Since we are having coffee, I would inform you of a tale I have to tell. As you may or may not have noticed, I was absent from the Weekend Coffee Share last week. My lovely wife kidnaped me and banished all electronics in celebration of my natal anniversary. The Weekend Coffee Share Safari Edition is about this great weekend. I hope your last week has been stupendous.
My lovely wife arranged for a photo safari at Fossil Rim Wildlife preserve. We stayed at the Lodge inside the preserve. It reminds me a bit of the movie Hatari. If you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend it. It’s one of the lessor known John Wayne movies. The weekend felt like what I imagine living in Africa would be like.
Our guide was born in Kenya and his knowledge of the animals and the park are amazing. The professional photographer that accompanied our group of eight intrepid travelers displayed an equal degree of expertise. Everyone benefited from his many tips and suggestions about how to take better wildlife photographs.
Sorry for rambling on so, but it was a truly phenomenal weekend. Here are a few sample shots from the weekend. I will be putting up a photo album with more of my favorites after I get them all loaded.
I enjoy our coffee time together. I wish you well in the weeks ahead and may your endeavors yield the fruit that you desire.
Our Coffee Host
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Another year is about to end and a new one begin. Let’s celebrate! What’s the cause of celebration you ask? You survived another year! New opportunity awaits you as the year begins again. Plan now for what you want to celebrate next year! Ring in the New Year with celebration and positive thoughts.
Here are few things that might call for celebration!
Sunset in the mountains
What do you celebrate? Join the conversation. We would love to hear about your celebrations?
Celebrate the simple things
Grandma celebrated every day. One of her favorite sayings was, “Any day above ground is a good day.” She instilled this spirit of thankfulness, celebration and gratitude in me. I am celebrating the New Year by working out with my dojo family at Chamberlain Studios of Self Defense. We start every year by working out and then performing O Soji. Japanese for big cleaning, it is a time to deep clean and repair the dojo.
Are there areas in your life that need an o soji? Look at the new year as an opportunity to start free. Make plans to improve just one small aspect of your life every day. Say “No” more often. Focus on what is important to you and your family.
Stumbling around the blog-o-sphere one can run across many interesting sites. One of those is Where’s my backpack and they host a Travel Theme photo challenge. So I thought I would throw a couple of mine in see what people think. Oh and thanks to Cee at Cee’s Photography blog for participating. That’s how I found it. Cee hosts several really cool challenges. If like interesting photo’s drop by and visit her.
With the theme, environment, I chose a few of my shots that show what environment means to me. I selected the butterfly below to remind us that the environment is made up of many small fragile things.
The ice shrouded roses remind us that the weather aspect of environment can be very capricious at times. One should always be conscious of the weather.
And the waterfall to remind us of the importance of water. Without it all life as we know it on earth would cease. It is paramount that we keep it clean and respect it.