UK Castles

There are approximately 1,500 castles in the UK, many dating back to the 6th century AD and earlier. You’ll find a wide variety of structures in varying conditions; from fairytale castles to others that are a pile of ruins, and everything in between. Visiting these historical locations is high on my bucket list, and I…

Goodbye 2020

We are all no doubt, very happy to see 2020 come to an end; goodbye, good riddance; this was not a tearful farewell. The year brought too many deaths, epic proportion job loss, business closures, and too much heartache. According to a Pew Charitable Trust survey, 9 in 10 people have experienced a change in…

A Quiet Christmas

We will have a quiet Christmas this year without any of the parties, festivities and family gatherings that are a traditional part of the holiday season. Yes, there will be some Zoom calls and a KAST event with our daughter and son-in-law, but nothing like the festivities of years past. It is sad and a…

Door and Window Photos

Interesting doors and windows have always caught my attention, perhaps because they offer an opportunity to discover a new place or to catch a glimpse into the lives of others. For whatever reason, I have quite a large collection of door and window photos and will share a few of my favorites today. There are…

International Mountain Day

Today, December 11, is International Mountain Day, a day set aside to celebrate and recognize the dynamic ecosystems and importance of mountains. Global warming impacts mountains by melting glaciers, killing off plants, trees, animals and damaging the habitats of the people who live there. By increasing awareness and through conservation, hopefully we can preserve these…

Wildlife Conservation Day

Today, December 4, 2020 is Wildlife Conservation Day. A day set aside to bring awareness to illegal poaching and the cruelty inflicted on animals and endangered species. In honor of this day, I am sharing some photos of animals that I have taken over the years. Most professional wildlife photographers use burst mode to capture…

A Different Kind of Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving dinner has always been my favorite holiday meal to prepare. I enjoy trying new recipes and making changes to traditional favorites to add a new twist. Sharing the meal with friends and family is the best part; the more the merrier. So it was hard not to get sad and discouraged as it became…

Whidbey Island, WA

Whidbey Island, located in Puget Sound about 30 miles north of Seattle is the largest island in Washington State. It was named for Joseph Whidbey, one of the explorers on Captain George Vancouver’s team who, along with Peter Puget, mapped the island in the late 1700s. It is home to several state parks, including my…

Crichton Castle, Scotland

Located in Midlothian, on a bluff overlooking the River Tyne are the ruins of Crichton Castle. Built in the 1300s, it was originally the home of, as the name implies, the Crichtons, but over the years passed through the hands of various families including James Hepburn, the third husband of Mary, Queen of Scots. It…