Wednesday, November 28, 2012

T is for Thunderclouds

I have an ongoing love affair with clouds...I'm often seen gazing at the heavens to catch the inexorable ebb and flow of movement across the sky.

On a road trip several years ago, my husband and I seemed to drift from one storm to another, no matter how far we travelled or how many states we crossed.
Mesa Verde, Colorado

 Awed by the power and beauty, I took shot after shot.

 These are some of the results....

 Monument Valley, Utah

Bryce Canyon, Utah

Antelope Canyon, Arizona

A fairly typical November day here in Vancouver

And after the storm come rainbows. 

I captured this one arcing over the River Lagan in my birth city of Belfast, Northern Ireland.

For more takes on the letter "T", do drop by ABC Wednesday and enjoy the view...

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

R is for Road trip

My husband and I are masters of the Road Trip. Few things please us as much as  the road ahead of us with only the vague hint of a schedule we know can change at the promise of an interesting detour.

We had only five days free last October to explore. Beyond knowing that I wanted to see Montana, we were open to anything. In that five days, we managed to cover five states, drove four thousand kilometers, and saw three of the National Parks I love so much.

 Driving through Washington and Oregon, we stopped at Craters of the Moon National Monument in Idaho, as otherworldly a sight as you could ever see. 

With temperatures sitting at 100°F, I was amazed to see patches of snow still held in the lava beds.

The Tetons have been on my bucket list since I first saw Ansel Adams' renowned shot of them in his Mural Project.

 On our tight schedule, there was little time to stop and look around, but what we did see of them was marvellous to behold.

 Those familiar with Ansel's Teton /Snake River photo will see that mine falls short of his iconic interpretation, not helped by the fact that a slow, steady fire worked a line of smoke across the base of the mountains.

Yellowstone enabled 
me to tick off 
another must-see 
item on my bucket list. 

I waited as eagerly as 
the other tourists for 
Old Faithful to make 
his brief but spectacular 

Leaving Yellowstone, we came across the intriguing Mud Volcano Area. Not deterred by the sulphurous air, we spent time studying yet another of Mother Nature's curiosities.

Montana's Pictograph Caves made for another fascinating stop. 

 Of course, I took many photos, of which these are only a few.

Garnet Ghost Town, Montana

I'm linking this post to ABC Wednesday, and suggest you drop by and check out other takes on the letter 'R'...

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Q is for Quay

Living on the 
West Coast 
of British 
Columbia means 
that our 
outings often 
take us 
to the sea.

Lonsdale Quay, North Vancouver
Over the years, we have spent much time on quays, wharfs, docks and piers. I have finally learned to keep my camera with me at all times to capture photos of what catches our imaginations.

Fishing boats,Steveston, B.C.

My husband 
and spent 
a while 
imagining that 
we might buy 
this old boat 
to fix up 
and run away 
to sea in. 

we are still 
land bound...
 The fishing community of Finn Slough, situated in Richmond, B.C.

Fraser River, Surrey, B.C.

Patullo Bridge, Surrey, B.C.

 Of all the usual haunts, our perennial favourite is the hamlet of White Rock. We have spent many contented hours enjoying its simple beauty.

I'm linking this post to ABC Wednesday, and suggest you drop by and check out other takes on the letter'Q'...