Spirit of Dragonflies

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Just a Peek

This week, share a peek of something — a photo that reveals just enough of your subject to get us interested. A tantalizing detail. An unusual perspective. Compel us to click through to your post to find out more!

Here is a peek into some of my travels. What peeks out to you from these photos?

The little hidden home in the woods is the one that draws me closer, makes me want to stop and visit. Maybe have a cup of coffee and treat with the owner. I make up stories in my mind about who lives within those walls filling the home with happy memories.

It reminds me of traveling from California to New York. There were stops along the way in Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, and on to North Carolina before heading north to the Capital District. Evening travel meant lights were on in the kitchens of homes along the road. Many were decorated for Christmas with bright twinkling lights.  Sometimes I would feel a little forlorn as I traveled from my apartment on the beach back home to temporary residence with my mother.

My life was in transition from the role of mother to a single woman living a life of possibilities, travel, adventure yet the tug of Christmas past filled with children, home, decorations, shopping, family gatherings. During that time of travel, I wanted to stop in to visit the families in one of those decorated homes. I thought it would be nice to feel as if I belonged – even if only for a day. I would peek into the brightly lit windows of those homes and wonder what they were doing. Were they playing a board game, sitting together putting together a puzzle, or baking cookies. Were they sitting together at the dinner table as I had for so many years with my own family – first with my parents and then with my own children.  Those were passing thoughts of a night traveler. When the sun rose in the morning sky I felt alive, free, and ready for whatever lay ahead.

It was a wonderful trip across the United States with all the beautiful landscapes and a adventures along the way.

Have you ever traveled in the night and in your tired state of mind wanted to stop at a home you were passing by to get a peek into the life of another family?

Love and Light!

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Walking and Observing Life

What does pedestrian mean to you? Perhaps this is a great chance to go out and practice some street photography. Maybe you’ll capture something truly “pedestrian” — something that could use a dose of inspiration. Regardless of how you interpret this challenge, I’m looking forward to seeing the results.

Walking and observing life – to witness the beauty of people in our communities can bring a sense of peace as you witness the interactions.

Sometimes as we walk through areas where others are in a relaxed state of being the first thing you will notice is the stress has disappeared from their faces. Their pace slows down and they begin to have some fun. This is true whether walking around a flea market enjoying the possibilities, walking in a park and stopping to set up a rope to balance on, sitting on a park bench taking selfies, or setting up a photo shoot in the Veteran’s Memorial Park as others walk along the path. For those of us with camera in hand, walking allows a time to stop and notice nature or people. We get to enjoy life at a slower pace as we witness our world through a slower speed.

When you walk do you slow down to witness or do you walk at a fast pace and miss all the gifts this world has to share? This weekend, take a half hour or more to walk a little slower than normal. If you have a camera bring it with you and stop to notice the birds, butterflies or dragonflies, the pedestrians that are walking the same path as you.

Love and Light!

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WPC – Pedestrians in NYC

What does pedestrian mean to you? Perhaps this is a great chance to go out and practice some street photography. Maybe you’ll capture something truly “pedestrian” — something that could use a dose of inspiration. Regardless of how you interpret this challenge, I’m looking forward to seeing the results.

“Streets and their sidewalks, the main public space of the city, are its most vital organ.” ~ Jane Jacobs ~

New York City is one place where you can be guaranteed to see thousands of pedestrians. This is especially true when they have gathered for a protest. The March for Science was a very calm event with everyone watching out for one another.

“New York is the only city in the world where you can get run down on the sidewalk by a pedestrian.” ~ Russell Baker

This was not the case on this day in NYC but I have witnessed this on other occasions as people rush from here to there.

Peaceful protests – gathering of thousands of pedestrians. This was one of many marches throughout the world.

Personally, I rather be in the woods surrounded by trees as they bring a sense of peace and safety that is not found within crowded city streets.

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Love and Light!


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WPC – Corner

What kinds of images and emotions do corners evoke in you? In this week’s challenge, share a photo that plays on any of the word’s many meanings. Show your favorite street corner, or a cozy nook in your home where you feel truly at peace. Focus on a person or place that’s recently gone through a transformation — “turned a corner,” as we often say. Or stick to geometry and highlight the angularity of a favorite landscape or object.

Looks who Eric caught in the corner of the bedroom window. Two little boys checking out the passing train. Both of the boys started off fearful of the loud train passing by and who can blame them. The whole house trembles as it rumbles down the tracks. In the summer, the screaming whistle fills the house demanding cars to stop and wait.

To overcome their fear we would laugh as we grabbed them up in our arms on our way  to the window and wave at the passengers. Now they run to the window themselves or, if on the front porch, run to the little bench to watch the passing trains as they wave goodbye wishing them a safe journey.

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I read this quote by an unknown source and thought it appropriate for my grandsons.

“Don’t ask him to live in your world, visit his world instead.”

This is how I feel when with the little ones, always wondering what they are seeing and feeling as they experience the world anew. Around every corner a new experience awaits them. I try to see the world through their eyes and sometimes remember the hidden child within.

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Love and Light!


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WPC – Unusual

For this week’s Weekly Photo Challenge, please post a photo that is unusual in some way for you, whether it be through technique, by subject, or in some other unique way. This theme is wide open to interpretation because only you know what is unusual to you.

Architecture is a visual art, and the buildings speak for themselves. ~ Julia Morgan ~

While traveling for work we attended a training in the Endicott Square Building historic office complex completed in 1896 and located in Buffalo, NY. It’s an Italian Renaissance-style ten-story building. Very unusual architecture with some hidden gems.

At one time, this building would not have been so unusual but today with old building being demolished it is nice to know this one might be around for a while longer.

I call architecture frozen music. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

When viewing this massive building and wandering around within its walls, I must agree with von Goethe.

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Love and Light!


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WPC – Bridges

For this challenge, interpret the theme “bridge.” You can go the same route as I did and capture any type or style of bridge where you are, or go deeper and take a snapshot of something or someone that acts as a bridge in your life: a link, a connection, a mediator.

Bridges become frames for looking at the world around us. ~ Bruce Jackson ~

All I have to do is walk out behind my house to find a bridge connecting one side of a trail with the other allowing the hiker to easily walk across the stream. There are a couple of bridges along the way which I hope are still there after they finish clearcutting for the Pine Bush. Sadly this is not bringing much happiness to our neighborhood. With great hope we wish this area to remain somewhat the same after they’ve completed their project. This is a great place to hike no matter the season.

Some bridges we pass daily without ever paying attention to their beauty. The train trestle crossing the Hudson River between Stillwater and Mechanicville is not one of those bridges. Since my earliest memory of this bridge I have witnessed people from near and far setting up tripods to capture this bridge during all seasons, with or without trains crossing.

When the water is calm the mirror image of the train is amazing. In the summer under the early evening sun the bridge seems to glow in brilliant orange while in the fall and winter it looks brown.

Wherever I traveled, this bridge reminded me I was almost home.

There are so many bridges connecting us to different locations throughout our travels. Without them we would never be able to explore new adventures.

Now I will share some bridges that I have walked or drove over in my travels. Enjoy!

The bridge below is found along a trail at Winter Clove Inn in Round Top, NY. You don’t have to be a guest at the Inn to enjoy the trails over the covered bridge and into the woods. Walking along the path there are many hidden treasures.

Some bridges are small wooden structures to assist us across small stream while others are elaborate structures built to last for generation to carry travelers across the divide. At Pumpkin Hollow Retreat Center in Craryville, NY there is a mix of bridges along the way to enjoy in all seasons. If you go in the spring bring your rubber boots and in the winter your snowshoes.


If you visit Thatcher Park in Berne, NY you will find wooden bridges connecting pathways to and from the waterfalls. In the Spring the waterfalls are in their glory, they may trickle in summer and fall and freeze in the winter.

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If you drive down the steep dirt road to the right when heading south along Cascade Lake you will discover a small wood bridge connecting the parking area to a hiking trail. Although I have never taking a journey along this path it is on my list of hiking trails to explore.

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As you enter Camp Santanoni in Newcomb, NY you will be greeted by the welcome sign and the bridge. The trail is only open on Martin Luther King (MLK) Day and President’s Day in the winter. Bring your cross-country skis or snowshoes to enjoy the trails. At the end of the snowy trail you will be greeted with hot cocoa and a snack. You can enjoy the trails throughout the summer as well with a nice refreshing dive in the lake at the end.

Along the Saint Lawrence River lie the Thousand Islands in upstate New York. If you visit this area stop for a tour of Boldt Castle. The entry arch in the photo below is a bridge for visitors to and from the boat launch to castle walkways. It’s a great way to spend the day, wandering the grounds, touring buildings and gardens.

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While visiting my nephew in New Hampshire, we did some sightseeing and stopped at a popular swimming area. If you look up there is a very old bridge, which I can’t remember the name, but as you can see from the photo below is connecting two mountain roads above the river. When standing on the bridge you have a spectacular view of the waterfalls along the river’s journey.

My daughter captured the shots below of the red covered bridge in Arlington, Vermont. We lived near this bridge when she was in fifth grade and enjoyed taking walks to explore the stream bed. Only one car at a time please. No racing, as this structure is quite old. If you would like to see covered bridges, Vermont is the state to visit. The other bridge is located in East Arlington.

If you have ever been to Mystic Seaport in CT you will recognize this bridge. If ever passing through Mystic, stop for a slice of pizza at Mystic Pizza.

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When visiting my granddaughter near Santa Fe, New Mexico she tried to find a path along the Rio Grande River to explore. We didn’t actually find the path however we did discover this bridge across the Rio Grande which was a foot bridge now. Not sure if it ever held vehicles but there was a nice view from both sides.

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When visiting San Diego, CA you will see the San Diego – Coronado Bridge. This bridge is 2.1 miles across with fantastic views. Coronado is a beautiful location to visit with parks and small shops.

As you can see, many of the bridges along my travels are either in the woods or along treed areas. Cities are nice for a quick visit however they are not my preferred locations to visit. In my stacks of photos there are snapshots of bridges in Kentucky, Virginia, Florida, Georgia, and many other states including the London Bridge in Lake Havasu City, AR.

What are some of the bridges that have drawn your attention? Do you have any local bridges that make you feel like home when you see them? Are there any bridges that you will not cross? For those living in the United States, possibly the Chesapeake Bay Bridge? This can be a bit scary to travel over when it is windy or there is a traffic jam.

Now I’m ready for another road trip. Maybe We will bump into each other along the roadway with cameras in hand. Be sure to say hello. Safe travels!

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Love and Light!


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WPC – Bridges in Alaska

For this challenge, interpret the theme “bridge.” You can go the same route as I did and capture any type or style of bridge where you are, or go deeper and take a snapshot of something or someone that acts as a bridge in your life: a link, a connection, a mediator.

This week I shall go literal because like trees, I also love taking photos of bridges. When given the opportunity to capture trees and bridges together, that is a special treat.

Until you cross the bridge of your insecurities, you can’t begin to explore your possibilities. ~ Tim Fargo ~

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Walking this suspension bridge was a little scary at first. Two of the women were apprehensive so I put on my empowerment cloak to guide them through their fear while releasing my own. Then the guide decided to add to their worries by hanging off the side of the rail to the right making it every more challenging to reach the other side. Once across the women cheered and patted each other on the back for taking the steps needed to overcome and reach the next platform with a higher and longer zip line.

Another bridge to cross was while riding the Skagway Alaska White Pass and Yukon Rail Tour. When we boarded I never realized that we would be so close to the edge of the mountain or riding along tracks or would climb nearly three thousand feet in just 20 miles. After a while I built up the nerve to stand on the platform at the back of the train. At first I held on for dear life as it felt like an earthquake under foot. There were a few men standing out there with me taking photos along the way. Eventually I moved closer to the rail and balanced so I too could capture the moment. It was amazing as we could look below to the river and waterfalls. When I noticed the tunnel ahead I went back in to watch the engine and cars  disappear into the tunnel.

Although the photos are not my best the trip was amazing – crossing bridges, seeing the original remains of the Klondike Trail built-in 1898, water falls, tunnels, gorges and spectacular views of Alaska. What an amazing state!

Passion is the bridge that takes you from pain to change. ~ Frida Kahlo ~

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Love and Light!