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.

Twin Rocks

sandstone Twin Rocks in bluff, Utah

Twin Rocks

Exactly two weeks from today, I will be waking up to this beautiful sight.  These are the Twin Rocks… landmark of the Twin Rocks Trading Post in Bluff, Utah.  They are said to symbolize the twin sons of Changing Woman and her husband, the Sun, in the Navajo Creation Story.  I am so excited to revisit this breathtaking land so rich in belief, history and tradition.

17 Days

old navajo jewelry sign in bluff utah

17 Days

As the countdown to the mission trip, 2012 continues, the shot of this old sign brings excitement to my spirit!  It is found on the side of an old structure in Bluff, Utah, a small town of around 300 people, located in the San Juan River Valley.  Bluff is the heaven that our mission teams calls home for a week that can only be described as… well… I cannot find the words to describe it, other than such a blessing.  If you’ve never been on a mission trip, I highly recommend it… not only for what you will share with others, but also for what they will share with you!  17 days…

Ingles Farm

farming tools at old cabin on Mary Draper Ingles farm in Virginia

Ingles Farm

These old farming tools were shot at a very interesting gem of a place in Radford, Virginia known as Ingles Farm.  Ingles Farm is a working farm that was originally settled in the 1750s by William and Mary Draper Ingles.  It has great historical significance going back to the days of westward expansion, and is, to this day, operated and preserved by family descendents.  The story of Mary Draper Ingles is one of true bravery and incomprehensible trauma and strength.  A visit to “cabin days” at Ingles Farm is very enlightening, to say the least.

Blue Skies

old rustic barn with blue skies

Blue Skies

I have always been intrigued by old, rustic barns.  Generally, the older and more in disrepair, the more intriguing.  I find their varying shapes, colors, textures, building materials, and settings fascinating.  They really almost give me a feeling of comfort.  This great barn is an old favorite somewhere along the highway between New Mexico and Cortez, Colorado.  I love the rusty colors in the roof, and the beautiful, blue Southwestern sky as its backdrop.

Smokestacks

smokestaks along the Cumberland River

Smokestacks

In the summer of 2006, almost all of my family met in Nashville to embark on a several day trip on a river barge with RiverBarge Excursion Line.  It was fun, relaxing, and scenic.  Along the banks of the Cumberland River, these smokestacks at the Cumberland Power Plant shot above the treeline and begged to be photographed.  Built in 1970, and standing 1,001 feet tall, these are some of the tallest chimneys in the world.