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Easter Island at Sunrise . . . aerial kite photography.

April 17th, 2017 Comments off

sunrise-easter-island-aerial-kite-photographyEaster Island is a Polynesian island in the southeastern Pacific Ocean, at the southeasternmost point of the Polynesian Triangle. Easter Island is famous for its 887 extant monumental statues, called moai, created by the early Rapa Nui people. 


Easter Island (Spanish: Isla de Pascua, Polynesian: Rapa Nui) is one of the most isolated islands on Earth. Early settlers called the island “Te Pito O Te Henua” (Navel of The World). Officially a territory of Chile, it lies far off in the Pacific Ocean, roughly halfway to Tahiti. It is most famous for its enigmatic giant stone statues, built centuries ago, which reflect the history of the dramatic rise and fall of the most isolated Polynesian culture.

The English name of the island commemorates its European discovery by a Dutch exploration vessel on Easter Sunday in 1722.

Ever since Thor Heyerdahl and a small party of adventurers sailed their raft from South America to the Tuamotu islands, far to the north of Easter Island, a controversy has raged over the origin of the islanders. Today DNA testing has proved conclusively that the Polynesians arrived from the west rather than the east, and that the people of Easter Island are descendants of intrepid voyagers who set out fromTaiwan thousands of years ago. Legend says that the people left for Easter Island because their own island was slowly being swallowed by the sea.



-Dome Rondavels ~ Serengeti National Park, Tanzania, Africa

August 5th, 2016 Comments off



Serengeti Serena Lodge has been designed to blend completely into the living landscape while offering modern comforts and services. Traditional domed ‘rondavels’ are widely spaced throughout the grounds of thisTanzania safari lodge. On the very edge of the ridge is a ‘vanishing horizon’ pool, which provides panoramic views over the ‘endless plains’ after which the Serengeti is named.serengeti-serena-480d

Each double story stone-built and thatched ‘Rondavel’ offers 2 en-suite rooms (one up, one down). The rooms feature their own private balcony, private entrance, spacious bedroom, natural stone bathroom and intricately carved furniture. The grounds of this Tanzania safari lodge are cooled by groves of acacia trees and watered by sparkling streams.

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Did You Know?

August 5th, 2016 Comments off

I didn’t know much about China, so when I found these stats I was in for a surprise by the mere vastness of the country.  I was especially blown away by the size of the population.  Amazing!

Capital City is Beijing

Type of Government is Communist

Primary Language is Mandarin

Currency is Chinese Yuan

Area is 15.1 million square miles

Total Population is 1.36 BILLION

Betsy Ross – Star Maker

June 14th, 2016 1 comment

Betsy Ross would often tell her children, grandchildren, relatives, and friends of the fateful day when three members of a secret committee from the Continental Congress came to call upon her.

Those representatives, George Washington, Robert Morris, and George Ross, asked her to sew the first flag.

This meeting occurred in her home some time late in May 1776. George Washington was then the head of the Continental Army. Robert Morris, an owner of vast amounts of land, was perhaps the wealthiest citizen in the Colonies. Colonel George Ross was a respected Philadelphian and also the uncle of her late husband, John Ross.

Naturally, Betsy Ross already knew George Ross as she had married his nephew. Furthermore, Betsy was also acquainted with the great General Washington. Not only did they both worship at Christ Church in Philadelphia, but Betsy’s pew was next to George and Martha Washington’s pew.

Her daughter recalled, “That she was previously well acquainted with Washington, and that he had often been in her house in friendly visits, as well as on business. That she had embroidered ruffles for his shirt bosoms and cuffs, and that it was partly owing to his friendship for her that she was chosen to make the flag.”

In June 1776,  Betsy was a widow struggling to run her own upholstery business. Upholsterers in colonial America not only worked on furniture but did all manner of sewing work, which for some included making flags.

According to Betsy, General Washington showed her a rough design of the flag that included a six-pointed star. Betsy, a standout with the scissors, demonstrated how to cut a five-pointed star in a single snip.

Impressed, the committee entrusted Betsy with making our first flag.  You can try it yourself, directions to follow thanks to the Betsy Ross website.

A few of the lucky ones, but even they suffered during this terrible time in our world history.

April 28th, 2016 Comments off

This was taken moments after Jewish refugees realized they weren_t being sent to their deaths

My fondest memories of visiting Holland, years ago, are of the tulip fields. The colors were so vibrant and rich.

April 27th, 2016 Comments off


A Street Without Cars? Sounds wonderful!

April 23rd, 2016 Comments off



Highway M-185 is the only highway on Mackinac Island in northern Michigan, a vacation location.

Cars have been banned from the island since the 1890s after the first cars introduced on the island spooked the carriage horses and caused accidents.

The scenic M-185 has remained almost entirely car-free ever since. Only horses, horse-drawn vehicles and bicycles are allowed here, which makes this highway unique and the only one of a kind. The highway offers beautiful, scenic views.

Photo Contest from Nat. Geo.

April 16th, 2016 Comments off



Japan’s Meguro River is lit up in pink as cherry blossoms welcome spring in this photo by ‪#‎YourShot‬ member Takeo H. Maybe your photo could earn you the prestigious title of National Geographic Travel’s Photographer of the Year.

April Fool’s Day In Other Countries (Wikipedia)

April 1st, 2016 Comments off

United Kingdom

In the UK, an April Fool joke is revealed by shouting “April fool!” at the recipient, who becomes the “April fool”. A study in the 1950s, by folklorists Iona and Peter Opie, found that in the UK, and in countries whose traditions derived from the UK, the joking ceased at midday. A person playing a joke after midday is the “April fool” themselves.


In Scotland, April Fools’ Day was traditionally called ‘Huntigowk Day’, although this name has fallen into disuse.The name is a corruption of ‘Hunt the Gowk’, “gowk” being Scots for a cuckoo or a foolish person; alternative terms in Gaelic would be Là na Gocaireachd ‘gowking day’ or Là Ruith na Cuthaige ‘the day of running the cuckoo’. The traditional prank is to ask someone to deliver a sealed message that supposedly requests help of some sort. In fact, the message reads “Dinna laugh, dinna smile. Hunt the gowk another mile.” The recipient, upon reading it, will explain he can only help if he first contacts another person, and sends the victim to this next person with an identical message, with the same result.

In England ‘fool’ is known by different names according to the part where it is celebrated. If you are fooled on this day you may be known as ‘noodle’, ‘gob’, ‘gobby’ or ‘noddy’


In Ireland it was traditional to entrust the victim with an “important letter” to be given to a named person. That person would then ask the victim to take it to someone else, and so on. The letter when finally opened contained the words “send the fool further”.


In Poland, prima aprilis (“1 April” in Latin) is a day in which many jokes are told; various hoaxes are prepared by people, media (which sometimes cooperate to make the “information” more credible) and even public institutions. Serious activities are usually avoided. This conviction is so strong that the anti-Turkish alliance with Leopold I signed on 1 April 1683, was backdated to 31 March.

Nordic countries

Danes, Finns, Icelanders, Norwegians and Swedes celebrate April Fools’ Day (aprilsnar in Danish; aprillipäivä in Finnish). Most news media outlets will publish exactly one false story on 1 April; for newspapers this will typically be a first-page article but not the top headline.

April fish

In Italy, France, Belgium, and French-speaking areas of Switzerland and Canada, 1 April tradition is often known as “April fish” (poissons d’avril in French or pesce d’aprile in Italian). This includes attempting to attach a paper fish to the victim’s back without being noticed. Such fish feature prominently on many late 19th- to early 20th-century French April Fools’ Day postcards.


3200 Years in One Photo

March 26th, 2016 Comments off
tallest treeAmazingly awesome to think of the life of this tree! Thank God no loggers took it down nor forest fires, nor earthquakes. Just a quiet life in a California forest for all these years…

Not every tree has a nickname, but ‘The President’ has earned it.

This giant sequoia stands at 247 feet tall & is estimated to be over 3,200 years 
old. Imagine, this tree was already 1200 years old when Jesus walked the earth.

The trunk of The President measures at 27 feet across, with 2 BILLION needles 
from base to top.

Because of its unbelievable size, this tree has never been photographed in its 
entirety, until now. National Geographic photographers have worked along with scientists to try and create the first photo that shows the President in all its glory.

They had to Climb the tree with pulleys and levers, and took thousands of 
photos. Of those, they selected 126 and stitched them together, 
to get this incredible portrait of the President.

(Thanks to Stan Hicks for sharing.)

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