WPC Landscape: Some travel memories and present day landscapes

For this weeks Photo Challenge, Cheri asks us to share a photo of a landscape. Like many of you who have travelled extensively, I found it difficult to choose just one landscape out of the many hundreds which I’ve seen and photographed.

I could show you the view over The Valley of a Thousand Hills taken from my late mom and dad’s favourite open air restaurant in Kloof South Africa. We’ve enjoyed so many joyous family occasions whilst looking out over this undulating landscape.


Our daughter lived for a few years in Vancouver and on one visit, we took a drive to the Whistler Ski Resort, going up to the top on one of the ski lifts. I’ve never been so cold in my whole life, with the icy wind whistling past my frozen ears, as we surveyed this unforgettable landscape.


Cruising down the Li River from Guilin to Yangshuo, yielded some really picturesque and breathtaking, karst landscapes.


Many years ago, an early morning stop on one of our many US road trips, enabled us to gaze out over the spectacular and awe-inspiring Grand Canyon. I’m sure we’ll do this trip again one day and get some better photos.


We never dreamed in those far off days, that one day we’d actually be living here in the USA and looking out regularly on this beautiful landscape from our favourite ‘watering hole’.


Neither did we imagine that we would have this lovely peaceful view from our house. Life can be so surprising.


Of course, my home’s inside landscape is somewhat different, but hubby’s doing a great job with those ceiling beams. Don’t know how he manages to get them up there all by himself, but I’m not complaining.


He tells me that he’s planning a domed ceiling with a chandelier over my piano. That I can’t wait to see. I do miss having a piano, but for now I just have to be patient.

Hope you’re all having a great Tuesday. This evening we’re going to a stage production put on by some of our club members. Should be a lot of fun, but I’d rather watch than be part of the cast.

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94 comments on “WPC Landscape: Some travel memories and present day landscapes

  1. Absolutely lovely landscapes, although I would have been in a hurry to get off of that mountain once I’d taken the obligatory “I’m here!” photos. I do not do well in weather’s extremes. πŸ™‚

  2. Some seriously breathtaking landscape photos, but the work site really spoils everything. πŸ˜› πŸ˜€ If I could just make one suggestion… Just please get a comfortable chair for me to sit on when I come over and watch you play. Ahihihi πŸ˜€

  3. Sylvia, I liked the South Africa photograph, then skiing in Vancouver. I have been to the Grand Canyon and several times to Florida. πŸ™‚ Of course, I always enjoy the beauty you find in any setting. Your husband is doing a wonderful job and I believe you two are really a special team.

  4. Lucky you, Sylvia, seeing all those stunning vistas. And your home will be stunning as well when it’s finished. Lucky you, again!

  5. Amazing ladscape pictures, Sylvia and that view from out of your house..we don’t know what to say, we only take a breezer and be silent πŸ™‚ Pawkisses for a Happy Day πŸ™‚ ❀

  6. I enjoyed all those interesting photos, but my Mum loved the Valley of a Thousand Hills, so it has a special place in my heart. How lovely that you have found such a beautiful place to live, and your house is really taking shape!

  7. Sylvia what a fabulous collection of landscapes. I have a special fondness for the Canadian winter at Whistler. Just need the right clothing and gear for that kind of adventure.:)

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    • Thanks so much, Marylou. I love your comment, but I have to tell you that doing all this work has given him somewhat calloused hands, but when the work is over I’ll take him for a manicure or two. πŸ˜€

  9. Happy to see an update on the progress…your husband has no fear! Looks like it’s going to be incredible in the end. Lovely home, lovely travels, lovely man….what more could you ever ask for, eh?

  10. what a gallery of stunning landscapes, Sylvia. indeed, life is of many wonderful surprise πŸ™‚ I salute your hubby of single-handedly working on your soon-to-be beautiful house! wow! πŸ™‚

  11. Your landscapes are spectacular and so is the inner landscape – your husband is a real gem. The Li River landscape is wonderful – a place I would have loved to visit. Thank you for letting us go with you a short trip!

  12. Landscapes. Where to start? I empathise with your difficulty (well, that’s my idle excuse for not taking part in the chalkenge!). I’m partial to the last shot. Always interested in seeing your husband’s progress. I wouldn’t be getting rid of him. A practical man is a treasure indeed.

    • Thanks, Kate. No I won’t be offering him for sale any time soon; he’s a keeper for sure. I just chose a few random landscapes. I do love the Li River one though, and it was nice to reminisce on the view from the ‘Pot and Kettle’. πŸ™‚

      • I have absolutely no doubt that you will. You’ll be playing those favourtie pieces in no time. Whenever I’ve had a break, a lapse in memory usually means digging out the music again but it soon comes back, just needs a little nudge! πŸ™‚

  13. All of the photographs are so beautiful, but I’m partial to your Florida shots. Gosh, I can’t believe your husband got those beams up by himself either, Sylvia. He doesn’t have anyone helping him?

  14. Absolutely stunning landscapes Sylvia and once again I am glad for being able to do virtual travelling and seeing it through your eyes. I do love those ski slopes and yes, life do have a way of surprising one. I am glad you and your hubby is where you want to be and he is doing an amazing job. I can’t wait to see what it will look like once your piano is settled in as well. πŸ˜€ β™₯

      • I am sure you are and going through it like that just makes it more fun and seeing the beautiful end-result is just so more satisfying then. πŸ˜€

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