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Cycling and Painting the Hawthorne Trail

One of my New Year’s ambitions was to cycle the Gainesville-Hawthorne State Trail more often than I had in the previous year. By January 7, I’d cycled 80 miles on the trail. The trail is through sections of Paynes Prairie State Preserve. I enjoy going downhill at 24-26 mph, feeling the rush of wind on […]

Purple Gallinule at Sweetwater Wetlands Park

Quest for the purple gallinule

  Seeing the purple gallinule has been a quest of mine for some time. If you’ve not seen a gallinule, they are quite a visual treat.  With their bright purple-blue, green-turquoise feathers they don’t seem real. They have bright red and yellow beaks with a turquoise head marking. Only once had I seen and photographed […]

La Boqueria in Barcelona

La Boqueria is an interesting market in Barcelona.  With a range of fruits, vegetables, meats, sweets, spices, olives and people, I could spend a day wandering through it and just looking and taking photographs. On this particular visit, we were on a mission to purchase cheese, bread, grapes and other interesting items for celebrating New […]

The Mediterranean Sea from Barcelona’s Shoreline

The Mediterranean Sea was the first sea I knew about as a child. A picture of the soothing blue Mediterranean Sea was in the front pages of the Bible my grandparents gave me for my 5th birthday.  There were no pictures of the Atlantic Ocean, the Great Lakes or the St. Lawrence Seaway  — bodies of […]

La Sagrada Familia Basilica in Barcelona

Of Inspiration there is no shortage in Barcelona.  As you may have read in previous posts. We spent 2 1/2 hours in the Sagrada Familia cathedral one Monday while in Barcelona.  We listened to the audio tape as we toured inside the cathedral.  It explained a lot — the giant pillars in the cathedral designed […]

Osprey Fishing: Bentfeather

If you have ever witnessed the beauty of an osprey fishing, then you will know it is an amazing moment when the osprey emerges from the water with a fish. The osprey circle above water looking into the depths for a fish. Once they see a fish, they dive into the water to grasp it with […]

Sunset on Cliff Tops

Smokies hiking provides connection with Nature

Hiking in the Smokies is a great way to connect with Nature. And it’s important to connect with Nature every so often. Nature calms and heals the stressed soul.  A good 4 mile hike will remind you it’s important to stay in shape. A stunning view can take your breath away and remind you how important […]