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Special Photo Challenge: Inspiration

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did. “

Mark Twain

ARMED AND DANGEROUS
TINA, ARMED AND DANGEROUS

I love this month’s Special Photo Challenge about what inspires us to blog-what a great subject on which to spend time, energy and thought.  For me (Armed and dangerous, above with my trusty Nikon), my passion for photography, reawakened following retirement from a career that got in its way, has been an incredible gift.  It inspires me to see and to blog about the beauty and the pain in the world. Photography helps me to know that everything and everyone has a purpose, and to realize how fortunate I am to have been born into this place and at this time, surrounded by family and friends who love and appreciate me.

TINA AND BAILEY, HALONG BAY, VIETNAM
                       BAILEY AND TINA  (WITH EVER-PRESENT CAMERA IN HAND)                           HA LONG BAY, VIETNAM

“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.”

Henry Miller

Traveling the world as my husband and I have these past years has been equally inspirational.  How can we not blog about such natural wonders as the peaks and glaciers of Patagonia, or the incredible man-made wonders at Angkor Wat in Cambodia.  Or closer to home, the beautifully bizarre hoodoos of Bryce Canyon or the commanding magnificence of the giant redwoods.  Truly, I believe if everyone traveled there would be far fewer troubles in the world.  I love Maya Angelou’s words: “Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends.

TINA AND JANE SHOOTING SUNRISE, ANGKOR WAT
               TINA AND JANE SHOOTING SUNRISE FROM A HOT AIR BALLOON                     ANGKOR WAT, CAMBODIA

“Rare as is true love, true friendship is rarer. “

Jean de la Fontaine

My enthusiasm for travel and photography is further enhanced by sharing it with my good friend and fellow photographer and blogger Jane Lurie – who is in large part responsible for my entry into the joys of the blogosphere.  We have shared excitement, challenge, frustration, ideas (both good and bad) and some amazing experiences as we have both grown our skills and expanded our vision.  Plato said “People are like dirt. They can either nourish you and help you grow as a person or they can stunt your growth and make you wilt and die.”   Fortunately, ours is a friendship built on soil that nourishes us both.

 BOB, JANE, TINA AND BAILEY EXPLORING PATAGONIA
BOB, JANE, TINA AND BAILEY EXPLORING PATAGONIA’S GLACIERS

“Art flourishes where there is a sense of adventure.
Alfred North Whitehead

Our husbands, happily, are also the best of friends. Our shared love of travel, good food and adventure has resulted in some wondrous exploits.  Our interests have taken us to some awesome places, which further inspire us to capture the essence of the people and places that catch our eyes, our hearts and our lenses. 

TINA AND JANE SHOOTING SUNRISE, PATAGONIA
                              TINA AND JANE SHOOTING SUNRISE                                   TORRES DEL PAINE, PATAGONIA, CHILE

Inspired by travel and photography, blessed with a loving husband and good friends, and open to new experiences, even when they make you look totally ridiculous (see below)…..as they say on so many tee shirts, “Life is Good”.  And blogging gives us a way to share it just a bit, which makes it even better.  After all, as Virginia Woolf said: “Pleasure has no relish unless we share it.

BOB, JANE, BAILEY AND TINA; COOKING SCHOOL, CHIANG MAI, THAILAND
COOKING SCHOOL,  CHIANG MAI, THAILAND

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    • Thanks Cindy! This one was quite a while back – did it come up automatically or were you browsing the blog? Just curious. Have a hard time figuring out how wordpress decides which posts to highlight when you hit “like”

    • We were there for 3 weeks last February; maybe we crossed paths?! We stopped in Puerto Natales for a short visit and almost got blown away by the winds there. Magnificent country. Started in wine country, then Patagonia, then went up to Buenos Aires. It was a great trip. Thanks so much for your enthusiastic support!

      • I was there then too (worked in a hostal in PN from Nov.2011 to April 2012) and had a blast trekking all over Patagonia! I’m glad you enjoyed it and am not surprised of your almost being blown away by the winds, they are quite fierce over there. I’m in love with that place and will return early 2014! 😀

  1. hi Tina,
    you wrote: “…reawakened following retirement from a career that got in its way, has been an incredible gift. It inspires me to see and to blog about the beauty and the pain in the world. Photography helps me …” – so are we too …

  2. What a delightful tribute to the world of friendships, family and beauty. – one of my most favorite blogs you have shared. Linda

  3. Lovely, thoughtful post, Tina. I’m so glad you, too, have embraced the blogging world to share your insights and photos….not that I expected you to share photos of me! You’ve picked some of my favorite fun and memorable moments from our travels. Here’s to many more inspiring times together. Thank you, dear friend!

  4. OMG….I think that this might be one of my favorites…..love to get to know u through your words as u r a truly a spectacular person…envious of yours & Jane’s adventurous relationship as I too agree that the world would be a better place if we all could travel & see what the world really had to offer as opposed imagining what is…….I turn in with very peaceful thoughts….THANK YOU!!

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