This week, Ann-Christine has challenged us to capture candid shots of people and/or animals.
This challenge was a difficult one for me because it’s hard for me to get good photos of people. Usually my candid shots are epic fails, either blurred or someone has a funny look on their face. As I searched through my photos I found some candid shots from our trip to Ireland and Scotland earlier this year.
On that trip we visited more than a few pubs. I couldn’t help but capture a few candid shots as we enjoyed a pint and dinner after a busy day of taking in the sights.
I loved hearing the music in the pubs and seeing the street performers.
I managed to capture a few people doing everyday things.
I can’t end this post without including some candid animal shots.
This week, Patti has challenged us to bring attention to the subject in our photo by filling the frame with that subject. I chose a selection of photos from this year’s butterfly garden.
Zinnia in the butterfly garden
Mexican sunflower in the butterfly garden
Although several varieties of butterflies visited the garden this summer, the Monarchs have been few and far between until today. Early this morning, there were about eight different Monarchs feasting on the flowers.
This week, Tina has challenged us to capture the spirit of a place that is vivid in you memory.
My husband and I have been fortunate to be able to travel to most of the United States, parts of Canada, and a few other foreign countries. The one place that I think of most often is the state of Alaska.
It’s been six years since we towed our fifth wheel over 14,000 miles to Alaska and back. There are so many things that make Alaska memorable. The people are friendly and proud of their state. The mountains and glaciers took my breath away every where we went. I was constantly on the lookout for wildlife and often saw bears or moose beside the road. Sometimes we would be the only vehicle on the road for miles.
One of our favorite towns was Haines. We loved all the great people, the Hammer Museum, eagles and bears, and fresh Dungeness Crab for dinner. Probably best of all was the waterfront view from the campground. We enjoyed our cocktail hour searching for whales and watching the ships go by.
As we traveled around Alaska we would sometimes drive for miles without seeing another car. I was constantly on the looking for bears and moose.
One of our most memorable days was the day we left the fifth wheel in the RV park in North Pole and drove north on the Dalton Highway. After stopping at the Arctic Circle we continued on to Coldfoot, the farthest north we have ever traveled. At Coldfoot we turned around and arrived back at the camper after 10:00 pm and it was still daylight.
On a wildlife cruise from Seward, the captain turned off the engines so we could hear the ice calving at Aialik Glacier.
One of my favorite things in Alaska was seeing wildlife.
I’ll never forget the Orcas cruising close by our boat on a wildlife cruise from Valdez.
The mama bear was too busy finding fish for her cub to pay attention to us.
There were more bald eagles in Alaska than anywhere else I’ve ever been. As we rode close to the shoreline on one of the wildlife cruises there were too many eagles perched in the trees to count.
Riding on a train and a taking a plane ride to land on a glacier after seeing Mount Denali up close were two of our favorite excursions.
It’s been over six years since we were there. One day we will return…
This week Amy has challenged us to show countryside and/or small towns.
We’ve traveled many back roads during our travels around the United States. As we drive along I love seeing the crops growing in the fields and knowing where our food comes from. I am grateful to all the hardworking farmers who grow the food and other crops that we need.
Sometimes the countryside is filled with colorful wildflowers and other interesting sights.