First Star

star in the desert southwest sky

First Star

The stars… one of the best reasons to visit the isolated areas of the desert Southwest!  From the minute the sun sets behind the unique rock formations, the dusky sky becomes littered with tiny twinkling lights.  Certainly, the same event happens night after night anywhere you are, but the ability to really see and appreciate it is something truly phenomenal where the sky is as wide open as it is in the Four Corners area.

Loo With a View

mens and womens outhouses in the desert southwest

Loo With a View

These outhouses, in the desert Southwest, are on the site of one of our mission locations.  They are strictly “back to basics” and no frills!  The first several years we worked at this location, there weren’t even doors on either of them.  You can’t deny the wide open, serene view they offered, though.  Of course, the occasional herd of sheep or cattle that roamed by only added to the ambiance.

Key Largo Canal

yacht along canal in Key Largo

Key Largo Canal

This is how I spent several heavenly days in February a couple of years ago!  My husband and I left cold, grey, snowy Virginia, to don our flip flops and bathing suits for a few days.  This yacht was just one of many beautiful yachts alongside just one of many beautiful homes lining the canal in Key Largo, Florida.  As we boated along this lovely canal, the yachts and homes just seemed to get more and more beautiful as we anticipated spilling out into the Atlantic Ocean.  It absolutely was as peaceful as it looks.  I’m hoping there are many more visits (especially wintertime visits!) to the Florida Keys in my future.

Field of Gold

yellow flowers in field in vermont

Field of Gold

This beautiful field of yellow drew my attention for days before the clouds were finally just right for a nice shot.  We were in and near Stowe, VT in the summer of 2010, and enjoyed the peace and tranquility that only Vermont can offer.  This photo represents that for me.  Hope I’ll get to revisit with a nice wide angle lens someday!  :)

Skyward

evening sky over west texas

Skyward

Today we are headed to the great state of Texas to spend our daughter’s 26th birthday with her and her husband.  We will be flying this time, and in honor of our trip, I thought I’d post this picture of a beautiful big Texas sized sunset sky.  Although I adore the gorgeous trees and hills of Virginia, I do love to see an endless sunset over the flat plains of Texas every now and then.  It’s food for the spirit…

Anticipation

gate in the desert southwest

Anticipation

We’re down to 27 days to go until this year’s mission trip to the beautiful Southwest.  It is with eager anticipation that I wonder what blessings are in store for us this year.  The big expanse of blue, open sky is  only one of the sights that I am looking forward to seeing again.  The children and adults who we are fortunate enough to interact with, and who live in this beautiful landscape, are also on my list!  Looking forward to being filled…

Cozumel

swings in bar at Cozumel, Mexico

Cozumel

If you have been on a cruise that visited the gorgeous Caribbean island of Cozumel, Mexico, you likely have a shot very similar to this one.  It’s hard to describe the vivid turquoise of the beautiful water surrounding this tropical oasis.  That striking color seems to intensify all other colors, making Cozumel one of the most colorful places to visit… in every sense of the word.  Though I tend to prefer the grandeur of mountains, the sights and sounds of beaches like the ones in Cozumel do, indeed, bring a sense of peace to my soul.  They are, to me, just one more reminder of the vast and varied beauty of God’s creation.  I am forever thankful for the ability and desire to explore it!

Surf’s Up

surfer in Maui, Hawaii

Surf’s Up

Hawaii has no shortage of beaches.  There are beaches for every activity imaginable… beaches for swimming, beaches for snorkeling, beaches for sunning, beaches for picnicking, beaches for turtle watching, and beaches for surfing and windsurfing.  Ho’okipa Beach, in Maui, Hawaii, is the place to go to watch surfers and windsurfers brave the waves.  It is known as “the windsurfing capital of the world.”  Spending some time here watching the adventurous surfers catch the waves is quite entertaining, and simply, quintessentially, Hawaii!