Park, Minnesota south to the Gulf of Mexico in Louisiana.

” Here 1475 feet above the ocean the mighty Mississippi begins to flow on its winding way 2552 miles to the Gulf of Mexico” ~from the marker at the headwaters

Ordered from north to south, the rest of my images are from several different viewpoints along the Mississippi River.

Potosi, Wisconsin side of the MIssissippi River looking toward Dubuque
Potosi, Wisconsin side of the MIssissippi River looking toward Dubuque, Iowa
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View from the middle of the Mississippi River on a paddle boat near Hannibal, Missouri
Gateway Arch Riverboat in St. Louis, Missouri
Gateway Arch Riverboat on the Mississippi River in St. Louis, Missouri
Sunrise over the Mississippi River
Sunrise over the Mississippi River at Trail of Tears State Park in Jackson, MO
Barge going down the river at sunset
Sunset over the Mississippi River from at Trail of Tears State Park in Jackson, Missouri
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Mud Island River Park river walk in Memphis, Tennessee is a 5-block long replica of the lower Mississippi river, from Cairo, IL, to New Orleans, LA.
Barge on the Mississippi River at Tom Sawyer RV Park in West Memphis, Arkansas
We sat in our campsite and watched barges on the Mississippi River at Tom Sawyer RV Park in West Memphis, Arkansas
Confluence of St. Francis and Mississippi River
Confluence of St. Francis and Mississippi River in Mississippi River State Park in Marianna, Arkansas
The mighty Mississippi River in Vicksburg, Mississippi
The mighty Mississippi River in Vicksburg, Mississippi

Many thanks to Amy for giving me an opportunity to relive some of our trips along the Mississippi River in this weeks Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – A River Runs Through It

Lens-Artists #88: Chaos

This week  Ann-Christine has chosen Chaos as the theme for the Weekly Photo Challenge.

I experienced chaos first hand this week when I made a routine trip to the grocery store. I wasn’t there for toilet paper, hand sanitizer or cleaning supplies but apparently every one else was. It was a total mad house with not enough cashiers to handle the crowd. I was glad to get out of there with my few groceries (and wine)!

So, to bring a lighter note to this post I chose some photos of chaos in the animal world.

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Feeding frenzy at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm
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When the shrimpers clean their nets, seagulls come by for an easy meal
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Salmon returning to the fish hatchery in Valdez, Alaska

Many thanks to Ann-Christine for this weeks Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – Chaos

Wandering Dawgs is five years old

March, 2018 marked the fifth anniversary of the WanderingDawgs blog. I  started the blog in 2013 as a way to keep friends and family up to date on our journey from Georgia to Alaska and back. I never dreamed that five years later I would still be blogging.

Thank you to everyone who visits Wandering Dawgs. I really appreciate all the visits, likes, comments and shares over the years.

Every now and then I check on the traffic statistics for the blog. Here are the top five posts of 2017.

Number 1: For three years in a row, the most viewed post is Starting the Lonesome Dove Cattle Trail. So far, it is the also the number one post for 2018.

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Lonesome Dove Trail Map courtesy https://www.etsy.com/shop/AntiqueMapsofTexas

Why is this the most popular post? I can only guess that there are as many other Lonesome Dove fans out there that are frustrated because there isn’t more information available about the actual trail that the fictional Hat Creek Cattle Company followed when they took their cattle herd from the Rio Grande in south Texas to Montana.

Number 2: The second most viewed post of 2017 is Wandering Around America One State at a Time – New Mexico.

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View from Sandia Crest

Number 3:  Palo Duro Canyon – the Grand Canyon of Texas.

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Palo Duro Canyon

Number 4:  Wandering Around America one State at a Time – Tennessee.

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Fall in the Great Smoky Mountains at Cades Cove

Number 5:  Wandering Around America one State at a Time – Utah.

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Henry standing under Delicate Arch

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you will come back soon to see what we are up to.

Wandering Dawgs: 2015 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

Many thanks to all of you who stopped by my blog last year! I enjoy hearing from you so please keep those comments coming!

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 13,000 times in 2015. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 5 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.