Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Shanghai, China




Shanghai, China

The Huángpǔ River is a 70 mile long river flowing through Shanghai that was first excavated and created by Lord Chunshen, one of the Four Lords of the Warring States. It is the last significant tributary of the Yangtze before it empties into the East China Sea. The Bund and Lujiazui are located along the river.

East China Sea

Shipping Lane  

On to new travel adventures!
Shipping Lane in the East China Sea, destination: Shanghai, China

Saturday, January 05, 2019

First Sunrise 2019



My annual tradition, of viewing and recording the new year sunrise, continues.
Starting in the year 2000, I began taking a photo of every New Year's Day sunrise. 
Remember the Y2K panic, when we thought nothing would be the same if the computers couldn't figure out the new numbers? 
Sounds so ridiculous now, but it was discussed as a real threat back in 1999. 
It seems like yesterday, but that was 19 years ago!
...before smart phones, and Facebook, and well, you get the idea.

So I woke up and went down to the water, surprised to see so many other people, and I took a photo.
I had one of the first digital cameras, a point & shoot, where you saved the photo on a floppy disc in the camera and it was less than 1mp in size.
I thought it was really neat that so many people were down on the beach, watching the sunrise of the first day of a new year, and decided I would do it every year.

Now, I have friends who wait for my photo. I can't disappoint them or myself.
So, here is the sunrise January 1, 2019. 
I'm still alive, the world didn't end, and the sunrise is as beautiful as ever.
I'm very fortunate, I know, and will appreciate the new year as long as I can.
Happy New Year!

Sunday, December 09, 2018

Bi-Plane Ride


Always an adventure!
One bucket list item is checked off... a ride in a bi-lane.
To think that these planes were used in war time, is just amazing. 
We flew over the NASA landing field and over cruise ships at the pier.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Brittany Coast of France





Wall by the Sea 

The one issue of living in Florida is the August/September humidity and heat.
We've solved the problem. Leave!
This year we traveled to France in September to get away.
September is a good month to go because the summer European crowds are lessened.
The weather is pleasant in September, although still warm.

We traveled to the Brittany Coast with side trips to Normandy and Omaha Beach, and many small towns along the way. We ate oysters in Canales, which are considered one of the best!
There were many small adventures, so check out my Flickr site for more photos!
This is an excellent way to avoid the Florida humidity, and see the world!

Thursday, September 20, 2018

France and the Seine River


Limestone cliffs along the Seine

Our latest travels took us to France.
Beautiful countryside along the Seine River, Paris, Normandy, and the Brittany coast were our destinations. 
More photos will follow.

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Real Cowboys Colorado


For a change of pace, and to get away from the Florida humidity, we took a road trip to Colorado. Great time, great state, and the air is mountain cool! 

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Davis Park, Fire Island


Missing Fire Island, as the summer approaches. 
This is the time to secure your summer rental. Wait another few weeks and it will be too late!

I won't be renting at Davis Park this year. It's getting more and more expensive, and for good reason.
So, for this year, it's time for me and my husband to look elsewhere for some summer adventures.
We are planning to travel to other parts of our beautiful country. 
Perhaps in a year or two we will return to a summer on Fire Island.
 No year is the same, nor do we want it to be.
 Long Island, and Fire Island especially, will always be in my heart, so I know I will return.
It's all good!

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Doing what I love!


I love being out on the water!
Boating is something I did when I lived on Long Island and it's what I do here in Florida.
The only difference is that I can now do this all year round.
The photo above was taken on a sunset sail in Key West, Florida.

Wednesday, April 04, 2018

Winter in Florida


Winters in Florida are wonderful, all because of the weather.
The photo above was taken at sunrise in January.
On this morning, I needed nothing more than a light sweatshirt to keep me warm.
Watching the sun rise anywhere is special, but it's so much more pleasant without freezing hands and cold feet.
My heart will always be in New York, especially Long Island, but it's nice to get away from the snow, ice and freezing cold. 
 

Friday, October 06, 2017

Lake Wallenpaupack, Pennsylvania


First week in October on Lake Wallenpaupack in Pennsylvania.
We were hoping for more vibrant autumn colors, but the trees were just beginning to prepare for the winter.
Cool, early morning walks were very much appreciated especially when the lake produced a misty wonderland!

Saturday, June 03, 2017

Our Mediterranean Voyage

Montserrat door


My husband and I recently spent some time in Europe, traveling and exploring, 
...and of course, taking photos!
Check out my Flickr.com photos for a quick look at the places we've seen in the last few weeks. 
Click on the photo above!

Monday, January 02, 2017

New Year's Day Sunrise 2017

Indian River Park©

Happy New Year!

Since the year 2000 I have taken a photo of the sunrise welcoming the new year. 
This year was no different.
Some years were more difficult than others.
It all depended on how late I went to sleep on the Eve.
Some years, on Long Island or in Pennsylvania, it was extremely cold, so a sunrise image was not exactly what I wanted to do- but, I did it anyway.
I have friends who wait for the photo to be posted. Family will ask, "Are you setting the alarm?" 
I can't let them down, but most of all, I can't let myself down. 

Living in Florida makes it a little easier. No freezing temperatures to endure. Just throw on some shorts and sandals, a light shirt, and maybe a light jacket and I'm out the door. 
I must admit, sunrise in January is not really happening very early for me, but I must be there and ready long before the sun actually rises. 
The light just before sunrise can be even more important, and spectacular!

So this year I woke up at 5AM with just four hours of sleep, had only one cup of coffee, grabbed my camera gear and ventured out to the park near a body of water. 

Watching the sun rise, in solitude, with birds flying over the water, song birds chirping, watching the fish jump and herons hunting for their breakfast, is the real reason I do this.
It's the promise of a new day, new year, and I feel blessed!
How spiritually wonderful it feels to be part of nature and be able to witness the dawning of a another year. 

Mission accomplished!