Lens-Artists Challenge #92 – Second Time Around
“No matter how deeply you come to know a place, you can keep coming back to know it more.”
This week we are pleased to welcome John Steiner as our guest host. Since most all of us are confined at home, his challenge about revisiting previous journeys is a great way to remind us of wonderful memories. I’ve opened with a scene from our visit to Botswana and South Africa. Seeing elephants in their natural environment quite simply leaves one without words. We were thrilled to see most every other creature we’d imagined – leopards, cape buffalo, lions, rhinoceroses, monkeys, hippopotami, crocodiles, giraffes. wildebeests, zebras, and magnificent birds we’d never dreamed existed. There are two things we did NOT see however. The first is the annual wildebeest migration, where millions of these amazing animals travel across the Serengeti in search of lush new grasses. The second is the critically endangered silverback gorilla, primarily seen in the Virunga mountains. I would love a return to Africa for either or both of those experiences.
“Sometimes it is necessary to go back before we can move forward.”
Our visit to South America was focused primarily on the incredible natural phenomenon of Patagonia. I have a crystal clear memory of our very challenging hike to Laguna de los Tres (above) which is one of my favorite travel moments ever. While the natural beauty of these remote areas of wilderness was both incredible and thrilling, we also enjoyed some wonderful, civilized time in Buenos Aires and Santiago. In hindsight, however, I’m sorry we didn’t continue on to Antartica which is but a stone’s throw from our adventures at the southern tips of both Chile and Argentina.
“We get a second chance at everything, including our mistakes.”
Christopher X. Shade
In Southeast Asia, we covered a lot of ground as we visited Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand and Laos. We found the people to be warm and friendly, the food fantastic, and the sights amazing (and of course they were way ahead of us on the mask thing ☹️). Some of my favorite photographs captured the people of these amazing places, and my memories of the glories of Angkor Wat will be with me forever. Although the trip was already several weeks long, I wish we had taken the time to visit Myanmar which was so close by and easily reached. I don’t imagine I’ll be back in that area again any time soon but one never knows. If so, rest assured Myanmar is at the top of my list.
“The wonderful thing about second chances is that they exist.”
Our incredible visit to Israel and Jordan left me curious about the rest of the Middle East which I hope one day to visit. I’ve always dreamed of exploring Egypt and Turkey, both of which remain on my list of must-see locations.
My husband and I recognize how fortunate we’ve been to experience so much of the world’s beauty. We’ve visited every continent except Antartica, and we haven’t given up on that one yet. Feel free to browse some of my previous posts about the places I’ve featured today along with many others by using the search field after the comments below. While we’re mostly homebound, enjoy a wander with me to places like China, Europe, Australia/NZ, and of course North America.
Sincere thanks to our followers for your continued support, and to John for his terrific challenge which you can see by clicking here. Remember to link to his post and to use the Lens-Artists TAG. Our best wishes to those who celebrate for a joyful Passover or Easter despite the current circumstances. We hope you’ll join us next week as we return to our regular schedule with Ann-Christine hosting Challenge #93. Until then, stay safe, stay healthy, and stay at home – we’re counting on you!