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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #26: Photographic Review of 2018

Ann-Christine has a wonderful theme last Saturday to do a 2018 Photographic Review. It’s a perfect opportunity to review all the wonderful things happened last year.

January – I started off the New Year by attending a Women’s retreat to reflect and refocus.

February – Spending Valentine’s Day and Chinese New Year with Mercy, Will and Autumn in Portland, Oregon, we went hiking in Silver Falls.

March – March flowers in my garden.

April – Lynton and I took a local trip to The Huntington – Library, Art Collection and Botanical Garden.

May – Celebrating Mother’s Day in Portland with Mercy, we went to Rhododendron Garden.  

May – Lynton and I took a trip to Alaska and toured Denali Park.

June – Baby Hummingbird was born in my backyard

July – Visited Autumn and her mommy and daddy, had a nice outing at Battle Ground Park.

August – A bridal shower for a friend’s daughter-in-law to be.

September –Autumn’s one-year birthday on September 28th.

September – A weekend getaway in Las Vegas.

October – My book was published in October.

November – Family gathering for Thanksgiving.

December – My annual Messiah performance.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge # 26 Photographic Review of 2018

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: #25 Reflections

This week the theme for Lens-Artists Photo Challenge is Reflection, from Patti Moed.

The photos I selected for this post are reflections of water I admired during different trips near and far.

This is Puente de Alcántara Bridge over the calm river, Toledo Spain.

I took a photo of the yacht during our whale watching trip at Newport Harbor California.

On the same day of the whale watching, we had dinner at the beach and watched the sunset.

Our family went to China and visited Guilin. This is Reed Flute Cave with different color lights revealing the rock formation and the reflections from the underground water.

I have been living in southern California for 40 years. Last week was the first time my husband and I went on a cruise to see the Holiday Lights. All the homes, their yachts, cruise boats and restaurants by the water were decorated with Christmas lights. It was a treat from my daughter!

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #25 – Reflections

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: #21 Splash!

My husband and I went to Spain in the summer of 2016 to celebrate 20th anniversary. The tour covered Madrid, Toledo, Seville, Cordoba, Granada, Valencia and Barcelona. We were in Barcelona on the day of anniversary. Most of the restaurants were open for dinner late in the evening but we preferred early dinner. After walking on the street for half an hour, we found a restaurant serving pizza. We had a bottle of wine and a large pizza.

The tour guide took us to a water show at night and we watched a spectacular show with beautiful splashes.

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

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