As one who jumps with excitement at the mere thought of traveling anywhere in the U.S. and beyond, I've loved photographing different sights along the way. Photography is a relatively new hobby for me, and I don't own an expensive camera, but I sure have fun clicking away with the one I have.
Here are just a few of my highlights of 2017. It was a
J.K. ROWLING, the author of countless Harry Potter stories,
once commented, "Always have a vivid imagination, for you never know when you might need it." My imagination stops me in my tracks at times, especially when it comes to animals. I might not even be thinking of them, and then all of a sudden . . . . they show up in UNEXPECTED FORMS.
And sometimes when I show other people photos of what I've observed, they have very different impressions. To me it's fascinating. Here are some fun photos I took of my intriguing, unusual animals, followed by other more conventional, real ones. I hope you have a vivid imagination too, and an appreciation of animals.
Early September offered a joyful return to my favorite body of water anywhere--Lake Superior. Depending upon the day or
time of day, it can be calm and mesmerizing, rough and at times scary, and almost therapeutic. It has its own spirit and moods, and it can change incredibly fast. I was incredibly lucky to spend a week there in a delightful cabin with my good friend from Minneapolis. It's beautiful and spectacular any time of the year. If you have never been to the northern part of Minnesota, you really must go. So much to offer, including the friendliest people around.
I loved taking photographs of the lake at different times and sitting at a picnic table working on a story and just catching an
occasional glance of the lake, while enjoying the different movement of the waves.
I hope you enjoyed seeing the fun I had taking photos of this
Nearly two months ago my cousin and her husband totally surprised me with an invitation to accompany them on a road trip to New England for two weeks. It didn't take me long to
say "yes." They knew that I had very limited funds and they were extremely generous and kind. After traveling nearly 3,500 miles from the Twin Cities and back through Canada, I've had a chance to reflect on this wonderful once in a lifetime trip. Following are photos of spectacular views at state parks, hiking
trips in state parks and forests, extraordinary American history, including the Mark Twain home and
museum, Henry David Thoreau's Walden Pond, Revolutionary War cemeteries, historic covered bridges, beautiful fall colors, and a wonderful trip to Maine to fall in love with the ocean, so seldom seen by one who lives in the Midwest.