This photo was taken at my German grandmother’s 90th birthday in Heidelberg, Germany. There are four different generations represented in this photo. Even though all of these family members live in Germany, I have had the fortune of getting to spend a significant amount of time in Germany with them. (My parents and husband are in this photo and they live in the US). They are a very colorful, crazy, and lively group. Two things that always shine through whenever I have visited are that no matter how spirited the conversations get, family is the most important thing and they would defend it fiercely. The second is that no matter how much time goes between each visit, we are always welcomed warmly and with the knowledge that we are family.
It’s COLD here in Colorado so I thought I would post something to warm everybody up! This photo was taken in Tulum, Mexico a few years back. It was a gorgeous, warm day! The sign with the ‘ICY Margaritas’ is what I was focused on! Enjoy!
For other fantastic entries for this weeks challenge see: http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/12/20/photo-challenge-one/
The WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge this week is called “The World Through Your Eyes”….How do I view the world as a photographer? Honestly, I think it may depend on my frame of mind. As I was sifting through a few of my photo albums, I found that in Portugal, things were very linear for me and apparently, I was drawn to the same Instagram filter and frame – OVER and OVER again. Perhaps there is a book out there to help me understand such things!
Please see the link above for other wonderful and interesting perspectives!
One of my favorite places in the United States is Gustavus, Alaska. Gustavus is a funky little (and I mean little) town that serves as the gateway to the Glacier National Park. There really is not much to do there outside of bear spotting, kayaking, camping, glacier cruising and hiking – just so happens these are a few Life Bus faves. All of these things are spectacular, but, there is also a hidden gem in Gustavus. Tides roll in and out exposing hundreds of star fish….not a lot of starfish in Colorado so I am completely fascinated by these creatures. Thought these little guys were a great example for the Word Press Weekly Photo Challenge: Pattern.
As I was scrolling through my photos, I came to one that made me smile and brought a tear to my eye all at the same time. It is amazing how many fond childhood memories this one photo can invoke for me. For my color challenge, I am sharing with you all a photo of my German grandmother, my Oma, at the age of 90 on her market stand in Heidelberg, Germany.
My grandmother is a strong, free-spirited woman who up until this year, at the age of 93, still sold flowers at her market stand. After fleeing the Soviet invasion of Latvia and, winding up at a displaced person’s camp in post-war Germany, my grandmother started selling flowers on the market to make ends meet for her family. She has been selling flowers to people with a true devotion to her floral works of art ever since …. approximately 60 years. Market work is hard but my grandmother had a true passion for “her” flowers. She treated them almost like her babies. If a flower lost it’s bloom, she would pick the bloom off the ground and put it in a bud vase on her windowsill. She hated to see any single flower lost. She had an amazing eye for which flowers went together and hands of steel with which to hold her bouquets. The roses she used had thorns like daggers.
As children, we spent many summers in Heidelberg helping her sell on the market. This requires getting up quite literally at the crack of dawn and working until about 3 or 4 in the afternoon. My grandmother bought many flowers from the wholesalers but was an early adopter of locally sourcing her flowers as well. This meant driving around tiny farm roads picking up freshly cut snapdragons, sweet peas, daisies, roses, and anything else that was in season from local gardners. For us children, these old farmers would always give us little bags of freshly picked cherries, raspberries, blackberries, etc. We would then stop at the local bakery and pick up some pastries and a canteen of coffee to have on the market. I’m pretty sure my Oma is the source of my sweet tooth. She would buy so many wonderful pieces of plum cake, apple cake, and of course there had to be freshly made whipping cram.
She became such an icon of the markets in Heidelberg that on her 90th birthday, the main newsaper in Heidelberg (Rhein Neckar Zeitung) wrote an article about her and her history on the market.
I’m sure I’m way off of topic for the color challenge but I just felt compelled to share this story with you all. I hope you enjoy it and
I live in Golden, CO which is a small town just West of downtown Denver. As you can imagine, some of the best things about living in my town are the beautiful views, hiking opportunities and the wildlife I see nearly every day I am lucky enough to be home. Here area a few of my favorites!
I am looking forward to seeing where my fellow bloggers live via the WordPress Phoneography Challenge!
This is a hiking/trail running trail called Mt. Galbraith – it’s a great 5 mile (ish) balloon loop that is 5 minutes from my house and is one of my local faves. The views of Golden are amazing from this trail!
We also have a very large herd of elk (about 70) who pass by our front yard at least 50 days, if not more, a year. They are the reason I love Golden so much. Here is an image of some of them resting in a meadow near our house. There has to be a Far Side caption to describe this scene! lol.
If you have ever been to Kathmandu, Nepal, you know how many things there are to see – it’s easy to get lost in the details. The images below include two boys we encountered on the way to the Everest Base Camp – you can see the rays of light shining down and their runny noses! The second is a view of the Valley below from a helicopter ride from Lukla to Kathmandu. The third, is a street view in Thamel. Every day I walked the same street in Thamel, I saw something new. What a unique and incredible place!
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I like these photos for the Forward challenge because they show the view from the cockpit …. one literally and the others more figuratively. The actual cockpit photo was taken near Juneau, Alaska. We flew Ward Air out of Juneau and had the great fortune of having a friend of a friend be our pilot. He took great care of us and took us on some special glacier viewing opportunities as well as up and over some glacial valleys. I’ll never forget this moment because we were all looking out the windshield seeing these peaks getting closer by the second. No one said anything but we were all wondering … how are we getting over those when we are obviously lower than the summits. Fortunately, without any problem!! There was such a thrill on the other side of these peaks. The ground fell away immediately and it felt like we were free-falling for a second. The other two photos were taken on sea kayaking adventure trips. One was taken in the Sea of Cortez and the other most recently kayaking to Tobacco Caye by the Belizean barrier reef. Tobacco Caye was literally Gilligan’s Island and where we would spend the next 3 nights!! Hope you all enjoy the views forward!!
This is an image of a Nepalese girl who lives in Lukla, Nepal. She is ADORABLE and perfect for this challenge!
Check out other fine works of art via Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge
Up close and personal with a bridge held together with what seemed like Paper Clips!! It took every ounce of strength I had not to look down! Love the Weekly Travel Theme’s from Where’s My Backpack!