"I believe we have an obligation to read for pleasure, in private and in public places. If we read for pleasure, if others see us reading, then we learn, we exercise our imaginations. We show others that reading is a good thing." - Neil Gaiman
We have this little table fountain that has clear rocks in the base of it. This is one of the clear rocks. I really think they are neat because when you hold them up to the light they reflect and at times can be shiny. This photo has a saturation added and a slight glow.
The Photo Friday theme this week is dream so I thought this photo was perfect for it. I love this creation and it comes up often on my blog. It is one of the few multiexposures I have done that I have really liked. It is my eye with a small tree in a rock nearby in front of it.
I love to buy shoes as I am sure many of us do, but I often find myself leaving my shoes outsite and they end up looking like the shoe above. Both weather and animals help me justify needing to buy more shoes.
When Maverick's hair gets long it is funny to see him wake up with morning hair. We would cut his hair more often but after haircuts he tends to have bad dreams in which he tries to protect his fur from being cut!
We just got back from a trip to Yellowstone National Park. It was all three of ours first visit to the park (Me, Hubby and Maverick). Maverick thought the whole trip was boring and was extremely glad to be home, although he did find the buffalo walking by the car to be neat. As he watched them walk by, he thought he might like to bark at them but decided against it as they got closer.
Hubby and I are glad we went, but were overwhelmed by the amount of people that travel through the park. It is true, people will stop in the middle of the road to take pictures, mainly of elk and buffalo. To travel 10 miles it took about 40 minutes. One disappointment was the hotel accomadations. We stood at the Canyon Lodge cabins, and well they were very smelly, sort of like mold and vomit. All the staff at the Lodge were very nice and as helpful as they could be. Overall it was a good trip, but if you decide to stay at the Lodge (and most likely the other cabins in the park that were bulit before the 1990s) make sure to take some sort of air freshner and flip flops for the showers (in some cases you share with others).
Along the way we also stopped in Grand Tetons National park, which was a pretty landscape but coming from Yellowstone, not very eventful. Great quiet place to hike. We also made a trip to Dinosaur National Park, and well... since the main attraction to Dinosaur is closed (for reasons the park rangers were unsure of) I do not recommend even stopping. The only things left to do (at this time) is look at their makshift vistor center and hike a mile (no dogs allowed) to see eroding bones from a distance.
My husband built that fantastic birdhouse in the tree outside the window some time ago and still no birds have moved in. It is odd the birds will hang around the feeder all day and then look in the birdhouse, but no one wants to move in. I submitted this photo to JPG Magazine "Loneliness"
The last couple of trips we took to National Parks near us I realized something, there are very few pictures of myself on the SD card. My husband is not much of a picture taker so I often find myself behind the camera. When I was cleaning off the latest SD card from our trip to the Rocky Mountain National Park, I saw the above picture and realized that is was a perfect depiction of how I see myself...behind the camera.
My first challenge book this summer is Joseph Andrews/ Shamela by Henry Fielding. I loved Tom Jones by Fielding (read it five times last semester... it is about 900 pages) so I plan on eventually reading all the novels he has written. I also want to read his plays and some biographies on Fielding. I think this book might take me through week one and two (about four hundred pages but I want to savor it)of SRC Round 2.
More to come on my reading of Joseph Andrews and Shamela.
SRC Round 2 Challenge:
1. Joseph Andrews/Shamlea by Fielding
2. Caleb Williams by Godwin
3. Swann's Way by Proust
4. Within a Budding Grove by Proust
5. Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
6. And maybe a couple from my TBR list
Most of the time I am pretty mellow and I love an environment that feels like you could fall asleep and have no worries, perhaps that is why I love the mountains so much, so peaceful. The above picture is me at the Great Sand Dunes National Park. I loved just sitting there in the sand. The Dunes are large enough where a person can walk up to their own little dune and hear no one, completely peaceful.