Weekly Travel Theme: A Step In Time

I haven’t been able to post to this challenge in a while. This week’s TRAVEL THEME FROM AILSA IS STEPS.

To step in time with this post click the underlined link. Here are my steps in time.


Steps at Torc Falls, Killarney


The Witches Stairs, Blarney Castle


Steps to the bell tower, Vrie Universitad

Weekly Travel Theme: Sensory


It has been a while since I have participated in the Travel Challenge hosted by Ailsa.

This week Ailsa has asked us to display photos from our travels that awaken the senses.

I can still hear this old man playing Joplin in Keene NH. The sound was floating through the Old colony Mill Mall and I was drawn to it like a moth to the flame.

The cold breath of winter’s wind still chills me as I remember a snowy walk in downtown Winchendon and I can feel the warmth of the rising sun over the surf in Oguncquit Maine.


The sweet scent of wisteria surrounds me as I think back to my walk through Longwood Gardens last June.


And of course no sensory post would be complete without the bitter sweet taste of a cup o’ Joe. This one is from Fruitlands in Acton Ma

We All Wear Masks: Weekly Travel Theme


Click the underlined link to see a world of masks at Ailsa’s site.

Here are mine with a few quotes thrown in for good measure:



Youth Pastor Garb

“We all wear masks, and the time comes when we cannot remove them without removing some of our own skin.”
André Berthiaume



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“Nothing is more real than the masks we make to show each other who we are.”
Christopher Barzak, The Love We Share Without Know

Peace Mushroom

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“The irony of life is that those who wear masks often tell us more truths than those with open faces.”
Marie Lu, The Rose Society


Travel Theme: Waves

This week Ailsa has asked us to show her WAVES WE HAVE MET IN OUR TRAVELS.

She has come up with some really unique ways to display waves so check out her post and those of her contributors at the underlined link above.

Here are my thought on waves

There are traditional waves of course.

Then there are banners that wave.


There is the waving of hands,

And of course


 There is the wave of relief that comes when a job is done.

Weekly Travel Theme: Luminosity

Ailsa has asked us to be LUMINOUS in our displays this week.

My shining examples are below but you can check out other brighter pictorial essays by clicking the underlined link.

Travel Theme: Frames

This week I am taking some time to tag along with Ailsa across the world to FRAME THE WORLD in my camera lens. To see how others have framed the world click the underlined link and rocket over to “Where’s My Backpack?”

Here are my frames:


These folks are framed in flowers at Longwood Gardens

This wisteria makes an elegant frame on a rainy day.

This wisteria makes an elegant frame on a rainy day.

A steeple tower framed in the ruins of the Rock of Cashel

A steeple tower framed in the ruins of the Rock of Cashel

The Fruit Of Our Labors

The world is filled with fruit this time of year. Ailsa has asked us to show some of our local or travel FRUIT in a new post. Click the link to see where other people went with this post. My pictures of fruit are below.

A taste of fall

A taste of fall

This picture was taken at the Red Apple Farm in Phillipston MA. We are now into the season of harvest festivals here in New England. It is glorious.


The pumpkins were photographed on the Mohawk Trail in MA

But not all fruit is edible. Jesus said in John 15, “Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing. 6Anyone who does not remain in me is thrown away like a useless branch and withers. Such branches are gathered into a pile to be burned. 7But if you remain in me and my words remain in you, you may ask for anything you want, and it will be granted! 8When you produce much fruit, you are my true disciples. This brings great glory to my Father.

Here is some of the fruit that is most precious to me…

Folks in our church orchestra

Folks in our church orchestra

Folks at Special Touch Camp

Folks at Special Touch Camp

Folks from the church I am privileged to minister at

Folks from the church I am privileged to minister at

My son, a teacher in South Korea

My son, a teacher in South Korea

My daughters, both children's ministers

My daughters, both children’s ministers

Weekly Travel Theme: Move

Ailsa’s blog has asked us to show us how our travels MOVED US. To see other moving pictures click the capitalized link. Here are my moving shots.

The wind moves on the water taxi on Boston Harbor

The wind moves on the water taxi on Boston Harbor

This is one of my newest pictures. It captures the wind unfurling the flag on the water taxi that crosses Boston Harbor. My publishers and I took a ride the day we signed contracts on my book

The Bird Man of Amsterdam

The Bird Man of Amsterdam

I caught this man feeding the pigeons in the courtyard of the Royal Palace in Amsterdam.

The Trio

The Trio

This was actually part of a drama exercise my sister taught in one of her classes at Azusa College, in Holland.


This picture was taken along the Zuiderzee

Travel Theme: Angles

I am finally getting back to blogging on a regular schedule and while I am still a little behind at least I am arranging to blog daily again. That has been a challenge for months and now I think I have figured out how to make it happen. 🙂

Anyway this week’s travel theme is ANGLES. Hop on over to Ailsa’s place when you’re done here and check out some of the other angles bloggers have taken from around the world.

Here are mine:

The Mohawk Trail Massachusetts

The Mohawk Trail Massachusetts

Inside Gould's Maple House, Mohawk Trail

Inside Gould’s Maple House, Mohawk Trail

Oars to the water! Womerveer

Oars to the water! Womerveer

Zaanse Schans

Zaanse Schans