Thursday, May 6, 2021

Flower Friday

                                by Emily Dickinson

Pink, small, and punctual,

Aromatic, low,

Covert in April,

Candid in May,


Dear to the moss,

Known by the knoll,

Next to the robin

In every human soul.


Bold little beauty,

Bedecked with thee,

Nature forswears









Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Cross the Bridge

 Every path in life has a bridge
The journey is crossing it!

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Some Wednesday Waves

To sit in silence at the shore,
watch the waves and hear the surf,
is to appreciate the very breath and heartbeat
of the Earth 
Doe Zantamata



Monday, May 3, 2021

Forest Beauty

 Into the Forest I go,
to lose my mind
and find my soul.
~John Muir

Sunday, May 2, 2021


Reflections 2021 #atozchallenge
 Today I'm taking a moment to reflect on the past month of A to Z posts. I've learned about my blogging "style", what I like to blog about and how often I should blog. I have also had the chance to visit some very interesting blogs along the way!
One of the biggest things I realized after my first few posts is my "main theme" should have been photography, with a minor in Travel. While I ENJOY travel, and am blessed to be able to do so frequently, I REALLY ENJOY documenting my travel with my camera even more. On the other side or reflection, I have learned I also enjoy learning the history of the various places I have traveled.  So moving forward, along with the photos, you may see more historical references to the places I visit.


 I have realized a few things about frequency along this journey. Blogging six days a week just isn't an option for me. Many of you who visit know I also have a "Dog Blog" which has been neglected. I will be ramping that blog up to three to five days a week again soon as documenting the journey of my "furmily" has always been a love of mine(Visit the LLB Gang HERE).
 I do know I cannot neglect my photography(shots that don't include dogs), so between our recent/future travels and past travels that need documentation, I'll be trying to get a detailed post a week out for the foreseeable future, or maybe a post broken up between a few days depending on the story needing to be told. I will try to provide light content in the form of a "daily photo" or something similar, depending on time constraints.

 I've visited so many different types of blogs as I've traveled the A to Z Challenge. From food to fantasy, travel to cinematic reviews, I get lost in all the great writing out there! I did not do much commenting, and am joining the A to Z Road Trip to do just that. I have the Master List and will be making my way across the world visiting and commenting along the way!
 I'm already thinking about themes for next year's challenge, so the answer is a resounding YES, I am planning on returning next year! Thanks again to my good friend YAM for suggesting I join this year's A to Z Blogging Challenge and a big thank you to all the organizers that helped make it happen. I'm so glad I made the effort, and made it from Austin, Texas to the San Diego Zoo
The biggest thank you to those who stopped by and commented during April. Here is an easy clickable directory to April's Journey for those who are visiting for the first time!
A - Austin
E - Eureka

Thursday, April 29, 2021

Zoo - The San Diego One


#AtoZChallenge 2021 April Blogging from A to Z Challenge letter Z

 In general, I try and stay away from typical "Zoos". Something about animals being caged for the enjoyment of humans just seems wrong. However, the San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance is the exception to the rule. Their Mission says it all:

"San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance is committed to saving species worldwide by uniting our expertise in animal care and conservation science with our dedication to inspiring passion for nature."

The San Diego Zoo gives back, does research and has been key in helping certain species survive. To learn more about the San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance by visiting their website HERE


My love for the San Diego Zoo started when I was a child and living in California.  Visits to the Zoo were always a special treat made once a year when my Grandparents came to visit.


I don't remember to much about these visits, but I do remember the flamingos. The exhibit may have changed, but these graceful pink feathered friends can still be found greeting incoming guests as they enter the park.

Let's do a walk around... 

A Gorilla and her little one
 Satu, the orangutan

I was lucky enough to see the Giant Pandas Bai Yun and Xiao Liwu before they returned to China in 2019.

 Playful statuesque giraffes...

...and cute tiny little antelopes
Finally, the most popular attraction of the Zoo, the Koala Habitat. I have to admit, I spent quite awhile watching this guy(or gal) munching leaves from the Eucalypt tree.
 I understand the need for wildlife habitats and Zoos, and although I avoid most all other animal parks. There is something nostalgic that still draws me to the San Diego Zoo.
#AtoZChallenge 2021 badge;

FFF - Let's Go Out and Wander


Pick a direction, which way should we go?
Will there be sunshine or will there be snow?
Will we go where the trees cover the land?
or head to the coast, where the sea meets the sand?

It doesn't matter say we, where we end up
As long as we're together, along with our pup(s).
Life is too short to sit home and ponder
Let's get in CeCe and go out and wander!

 Make sure to visit YAM HERE for more posts and HERE to get the 2021 rules then join in the FFF fun!!