Lens-Artists Challenge #215 – Planes, Trains and Automobiles +

travel, unique, collage
Transportation Around the World

“And just like that, we’re on the way to everywhere”

Emery Lord

This week John has challenged us to share images of places we’ve been and transportation modes we’ve seen and/or used along the way. I’ve opened with a collage of some of the more interesting approaches we’ve experienced around the world, and have included as my header the camels we chose NOT to ride while visiting Wadi Rum in Jordan 😊.

helicopter
Glaciers Here We come

“I am not the same, having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world.” 

Mary Anne Radmacher

Our longest journey to date was a 7-week exploration of Australia, New Zealand and Tahiti. Among other things, it featured helicoptering for a hike on Fox Glacier (above) and jet boating through the canyons of the Shotover River (below) .

jet boat, action
Yep, That’s Us in the Back Row!

“To move, to breathe, to fly, to float, To gain all while you give, To roam the roads of lands remote, To travel is to live.”

Hans Christian Andersen

Speaking of boats, we boarded the HUGE ferry below for a day of hiking on the Isle of Skye during our visit to beautiful Scotland.

REEEELY Big Boat

“Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.”

Ibn Battuta

Also on the water, we spent several days fly-fishing via floatplane for salmon and trout across Alaska. My husband is a wonderful fisherman and as long as someone else baits my hook and removes any fish unlucky enough to find their way to it, I can be coerced to join him. I much preferred our visit to Brooks Falls in Katmai to watch the grizzlies show how it’s really done!

floatplane, pontoon plane, takeoff
Goin’ Fishing

“I can speak to my soul only when the two of us are off exploring deserts or cities or mountains or roads.”

Paulo Coelho

Leaving the water but staying in the air, we fulfilled a longtime dream and traveled to Botswana, South Africa and Zimbabwe to experience the majesty of animals in the wild. I could share one of my zillions of images of the amazing creatures we saw, or instead I could include the single-engine plane that flew us in and out as well as the jeep in which we spent so many uncomfortable but thrilling hours. OK, based on John’s subject, I’ll go with the latter 😊.

jeep, plane, landing strip
Landing in Botswana, Our Jeep Awaits

“My favourite thing is to go where I’ve never been.” 

Diane Arbus

Finally, perhaps the “cutest” transportation we’ve ever used was the sweet little water taxi we took during our visit to British Columbia. It was just a bit slower (and much warmer) than the killer-whale-seeking jet boat which was our transportation later that day.

water taxi, Canada
Taxi Anyone?!

“If you are not willing to risk the unusual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.”

Jim Rohn

In my wildest dreams I’d never have imagined visiting any of these places, much less all of them and more. I credit my husband’s unquenchable thirst for adventure, (he’s the master of the big idea) as I’ve happily managed the details that make them happen. So thank you John, for the opportunity to revisit them from a new perspective. Please remember to link your responses to John’s wonderful original here. Thanks also to Ann-Christine for last week’s Fabulous Finds. It was great fun exploring the finds of our participants around the world. Next week we’ll be led by Sofia so be sure to check out her always interesting and beautiful blog. In the meanwhile, as always please stay safe and be kind.

111 thoughts on “Lens-Artists Challenge #215 – Planes, Trains and Automobiles +

  1. There is something about photography and fishing that are very complementary ~ they require the same amount of patience, and it is easy to get lost in both arts. 🙂 My parents, and family, for that matter love fishing and I do too, but I’d much rather have a camera in my hands and find peace in both activities. I can imagine the beauty you saw in Alaska, going via floatplane is an experience on its own.

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