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Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #19: Magical Light

During my recent trip to Portland, Oregon to see my granddaughter, I flew up from southern California. It was in the early evening and I anticipated to see the sunset. I booked a window seat looking toward west. It was during summer when the day was long, and the sun went down by 9:00 p.m. I was not disappointed because I saw the gorgeous sunset and the horizon above the clouds was lit up with bright orange light.

 

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By 9:15 p.m. the sun almost went down completely. The orange light was diminishing.

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The plane landed at 9:30 p.m. the sky was completely ultramarine blue.

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – Blending in or Standing out

Anne-Christine has a great theme for this week’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – Blending in or Standing out.

We went to China for a eight-member family vacation. We had our private van with a private driver. The itinerary included Beijing, Xi’an, Guilin and Hong Kong. The first city tour was Beijing. Great Wall is surely standing out with the length of 13,170 miles (21,196 kilometers). It can be seen from outer space and the moon.

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Lens-Artists Challenge #16 – BIG Can Be Beautiful Too!

One of our short trip getaway locations is Las Vegas, Nevada. It’s a four hours’ drive from home. We usually stay there from Monday to Thursday when the hotel rate is lower. We started staying at Luxor when it was first built, and it seemed to be bigger then. It looks a lot smaller now with the surrounding new and bigger casinos.

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Lens Artists Photo Challenge #15: Changing and/or Changeable

We took our second trip to Anchorage, Alaska in May 2018. Our first visit was several years ago one week after the summer season. We missed going to Denali by one week because the train was close. Every year the train stops going to Denali to let the snow pile up during winter. This time I did my booking to ensure a tour to Denali.

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On the day of the tour, we boarded the coach in the morning. The weather was not very promising. The tour guide said it couldn’t guarantee to have a clear sky to view Mt. McKinley, the highest mountain of the northernmost of the United States which is 20,320 feet. Read more

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge: #13 Look Up

When I saw Patti’s prompt for Lens-Artist Photo Challenge: #13 Look Up. I know exactly what photos I have for this post.

Among all the countries we’ve traveled, Spain is one country where I spent a lot of time “looking up.” I love the Spanish architecture in general and I was most impressed with the architecture of cathedrals. When we visited the Great Mosque of Córdoba, I was walking with my head tilted, looking up and taking photos to an extent that I lost my tour group. I was panic because that place is enormous. The tour guide took the group to go from one Chapel to the other. Fortunately (most of the time), I could locate my 6’4″ husband. I quickly rejoined the group.

It was fun finding the photos from my Spain trip for this post.

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Antoni Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia Cathedral in Barcelona

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Lens-Artists Challenge #12 – Path

Tina’s theme for Lens-Artists Photo Challenge this week is Path.

We visit Mercy, my daughter, her hubby Will, and our granddaughter Autumn once a month. During one visit, we went to Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden which is a botanical garden located in southeastern Portland, Oregon, USA. It’s named for the numerous springs within the garden featuring more than 2,500 rhododendrons, azaleas and other plants with small lakes, paved and unpaved paths, fountain, and small waterfalls.

Beginning in early spring and continuing into summer, they provide a magnificent display of color. During the fall, many companion trees add dramatic coloring. Crystal Springs Lake surrounds much of the garden, attracting many species of birds and waterfowl. The rocks used to build the waterfalls and other features were gathered from Mt Hood and Mt Adams.

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The Sun Welcomes Me – A Poem

The theme for Lens-Artists Challenge #12 is Path. This reminds me of some poems I have written about the path I have traveled.

We may have decided on a destination or direction to go, but we don’t get to choose the path to get there. It is true in my journey. It was through pain and suffering, travel high and low, to come to where I am at this point in my life. If a time machine could take me back and give me a chance to choose a path, I wouldn’t have chosen a different path. I believe there is a reason for every season.

This poem was written in reflection to my diagnosis of stage IV Melanoma cancer in 2008. I went through six months of harsh chemotherapy treatment, three surgeries, and two months of radiation therapy. After the treatments, it took two years of physical therapy and ongoing exercise to recuperate. My left leg still suffers lymph-edema (swelling) and requires daily exercise and wearing the compression stocking.

But, I’m happy! My physical condition motivates me to go to the gym with my husband and go walking either with or without him!

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