#Writer’s Quotes Wednesdays Writing/Photo Challenge #18: Travel

On the Road Again

In addition to being an introduction to the Writer’s Quotes Wednesday Writing challenge, this post is submitted in response to Lens Artist Challenge #140 “A Change of Scenery” hosted by guest host, Beth from Wandering Dawgs. “Beth suggests trying a different route on your walk, run, or bike ride of our local park. She also extends other opportunities for us, e.g. browsing our archives “to feature images from places we have visited in the past when you needed a change of scenery.”

Lisa Coleman invites us to share in the Bird Weekly Photo Challenge#41 Bird Reflections. Finally my photos also apply to Cee Neuner’s Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge Birds of Any Kind.

This was one of my dad’s favorite songs. He sang it every time we got in the car to go on a vacation. Interestingly, it was Mom who really took us on the road. When she and Dad divorced, the three of us, Mom, Randy and I, packed our belongings into a 1967 VW Bug and got on the road again traveling from Indiana to Oregon in five bumpy cramped days.


Oregon

Randy and I loved our new adventurous life. He still lives in Portland, OR not far from where we first settled, and I still love to visit. In 2018 when I went up to see him, we decided to spend a few days out of the hot, dusty, smoky, Portland air and go to Newport, Oregon. We stayed in a great suite right on the bay. Every morning we looked out and saw this bird standing in the water.

Same place. From our room he looked real. What do you think?

 “Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.”

Gustav Flaubert

LOL! That’s a good excuse for travel, I’ll take it. I disagree that it makes you modest. So what if your tiny? Small and mighty, learned, more interesting, understanding, maybe.

To me, travel is a rare privilege in life. How many people are fortunate enough to have the time and money it takes to travel? I will never see every country in the world. Yet I am so blessed. I take the opportunities to travel as they come to me. Via these reflected birds, I’ll only tell you about a very few places I’ve gone.

Australia

Two blogging friends invited me to come to Australia. It was the opportunity of a lifetime. These elegant, photogenic birds swam in the creeks at Healesville Sanctuary in Victoria, AU. Their reflections told them what they needed to know, “I am so beautiful.”

By the way, I just read Lisbet Collaert’s book, Plunge. Fabulous book, stirring, heart rending, you must read it especially if you are thinking of sailing full time. You can read her promo on my blog here. She didn’t have a lot of money to travel, but made that her lifestyle choice. It’s always a costly choice even on a budget, but this next quote tells why travel is so important.


“Travel and change of place impart new vigor to the mind.” –

Seneca

Central California Coast

Who doesn’t want a strong, vigorous mind? I do, I do!

I have been fortunate enough to change scenery both by traveling and by moving. When we lived in California, it was only a two hour drive to escape the summer heat or the winter valley fog. We enjoyed a change of scenery in San Luis Obispo, Avila Beach or Pismo on the Central Coast of California.

birds on a log
I wonder if they were placing bets. 🙂

One of my favorite things to take with me when I travel is a camera, and my phone has been a dearest travel companion. On this occasion in 2013, I isolated myself for two weeks for NaNoWriMo to write a book. Each day I walked to Avila Beach from our trailer. One day I caught this flock of birds sitting on the log with my phone.

My husband thought it was my best picture ever even though the quality was not great. I always looked expectantly at that log every time I crossed over the golf course bridge hoping to see them again, but I never did.

bird reflection
Dinner time Cannibal bird

This hungry bird awaited me at the beach.


“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

Mark Twain

Prescott, Arizona

When Vince and I married in 1995, he mentioned in passing that he loved the high desert and wanted to live there. I had a great job teaching in Woodlake, CA, and was as uninterested in living in a desert as these birds are in moving to the Arctic Circle.

Twenty-five years later, after he mentioned it maybe 30,000 times, I agreed that the time was right. If we were ever going to move to the desert, we should get a move on. As soon as I said yes, Vince sprang into action, and within three months, we had exchanged our California Dreaming for a home in the mountain city of Prescott, AZ.

We enjoy hundreds of miles of trails and a change of scenery as often as we wish.


Now it’s your turn. Are you among the hundreds of thousands ready to get back on the road again? Pull out your camera. Write in your journal, write a post and link to this week’s #WQWWC (Writer’s Quotes Wednesdays Writing Challenge).

Or maybe you’d rather make it a photo challenge. That works for me. Maybe you don’t even want to write a post. That works, too.

Find a quote or respond to one of mine.

Where to find quotes

Quotes are great fun. You can see how I quadruple-dipped here with one post. Make your post count for the most visibility and have fun with it.

If you respond to this #WQWWC prompt – Travel, leave me a link in the comment section. I don’t always get pingbacks. I love it when you do that, too, but I have missed people and I hate to do that.

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You can copy, paste and edit this little logo in your own post and add my link each week to the url and have an automatic pingback. Or just add it if you think its a good logo. Canva is my graphic artistic consultant.

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Thanks again for stopping by my blog and playing with quotes.

My Reading List for This Week

A comment about reading. When you commit to submitting to a photo or writing challenge, it’s most rewarding if you meet the people in the community. Reading adds a lot of time to the process. I never thought I could read this many blogs in a month, much less a day. But I found that if I take the time to cut and paste the links into a document – even my blog, but I also use a Google Doc, I can read at least half of these in a day. I’ve never tried to read this many blogs in a day, so this is my challenge.

You are welcome to cut and paste my list into any document and see how well you can do with it. If you put this list of links in your next photo challenge for any of these wonderful bloggers, you give them some extra coverage too. So it’s win-win.

#WQWWC List


#LAPC List


Bird Weekly Challenge


Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge

have a great week!

#WQWWC #17 Leisure

This week our topic for Writer’s Quotes Wednesday’s Challenge #17 is Leisure. Check out my page for more information.

To participate, find a quote about leisure, write a post, put a link to this post somewhere in your post. It doesn’t hurt to leave me a link in the comment section either because sometimes I don’t get notification about your post.

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How Bloggers Spend Leisure Time

People spend their precious leisure doing many useful and enjoyable activities. Blogging is my hobby of choice right now, which encompasses any hobby. I’ve met bloggers who love horsemanship, reading, writing, travel, cooking, skiing, uphill slogging, walking/running, hiking, stretching/Yoga, cartooning, and I’m sure you can add so many more. How many leisure activities can you list?

How about Dancing?

“Nobody cares if you can’t dance well. Just get up and dance. Great dancers are great because of their passion.”

Martha Graham

Here’s the original recording of King Harvest who recorded “Dancing in the Moonlight.”

Organizing your leisure effectively is the highest level of civilization.

Bertrand Russell

What about games?

We do not stop playing because we grow old. We grow old because we stop playing.

 Benjamin Franklin

My dad and I used to play chess. My mother and her parents played bridge. My husband and I love card games, too. Our favorite is pinochle. What games do you and your family enjoy in your leisure time?

Photography Anyone?

When I think of leisure my first thoughts go to Terri Webster Schrandt who writes her blog “Second Wind Leisure” and hosts #Sunday Stills. Any leisure photographers out there?

“We all need empty hours in our lives or we will have no time to create or dream.”

Robert Cole

My new friend Lisa Coleman challenges her followers to take pictures of birds from her blog, Our Eyes Open. Challenge #39 is birds that eat fish. Here are some birds photographed for her challenge.

Travelers or Trekkies?

With the availability of the vaccine, we all hope that traveling will soon open up. One of my favorite travel photographer, Tina Schell, of the Lens Artists Photo Challenges reminds us in LAPC Challenge #139 that life is full of special moments. I found this next quote on her post.

“Life is not made up of minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, or years, but of moments. ”

Sarah Breathnach

One of the most special moments in my leisure life was a trip to Australia, where I met two of my favorite bloggers, Carol and Leanne and many of their friends. They nearly wore me out taking pictures. But I saw incredible sights like this man playing the digeridoo, a very unusual experience.

didgeridoo
indigenous didgeridoo player

Do you love to spend leisure moments traveling?

About that List of Leisure Activities

When you think of leisure what quotes come to mind? Give us a piece of your mind using quotes from someone else’s mind! 🙂

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I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your participation in the Writer’s Quotes Wednesday Writing Challenge. It takes effort to look up quotes and then think about what to do with those quotes. A couple of weeks ago a friend suggested that I drop the challenge if no one participated in a month. I’ve decided to keep going for a while. The challenge is starting to grown on me. These three woman keep me going.

If it is easier for you, write your quote in the comment box with your poem, opinion, picture, or other response. I will visit your blog either way.

#WQWWC Citizenship Posts

#WQWWC Spring Posts

Thank you Frank for hosting this week.

Have a great week. See you soon.

#Bird Weekly Photo Challenge #39 Mostly Australian Birds that Eat Mostly Fish

You can’t be friends with Lisa Coleman and not be all about birds. So here is my first contribution to the Bird Weekly Photo Challenge.

You can join too if you’ve ever taken a picture of a bird that swims and eats fish rather than bread crumbs as the majority of its diet. Here are my choices for this week.

black and white fish eating bird at Healesville Sanctuary

Isn’t he a beauty? I’m assuming he’s a pelican, but don’t quote me.

sea gulls swarming the beach

This might have been a preview for the Australian version of Birds. Sea gulls by the hundreds suddenly swarmed St. Kilda beach goers.

This little cutie walked on water at the Healesville Sanctuary.

This benchmark bird picture is just for Lisa to show you my best eagle photo as of 3-13-2021. This pirate never came down from his perch to dip into the water for a bite to eat.

For more great bird photos watch for Lisa’s Bird Roundup each week. Roundup Week #38. I’m making it my reading list for this week.

Coming up on Always Write

Story Chat Summary March 23 – There’s still time to comment on Wanda Lust by A. Kid

#Writer’s Quotes Wednesdays Writing Challenge #16 Spring hosted by Frank at Beach Reflections.

#Sunday Stills: Feeding Birds in Australia

Australian Trip #21

Today in Sunday Stills Terri from Second wind leisure challenged us to feed the birds. I whined to Janis about never having any beautiful bird pictures. But after searching in my files for birds, up came some files tagged “bird.” Tags are so cool.

Australian King Parrot
I’m not sure if this is a female, but females are a little less colorful.

Four years and a month ago Glen and Carol took me to the Bunya Mountains to see amazing Australian wild life. Feeding time for these colorful time was exact and we got there in time to watch the birds fly from the trees and land near the food bowls, which you could purchase.

Australian crimson rosela bird
Very tame

It did not bother me at all that we had not purchased a bowl of food. The beauties had plenty.

Australian crimson rosela bird
A little nervous

Not ever feeder was equally excited about having the birds in such close proximity. Some of them had to be coaxed and coached by their adult supervisors to get them to step up to the plate.

Australian King Parrot
“Could you hold the tin steady, Ma’am?”

After a little demonstration, feeding time got calmer. The people, not the birds. The birds were as excited as ever, though you can’t tell by their expressions.

Australian crimson rosela bird
Sunday Stills Bunya Mountain Treasure

“These colorful parrots from Australia are in the genus PlatycercusPlatycercus means “broad-tailed” or “flat-tailed”, reflecting a feature common to the rosellas and other members of the broad-tailed parrot tribe. Their diet is mainly seeds and fruit.”

Wikipedia
Australian crimson rosela bird
The ground works, too.

The rosella parrots did not mind picking their food off the ground. The thirty second rule applied here.

Australian crimson rosela bird
How am I supposed to tell which is the most nutritious?

It took about a half hour for most of the food to disappear. I wonder if any of it germinates and produces its own food for the birds.

I hope you enjoyed this short walk down memory lane in the Bunya Mountains with Glen, Carol and me.

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Wow, look at all the other brave souls that got close enough to shoot bird pictures. (or had a long lens). This is my reading material for tomorrow. Join me, would you?

I missed these wonderful entries until 2-28.

  1. Now At Home
  2. Cee’s Photo Challenges
  3. Pictures Without Film
  4. Our Eyes Open
  5. Stevie Turner
  6. 365days Blog
  7. Bend Branches
  8. Easin’ Along
  9. Idaho Bluebird
  10. Light Write Life
  11. Mazee Puran
  12. hold-fast-to-dreams.jpg (1920×1440) (wordpress.com)
  13. The Day After
  14. The World is a Book
  15. Travel with Me
  16. Women Living Well After 50
  17. Woolley Muses
Bitmoji

Have a great week. See you Tuesday for the Summary of Story Chat.

#Becky B’s Square Upsidaisy Street Shot Twosomes

Happy end of palindrome day. 1-22-21 (same backwards and forwards)

The featured image was one of those screens and mirrors-type pictures taken in Las Vegas. The person on the left reflection seems to have her feet going the wrong way.

Horses
On Main Street
Woodlake

The Saturday before each Mother’s Day, except in 2020, the Woodlake Rodeo Parade reigns supreme in downtown Woodlake. My favorite parade participants rode up on their horses. Clip, Clop, Clup down the main street called Valencia – a type of orange, the other symbol of Woodlake.

Upsidaisy, Pup
Youthful enthusiasm
Tough to keep in tow

On Puppy Girl’s first big trip, we took her to Solvang for the day. She loved walking the city streets and getting attention for her “Flying Nun/Yoda” ears. Puppy Girl can leap onto walls better than Humpty Dumpty, and though she looks a little tipsy here, she really had all four paws planted firmly up on the wall.

Streets look deserted
Carol and Mandy debate lunch
I snap their picture.

This street-wise twosome, Carol and Mandy, her sister-in-law, made the best tour guides of the gold mecca of Australia, Ballarat. Here they stand debating the best restaurants where I could taste the Australia’s finest delicacies in the CBD – Central Business District. I think that was the day I had pumpkin pizza.

It’s not every visitor who gets to spend several weeks in the homes of those who live in the country, soaking up the culture organically. I can never thank all my wonderful blogging buddies and their friends in Australia who went out of their way to show me a wonderful time.

Given that there were a few teachers in the family, I also learned more facts about Australia that the average American on a three-week tour. It could be that Carol and Mandy were debating what questions would show up on my next Australia quiz but my bet is still on the food.

If you want to read up on Australia, I wrote a series about my 2016-2017 trip, so you can camp out in my search box.

Attention Photographers

A hobby blogging friend of mine, Frank, is looking for photographers to collaborate with him on his website. He writes but wants to promote your photographs. It’s a great opportunity for fun and exposure. Contact him here. Collaborators – Beach Walk Reflections: Thoughts from thinking while walking (wordpress.com)

Announcements

  • This month our  Story Chat features author Anne Goodwin and her short story, “A Post Card from the Past.” What’s really going on in this story?
  • I’m super excited that Carrot Ranch ran an interview about Story Chat in the Saddle Up Saloon.
  • Autty Jade, A Day in the Brine hosts this week’s Writer’s Quotes Wednesday Writing Challenge – Change. Get your posts ready with quotes about change and your thoughts or photographs about the quotes and link to her post tomorrow.
  • Watch for a reblog from Hugh Roberts about Tweeting on Monday
  • Welcome Restless Jo as the newest Featured Blogger on the Challenge Host Series coming up Tuesday.

Have a wonderful weekend. See you on Lens-Artists and Sunday Stills.