"Quit hanging on to the handrails... Let go. Surrender. Go for the ride of your life. Do it everyday"

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Traveling to Lose... or Find... Yourself

I just posted this question on my travel and photography Facebook page late last night and it's been on my mind most of the night, somewhat due to some frustrating extended family issues that had us canceling our March family trip.  I woke up to snow and wind this morning and was even more frustrated that we weren't going to be heading to warmer climates.  Thought that I would pose it on here for all my readers as well.  I am curious about your answers.  Do you travel to lose yourself...
wisconsin backroad
This is somewhere in the middle of nowhere Wisconsin - fall colors trip.
I dislike highways so this is a backroad heading up to Bayfield
 
Or....

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Saturday, February 23, 2013

Photo Friday - Snow Day!!

Yes I know I am a day late.  We have been digging out of the snow the last couple of days.  Yay!  I finally got my winter snow.  Winter just doesn't seem like winter without a winter storm that drops a few inches of the pretty white stuff on us.  Here's to Snow Days everywhere!
Snow Day
It was such a beautiful day outside when we made this guy.  Sunny and the snow was still pretty and white.  The temperatures were in the mid-twenties, which for me in the winter are just about perfect!  The snow packed up super nice because the sun had started a little bit of top melt.  Hope you are enjoying your winter season today! 

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Friday, February 8, 2013

Photo Friday - Blue Heron

Toda's Photo Friday post goes along with my post from yesterday about the Florida Everglades.  On our trip to the everglades I was lucky enough to see all sorts of beautiful birds.  One of the migratory birds that I was surprised to see both on my pond and down in Florida was a blue heron.  At least I hope that is what it is.  I'm not a birder and I was trying to compare pictures.  If I am wrong, I would love for somebody to let me know what type of bird this is.
blue heron 2
He was really big and very pretty.  I had to sneak up on him and I was able to get pretty close to him.  It took me some time to get close to him.  The ground was very muddy that day so I'm wearing my rain boots and just sinking in mud to get to him.  I got a photo though!  Not the greatest but definately not bad.  Below he is taking off.  This one is a little blurry, but I just love how his wings are designed to fly.
 
blue heron in flight
I took this picture last July, but thought that it went well with my most recent post.  I hope he returns this summer because I would love to capture him catching a fish or something.  One can dream right?

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Thursday, February 7, 2013

Florida Everglades Gators and Egrets

The Florida Everglades, called the "river of grass" is a fascinating ecosystem and a very frail one at that.  It is essentially a slow-moving, shallow river that eventually empties out into Florida Bay.  It is a very diverse habitat and the mangroves help to clean pollutants out of the water.  We were lucky enough to be able to drive through the everglades on our way down to the Florida Keys.  As we got further into the everglades I saw multiple signs for airboat tours.  I am a wildlife lover and photographer, so the thought of seeing a wild gator had me very excited.  There was no thought or plan, we just stopped at a random airboat tour place and signed up for a ride. 
Floria Everglades Airboat Tour

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Friday, February 1, 2013

Photo Friday - January Moon

On a semi-regular Friday schedule I am going to try and showcase a fun, neat, travel related or whatever strikes my fancy photo on the blog here.  Just for fun and because I enjoy taking pictures.  So here is my first Photo Friday official picture!
Happy February!!
 
I took this picture just a night or two ago - one of the last for January of this year.  I took it through one of the windows in my living room because it was too cold and windy for me to go outside.  My moon pictures are not super good, but I was caught by how the moon was just hanging there in between the branches of my maple tree and I wanted to capture it.  Anybody who has any tips on how to take moon shots feel free to leave a comment for me :0).  Happy February 1st!
 
This is part of Photo Friday at Delicious Baby.  Stop on by for more fun pictures!

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