The islands of Hawaii have stunning coastlines, beautiful beaches, lush green mountains, volcanoes and craters, but a place of pride belongs to the sunsets.
Sunset on Kaanapali beach, Maui, Hawaii
Enjoying sunsets is a bit of a ritualistic community activity in Hawaii, where everyone stops what they are doing and head to the beach or the lanai (Hawaiian for balcony) or the edge of their infinity pool to see the sun melt in the horizon.
Where have you seen your favorite sunset or sunrise?
As if I don’t do this enough already but this week’s WordPress Photo Challenge – Tour Guide, specially calls for it – show what you love about where you live.
Even though I yearn for more greenery, I love this melting pot called New York. Here are some of my much loved moments in New York in 2017.
Have you been to New York? What did you like most about the Big Apple?
The Christmas Tree at the Rockefeller Center:
The American Art wing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art:
The Pulitzer Fountain outside the Plaza Hotel:
The Ramble at Central Park:
Downtown Manhattan as seen from Governors Island:
St. Patrick’s Cathedral:
The fairytale garden at Tavern On the Green:
Colorful townhouses line the canal in Nyhavn in the scandinavian city of Copenhagen.
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The silence of cold days in Central Park is not the lonely kind. It is the serene and peaceful kind, where you can hear your own cold breath, the distant clip-clop of horse carriages, a brave artist playing the violin or saxophone and the intermittent chatter of other people. If you can weather the winds, it is an excellent refuge from the city’s busyness.
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P.S. – Every year, I take a solo walk in Central Park to take pictures of the fall colors in relative peace and quite. Click here for more of my labor of love.
While WordPress’s final photo challenge of 2017 calls for going through the photo archives for all of last year and selecting and showcasing the favorites to bid 2017 a fond goodbye, due to lack of time I am posting the one that comes to mind as the most meaningful:
It is no surprise that as a mom of a pre-schooler, most of the cherished photos taken include this little girl, and it is very hard to get her to pose. Here, Siena was playing in the lawn at the Battery in Charleston in May 2017. Charleston as a short spring vacation destination was good to us. This photo captures her happy, mischievous and always curious essence.
And if you have stopped by to read this post, wish you a great 2018 full of good health, happiness and new adventures!
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Dallas, Texas – a patchwork of lights, as the plane ascends.
(WP WPC – Ascend)
In spring this year, I chanced upon these cheeky and whimsical sculptures in Luxembourg’s old town.
These carefree revelers clearly stood out for me in the otherwise grand and stately architecture of the city.
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After tentatively skirting at the edges, winter is now finally here in New York, and making its presence felt! And the leaves, which were steadfast in their greenery are rapidly turning into warmer hues and heaping into the ground in delightful piles of yellow and orange.
Even though winter gets tiring at the tail end of its long stretch, presently I am looking forward to the warm coffee mugs, cozy mittens, spiced cider and twinkling lights on bare trees.
Bronx Zoo, New York
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Is there something that always makes you stop on your tracks and take notice? It could be a stylish shoe, a perfectly tailored shirt or a bouquet of verdant flowers. What is it that makes you instantly say gleefully – Ooh, Shiny!
For me, it’s grand architecture – not necessarily grand in stature but in the intricacy of work that was painstakingly put ages ago into the museums or palaces or cathedrals or fountains. And so it’s no surprise that I was enthralled by the architecture in sunny Madrid.
Here are some of the pictures from the European capital city that are making me nostalgic about that “ooh shiny” feeling:
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Normally when I see the theme for the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge, I post the first picture that comes to my mind.
When I thought about “dense”, I immediately thought of the our drive from Kahului to Hana in the island of Maui, Hawaii.
The Hana highway passes through dense vegetation made up of many different plants, flowers and trees, and you get a distinct feeling that you are driving through a very exotic arboretum. Every once in a while, the winding road dips or rises to reveal the mountains or the Pacific Ocean in the distance.
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