This week’s WordPress photo challenge is entitled: Tour Guide and asks “What do you love about where you live? Show us!”  As I commute home this time of year, the clear air gives me a great view of the Smoky Mountains looking directly at the peak…

“I wrote some lines once on a time In wondrous merry mood, And thought, as usual, men would say They were exceeding good.” – The Height of the Ridiculous, Oliver Wendell Holmes There was no small energy expended Saturday fretting over publishing a new post…

Sure, I’ve had a few seasons of the blues. Of course, winter is the perfect blue season, and the cold, coughing, stark, sloppy, bill-paying January blues can be the worst. A small dose of Isaiah 40:31 always seems to get me back to a quick…

  “The Spectacle before us was indeed Sublime” – A Trip To Venus, John Munro, (1897) A technical task brings to mind a pleasant memory I love the ornate language that John Munro used here.   I had never heard of his book “A Trip to Venus”,…

Last January (2017), Marcy and I enjoyed a day trip to the Hiwassee River Sandhill Crane Festival hosted in the little town of Birchfield, Tennessee. Along with Marcy and me, there were hundreds of other bird watchers queued up at the local high school to…

We saw pictures of a beautifully frozen Bald River Falls the other day and figured we might drive over on Saturday to get our own pictures. The thermometer was showing 5 degrees in the early morning and we talked ourselves out of that, but we…

Snatches from Billy Joel’s song  “The Piano Man” came to mind as we fell in line behind the other cars queueing up at the Cades Cove Loop Road gate.  The “crowd shuffling in” song lyrics didn’t  fit the happy story of our day, but Billy Joel…

Again I reflect on our winter trip to Italy.  The latitude in Tuscany roughly equivalent to Milwaukee but the Mediterranean climate brought signs of early spring to the February landscape.  We were fortunate to start with a stretch of sunny cool days, but as our…

I found the poem below to be a perfect description of our evening this past Tuesday.  After supper, we left our cottage and decided to follow our noses to find some pictures. In this windy place, clear and calm evenings are somewhat rare.   This view…

Before starting work, we decided to head to Stanhope for sunrise pictures. Glad that the sun didn’t cooperate because we turned our attention to the blue herons who were feeding in the bay. We managed to fill more than one memory card. Marcy was stationed…