A Dip In The Lake

Lake Wakatipu is magnificent and serene at sunset.

Flowering dogwoods and brilliantly colored blooming azaleas brighten the banks along Rice Mill Pond at Middleton Place Plantation on the Ashley River near Charleston, South Carolina. Spanish moss hangs from the trees. The plantation, a National Historic Landmark District, is now a museum, and is home to the oldest landscaped gardens in the United States.

Water lilies and iris bloom at a lake in Kansas.

An alligator swims across a pond on Seabrook Island in South Carolina. A palm tree is reflected in the water. This alligator, about five feet long, had been sunning himself (or herself) on the shoreline opposite our house, but when friends and I walked onto the deck of our house, he began to swim over to investigate us. He rested in the water for several minutes in the water just below us, seemingly staring up at us.

“Alligator at Bear Island Wildlife Management Area” in South Carolina. An alligator is almost invisible in the grass as it waits on a strip of ground in a lake at Bear Island Wildlife Management Area in South Carolina, near Charleston. The marshy area is popular with bird watchers, who can find more than 50 bird species there, as well as alligators, armadillos and other wildlife. Today, this alligator seems alone, but he is patient.

Lake Champlain is situated in the Lake Champlain Valley between the Green Mountains of Vermont and the Adirondack Mountains of New York.

In March, more than a million snow geese visit Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge in Mound City, Missouri, on its spring migration north.

Here are the namesake islands of Island Pond, Vermont, which is an area of spectacular natural beauty in the heart of Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom. The pond is in the center of the town of Brighton. In this view of Island Pond, cattails are in the foreground, hills blazing with Autumn colors seem to be on fire on the horizon.


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Light The Way!

Kīlauea Lighthouse is located on Kīlauea Point on the island of Kauaʻi, Hawaiʻi in the Kīlauea Point National Wildlife Refuge. On the grounds are several Hawaiian geese, also known as nēnē or nene in the Hawaiian language. They are the world’s rarest goose and once dropped to a population of only fifty. The official bird of the state of Hawaiʻi, the nene is exclusively found in the wild on the islands of Oahu, Maui, Kauaʻi and Hawaiʻi.

The old lighthouse stands on Cape Point near the southern tip of Africa. It is bird spattered, and the surrounding rocks are covered with graffiti. It has a weathered feel of many travelers.

A sailboat navigates past Sletterhage Lighthouse on the eastern coast of Jutland in Denmark. Crowds enjoy the sunny weather as they gather on the shore.

Climb 444 steps up Cerro Santa Ana in Las Peñas neighborhood in Guayaquil, Ecuador, to reach the lighthouse. Climb another fifty steps to reach the top of the lighthouse to see a panorama of the city. Las Peñas, meaning The Rocks, is the birthplace of the city. Charming colonial buildings line the steps to the top with cafes and shops to visit when you need a rest.

Portland Head Light is an historic lighthouse in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. George Washington directed that construction on the light house begin in 1787. It was completed on January 10, 1791. It’s the oldest lighthouse in Maine and was named to the National Register of Historic Places in 1973. The light station sits on a head of land at the entrance of the primary shipping channel into Portland Harbor, which is within Casco Bay in the Gulf of Maine.

Pemaquid Point Lighthouse is the only place in the United States where you can tour Maine’s first land-based lighthouse opened to the public, get married, spend your honeymoon, and pay for it all using the only U.S. money ever to bear the image of a lighthouse—Maine’s official quarter featuring Pemaquid Point Light. This picturesque light has attracted many, including Edward Hopper, who captured its image in his 1929 watercolor, “Pemaquid Light.” Today, Pemaquid Point is one of New England’s most visited and photographed lighthouses, drawing over 100,000 visitors annually. When Bartholomew Gosnold sailed to Pemaquid in 1602, the area was already a port of call for French, Portuguese, Spanish and English fishermen and the occasional coastal trader. Still, it was bit surprising to see Native Americans in western garb board the Dartsmouth and greeted Gosnold in English.


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Vintage Toys!

Oh, the joys of childhood! Toys from our past bring up all kinds of memories and feelings. Take a little trip down memory lane every once and a while. Enjoy the freedom of innocence!

Nutcrackers are fun year round and perfect to celebrate any occasion.

A rubber ducky sits on a fresh towel, welcoming bathers. This ducky greets guests at the historic “Inn at 835” in Springfield, Illinois. What a great card to help welcome a new baby or to send birthday wishes.

Many children likely enjoyed this toy tractor on grandmother’s porch. Now a bit rusty, the tractor awaits new riders on the weathered porch boards. This beautiful vintage tractor photo is now a puzzle so you can play, too!

A vintage toy wagon and tractor wait on the front porch of an old white clapboard country house in the mountains. Oh, the stories these venerable, well-loved toys could tell.


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Plush Home Style

How fantastic would it be to have this black persian cat pillow adorning your couch?! I just love it’s hilarious expression! It’d be a great addition to a house with a little sense of humor.

This phalaenopsis orchid decorative pillow is absolutely gorgeous! It’s elegant and modern. It’s a perfect fit to bring life and color snuggled on any couch or chair!

Kansas City residents have a lot of love for their city. It oozes out everywhere! This would be perfect for anyone with Kansas City adoration How fantastic are those fireworks?!

Imagine this beautiful stargazer lily pillow nestled on wicker chairs on a back porch on a lovely day. It would go really well with the bright yellow english rose below!



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Autumn Dreaming

The sweltering heat day after day makes the crispness of autumn extremely appealing. New England is well known for their gorgeous fall foliage and the essence of autumn. Enjoy these amazing moments in time captured around Vermont.

The late afternoon sun casts a golden glow on the already fiery Autumn foliage on an early October day in Vermont. A porch light, orange pumpkins on the porch and an American flag welcome guests to this New England home.

A pumpkin sits on a rock wall in a small Vermont town in Autumn in a harvest display. Beyond is a red barn and a hill ablaze in Autumn colors.

An Episcopal church in Island Pond, Vermont, stands on a hill, surrounded by bright Autumn foliage. Island Pond is in the center of the town of Brighton, at the north end (outlet) of Island Pond, the lake, in the Northeast Kingdom of the state.

A Vermont farmer harvests corn. Beyond his field, beautiful Autumn foliage adorns the hillside.

A two-lane road curves through the Green Mountains of Vermont, flanked by the brilliant Autumn foliage for which New England is renown.

Sunshine illuminates the historic Randall Bridge on an Autumn afternoon. Colorful Fall foliage blazes along the river. Built in 1865, the Randall Bridge stands preserved as an example of the bridge construction unique to the Lyndon area, with its open sides, wide eaves, and extended gables.


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Yellowstone National Park is a breathtaking sight to experience. There are so many amazing places within the park to visit!

Below is a view of Lower Yellowstone Falls from Artist Point. The Yellowstone River flows north from Yellowstone Lake, leaving the Hayden Valley and plunging first over Upper Yellowstone Falls and then a quarter mile (400 m) downstream over Lower Yellowstone Falls, at which point it then enters the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, which is up to 1,000 feet (304 m) deep. The lower falls are 308 feet (94 m) high, or almost twice as high as Niagara, although not nearly as wide. Here are some items that will allow you to take this magnificent wonder with you, integrate into your life, and/or send its beauty to others!

*Bonus Natural Wonder!*

Stirling Falls is one of two permanent waterfalls in Milford Sound (Piopiotahi in Māori). Milford Sound is a fjord in the south west of New Zealand’s South Island, within Fiordland National Park and the Te Wahipounamu World Heritage site. It’s one of the world’s top travel destination and is acclaimed as New Zealand’s most famous tourist destination. Rudyard Kipling had previously called it the eighth Wonder of the World.

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Copenhagen seems like quite the hip place! Here are some interesting places in the beautiful city in Denmark.

A mannequin “assists” in collecting cardboard for recycling in Copenhagen, Denmark. Someone felt sorry for the mannequin and gave it some shoes.

Funky graffiti decorates a mailbox in Copenhagen.

This “Never Mind” neon sign marks the home of a Copenhagen club.

Rosenborg castle in Copenhagen, Denmark, has two throne rooms, one for public display with its Throne Chair in the Long Hall, and this different sort of throne, a toilet in a room decorated with Dutch tiles. The toilet emptied into the moat surrounding the castle.


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