Am pausing in the sweltering SoCal heat to answer this week’s unusual WordPress Photo Challenge with three photos.   Though snowfall isn’t an unusual occurrence for lots of people, I’ve always found a special magic in snow – and boy would I welcome a little flurry just now! Having grown up largely deprived of pack and powder, […]

Tervetuloa!  That’s a Finnish “welcome” to the second half of my list of 17 reasons why I love Finland!   Part 1 covered reasons 1 to 9 – now, in this 100th anniversary year of Finnish Independence, here (in no special order as always) are the rest: 10.  Seeing the Forest AND the Trees! As I […]

This week’s WordPress Photo Challenge, Transient, made me think of views I’ve enjoyed of the ever-changing sky and sea! Recently, Mum and I took off for a short trip to the California coast with all kinds of ideas about where we’d go and what we’d see.  But once we got settled in, all our other plans […]

This week’s WordPress Photo Challenge is Order – a concept which, if I’m honest, has never played a large role in my life (afraid I’ve always tended toward the messy…). Though I have little personal experience – and no expertise whatsoever – when it comes to order, the word did make me think of my visit to Taliesin […]

Welcome to another “17 in ’17” installment!  Recently, I offered a Canadian love call to celebrate the 150th birthday of my neighbors to the north.  This time, I’m singing the praises of Finland – the land of all my lovely Mum’s grandparents – in this, the 100th anniversary year of its independence!  Here, in no […]

  This week’s WordPress Photo Challenge of Reflecting put me in mind of a charming Alaskan cruise the folks and I took in 2010!  As we were making our way back to Vancouver after a week of stunning views of wilderness, waterways and wildlife, a clear day afforded these blurred reflections of the coastlines we were gliding […]

I just found this old picture of my Grandpa P!  He’s perched above a scene along the Columbia River that I don’t think exists anymore – at a place called Celilo Falls.  Maybe a couple decades after the picture was taken, water rose up behind the newly built Dalles Dam, and the cataracts of Celilo […]