Cascades

waterfall in virginia

Cascades

The Cascades falls are the surprise waiting at the end of a cool and forested two mile hike just a few miles from my home.  This trek is very popular among the local college students.  These four braved the slippery rock at the base of the falls before going for a cold swim in the pool.  I am so very lucky to live in a place with so much gorgeous scenery nearby.

Water

water in the desert

Water

I don’t really know why, but for some reason, this image from my archives has always been one of my favorites.  This was shot in the desert Southwest, on one of a very long string of hot and arid days.  The thirsty ground was screaming for water, and I found this pronouncement of its presence ironic and somewhat comical.

Key Largo Sunrise

Key Largo Sunrise

For those of you just coming out of a long, cold, grey several months, this is what February looks like in Key Largo, Florida.  Just over a year ago, in February 2011, I spent several winter days strolling around in shorts and flip flops with a margarita in my hand.  It was beyond heavenly, and did wonders to remind me of the different mindset and attitude that each and every season evokes.  This canal began each day with a quiet calm as the sun spilled over the hotel, followed by the hurried hustle of fishermen headed out for the day with eager anticipation.  By mid day, it was busy with music filled vessels of all shapes and sizes, dotted with sun bathers, snorkelers and sightseers looking for adventure.  Evening brought everyone home, sun soaked and sea weary, yet somehow reinvigorated by their time on the water.  I hope this will not be the last time I spend a few “winter” days in the Florida Keys.