Weekly Photo Challenge: Fleeting Moment

This week we are challenged to share a picture that captures a fleeting moment on the street.  For my purposes, as a painter, I like to do landscapes and I have been known to spend time getting photos without people and traffic.  I am a late arrival when it comes to street photography and only recently have come to see the interest and beauty to be seen in city streets.  This was taken in Continue reading “Weekly Photo Challenge: Fleeting Moment”

Travel Theme: Parks

“At the ends of the earth, where the Americas become condensed into a volcanic wedge of moist Antarctic rainforest and cold, beautiful lakes, caught between toothy ridges of sheer granite and rivers of glittering ice, is Tierra del Fuego National Park. This is the very edge of human habitation.” – viator.com

Ailsa’s travel theme this week is Parks.

Established in 1960, the Tierra del Fuego National Park encompasses about 240 square miles and is the southernmost national park in the world, stretching north from the Beagle Channel along the Chilean border. (map)

Our catamaran sailed into Bahia Lapataia with the mountains rising majestically from the channel.
Here sits the most Continue reading “Travel Theme: Parks”

Quotes from the Masters: Fellini

“If there were a little more silence, if we all kept quiet … maybe we could understand something.”

Robin over at Bringing Europe Home hosts Quotes from the Masters and this week’s quote is by Frederico Fellini.  This particular morning I was in a catamaran on the Continue reading “Quotes from the Masters: Fellini”

Weekly Photo Challenge: Create

I am an artist, who has been at her blog post more often that her art studio lately, but, nonetheless an artist.   Yet when I saw this week’s challenge,”create” my first thought was, “ohhh, I don’t know if I can come up with something for that”.  I didn’t see “create”.  I saw Continue reading “Weekly Photo Challenge: Create”

These Four Walls

win badgeI keep my eyes closed as I approach the house. It’s set back from the road with a large front lawn but my steps are sure and I don’t falter. In the corner of the property I admire the magnificent, stately maple tree – a mere stick when my sister stuck it in the ground over 60 years ago.

Continuing up the driveway, I pause to watch the Continue reading “These Four Walls”

Cathar Strongholds

My previous post in this series is The Little Yellow Train.

When I posted about Carcassonne I mentioned the Cathars.The term ‘cathars’ stems from the Greek catharos, which means the purified ones.

Wikipedia says: “Cathars, in general, formed an anti-sacerdotal party in opposition to the Catholic Church, protesting against what they perceived to be the moral, spiritual and political corruption of the Church.”

Pope Innocent III called a Crusade against the Cathars of the Languedoc that lasted for two generations. In the Languedoc-Roussillon region there are a number of strongholds where the Cathars fled to escape persecution.

Quéribus is high and isolated on top of the highest peak for miles around. Continue reading “Cathar Strongholds”

The Little Yellow Train

My previous post in this series was Canal du Midi.

Another gem we unearthed during the fun planning and researching phase was The Little Yellow Train.  The rail line was constructed 100 years ago to link remote villages that are stuck in the nooks and crannies of the Pyrenees. It still performs this function today in addition to being a tourist draw for a unique jaunt into these mountains in the south of France. Continue reading “The Little Yellow Train”

The Canal du Midi

My previous post in this series is a photo essay on Carcassonne.

In our planning process we  discovered  photos of the Canal du Midi – so appealing it made our wannasee list.  A drive north along the Mediterranean coast from St-André brought us to Beziers and a ticket office.

The Canal was carved out across the breadth of France, from the Atlantic coast to the Mediterranean Sea.  Its original worth was as a trade link but today you will find pleasure boats leisurely putzing along.

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Travel Theme: Oceans

Ailsa’s travel theme this week is Oceans, in recognition of World Oceans Day.  The ocean’s have sustained disasters of epic proportions in the last decades …we need to support our governments as they continue to battle it out to protect our oceans’ resources from dumping, spilling and over-fishing.  These photos Continue reading “Travel Theme: Oceans”