A Big thank You ;D



Thank you for your “likes”, “follows” and “sharing”.

I truly appreciate it.   So please continue to like & share.

I am having so much fun from taking the photos, to doing some research and, then posting them.  Currently, I have well over a thousand that I am trying to work on.  Yikes, a little over zealous, I think.  I  am very happy to share this passion with those of similar interests.

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Just little ole me.
To all the professional photographers…you have to start somewhere, right?

Malaga, Spain

Malaga, Spain

Cemetery  in Excelsior, Minnesota
in Excelsior, Minnesota

Grand Canyon Cemetery

Grand Canyon

Notre Dame de Paris taken from the Seine

Notre Dame de Paris
taken from the Seine

Road Trip Stop Cody, Kansas

Road Trip Stop
Cody, Kansas

Just another quick stop on the I - 70 in Missouri

Just another quick stop on the I – 70 in Missouri

Leaving Sedona Arizona.            BEAUTIFUL

Leaving Sedona Arizona.

Again……thank you


A big ‘to do’ list


Excited to see what the week brings.
Hoping to get much more editing and research done.


Visited many cemeteries and have been on a few road trips….


Yep… So much to do.


Remembering 9/11.



Reflecting this morning on my long commute to work.  the radio station played a 22 minute clip of the newscast that morning.  The hair was raised on my arms.

I remember exactly where I was and what I was doing.  I happened to watch the entire tragedy on TV as it was happening.

I remember the hours, days and weeks that followed and how proud I was to be part of this great country.  

I also remember how brave the men and women were that came to the aid of those victims; the policemen, firefighters, our military men and women and even the residents of New York, that opened their homes to strangers.

I will remember all of the souls that lost their lives that day, I will remember their wives, husbands, children and even those children that will never get to know their parent, because their life was cut short.

I remember and will always be thankful for our service men and women, who put their lives on the line, each and every day so we can live and be free in this great nation that we call the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.


                                       GOD BLESS AMERICA.  HOME OF THE FREE AND THE BRAVE.

An Afternoon at Oak Hill Cemetery in Excelsior


The Oak Hill Cemetery was organized as a public cemetery during the 1850’s.  It sits on top of a hill facing the south side of Lake Minnetonka    Lake Minnetonka was a bustling vacation area in the late 1800’s and into the early 1900’s.

The first burial was in 1855, while the last was in the late 1960’s.There are three sections of the Oak Hill Cemetery.  The oldest part of the cemetery is section one; this is on the hill area.  This is somewhat a steep and quite dangerous hill in places.  The second section is to the east of section one.  The third section is to the west of sections one and two, on the flat section.   I have spent my time in only in the oldest section, on top of the hill.

Legend has it that some paranormal activity has gone on in this cemetery at night.  The Paranormal Research Society has done some studies in this very cemetery.  You may visit their website to view what that have found in this cemetery.    http://www.mprsminnesota.com/

This is just a sampling of the photos I took this day.  Enjoy

A Magnificent Collection

My ADD has struck again-

While poking around the internet researching some of the classic authors and for something I haven’t read (which is a lot), one thing led to another, and well, 3 maybe 4 hours later…I found this first photo. It caught my eye as I LOVED 3 of the 4 books in the stack.


So, I have journal…. that is always with me.

* Read (and have seen the movie) the first book on the bottom – which I think is ‘Les Misérables’, as it looks just like my 100 year old copy. “He never went out without a book under his arm, and he often came back with two.”
― Victor Hugo, Les Misérables.Image

*Read (and have seen the movie) ‘Lady Chatterley’s Lover’, “A woman has to live her life, or live to repent not having lived it.”


— D. H. Lawrence.

* Read (and have seen the movie) Emily Brontë’s “Wuthering Heights”, “Be with me always – take any form – drive me mad! only do not leave me in this abyss, where I cannot find you! Oh, God! it is unutterable! I can not live without my life! I can not live without my soul!”

― Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights
just a side note if anyone is interested in purchasing this work of art, after all, it is only $6000. Personally, I would love it, but I’m not sure my pocket book would.
Book Description: New York The Limited Editions Club, 1993. One of 300 Copies, Signed by the Artist BRONTË, Emily. BALTHUS, [artist]. Wuthering Heights. Fifteen Lithographs and an Afterword by Balthus. New York: The Limited Editions Club, 1993. First edition. One of 300 copies signed by Balthus, this being number 249. With fifteen lithographs by Balthus. Folio (16 1/4 x 12 1/4 inches; 410 x 313 mm). Printed on Arches paper. Publisher’s full tan leather, lettered in brown on front board. Spine very lightly toned. Housed in full cloth felt-lined clamshell, with leather spine label. About fine. Publisher’s newsletter laid in. “But when he made the early drawings for Wuthering Heights back in 1933, he stopped at a point about halfway through the book. As Jean Leymarie has noted, ‘Only the artist’s interest continued so long as the world of Heathcliff and Catherine Earnshaw is that if childhood and adolescence. In these drawings Balthus clearly identifies himself with Heathcliff, the willful outsider unamenable to morality and society, in his vengeful satanism and headlong transgressions-an exemplary creation and an undying presence on the absolute level of art and human destiny.’ .Unable to forget his early fascination with Wuthering Heights, Balthus agreed to have the entire suite of fifteen drawings presented here for the first time in their destined context, if in a strictly limited edition. He was 25 when he began these remarkable illustrations; today he is 85, happy to behold their fruition, and to write a personal Afterword for the book.” (from the LEC newsletter). LEC Bibliography. HBS 66039. $6,000. Bookseller Inventory # 66039

And the last book on the top of the stack…I’m stumped. So if anyone happens to have knowledge of what the name of this novel is, then please, do share.Image

As I was perusing “The 100 greatest novels of all time”
what I have discovered, is that I have read a little less than half of the listed titles. I have also realized that I possess at least a dozen of these novels, unread.

I have chosen to read (along with a few others), As I Lay Dying — by William Faulkner.

It is said that Faulkner wrote this novel in 6 weeks and is listed as one of the ♦1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die by Peter Ackroyd (Foreword), Peter Boxall (Editor) Universe Publishers, 2006. And it just so happens, I already own it on my kindle. The whole point of my pursuit was to purchase yet another book for my trip to Chicago this weekend.

And now I must go pack.