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My Favorite Things – Snapshots from Goose Pond, New Hampshire

It’s hard to believe that our vacation is coming to a close.  We’ve had spectacular weather, oh-so-many delicious meals, and lots of opportunities to just rest and play.  In fact, I’ve been spending so much time doing all of the above that I  pretty much forgot to pull out my camera.  Sometimes really being in the moment is the best medicine!

And when I’m back in the grind of work in the city, I plan to pull out these photos and give myself permission to dream again…

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Saturday’s Thought – Savoring the Last Days of Summer

“Summer has filled her veins with light and her heart is washed with noon.”

(C. Day Lewis)

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Celebrating the 2017 Solar Eclipse (Joana Style)

 

One of my favorite things to do when visiting my mom at her cottage in NH is to hike up Mt. Cardigan.  Only 20 minutes away by car, the 1.5 mile hike is very easily accessible and not too strenuous.

At 3156 feet, it’s certainly not the highest climb I’ve ever done, but I think you’ll agree that the view…

(and the 360 degree panorama views) are pretty special!

It occurred to me that hiking up Mt. Cardigan today might be a great way to see the solar eclipse, and I managed to persuade my husband and two neighbors from Goose Pond to come along.  We brought along the requisite supplies – sweatshirts, hats, water, snacks, and, of course, homemade pin-hole “cameras” with which to view the eclipse.

The eclipse in NH was only at about 62% coverage.  This was what it looked like (courtesy of our pin-hole contraption):

Though interesting, the pin-hole thingy was obviously not the most sophisticated way to experience the eclipse.  However, we lucked out since a fellow eclipse-viewing hiker gave us a pair of eclipse glasses to try out.

(Here I am happily rocking my new look…)

Viewing the eclipse through the glasses was totally amazing.  The glasses not only provided the necessary eye protection, but they also made it possible to see the moon over the sun as if it were in 3D.

I managed to photograph the eclipse, too, by placing the glasses over the lens of my camera.  

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Sunday’s Thought – The Cycle of Life

“How strange this fear of death is! We are never frightened at a sunset.”

(George MacDonald)

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Friday’s Thought – Gardens

“No occupation is so delightful to me as the culture of the earth, and no culture comparable to that of the garden.”

(Thomas Jefferson)

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My Favorite Things – Boating on the Hudson

(Which, by the way, happens  for us about once in a blue moon!)

But we lucked out last week with an invitation to  dinner, along with a boat ride on the Hudson.  Even better, the weather was sublime AND we even had a full moon.  So, from the middle of the Hudson somewhere near Tarrytown, NY, here’s what life looked like on Sunday…

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Friday’s Thought – A Natural Tapestry

“Nature uses only the longest threads to weave her patterns, so that each small piece of her fabric reveals the organization of the entire tapestry.”

(Richard P. Feynman)

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