weekly photo challenge: reward

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if you love to hike like i do, i suggest that you visit the plitvice lakes national park in croatia. you’ll be amply rewarded for it. it’s a hiker’s paradise offering many trails that engage the senses all at once. every scenery is breathtaking especially when viewed from the top. it’s indeed one of the most beautiful places that i’ve seen or will ever see in this lifetime.

the park covers 185 square miles and is situated in a deep woodland between mountains populated by varieties of trees and vegetation. it features 12 Upper lakes and four lower lakes inter-connected by waterfalls descending from as high as 2,085 feet. it’s also home to several species of birds and animals. if the garden of eden does exist, this must be it.

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February 27, 2015 at 5:17 pm 24 comments

A Dog’s Story

for friday fictioneers 100-word challenge 27 February 2015

Dawn Q. Landau
Photo Credit: Dawn Q. Landau

Billie had decided it was time for me to die. He was mean to me. He beat me up constantly. Bruises on my body bore witness to his cruelty.

“Come, stupid dog,” Billie said as he walked into the woods with his pellet gun.

The first shot grazed my shoulder. I let out a yelp and ran away. But when he whistled me back, I returned. After all, he was my master.

He aimed once again and then stopped. Before he could pull the trigger, two men in hunting gear emerged from behind the bushes, saving me from further harm.

February 25, 2015 at 3:22 pm 34 comments

wordless wednesday: when nature calls

skagway, alaska
location: skagway, alaska
 

February 24, 2015 at 9:51 am 11 comments

a night at the oscars

abc new
Photo Credit: ABC News

i didn’t go much to the movies last year, so it made sense that i hadn’t seen any of the nominees for best picture. it was either that or i don’t see eye to eye with the academy on what a good movie should be. if anything, i’m consoled by the fact that moviegoers, who vote with their purse, feel the same.

with a few exceptions, success at the box office could doom a movie’s chances of winning. take the case of american sniper earning $400 million so far. it got 6 nominations including best picture but took only one award for sound editing. sometimes i wonder if the voting members of the academy live in another planet.

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February 23, 2015 at 3:39 pm 6 comments

weekly photo challenge: rule of thirds

yellow flowers
location: galápagos islands, ecuador
 
i think emily dickinson will agree with me that galápagos islands offer more than the different species of birds and animals that inhabit the place. in addition, there are an abundance of wild flowers and plants to delight the spirit.

A lane of Yellow led the eye
Unto a Purple Wood
Whose soft inhabitants to be
Surpasses solitude

If Bird the silence contradict
Or flower presume to show
In that low summer of the West
Impossible to know -

Emily Dickinson

 

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February 20, 2015 at 8:20 pm 3 comments

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