Category Archives: Weekly Travel Theme

Recently we traveled to the Franklin Park Conservatory to explore the various plants.  In the desert climate section of the conservatory we came upon a flower sitting directly in between several cacti:

Desert Flower for Contrast

The color really jumped out at us, and the delicacy of the flower makes you wonder how it might hold up in a battle with the thorns on the cacti.  I suspect that it would do well given it’s flexible nature.

Thanks to Ailsa at Where’s My Backpack for another great photo challenge!

We’ve traveled to many parks over the last few years and we’ve taken a number of pictures of benches during this time.  Here are three of my favorites:

A place to rest where paths come together:

Benches at the Hub

Entering the forest:

Benches by the forest entrance

A place to rest and reflect:

Isolation Bench

For me, benches represent places to rest tired feet, catch your breath, and plan your next steps.  Life can be so hectic at times that we all can use a place to rest.  Perhaps, subconsciously, it’s a desire to rest that has resulted in the numerous pictures of benches in my files.

Thanks to Ailsa at Where’s My Backpack for another great travel theme!

Over the weekend we had a chance to go to Three Creeks metro park in Groveport, Ohio.  We   saw three lakes and traveled a trail along the Big Walnut creek.  There wasn’t a ton of color out yet as Spring is still trying to get moving.  Here is a shot of Big Walnut Creek:

Three Creeks - Big Walnut CreekWe saw lot’s of Canadian Geese, including these two who were bathing themselves in Heron Lake:

Three Creeks - Heron Lake: Geese BathingWe encountered several other bird species, including the female, less colorful, version of the Northern Cardinal:

Three Creeks - Lady Cardinal

Thanks to Ailsa at Where’s My Backpack for another great weekly theme, and the inspiration to get outside and explore the world!

Travel Theme: Smoke and Mirrors

I couldn’t pull off any smoke, but here are a couple of mirrors!  These pictures taken at John Bryan State Park in Yellow Springs, Ohio:

Mirror 1

And here’s another shot:

Mirror 2

Both pictures were taken with the family point and shoot while standing on a bridge that spans the Little Miami River.  The hiking and trails were good, and we had a wonderful time enjoying the forest.

Thanks to Ailsa for another great weekly travel theme!

Weekly Travel Theme: Time

Time is a multifacted concept.  It’s a measurement that we’ve created to make sense of the world.  We use it to measure age, athletic ability, and value (think time is money!).  In addition, time can serve as an indicator of change.  Young people have smooth skin, old people wrinkles.

As we know, change is the constant in our lives.  And since photographs capture specific moments in time, these images can serve as documentation of change.  For example, here is a picture taken the morning of Monday, March 25:

Winter Wonderland

And here is a picture on same day in the afternoon, less than 9 hours later:

Winter Without the Wonder

Neither picture is particularly special, but they’re certainly different.  The first invokes visions of a winter wonderland.  The second, winter, but not much wonder.  Together, these images document some of the change that occurred throughout the day.

In photography, time also serves as key element of the photograph itself.  For the wildlife, street, sports, and wedding photographers (to name a few), a nine-hour difference represents a new assignment.  Nine milliseconds can make the difference between a masterpiece and a deleted image in these worlds.  Not unlike an Olympic sprinter.

Finally, in travel, time is ever important as it impacts what and who you will see.  You won’t catch the cherry blossoms in DC if you arrive in February, but you can still catch a glimpse of Lincoln:

Lincoln Memorial

And his view of the Washington Monument:

Washington Monument

Please stop over at Where’s My Backpack to see other images that represent the variety of interpretations that such a complex topic provides!

This week is my first time responding to Where’s My Backpack’s weekly travel theme, which is green!  This time of year there are two main colors in my neighborhood: gray and green.  And this image captures both, as a visitor passing through stopped for a rest and a quick look around:

Bird Resting in Bush

As the weather starts to get warmer I expect we’ll see even more green.  I can’t wait!