Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Moved Again

Not sure how much time I'll be spending on Blogger as I have discovered a new site that is being developed by the Picture Perfect group.  It is called muzenews.ning  It seems, to me anyway, to be a lot more user friendly than this site is and it is similar to how Multipy worked.  Many of us who have participated in the weekly Picture Perfect themes are already there.  I'll pop in here, from time to time, but I think my new blogging home will be over at muzenews.  Here's the link to the site if any of you are interested in checking it out.  

Friday, November 2, 2012

Picture Perfect - "M" Is For......


The Sandia Mountains form the eastern boundary of Albuquerque, New Mexico.  This was taken from the top of Sandia Peak which is over 10,000 feet in elevation.  These mountains are about a 30 minute drive, east of my house and I see them from my back yard.  I love this mountain and trust me when I say that I never again want to live anyplace that is flat.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Picture Perfect - CALL OF THE WILD

My trip to Africa last spring was made for this week's theme.  This elephant was about 6 feet away from our Land Rover when it lifted up its trunk and trumpeted at us, giving us his "Call of the Wild."

Friday, October 5, 2012

Picture Perfect - AGLOW

Since the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta opens tomorrow morning, this shot of one of the "dawn patrol" balloons, glowing against the dark, pre-dawn sky, seemed appropriate.  The "dawn patrol" balloons launch, prior to the main ascensions, to check out wind conditions and determine if it is safe to fly. This was taken at last year's Balloon Fiesta.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Picture Perfect - CONTRAPTIONS

When in Spain, last year, one of the places we went was to an olive oil museum.  Who knew there was such a thing?  Lol.  I sure didn't.  Anyway this contraption is an old olive press.  

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Picture Perfect - Freestyle Week #4 - Breaking Bread

Last year, on a trip to the Costa del Sol in Southern Spain, we did an overnight trip to Morocco.  While walking through the Kasbah, we came upon a bakery.  The women who lived within the Kasbah walls would bring their bread dough to the bakery and the baker would bake the bread.  In this shot you can see finished loaves of bread.  Upon our arrival, we were given samples of bread that had just come out of the oven.  So delicious!

Because this is a freestyle week, I am going to bend the rules a bit and also put up a few shots I took inside the bakery so you can get a feeling for the working conditions there.  Trust me when I tell you, it was hotter than h--- down there.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Picture Perfect - Freestyle #1 - MORNING LIGHT

Sunrise over the Sandia Mountains in Albuquerque, New Mexico, as seen from my backyard.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Picture Perfect - Double Whammy

A Thing Of Beauty Is A Joy Forever

I took this shot of this water lily in the Okavango Delta in Botswana.  After applying the black & white option to the picture, I also added a matte option from the iPhoto program on my Apple.  

Thursday, August 23, 2012


Last February, there was a special ballooning event at Balloon Fiesta Park in Albuquerque, to celebrate Valentine's Day.......a friends and lovers ballon rally.  In keeping with the Valentine's Day theme, this balloon was there and since I am a Valentine's baby, I had to get a picture of it.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Africa Journal - Entry Four

So, we were now leaving Chobe National Park and heading to the Okavango Delta, also in Botswana, the largest inland delta in the world.  All of our in country flights were on small aircraft.  I am not a huge fan of small planes, but my desire to see Africa was greater than my dislike of small planes.

There's not a lot of head room in these planes.

The delta comes into view.

As soon as we get off the plane, we go out on a game drive.  Here is one of the hundreds of termite mounds we saw on the trip.  This type of termite does not eat wood.  It cultivates a fungus type substance that it eats.  As tall as the mound appears above ground, it is twice that size underground.

Hippos are seen in this water hole. 

Here's another hippo, disappearing into the delta grasses.

This is a red lechwe.  Look at that shiny coat.

Lunch was set up for us out in the delta.  This area overlooked the pond where the hippos were.

An elephant sighting as we head to camp.

My home in the Delta.

Looking out to the Delta from my deck.  Just beyond that railing is where an elephant appeared my first night in camp, happily munching away on a bush.  If I had been standing on that deck, I could have reached out and touched him.  I turned out the lights in my tent, sat on the edge of my bed and watched the elephant for about 45 minutes.  We had very early wake up calls in the morning and I kept telling myself, "Karen, you have got to go to bed."  But then I'd say, "But when is the next time you're going to have an elephant outside your front door?"  So I kept watching until it finally disappeared along the side of my tent and then I went to bed.    It was one of many, many special moments that took place on this journey.

The lodge at the camp in the Delta.  Every meal in every lodge during the trip, there were cloth tablecloths and napkins on the table.  I don't do that very often at home!  Lol.  A pretty classy way of roughing it.

Off on another game drive.    The wet season had ended just a few weeks before we arrived, so there was still a lot of water around which also meant a lot of beautiful water birds.

This is a saddle billed stork.

Wattled cranes.

Our first sighting of lions. It was quite an exciting moment when we came across this pride.

The following shot is my favorite picture from the entire trip.

A few more lion shots.

We come across some more elephants.

You can see, in this shot, how close we are to the animals.



Lily pads in one of the water holes.

A beautiful iridescent bird.  I have no idea what kind it is.

One of our land rovers crosses a water hole.

Once the dry season ends, most of this water will be gone.

It had been another wonderful day, viewing the magnificent African wildlife, living wild and free the way nature intended.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Africa Journal - Entry Three

Prior to our afternoon game drive in Chobe National Park, we had our daily, Learning and Discovery event.  Two ladies from a nearby village came and gave a basket weaving demonstration.  They showed us the plants they used for dyes and how they wove their baskets.  They also brought a table full of baskets, made by them and other ladies in their village, for us to purchase, if we chose to do so.  I bought 2 woven bracelets for my 13 year old granddaughter, a basket with a lid as a birthday gift for a friend and a woven plate for myself.

Our sundowners game drive brought more sightings of amazing animals.   







African Buffalo


This Baobab tree clearly shows the damage done to these trees by elephants.  Eventually, the lower trunk will so weaken that the tree becomes top heavy and will fall over.  This tree is not dead.  It was late fall there and it had lost its leaves for the season.

And, the most amazing sunset....just like nearly every picture you have ever seen of Africa.  What a beautiful way to end a wonderful day.