Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Squares and Angles

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge this week is all about Squares and Angles.  This is one of my favorite aspects of photography.  I love to experiment with different angles and learn how to compose the photo!


This photo from Dubrovnik, Croatia has lots of squares and angles!  I was on top of the 2 mile wall that surrounds the City! Continue reading

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Black and White

I’ve been looking forward to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge this week because the theme is Black and White!  I’ve been having lots of fun switching my photographs from color to black and white!  I’m getting a better feel for which ones will look better or at least just as good black and white.

 Mediterranean cruise – 2010

“Me, Myself and I”


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Washington/British Columbia Trip – Day 8

A friend that I met a couple of years ago on a trip to Egypt met us for breakfast.  Up until a few months ago, she had traveled the world for a few years…stopping occasionally for a month or two somewhere that she enjoyed.  It was nice to see her.

I had booked a 4 1/2 hour bicycle tour of Vancouver through Cycle City Tours for the afternoon.  Originally, I couldn’t decide if we should just rent bicycles or spend more than double the cost to have a tour.  I’m so glad we did the tour.  There is no way we would have known where to go, even with the extensive research that I typically do.  This company was rated #1 by Trip Advisor.  We walked a mile or two along the sea wall to the bicycle shop.

Palm Trees in Vancouver??

Dan, with Cycle City Tours, was a knowledgeable and personable guy who led us on a wonderful tour that included Stanley Park (a 1,000 acre rain forest), Gastown, Chinatown, the Convention Center, and Granville Island.

We took a 30 minute break on Granville Island…so we decided to do a beer tasting!

If you’ve ever been to Pike Place Market in Washington…Granville Island is much bigger and nicer!


This wooden sculpture was somewhere along the bicycle tour…

We stopped at the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden.

Gastown was named after “Gassy Jack“.  You can read all about him here.

this was also in Gastown…the cobblestones and architecture reminds me of Europe.

Artwork at The Convention Center…

The trip was wonderful…if you haven’t been to the Pacific Northwest…I highly recommend going!  Have a wonderful day!

Washington/British Columbia Trip – Day 7

After a yummy breakfast at Rocky Bay Cafe, we boarded the ferry at Friday Harbor, San Juan Island for the 1 hour ferry trip back to Anacortes.  We picked up our car and drove a couple of hours to Vancouver.  We only had a 5 minute wait at the border crossing.  Since it was too early to check-in, we drove on to Squamish…about an hours drive North of Vancouver…towards Whistler, on the lovely Sea-to-Sky Hwy.

We ate lunch in Squamish…notice the reflection of the mountains in the glass.

….then drove to our condo in Vancouver.  The owner of the VRBO in Seattle recommended this place to us and it was in a superb location…on Beach Street…across from Granville Island.  It was a bit noisy for sleeping because they don’t have air conditioning and when you leave a window open…

After checking in, we boarded an Aquabus for a 30 min. Tour of False Creek.

I recommend dining at The Sandbar, where we had dinner.  This is the view from the restaurant.

It was cool to lie in bed at night and gaze out at the City lights through the floor to ceiling windows!