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Wordless Wednesday: A Turquoise Memory

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Daily Prompt: Clouds I Have Seen

Today’s Daily Prompt ‘Clouds’ reminded me of this Joni Mitchell song from the 1960’s, one of my all-time favourites.

Bows and flows of  angel hair
And ice cream castles in the air
And feather canyons everywhere
I’ve looked at clouds that way

But now they only block the sun
They rain and snow on everyone
So many things I would have done
But clouds got in my way

I’ve looked at clouds from both sides now
From up and down, and still somehow
It’s cloud illusions I recall
I really don’t know clouds at all.

Here are some clouds I’ve been privileged to see on my travels around this beautiful world. I thought it might be fun to show some photos where the clouds, although quite prominent, weren’t the real focus for the shot; like this one taken through the window of our tour bus in Ecuador.

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Here’s the relaxing view from our hotel in Myrtle Beach SC.

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Mount Vesuvius looks down on the ruins of Pompeii.

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Instantly recognisable beneath the clouds, are the ancient ruins of Machu Picchu.

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The Sri Mariamman temple, rising up to the clouds, is the oldest Hindu temple in Singapore.

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This monster Toucan and his friend Mr. Parrot sit under a cloudy sky in a Costa Rica  waterside park.

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Here under the lowering clouds in Lakota lies the eerie scene of the Battle of the Little Bighorn,  commonly known as ”Custer’s Last Stand’.

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This shot of Mount Rushmore taken from the side, shows just the profile of George Washington, one of the four past presidents who are featured in this massive sculpture.

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Clouds hovered over La Paz in Bolivia, as we drove down from El Alto  airport at an altitude of almost 12,000 feet.

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Looking down over  Cape Town from Table Mountain,  3,558 feet above Table Bay.

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Clouds over a beach of soft white sand in Punta Cana. Absolute paradise on earth.

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I don’t know about you, but just looking at all these photos has given me itchy feet. Time to travel again.  I think  I’ll just go and tell  hubby to hurry up with the house renovations.

Hope you’re all having a great Thursday.

 

 

 

 

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WPC Circle: Circles from around the world.

When I saw the WPC for this week, I remembered a post on my old blog, which was all about circles, and as some of my newer readers haven’t seen it, I decided to post the same photos, plus this one taken in London. The London Eye, also known as the Millennium Wheel, stands on the south bank of the River Thames. I was amazed at the size of it, and really enjoyed my ride and the wonderful views across the city of London.

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This huge fermenting tank at the Jack Daniels distillery in Lynchburg, Tennessee,  had been emptied for cleaning, and we were able to see right inside it. What a long way down it looked.

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This line-up of charred oak barrels that Jack Daniels manufactures in a Kentucky cooperage, contain maturing whiskey. This process perfects that famous rich colour and taste, before it gets put into bottles and sold.

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On our Nile cruise, we witnessed the amazing energy and spectacle of  a ‘Whirling Dervish’. I felt dizzy, just watching him twirling round and round in circles, so fast that he became almost invisible.

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At the Medina in Fez, the sights, sounds and smells were a real feast for the senses.This stall had many circular baskets containing a huge selection of nuts and dried fruit. Unfortunately, no tasting was allowed. *sigh*

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Bignor in the centre of the South Downs National Park in England, is home to the remains of a third century Roman farm and villa. Here you can see a fine example of one of the exquisite mosaic floors.

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The Pillars of Hercules is the ancient name given to the promontories that flank the entrance to the Straits of Gibraltar. Here’s me sitting underneath the monument at the top of ‘The Rock’, which is the northern pillar.

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Whilst on holiday in San Salvador in the Bahamas, I had quite a successful first attempt at archery. Just call it ‘beginner’s luck’.

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Here’s another activity I’m not too shabby at. A few years ago we were on a family holiday in Punta Cana, and here I was showing my granddaughter how it’s done.

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This sort of activity is highly recommended after eating too much of one of my decadent desserts which contains enough chocolate and cream to even fatten up Popeye’s girlfriend, Olive Oyl. How I miss those Sunday lunches at my sister’s house since we left South Africa.

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Wishing you all a wonderful first weekend of the new year.

To see more entries for the ‘Circle’ challenge, click the link below.

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Seafoam in the Caribbean for ‘One Word Photo’

Here’s my photo taken in Punta Cana, for Jennifer’s ‘One Word Photo Challenge Seafoam’.

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Not a bad match, is it?  To join in the challenge, click the link.

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I won’t be around much today as we have to go all the way back to the USCIS in Fort Myers again to get my fingerprints redone. 😦 I really thought that as they did both the scan and the ink prints last time, that was the end of the story, but a couple of days ago, we got a letter to say that the FBI weren’t satisfied. I hope they get it right this time, as we don’t want to be driving almost 3 hours to get there along Alligator Alley, every two weeks. Please keep your fingers crossed for me.

 

What goes a-round for Sue’s challenge

Sue’s latest ‘Word a Week Photo Challenge’ is ‘Round’, and as I’m beginning to pack up my house here in South Africa, I’m selling off various items which I already have in Florida. There are two weighted Hula Hoops which won’t be going with me. Each one weighs about a kilogram, and as you can see, they are quite large. I thought I’d show prospective buyers that it’s quite easy to do the hula, so I put this pic on the website. No takers as yet.

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Of course, it’s much easier with the regular lightweight hula hoops.

Hula hooping granny in Punta Cana.

Hula hooping granny in Punta Cana.

If you eat too many of these round delights, you may need to do much more exercise to keep the spare tyre at bay.

Vegas cupcakes for granddaughters 18th birthday party.

Vegas cupcakes for granddaughters 18th birthday party.

I watched this Black Forest cake being made, actually in the Black Forest. As you can imagine, it didn’t remain round for long, but if one eats this regularly, one could easily become very round indeed.

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Genuine Black Forest Cake

To see more round images, just go to Sue’s ‘Word a Week Photo Challenge’ post.