photo of the week
Every week I'm on the road I choose a photo of the week. Sometimes it's a fantastic photo, other times it's all about what that shot meant to me. Be sure to let me know what you think.
Unfortunately due to Mr Trump's government shut down we couldn't get into the Hoh River trail, however we did get a long way into the national park which was amazingly stunning. I had no idea that there was such a thing as cold weather rainforest or that it was so very beautiful.
While Waikiki isn't my go to destination for a beach holiday I can understand why its popular. Its a great family beach, there is everything you might need close by and its supremely safe. On this occasion it was a great overnight break between the flights over and back to Seattle and made me consider that I need to do more of Hawaii.
The Katy Trail is a rail trail running 370 miles across Missouri, mostly following the river. Its all flat and easy to ride and most people do it in about a week. This was Sedalia which was at the end of my first day. So very "small town USA" and I met some lovely people that evening. It like so many small towns is really struggling and the Katy Trail is helping to bring tourism to this area. Its a stunning slice of the country and I have all my fingers crossed that towns like this will benefit from this cycling tourism.
There are so many beautiful locations around Lake Tahoe, Emerald Bay, the snow capped mountains, the private boat sheds and beaches but this one of Chambers boat house was where we spent quite a few afternoons having cocktails and watching the kids catch crawdaddies and generally relaxing the afternoons away. I will always remember it fondly.
I was in the US for the horrific terror attacks in Florida and then for the challenges that arose from a few black men being shot by police in Dallas and Baton Rouge. In the midst of all the protests and killings that happened that week (in Baton Rouge where I was) the benches along the river were an unusual calm in the midsts of all the drama.
This weeks photo has to be of Hercules and Bandit, the two Chihuaua's I looked after for the month I was here. They were so full of life and reminded me how much I missed Miss Monroe. It was great to have some furry friends again and I will always remember them for accepting me as they did, and for Nancy and Jorgen for allowing me to stay in their lovely home for the month.
I was driving from Prairieville to Ponchatula (yes they are real places) and I went past this little private landing overlooking the river. I stopped to take a photo and met Karl and Karen, weirdly fellow Aussies travelling around the US who were also stopped to take a pic. They were from... wait for it.... Burleigh Heads. We had a great catch up and both went on our ways. Its a small world and even in Woop Woop in Louisiana you can meet some neighbours...
I have some great Photo's from Memphis but I just can't go past a Graceland this week. The house itself isn't outstanding, although the jungle room is something to be seen, however the sheer weight of Elvis's success is overwhelming. There are more silver, gold and platinum records than you can point a stick at and here's an astounding fact for you: More Americans watched "Elvis - Aloha from Hawaii" than watched man walk on the moon. YES - can you imagine that?? So this week I just couldn't go past one wall (of many) in the record room at Graceland. Elvis Lives!
Quite accidentally I ended up in Nashville for the start of country music week. It was crazy busy and while I didn't really love the Honky Tonk bars on Broadway (they seemed just too manufactured to me) I did open mike night at the Bluebird Cafe which was spectular and also got a ticket for the Grand Ole Opry on opening night for CMA week. Some amazing acts but what I really loved was Chris Jenson. While I'm not a huge country fan he was so energetic, his music you just can't help but jig to and he can belt it out on that harmonica. This weeks Photo of The Week is this little video of him showing his stuff.
Sometimes in the midst of all the craziness, mother nature just blows our mind. This was (obviously) Coachella Weekend 2 - 2016. It was the Friday evening and on the way to the bathroom I spotted this sky. After taking a couple of photos I was just standing there looking up in awe and then when I went to walk off, looking around, others were wondering what I was looking at and also stopped to admire this amazing pink sky. People were just looking up and smiling. A great moment.
Jenny - photography lover but someone who hates lugging around HUGE camera's so my images are all from my Olympus OMD or my little Sony digital.