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Berlin Christmas Market: gold lady on stilts

Berlin Christmas Market: Sophisticated Shopping

Our final stop at Germany’s Christmas markets may have been our best. Berlin did not disappoint! With the kid-friendly rides and good country food at Dessau and Magdeburg and the fresh greens of lovely booths in Hannover behind us, we thought the markets couldn’t get any better. But then we shopped Berlin’s Gendarmenmarkt. Sophisticated booths […]

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Prague's Astronomical Clock

Travel bliss destination: Prague & Germany

This week, Lindy LeCoq posed a challenge in Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #175: Follow Your Bliss: find and describe something that makes us blissfully happy. Without a doubt, the two of us agree: Travel in or out of the U.S. has become a passion for us. With an upcoming trip later this week (our first one […]

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Flower petals bokeh, Valle Crucis, NC

Bokeh mystique: Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #194

This may be my one and only true confessions post, but when I saw Sofia’s theme this week, I knew I was in trouble. Bokeh is one of those “real” photographer terms, one that I hardly understand, let alone use intentionally. As Sofia says, “It literally means ‘blur’ in Japanese.” And let me tell you, […]

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Sonia Summers' Girl Blowing Bubbles: Chalk Walk 2022

Re-birth Day: Knoxville’s Chalk Walk 2022

Making a strong comeback on the Knoxville Dogwood Arts scene, Chalk Walk 2022 brought crowds back downtown after a two-year hiatus (Covid, of course!). And since John of Journeys with Johnbo created this week’s topic Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #193: They Say It’s Your Birthday, we just figured the rebirth of Chalk Walk was as celebratory […]

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Walking through Zion National Park

Earth Story: Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #192

This Earth Story is a tale told in orange as we celebrate the grandeur of the earth revealed in brownish, yellowish, orangey colors of America’s state and national parks. Orange is the happiest color. Frank Sinatra In the photo above, hikers make their way around the striated rocks of Zion National Park. And from our […]

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Love in bloom: Lens-Artists Challenge #189 Odds and Ends

Don’t get upset with me. It’s not what you think. I’m all for Tina’s interesting challenge this week called “Odds and Ends.” It’s just that I’ve been totally self-absorbed in something else — something I’ve written about before. Something that makes me grab my camera and head outside my back door several times during several […]

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Discover Prompt 21: Instrument

You do have to be careful with your voice. It is an instrument. Elvis Costello This week, April 18-26, has been designated as a time to celebrate the 58 national parks in the United States through National Park Week and to remember that we can be instruments of change. As we pay tribute, even virtually, […]

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Rows of fall-colored shrubs snugged up to majestic mountains. Somewhere in Utah.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Layered

Perhaps anywhere you travel out West you’ll see layers of beauty, but Utah is our latest state to visit where seeing overlapping beauty truly became the norm.  If you’ve ever crested a hill while driving a scenic highway, you know the ah-ha moment when you catch your breath and say, “Oh, my gosh!” or something […]

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Morning fog at Bryce Canyon, Sunrise Point

Seven things you must do at Bryce Canyon National Park

It probably goes without saying that most people visit Bryce Canyon because they’re trying to check off all the national parks in Utah.  Or they’ve heard of hoodoos and want to see them.  But actually, there’s more to Bryce than just another national park experience.  Here are seven things we consider must-do’s at Bryce Canyon […]

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A lone photographer focuses on the unique structures at Bryce.

Fog can be a good thing: Bryce Canyon National Park

Sometimes getting your hopes up while traveling can only lead to a let-down.  From Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, we drove west along Utah Highway 12 hoping to arrive at The Lodge at Bryce Canyon before sundown to catch a glimpse of hoodoos at dusk. At the lodge, we didn’t unload the car or check in.  Instead, […]

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Ribbons of color at Grand Staircase-Escalante

An elemental expanse: Grand Staircase Escalante

If you’re thinking Grand Staircase-Escalante is just another Out West pass-through, pretty place, think again.  With over 1.9 million acres of vast wilderness, Grand Staircase-Escalante amazes you with its grandeur, formations, and ribbons of color unlike any you see at other national parks. Since the Escalante River area was one of the last in America to […]

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