Thursday Doors – The Mouth of the Dragon

Would you enter this door?

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Outside of Vientiane, Laos, is a unique collection of statues and such called Buddha Park. This structure is meant to identify the world and its three levels with the tree of life extending from the top. You enter through the mouth of a demon. There’s an outer gallery with inner chambers on each floor. You can make your way all the way up to the roof, which affords a view of the entire park.

It was a bit of a gray day, which seems to add to the mood of this place and this structure, in particular!

Having recently returned from a trip to Laos and Cambodia, I have hopes of finding lots of interesting doors to post here on Thursday Doors from the thousands of pictures I took. Thanks to Norm for hosting!

 

26 Weeks Letter Challenge – I

Letter I has me a bit intrigued. Let’s see what I can find in the files…

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An all-time favorite of mine…Invisible man in Barcelona. No, I did not edit this image!

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Iris

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Investing

Tiny baby Ali

Infant

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Incognito!

OK…so some of these are a bit of a stretch, but this is fun! Thanks, Lumar, for hosting!

All images © Valorie Webster

26 Weeks Letter Challenge – G

Catching up yesterday, in my rush, I failed to mention the hostess of this challenge. Check out Lumar here. I love the name of her blog…Let There be Peace on Earth!

So, on to the G in my catching up…

Gold watches…and other Gold memorabilia

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Gold medal

Vivid Strings

Guitar

Garden and Garden tools

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Glove

Thanks for looking…now Go have a Good time!

All images © Valorie Webster

26 Weeks Letter Challenge – F

Yep, like so many things, I am behind on this challenge. And yes, I take these things too seriously! That said…presenting the letter F.

Food is always a good place to start! Remember to eat your Fruit…

Sometimes Food and sometimes Fun, there is Fishing…

And for good advice, when you come to a Fork in the road, take it!

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Even if it is Foggy!

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26 Weeks Letter Challenge – E

This week is IMG_2359 in response to the challenge presented here.

It seems to be a real “challenge”, at first thought.

Little Italy Entertainer in Little Italy, Boston.

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2012 Jan KC and Squaw Creek 150 Not the best shot, but treasured. My brother, who I miss dearly, and I went on a trip to try to capture some Eagle photos at Squaw Creek Nature Preserve in Missouri.

A bit of a stretch on some of these, but E is now covered! Thanks for taking a peek!

All images © Valorie Webster

 

Canadian Railway Trip – Part 2

As an aside, let me first say that my list of blog posts to read seems to be growing by the minute. I am trying to catch up without deleting posts…I am a loyal reader, if nothing else, here in the blogosphere! But I feel this also needs to be completed…for all MY faithful readers! 😉 So I am writing Part 2 of the Canadian Railway Trip today.

Today, I think I will talk about scenery. Note two things…we went in March/early April and spring had not really “sprung” yet. Also, taking photos from the inside of a moving train can be less than fruitful. Lawrence, a Britt that we came to really enjoy, always had his camera around his neck and was also at list a bit annoyed by this fact. He has traveled the world on trains, though, so I think he knew what he was in for!

Going through the files, let me see what images I can find…we started off from Vancouver at night, so not much to show until the next day.

The first daylight leg of the trip goes through the Northern Rockies. This time of the year, we still see lots of snow and ice, but the views can be stunning.

IMG_0046 They try to announce when photo opps are coming up. This is the best shot I was able to get of Pyramid Falls, with droplets on the window and the bright sunlight blowing out the highlights.

There are a few places where you can actually get off the train…very welcome, even in the frigid weather. A short walk around Jasper on this chilly day…

Wildlife abounds along the way, and again, they try to let you know if something is coming up.

At one point, we were just sitting on the tracks (which is not uncommon, more on that later). Only to learn that we were waiting for a herd of long-horn sheep to cross. Above are the shots I was able to grab of them as the train passed by. I think some of these guys are telling us, by their pose, what they think of the train being on their turf!!!!

Moose seem to be what everyone wants to see in Canada. We were fortunate to get a bit of a distant glimpse of a mother (called a cow) and her not-so-little one (called a calf). Given their size, they actually have a rather stately gait.

No, Dorothy, we are not in Kansas…though it looks like we could be! The plains…

My favorite day for pictures was this beautiful morning…it may seem that the images are boring when you expect the majesty of mountains and Canada, but I was enthralled with the colors, textures, reflections, and lines…

You get to stop often (as mentioned above), as the freight trains have priority on the rails. They pass by very close to you!

I like that these empty cars were the same, but different colors…and always enjoy graffiti. (Is that wrong?) And yes, that black line on the side of the pictures is the edge of my window…close!

To wrap up this mostly visual review of scenery, here is a must-get shot from the last car…

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Until Part 3…thanks for looking!

All images © Valorie Webster

26 Weeks Letter Challenge – D

Am I behind? I think I am still within the right week, but going on a trip gets me all discombobulated…now there is a D word!

At any rate, I am following Lumar’s Challenge with the letter  IMG_8840  this week. Check it out and join in, if it appeals to you!

IMG_4176 Welcome to my post…which Doorbell would you ring?

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Now that you are here, let’s roll the Dice and see what we get. (A little lesson here…historically, die was the singular for dice. Today it is one dice or two.)

 

 

We must have our animal for the week…

how about a Drenched Dog, dear….oops, I meant Deer!

IMG_8669_7660 It seems no one likes to go to the Doctor, but this guy looks pretty nice and his assistant is just plain pretty!

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I think we should wrap this week up with a beautiful spring image…Dogwoods!

Thanks for looking and reading my lighthearted approach to the letter D!

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