Franklin Park Conservatory Orchids

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“Beauty surrounds us, but usually we need to be walking in a garden to know it.” ~ Rumi.

Franklin #Park #Conservatory during the #Orchid Display. Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens presents multi-faceted, art- and nature-based exhibitions throughout the year. Annual favorites include Orchids, Blooms & Butterflies and Merry & Bright, all of which are developed, designed and installed by Conservatory staff. Special, temporary exhibitions by national and international artists are presented each year.

Sharing the beauty of the world, one photo at a time. #FranklinParkConservatory

2nd Place & Honorable Mention Awards

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My photo “Birch Trees in Finland” (on the right) was awarded 2nd Place and my photo “Sunrise at Skagsanden Beach” won an Honorable Mention in Photography at the Dublin Area Art League Spring Show. They are both on display at the Dublin Rec Center until May 12. Stop by and see all the great artwork! Thanks to my sister Donna Kayne Owen for coming to the reception and for taking the photos of me! Congratulations to the other award winners for their fabulous artwork!

Sharing the Beauty of the World, One Photo at a Time

Wheat & Rolling Hills ~ Palouse, Washington State

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“Sooner or later, we will have to recognize that the Earth has rights, too, to live without pollution. What mankind must know is that human beings cannot live without Mother Earth, but the planet can live without humans.” ~ Evo Morales (Bolivian Statesman).

Taken in the beautiful Palouse area in Washington State, USA.

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Black Cat on White Steps in Santorini

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“Let us dedicate ourselves to what the Greeks wrote so many years ago: to tame the savageness of man and make gentle the life of this world.” ~ Robert Kennedy.   Black Cat on White Steps in Santorini, Greece. Sharing the beauty of the world one photo at a time.  There is a story behind this photo and the photo below….

I was on a photo workshop with my sister in Greece.  On our first day out with the group, I fell behind, as I often do because of my concentration on taking photos.  The group moved on without me, and there I was in Greece on my own – no phone, no money, no car, no map and no way to contact the group.  I had left my phone and money in the van.  My sister mentioned to the group leader/photographer that I wasn’t with the group, and he said that he was sure I would catch up.  However, I’ve been taught that when I get left behind or get lost, stay where I’m at, and I will be found.  But, no one ever came to get me.  I stayed, and I waited, and I took more pictures where I was at, and I listened to the group playing music at the top of these steps, but no one came.

So finally, I decided that I would try and find our tour van.  I couldn’t remember which parking lot we were in, but I figured it wouldn’t be that difficult to find.  Wrong.  I couldn’t find the car.  And still, no one came to get me.  So it was getting towards sundown, and I thought I’d better at least try and get back to the hotel.  But the problem was I had no phone and no money.

I flagged down a cab, but he was booked and he said to get the next one.  I flagged down the next cab, and luckily I did remember the name of the small hotel, so I asked him to take me back to the hotel.  When we got there, I told him that I had no money, but that I was going to go into the hotel and ask the owner for money to pay him.  Fortunately for me and the taxi driver, the owner was there and was agreeable to paying the taxi driver.

So I paid him and had the owner call the tour leader to let him know where I was.  Needless to say, I was pretty upset with him, but I did forgive him and move on.  He’s a great guy, and a very good photographer, and hopefully he learned something from that event….  I know I did… never leave your money and phone in the car!

So the photo of the cat on the steps is one of the photos I took while waiting to be found.  And this photo of the musical group was also taken during my wait.

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Another World in Finland

“O the snow, the beautiful snow,
Filling the sky and the earth below!
Over the house-tops, over the street,
Over the heads of the people you meet,
Dancing, Flirting, Skimming along. Beautiful snow! it can do nothing wrong.
Flying to kiss a fair lady’s cheek;
Clinging to lips in a frolicsome freak;
Beautiful snow, from the heavens above,
Pure as an angel and fickle as love!….”

~ Excerpt from a poem by John Whitaker Watson.

Hotelli Iso-Syöte, #Finland

Happy Spring everyone. Sharing the beauty of the world one photo at a time.

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On the Tjeldsundet

“One day’s exposure to mountains is better than a cartload of books.” ~ John Muir.

I took this photo of the Lavangsfjorden (Fjord) from the Tjeldsundbrua Hotel in Gratangen, Norway. – The red cabins are “sea houses” and are part of Tjeldsundbrua Hotel which is on the shore of the Tjeldsundet Sound and a few meters from the Tjeldsund Bridge.

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