Friday is here and my weekend begins. It’s becoming my favorite time like I was a kid in school. This photo was taken with a great friend by my side. We never know who may touch us when given a chance. #friendship101
What a treat to live in one of the most beautiful places in America. I have called Washington State my home for almost all my adult life. Leavenworth is a small community two hours east of me. I typically drive highway two over Steven’s Pass when I take house guests to enjoy this city. As one reaches this destination, you are overwhelmed by the sheer majestic views of a once logging town and center of the railroads.
Leavenworth has since become a huge tourist’s travel spot for those wanting to experience the European lifestyle. The town of 2000 becomes wildly alive on weekends.
Photographing history is not all old buildings in Europe. I spent a day in lovely Bamberg , Germany recently. My family lived a number of years in the area so I have visited often. Continue reading
(photo above courtesy of my collections of postcards from about 15 years ago.)
Can a building really mean so much? The heart of a city is a big shoe to fill. The feelings are certainly there when you walk through St. Sebald which is the oldest parish church in Nuremberg, Germany.
My second water touch was my aqua therapy appointment on Mercer Island, Washington. It went quite well today. I have a lot of work ahead though.
My third water touch was the cold waters of Lake Washington near Interstate 90. I was able to get a bird’s eye view of the 2nd largest floating bridge in the US. The largest is seen from afar called the 520 floating bridge. They are official Seattle landmarks.
The bridge for I 90 was completed in 1940. It is well travelled. My life and travels have taken me over these bridges over a 23 year span of living in Seattle.
New experiences open our eyes to new adventures. Yesterday was one of those days. I went to the horse races at Emerald Downs in Auburn, WA! As you can imagine, the next big thing for thoroughbred owners is to see their beauties win!
The owner above saw his horse win its first race. I had no idea the winner belonged to him until I saw him go up to the horse. I was able to share this photo with him.
Above, you see the happy jockey who just won his race. Note his uniform. The shirt is known as silk. It is a tradition that goes back to England in the 1700’s. You can now look at him come from behind in the picture above I took! I dont know who was more excited than him other than the winners watching the race! Yes. There is betting. I am not much into that, but the fun of seeing these beauties with your eyes is definitely a gift. I can understand how a owner would feel watching his/her baby cross the finishline.
Enjoy a few more shots I took:
It is something to see that dirt kicked up! Emerald Downs is enjoying their 20th year anniversary being open. Wow!
Disclaimer: I am not promoting gambling at all in this post. I simply enjoyedthe gorgeous horses. Thank you for dropping by.
Photography is never boring. I find beauty in everything.
Flowers. Sunsets, and nature in general bring me into my happy place. How about you?
While driving along Palm Circle on Fort Shafter, I was brought back to another time. It was here I experienced Hawaiian life first in 1969 as an army brat. This base was named after General William R. Shafter who liberated Cuba in 1898. It is also the oldest military base on the island.
Many of my Alabama family and friends will appreciate the hound’s tooth dress my mother made and wore on a beautiful hawaiian day when dad received honors for his army career on the island. Over a quarter of a century before this photo was taken, Fort Shafter was hit by Japanese bombers who targeted its artillery. It is on the field above where you see the young service men and women raising our flag that we sustained casualities. The famous movies Pearl Harbor and Tora, Tora, Tora were filmed on location here.
Above you will see the second post I lived on. This base is the largest outside the continental United States called Scholfield Barracks. I captured in this photo buildings that you can see if you were to watch the classic film From Here To Eternity.
Mother always dressed my sister and I up in clothes she made for us while living on the Hawaiian bases. Who would have ever thought a little over 25 years before this photo was taken Japanese pilots would warm up their guns above us before bombing our Army Air Corps pilots’ home base Wheeler Army Airfield?
Perhaps Hawaii’s most famous scenic picture I took is of Pearl Harbor itself. It is underneath this structure you can see the remains eerily of the sunken Battleship Arizona. It is this tourist spot visited by millions that led to the United States entering WWII.
I hope you enjoyed learning alittle history not only about your blogger, but about the Hawaiian Islands. It is good for us to understand why we are comfortable today as I titled this post, but also to keep in mind that our defense needs to stay our priority if we want to continue to stay that way.
For several days, I have not slept well due to increased pain. I had a call yesterday from a counselor friend of mine checking in with me. I had not written on this blog much and really most do not know the true reason I stopped. I would share it, but to share the reason would give validity to nonexistent boundaries.
I am giving no one or nothing any validity who has tried to demonize my writings or felt offended. We humans are easy to judge when we should be looking at ourselves instead. This is my life and I own it. My family has always been my world and I have always put them above me and many times I have put my friends above me.
Last night I was asked by a new friend, do you love yourself? I could not answer. It made me sad that I did not have enough respect and love for me. The good news I realized God loves and I could work on loving myself more and understanding whose I AM.
In the meantime- through tears because of physical pain, I shot these photos in the rain in my backyard. Don’t worry- I am seeing my doctors to help me with the chronic and acute discomforts I have. Just making it real. Be looking soon for photography from Hawaii where I will be taking in some much needed sun! I am not a tourist type so you will not find those kind of shots on my blog as I believe vacation is not about rushing from one tourist activity to another. Instead you will see photos through the eyes of randomness of what I enjoy on The Sandwich Islands. I lived there and seen a lot already, but I bet my new camera just might find a cool surfer dude to photograph! Yes. I am back looking at mens’ butts.