Posted in Canada, Nature, Photo challenge, pondering, Tourist in my own Town / Province

Travel Theme: Four

I believe in process. I believe in four seasons. I believe that winter’s tough, but spring’s coming. I believe that there’s a growing season. And I think that you realize that in life, you grow. You get better. ~ Steve Southerland

In the Niagara Region we got a blast of winter weather late in the season.

Four icy drips melting into spring (soon I hope)

To view some photos from those who traveled farther than their backyard, kindly visit Where’s My Backpack.


Posted in Canada, Nature, Photo challenge, pondering, Tourist in my own Town / Province

Travel Theme: Gold


Fall in Southern Ontario Canada is was a beautiful golden show last year. I’m sure I could fill a page with golden maple leaves!

Wandering through some older photos I found these pieces of gold under my rainbow.

A plate from one of the Royal Ontario Museum’s (ROM) collections, a warm candle glow, a sunset walk along Lake Erie, and a golden hat to celebrate a new year.

“All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.”
― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

I’d love to see some of your golden moments… Kindly visit Where’s My Backpack? to participate in this  Travel Theme.

Posted in Disney, Weekly Photo Challenge

Travel Theme: Dark

Looking through my photos I see very few ‘dark’ photos (at least photos that are dark on purpose lol) I had to wander back to our trip to Walt Disney World last year to find these.

My daughter and I took lots of photos before and during the evening show, Illuminations at EPCOT. The show is best known for it’s amazing light show. However, you can’t appreaciate the lights without the darkness.




And what trip to Disney would be complete withour the Castle? We were sitting behind the castle waiting for a different view of the evening fireworks. I was playing with the different settings on my phone. I like how the lights on the Castle seem dark here.

By the way… If you’ve been to Walt Disney World a few times and your not in a hurry to leave after the fireworks; being behind the Castle was a unique view. We were surrounded by fireworks. Some are right next to the Castle and others are from farther back. We were at the benches outside the washrooms by Pinocchio Village Haus. Mind you, I liked it but my daughter was disappointed.She loves the traditional view.


“I found it is the small things that keeps the darkness at bay.” ~ Galadriel ~ The Hobbit

Kindly pop over to Where’s My Backpack to see some beautiful dark photos from her travels.

When you think all is forsaken,
Listen to me now
You need never feel broken again
Sometimes darkness can show you the light

“The Light” by Disturbed

Posted in History, Tourist in my own Town / Province

Travel Theme: History ~ A bit of Niagara’s History

Mount Carmel Spiritual Center, Niagara Falls ON

The Carmelites, a Roman Catholic Religious Order, came to the Falls in 1875. Their first residence, was a simple farm house overlooking Niagara Falls. Construction on the present Monastery building begin in 1894.  {Source:}

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Kindly visit Where’s My Backpack for more history photos.