Today I have the honor of hosting the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge. When asked to come up with a theme, without skipping a beat I decided upon Humanity. Here is my own answer to the question and challenge below. To see the official WordPress Photo Challenge: Humanity and to respond, please click here. There is so much conflict and heartbreak in the today’s world: Syria, Iraq, Sudan, Gaza, Ukraine and the raw memories of 9/11 to name a few. Sometimes it […]
“Today a new sun rises for me; everything lives, everything is animated, everything seems to speak to me of my passion, everything invites me to cherish it”. – Ninon de Lenclos “Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go”. – T.S. Eliot This post is my inspiration from the Weekly Photo Challenge: Adventure. To view more entries, click here.
Can photos talk? Sometimes a single picture can paint a thousand words if you stop and take a moment to look at it. This week’s Photo Challenge by Swiss-based architect and photographer Frédéric Biver of fakeormistake uses two photographs side by side to create a dialogue and tell a story between them that would not exist if the photo was presented alone. It is a fascinating concept that made me reflect deeply on the importance of each individual’s perception of a photo […]
When I arrived in Ethiopia, it was impossible not to notice the frayed clothing worn by most rural Ethiopians. As an avid reader on global issues and extreme poverty, I couldn’t seem to get the fabulous non-fiction book “The Blue Sweater” by Jacqueline Novogratz out of my head. One of the unforgettable moments in Jacqueline’s life was when she was living in Rwanda and saw a young boy wearing her blue sweater that she had donated eleven years ago to a local American […]
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“Turn your face to the sun and the shadows fall behind you”.- Charlotte Whitton Sunset is one of my favorite times of day. I love the magical colors painted across the sky and the mystical silhouettes of shadows left behind. When I’m home in Minneapolis, on long summer nights I lace up my shoes and head down to my lovely urban Lake Harriet which is only a few short blocks away. “There are dark shadows on the earth, but its lights […]
On my first night in Addis Ababa, I was introduced to the main staple of Ethiopian food: Injera. Injera is a sponge-like, sourdough bread made from teff that looks like a giant textured pancake and is used to scoop up different types of usually spicy Ethiopian stews called wat. Although I have dined at Ethiopian restaurants before in the States, I was truly looking forward to the real thing in Ethiopia. I find that generally ethnic food is best and spiciest when you […]
“Keep close to Nature’s heart… and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean”. -John Muir Two years ago, my Dad and I did a seven-day hike through Vanoise National Park in the French Alps. It was a magnificent trip with stunning scenery of jagged mountains, wildflowers and gorgeous views. Hiking is one of my absolute favorite pastimes. I love zigzagging up and down the mountain, breathing […]
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“Adventure is worthwhile in itself”. – Amelia Earhart Summer is my favorite season in Minnesota. The weather is usually perfect with brilliant blue skies, bright sunshine, low humidity and sunsets well past ten at its peak. This summer has not been as red hot as usual. We have experienced a lot of rain and the temperatures have been a bit cooler. But that hasn’t stopped me or my family from spending as much time as humanly possible outdoors. Summer is payback […]
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“Real riches are the riches possessed inside”. – B.C. Forbes There is something absolutely captivating about French containers. Containers of flowers, plants, fruit, vegetables, spice and other fantastically French masterpieces line the streets and marketplaces for the hungry eyes to see. I could spend years photographing all the beautiful things in France. Here are a few of my favorite containers.
Tucked away in the heart of the Piazza, the old Italian district of Addis Ababa, lies the enchanting St. George Cathedral, one of Addis’ most beloved treasures. The St. George Cathedral was commissioned by Emperor Menelik II to commemorate his extraordinary defeat of the Italians who fought to take over Ethiopia in 1896. The victory marked a huge success for Ethiopia. The nation was able to retain their sovereignty and today remains one of the few countries in Africa that has never […]
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