Posted on April 29, 2019
After our visit in Colombia, we went to Guatemala to visit my brother Paul, and his spouse Bev, who live in Antigua, Guatemala. We did some sightseeing by visiting an interesting museum in Guatemala City and later a trip to Lake Atitlan – a volcanic crater lake covering over 50 square miles. On the way to Lake Atitlan we visited the ruins of the ancient Mayan capital city of Iximche . Both links are worth checking out if you wish to know more about the lake or the ruins.
I am fascinated by the advanced culture of the Mayan people. Their building design and construction are incredible as were their very advanced mathematical skills. Iximche is hard to capture in photos, but I hope you get a sense of the mystical power of this place from these pictures.
Posted on April 26, 2019
While in Colombia, I did pay attention to the flowers as well as the birds. Here is some of what I saw.
Posted on April 25, 2019
More shots from the Colombian National Bird Sanctuary; in the order seen.
Posted on April 24, 2019
The Colombian National Bird Sanctuary (https://www.aviarionacional.co – click on EN to view the site in English) is the largest bird sanctuary in the Americas. Colombia is home to more bird species than any other country in the world. The 2-hour walk through the aviary is filled with awesome sights and sounds. I will be doing two large posts -mostly without captions . . . because I don’t know the names of all the birds. The photos will be in the order I saw the birds.
Posted on April 23, 2019
Joanne and I had an opportunity to visit Columbia and stay in the beautiful city of Cartagena. Our host was, Carmen, an exchange student from Joanne’s high school days. Carmen is now a trial attorney and her husband, Mauricio, is a retired admiral from the Colombian navy. They graciously provided an apartment for us right on the Caribbean Sea.
Cartagena is a mix of the old walled city and a very modern downtown. There will be more to follow from our visit, but here is a start.
Posted on March 25, 2019
On Saturday, Joanne and I took a trip to three Lakeshore sights to view the remaining ice buildup along the western shores of Lake Michigan. We stopped at South Haven, Douglas, and Holland. It was a delightful day. Here is some of what we saw:
Posted on March 18, 2019
Flutterbys are what I told my grandkids I called butterflies. It seems a better word to describe them to me.
Last week my spouse and I joined three of our grandkids, their parents, and one of our daughter-in-laws at the Frederick Meijer Gardens to see the coming out party of the butterflies (or flutterbys). These pictures are from that visit. They had butterflies in all stages of their metamorphosis from caterpillar to chrysalis to butterfly.
Many transgender people relate to the butterfly image due to their own metamorphosis from who people thought they were through the transition to who they are. Whether transgender or not, I hope you enjoy these images.