Tag Archive: travel

Beautiful Orange Skies in New Smyrna Beach, Florida

These orange skies are made in part by reflections on clouds caused by sunlight, as well as longer wavelengths of the color red through the atmosphere. Take a look at these amazing sunrise… Continue reading

Fall is in the air… but not so much in Florida

The bugs are still biting, the humidity is abundant, and the temperatures continue to feel like summer. Since Florida has no real change of season when it comes to autumn leaves changing colors,… Continue reading

Pastel Sunset – New Smyrna Beach

Although I love sunrises, sometimes it’s a lot easier to view a sunset due to the time of day. Some of the sunsets have bright orange and pink skies, and depending on which… Continue reading

More Sunsets and a Sunrise in New Smyrna Beach

I have so many sunset photos I’ve taken in New Smyrna Beach, Florida, that I could probably fill up an entire year of blogging with them! The first is a sunrise, which is… Continue reading

Beautiful Sunsets in New Smyrna Beach, Florida

If I can’t be up early enough for a sunrise, I attempt to at least view a sunset every evening. I’ve taken all of these photos with an iPhone 6.      

Peacocks in St. Augustine

On a trip to St. Augustine earlier this year, a friend of mine and I visited the Fountain of Youth. While the fountain itself was just about as impressive as the Plymouth Rock… Continue reading

A Visit to Canaveral National Seashore – Apollo Beach

If you like to travel to national parks, Canaveral National Seashore is a great one to visit! It’s a super chill place to see cool things in nature whether is be the ocean… Continue reading

Miami Full Moon at the Beach

I took these full moon photos during a trip to Miami last spring. Not being much of a night photographer, I’d like to improve the quality of night shots, but I also like… Continue reading

Key West: Sunset in Paradise

Last November I visited Key West for a few days. I absolutely miss these incredible sunsets!      

Dexter Beach, Marion, Massachusetts Sunrise

Okay… so I know I need to get on the ball with my posts again! I’ve been taking tons of photos lately, but mostly with my iPhone, since it’s always with me and… Continue reading

Mayflower Replica & Plymouth Rock – Plymouth, Massachusetts

I just realized I haven’t posted in nearly 10 months! Work took over, but I was finally able to travel to Massachusetts recently. This is a pretty fantastic thing to see in person.… Continue reading


Wintery weather doesn’t provide much in terms of vibrance, so I had to choose from photos I took this past fall.         The Daily Post: Vibrant

Shannon’s Creative Photo Challenge: Landscapes in Portrait Mode

Welcome to Shannon’s Creative Photo Challenge! I was trying to do this weekly, but I have too much going on at the moment to dedicate. Instead, I will post randomly as time allows. This… Continue reading

Faraway in Black and White

It took me a while to choose photos for this challenge, because not all look good in black and white. Certain architectures and textured landscapes do, which is why I chose these particular ones… Continue reading

Gathering in Nature

Glad to have some time off of work to get back to these challenges! I found this mushroom clump in my backyard last month. It was the oddest thing, and I’d never seen… Continue reading

Orange and Green in Nature

I was taking a walk in my neighborhood last month, and I noticed something floating in the river. It was a glittery pumpkin caught in the weeds, most likely windblown in there by… Continue reading

Trio – Nature in 3s

      The Daily Post: Trio

Lake Ashby, Florida in Black and White

Even though I took plenty of color photos on this trip, it’s the black and white ones that bring out the true details. Ironically, these black and white photos also reflect my feelings… Continue reading

Shannon’s Creative Photo Challenge: White

Welcome to Shannon’s Creative Photo Challenge! Each Wednesday, I post a newly themed challenge. This week’s challenge is WHITE. If you’d like to participate, all you have to do is post the title and… Continue reading

Shannon’s Creative Photo Challenge: Near & Far

Welcome to Shannon’s Creative Photo Challenge! Again, I am late for this week’s challenge. Too much going on at once! Each Wednesday, I post a newly themed challenge. This week’s challenge is NEAR… Continue reading

Ornate in Religion

While searching for my most ornate photos, I realized that most of the subjects are religion or ritual related.         The Daily Post: Ornate

Before and After with Photoshop

This is the Anping Treehouse in Tainan, Taiwan submitted by Helen Chen of HHC Blog. I wanted bring out the detail in this image. My post-processed version:   The original: November One Photo Focus  

Shannon’s Creative Photo Challenge: Nighttime

Welcome to Shannon’s Creative Photo Challenge! Each Wednesday, I post a newly themed challenge. This week’s challenge is NIGHTTIME. If you’d like to participate, all you have to do is post the title and… Continue reading

From Below

At first I thought this challenge meant looking below, but then I realized it was from below. What a difference! All of these photos were taken somewhere in Arizona… from below.    … Continue reading


Be careful for the environment you choose, for it will shape you. The Daily Post: Careful

Black and White Photography: Things Made of Wood

I think wood generally photographs better in black and white, mainly due to its greyscale colors. Contrast adjustment can help bring out the details. I had several photos to choose from for this… Continue reading

Simplicity in Nature Photography

This was a bit of a challenge for me, because I’ve either already posted some of my simple photos or I tend not to take very simple ones that relate to this challenge.… Continue reading

Mangrove Seeds at the Beach

I tend to take several photos of the same subject at different angles, because I’m just obsessive like that. Last week at the beach, I noticed a pile of mangrove seeds washed up from the… Continue reading

Extraordinarily Unusual

This challenge was a little bit challenging for me, because I consider extraordinary things to be extremely unusual – like double rainbows or moments that things wouldn’t normally be caught on camera. A… Continue reading

Shannon’s Creative Photo Challenge: Spooky/Mysterious

Welcome to my Creative Photo Challenge! It’s been very exciting to see more participants in these challenges. Each Wednesday, I will post a newly themed challenge. In keeping with the theme of mystery… Continue reading

Graffiti and Murals

I tend to take photos of a lot of things when I travel. Sometimes I come across odd graffiti or art. These are a few of the things I’ve taken over the years.… Continue reading

October Sunsets of New Smyrna Beach

As most of you probably know by now, I love taking sunset photos. I like sunrises, too, but the time of day doesn’t always work for me. These photos have been taken over… Continue reading

Happy Place – Disney’s Epcot Flower and Garden Show

No matter which park I visit, Disney is a happy place for me. I always feel like a little kid again, free from worry and thought. The artistry at the parks is top-notch, and the… Continue reading

Travel Theme: Paint

        Travel Theme: Paint

Well Composed Emotions in Photographs

If you’ve been following me for a while, you probably already know by now that sunsets are one of my favorite subjects. Because of their beauty, they always make me feel inspired. I… Continue reading

Cameras & Photographers in Black and White

This topic was definitely a challenge for me, because it’s not often I take photos of cameras or of other photographers. I managed to find some “selfies” done in mirrors.     Cee’s Black and… Continue reading

Shannon’s Creative Photo Challenge: Silhouettes

Welcome to the second month of  my Creative Photo Challenge! It’s been very exciting to see everyone’s interpretations. Each Wednesday, I will post a newly themed challenge. In keeping with the theme of mystery and change… Continue reading

Manmade in Africa

Traveling the world is on my bucket list. So for now, I will have to settle for visiting countries at Epcot and Animal Kingdom at the Disney parks. These photos were taken last… Continue reading

Night Shots of the Las Vegas Strip

I’m not a huge fan of big cities or of places like Vegas, but they do provide some pretty cool opportunities for photographers. I took these photos with a point and shoot camera… Continue reading

Inanimate Objects in Black and White

      A Photo a Week Challenge: Inanimate Objects

Travel Theme: Intense

These photos were taken over the summer during a trip to North Carolina. The first two were taken at Pisgah National Forest. A photo of the waterfall by itself doesn’t seem as intense… Continue reading

Backs of Animals in Black and White

I have found that it’s extremely easy to get the backs of all different animals, because they don’t exactly take direction from a photographer. So this was an easy challenge for me! 😉… Continue reading


A while back, I’d written about personal boundaries when it comes to people and how sometimes if we don’t set them, space invaders can take over. Robert Frost got it right when he… Continue reading

Compose Yourself: Savannah, Georgia

          Cee’s Compose Yourself Challenge: How the camera is not like your eye

Shannon’s Creative Photo Challenge: ARTISTS

Welcome to the fourth week of  my Creative Photo Challenge! I want to thank everyone that has participated in these challenges. Each Wednesday, I will post a newly themed challenge. This week’s challenge is something… Continue reading

River Sunrise in Edgewater, Florida

To me, the only good thing about waking up early is being able to watch the sun rise. I took these a few days ago in Edgewater, Florida. This is the same sunrise… Continue reading

Travel Theme: Fruit

With all of the recent food photo challenges, I’m going to have to watch my waistline. 🙂 As you can probably tell, I love fruit salads!       Travel Theme: Fruit


Perspective: It’s all about how we view things.       Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: Perspective

Sense of Taste in Hawaii

It’s nice to visit places that are not at all like where you’re from. Although I’m a beach girl, some of the food in Hawaii is so much different compared to what I was… Continue reading

Shannon’s Creative Photo Challenge: Toys

Welcome to the third week of  my Creative Photo Challenge! Each Wednesday, I will post a newly themed challenge. This week’s challenge is something fun – TOYS. If you’d like to participate, all you have… Continue reading

Monday Sunrise in New Smyrna Beach

This morning I woke up long before the sun came up and couldn’t get back to sleep. I thought it was the perfect opportunity to drive to the beach and watch the sunrise.… Continue reading

Sense of Hearing

I really, really LOVE music!! I listen to several different genres depending on my mood. I love concerts, even though they are nothing like they used to be; nevertheless, I try to go… Continue reading