A Beach Weekend

After spending a weekend in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, I can still remember the first view of the ocean and hearing the sound of the waves.   Add a bright blue sky and a light breeze and it was just about perfect.  As I walked toward the beach I saw seagulls, sand dunes and people walking their dogs.  This was a great start to the weekend.

Myrtle Beach

But on Saturday the weather changed and it was gray and rainy most of the day.  I didn’t mind because it gave the beach a dreamy appearance.  I decided to spend time looking for seashells as souvenirs.  I also went to a nearby public sculpture garden to see some beautiful flowers and scenery.

Late Saturday afternoon the rain stopped and it was time to enjoy another view of the sand, water and the sky.

Myrtle Beach

This was a weekend of interesting contrasts.

Intricate

When I was in Washington, D.C. a few months ago the Dome of the Capitol building was under renovation.  There was a lot of scaffolding so I only took a few pictures.  However when I saw this scene in the Reflecting Pool I thought it was much more interesting!  Here is how it looked from the water.

reflection

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Travel theme: Trees

I just got back from a weekend at Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.  I spent most of Saturday at a public garden and did a lot of walking to see the flowers, fountains and sculptures.  It was cloudy and even rained during the afternoon.  This is one of the things you can’t control when you travel!  I had an umbrella and was still able to get lots of pictures.  There were so many impressive trees and I thought I’d share some of the pictures.  One of the guides at the garden explained that many of the trees are over two hundred years old.  They had a lot of character as well as a stately appearance.  I also liked some of the smaller, younger trees because they were fresh and decorative.

Tree

 

These trees look dramatic in the rain.

tree

 

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At the Park

This past weekend I visited a park on a perfect spring day.  I followed some tree-lined paths where I saw flowering dogwoods as well as fresh new leaves on the trees.  There were lots of other people out walking as well as families enjoying picnics in shady areas.  I even discovered a waterfall along the way.  It was delightful to simply follow a trail and admire the sights.

At the park

It’s really spring!

Virginia

 

Travel theme: Outdoors

One of the most interesting places that I’ve spent time outdoors is Gatlinburg, Tennessee.  When I was there it was a lovely day in May and warm enough not to need a jacket.  Gatlinburg is a great place for walking and some of the things I remember seeing include a bridge, a bench, and flowers, both in a garden and in the mountains.  Speaking of mountains I went on a gondola ride for a panoramic view of the area.  This was a time when being outside was a wonderful experience and it also reminds me why I like spring so much!

 

Gatlinburg

Gatlinburg

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Searching for Spring Flowers

One of my favorite subjects for this blog has always been flowers.  When I look through all the pictures that I’ve taken while traveling there are flowers, whether I saw them on walks in the mountains or even decorating the outsides of buildings.  Spring flowers are charming because the bright colors are especially welcome after the winter.  Today I went in search of flowers and I was happy to find all of these.  I also like the colors of other spring accessories such as bird baths and planters.  It is starting to get warmer outside and the days are longer.  It really looks like spring!

Spring

 Here are more spring pictures.

Wall

I like to find unusual walls when I travel just as much as I enjoy looking for interesting doors.  I particularly liked this wall that was between a walking path and the water in St Ives.  It had been raining that afternoon and everything looked fresh and green.  I thought that the wildflowers and vines growing in and around the wall were charming.  Later on I realized that I’d taken as many pictures of the wall as I did of the beach.  This shows where it began.

St Ives

Here are some details of the wall.

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Almost Spring

After some snow and ice earlier this week the sun has reappeared, the weather has gotten warmer and the snow is melting.  I thought that today was perfect for a drive to Williamsburg.  It was warm enough outside that I could carry my coat and even sit on a bench and enjoy the sunshine.  Many people were in shorts and tee shirts so I’m not the only one that thought it seemed like spring.  Although it is still early in March I saw a few flowers in bloom.  I was also looking for scenes that featured the color orange for this week’s theme and I found it in the bricks of the buildings and sidewalks as well as flower pots and other accessories.

 

It is getting closer and closer to spring…

Williamsburg

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A Snow Day

The snow began to fall during the night and by morning this was the scene in my yard. So just for today my only traveling consists of walking to the back door and seeing this.  I haven’t noticed any birds and the only sound is that of snow sliding off branches to the ground.  I’m not sure how much snow has fallen but I can see it stacked on the post and the bird feeder.  Later on I will probably look at my books about Italy and do some daydreaming, but for now it is enough to be indoors, look at the snowy scene and make plans to go outside this afternoon to shovel the driveway!

snow

Here is the same scene in color and then in black and white.

Next month should bring warmer weather…

snow

More Travel Adventures Ahead

Since it is the middle of winter I think that now is a good time to look forward to future travel adventures to help get through the cold, snowy days of February.  Even in Virginia there is snow and ice and I can’t wait until it’s spring and time for a visit to Italy in May.  This time I’ll be in northern Italy and going to Lake Como, Milan, and the Cinque Terre, among other places.  Traveling to Italy is something I enjoy so much and the time spent planning is really fun.  I’m going to get travel books and guides from the library and check for information at the local bookstores too.  I also like to read travel blogs that have stories and pictures from Italy.  I’m always interested in learning more since my mother’s family is from Italy and somehow it seems very familiar to me.  I’m also looking forward to discovering new places to find my favorite treat, gelato.  That is something that never disappoints!  It will be wonderful to add to my knowledge of Italy as well as interesting travel experiences and my collection of pictures.  Here are some places in northern Italy that I’ve been and hope to see again.

Milan

Italy

Italy