Sunday Stills – Thanks for the memories

For Sunday Stills our theme is “Thankful”

It’s been a crazy year, that’s for sure. If you feel yourself a bit uninspired in the thanks department this year (and who isn’t), please do pop over to Terri’s site and get yourself a dose of thankful reminders.

Early in the 2000’s Superhubs and I left our home and family behind us. We abandoned the 5 year plan and the 10 year projections and became pilgrims, seekers, voyagers. We became Wide Eyed Wanderers. For the next 13 years our home was a 30 foot class C motorhome christened the SS Minnie.

I am so thankful for that little home on wheels. Ah the adventures, the views, the fun we had with her. Oh the places she took us.

The historic beauty we found in Sioux Falls, South Dakota

the magic spires of Bryce Canyon, Utah

and the places where the Minnie couldn’t take us, Opaekaa Falls, Kauai, Hawaii

Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown, NZ

We let her go last year to a new home for more adventures, but I am thankful for the memories. Mostly, I think I’m thankful for all the goodness of life. Let’s raise a song of harvest home, the glass of good cheer, the heart overflowing with joy. I have so much for which to be thankful, so much about which to smile. Chief among those is:

Status board at the hospital after Superhubs first brain surgery

I have so much to be thankful for, al I have is truly all I need. Life has bestowed upon me an extravagance of riches, but still I hope for one thing more. The gift of a thankful heart, a heart that does not forget the blessings I have received.

Til next time ~Peace Peeps ~JP

Sunday Stills – Auburn

This week’s Sunday Stills prompt is our monthly color exploration, this month – Auburn Many thanks to Terri for the prompt as auburn is one of my very favorite shades

Auburn Iris — Queens Garden, Invercargill, NZ
Auburn leaves of a huge Japanese Maple from the Japanese Garden also in Invercargill, NZ
stunning auburn sunrise in Kapaa, Kauai, Hawaii
Auburn brick patterned walkway, Wellington, NZ
Deep auburn woodwork, Larnach Castle, Dunedin, NZ

Auburn hair slid beneath his hands
hot nights lying on coral sands
when diamonds winked from the indigo sky
serenade of waves as night rolled by
adventures as they rode across the land
lost as auburn hair slid beneath his hands


Til next time ~Peace ~JP

Weathering the Storm – a Sunday Stills perspective

For Sunday Stills, Terri asks us to considered “weathered”

A weathered statue at the Byodo-In temple on Oahu, Hawaii

A weathered archway entering Honen-in temple near Kyoto, Japan

The weathering of eons at Canyon Lands, Moab, Utah

The weathering of wind and surf on Kauai, Hawaii

and last, we have weathered much the tree and I

Touch of the Master’s Hand — voiced by J.D. Sumner
poem by Myra Brooks Welch

Til next time ~Peace ~JP

Autumn leaves me breathless – Sunday Stills

For Terri’s Sunday Stills where our prompt this week is: Leaves Today was gorgeous here in the Black Hills of SD. Warm temps and lots of sunshine, we took several walks, took care of chores and just sat around outside enjoying the sun. I did take a little time to flip through my pics, recent and not so recent to see what I had about leaves.

Shugakuin Imperial Villa in Kyoto, Japan. Looking up through the canopy of changing leaves to the blue sky.

Fern frond unfurling from a huge specimen of tree fern in Queens Garden, Invercargill, NZ
Found this interesting little heart-shaped bit of fallen elm leaves on our daily walk, it wanted to come home with me.
My weekly collection of fall leaves gathered on our daily walks here in South Dakota. Made them into a tiny arrangement (that’s a shot glass being used as a vase) and guarded by my trusty garden gnome.

Autumn sun warms my toes
across my face, gentle breeze
tickles my lashes as it blows
beneath the mulch of leaves
tiny sprouts begin to grow
only to be bitten by the cold
that soon will come, I know
but for now, it is enough
to let the sun warm my toes

Til next time  ~Peace ~JP

Birds from my Big Backyard – for Sunday Stills

For Sunday Stills where this week’s prompt is “backyard birding”

OK, so as an avid traveler, I’ve had lots and lots of backyards over the past decade and it’s really difficult to pick a few of my favorite feathered friends, but I’ll try.

A Pukeko bird in Queenstown, NZ These guys were swimming around Lake Wakatipu, so colorful and graceful. Imagine my delight when they came to shore and revealed themselves to be waders. I’ve been laughing at those chicken legs ever since. How DO they swim with those?
Osprey in flight over Willamette River, Oregon, USA. These guys are a delight to watch while they fish. The “hover” over the river and then dive so fast they are little more than a blur before swooping back up and away.
Macaw in Pahrump, NV – Nope, that’s not in a zoo, or an aviary, or any other type of enclosure. Heidi Fleiss (yes that Heidi Fleiss) operates a macaw sanctuary at her home there and one can often spot the town’s colorful (pun intended) residents. Beautiful to behold but oh my are they noisy.

and finally, Great Horned Owlets right outside our window near Rapid City, SD, USA — We had such fun watching these cuties grow from tiny puff balls to grand juveniles. I wish we had gotten some shots of them preparing for their first flight. They stood boldly out on the edges of the tree, spreading and flapping their wings for a couple of days before hand. Then, one morning, they were gone. Their haunting songs will forever remain in my memory.

Great Horned Owls

Til next time ~Peace ~JP

Happy Places and New Normals – for Sunday Stills

Terri’s Sunday Stills prompt this week is “your happy place” ahhhh, there have been so many. We’re international travelers. Every year we’ve been out of country for some period of time (usually a month or more). Needless to say 2020 has been somewhat of a let down. Like most people, we’re still learning to cope with the “new normal” so very different from the “old normal.” But we’re adapting and there are still hundreds of beautiful places to visit. Cautiously, carefully. So a few of my happy places from right here in my own “backyard” …

Bryce Canyon, Utah, USA
Crater Lake, Oregon, USA
Kapaa, Kauai, Hawaii, USA
Open Trail, Zion National Park, Springdale, UT USA

Over oceans I have traveled
across the lands by plane and car
I have hiked the forests green
and wished upon a Shanghai star
of the places I have been to
the happiest by far
the only place that I call home
is any place you are

Til next time ~Peace ~JP

Sunday stills – A Cozy Shade of Winter

Our Sunday Stills prompt is hosted by Cathy at Picture This and our prompt is “winter”. Now I have a confession to make. I love Winter. I love the cold temps, big fluffy sweaters, lapgans, fireplaces and all things hygge. I live in the Black Hills of South Dakota, USA where winter temps in fahrenheit measure in the single digits and nightly lows are well below 0 (-18c). And, yes I love Winter everywhere we go. Here are a few Winter shots from some of our travels.

Cacti in snow
Beavertail cactus in snow – Zion National Park, Utah

1.15.19 snowy branches
Snowy Branches – Richmond, UT

frozen fog dec 2019
Frozen fog phenomenon – South Dakota

12.27.19 dawn
Winter’s dawn – South Dakota

Come Winter and welcome
bring your frozen kiss
bring your stunning sunrise
bring your cozy bliss

Come Winter and welcome
I cherish your dimming light
sweaters, books, steaming mugs
my fireplace burning bright

And Winter Came — Enya

Til next time ~Peace ~JP

Sunday Stills – Room for a View

Cathy from Picture This is hosting our Sunday Stills Challenge for August while Terri is taking a short break. Our theme for this week is “Out your window”

8.23.20 out the window
Over the hills as seen from the passenger’s seat


8.23.20 Sunrise


Outside my window the world goes by
squirrels scamper, cicadas hum, birds fly
sun rises, while the humans scurry
never seeing, always in a hurry
to get to where they are not

A Room With a View • O Mio Babbino Caro

Til next time ~Peace ~JP

Sunday Stills – Life’s a Beach

Many thanks to Cathy over at Picture This for hosting Sunday Stills for us during Terri’s August blogging break. Our prompt for this week is “Beautiful Beaches”

8.2.20 march of the sand crabs
March of the sand crabs – Kauai, Hawaii

I was born to be a mermaid
but by nature was betrayed
to live this false existence
and walk this world on legs
the ocean’s song still sings
within my heart and mind
peace and calm engulf me
as I watch the waves unwind

8.2.20 GuLangYu
View from GuLangYu Islet off the coast of Xiamen, China

8.2.20 wakatipu nz
Beach at Wakatipu Lake – Queenstown, NZ

8.2.20 surf Oahu, Hawaii
Surf on Oahu, Hawaii

Stronger — Under the Sea: A Descendants Short Story

til next time ~maluhia ~JP

Sunday Stills — Yellows of Summer


7.27.20 yellow coneflower
Black-eyed Susans near Rapid City SD

For Terri’s Sunday Stills our prompt is “yellow”

Yellows of Summer

Brittle yellow grass
crunches beneath my feet
trees drop their leaves
yellow with drought stress
Black-eyed Susans
and Marigolds wink
at the summer heat
while children run
through sprinklers
and adults pray
for rain

7.27.20 forsythia NZ
Yellow Wisteria at Lake Wakatipu near Queenstown, NZ

7.27.20 canal boats - Suzhou China

Canal Boats – Suzhou, China


Yellow Submarine — The Beatles

Till next time ~Peace ~JP