Whatever Wednesday – Blessed Dia de Los Muertos

Beautiful Jill-o-lantern in Osaka, Japan

Dia De Los Muertos was passed today with shopping, good food and time spent perusing old photographs of our ancestors. Hope your day was wonderful too.

This post inspired by Marsha’s PPAC # 69

Til next time ~ Blessing ~JP

Some Farcical Aquatic Ceremony

Lady in the Pond – Ohio Renaissance Faire

Strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government. Supreme executive power derives from a mandate from the masses, not from some farcical aquatic ceremony.” ~Monty Python and the Holy Grail

Iron Throne – Ohio Renaissance Faire

The Iron Throne will go to the man with the strength to seize it.” ~ R.R. Martin

This post inspired by Marsha’s PPAC #66

Til next time ~Take time to watch the leaves turn ~JP

Kokopelli Public Art

I am one of those people in love with the Kokopelli. Ever since I was a child. I see them everywhere, although less here in Kentucky than back in the southwest. Always endearing.

Entry way to an RV park we stayed in on, you guessed it Route 66.

An interesting Kokopelli interpretation found in the Saint George, Utah airport.

This week’s PPAC is guest hosted by Toonsarah at Travel with me blog, go one check it out, you know you want to 😉

Til next time ~Stay Wild Moonchild ~JP

Walkabout Wednesday – an Apricot World

Our Sunday Stills color challenge this week is apricot so I thought we’d take a stroll through some apricotty spots around the world

a fellow hiker, North Rim Grand Canyon

North Rim Grand Canyon, North Rim, Arizona. One of the many trails we hiked during our visits, we spotted this little fellow atop an apricot boulder having a little snack.

Westfir, Oregon

Apricot-colored skies are an ill omen in Westfir, Oregon. The color is created by the sun brightly shining behind a column of wild fire smoke We were evacuated the next day.

Dole Plantation Garden, Hawaii

As we travel farther west, we find this beautiful apricot tipped bromeliad at the Dole Plantation garden on Oahu, Hawaii.

Sake museum, Osaka Japan

Next we go a bit farther afield to Osaka, Japan where we visited the Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum. Fascinating museum where you can have a sake tasting, or prowl about the museum and gift shot, or both. We particularly noted the apricot toned painting depicting the sake brewers at work.

Limb support, Queenstown Botanical Garden

Traveling on we come to Queenstown Botanical Garden in Queenstown, New Zealand. Here we see an apricot-colored support pole for a branch of a massive old oak tree. The pole is hand carved with ferns depicted on all sides. A beautiful combination of form and function.

found poetry Queenstown, NZ

As we cross Lake Wakatipu we come upon a bit of apricot poetry artistically mounted in the retaining wall, again in Queenstown, NZ

“Days releasing meteorological balloons into a delicate apricot sky in this landscape we invent as it invents us – from rock, flake and springwater, from a skiff of froth tumbling over a weir into the afterglow of the aurora.”

That’s my apricots around the world for today

This post inspired by Terri’s Sunday Stills Monthly Color Challenge – Apricot and Marsha’s PPAC # 63

Til next time ~color my world with hope and apricots ~JP

Walkabout Wednesday – a life under construction

Our Sunday Stills prompt this week is “under construction” and I must admit, I’m not one to take pictures of construction much. It is seldom appropriate to photograph road construction between rants and building construction is generally driven right by without stopping to investigate, so I found myself somewhat stymied, until I realized that, heck, my WHOLE LIFE is under construction, or maybe re-construction, but you get the point.

piece of a hailstone from my living room

On August 27, 2021 a catastrophic hail storm hit Rapid City, SD. For 20 minutes fist sized hail stones pummeled our lives. The financial loss was significant but paled in comparison to loss of our entire way of life. It became clear that we could no longer live full-time RVing and that massive rebuilding was required. So, we repaired what we could, sold what we could, wrote off the rest and started to reconstruct our lives.

Pitching machine under construction in Kunshan, China

We turned the page and began a new adventure. A few years ago “adventure” meant traveling overseas to work with factories while the sporting goods lines we developed were under construction.

Family of Canadian Geese at our lake

These days it’s all about those mundane adventures. Sitting on the deck and watching the goslings grow oh so fast.

Farmers Market Booty

or scoring pirate booty at our local farmer’s market, fresh, beautiful bargains.

Asian Grocery

Or reminiscing about our travels while exploring the Asian Grocery store in our new home town. Ahhh pineapple cake, how I have missed you my old friend.

Fanell Scudder Exhibit

Checking out the art at our local library. Here an exhibit of Fanell Scudder an 83-year-old local resident.

My boys

Of course, there are also family bonds under construction. Here one exhausted wanderer with son and two of the grandsons. For fifteen years they’ve seen me no more than twice a year and yet we take to each other like the geese to water. I do adore my boys.


And, as always, I watch the moon.

This post inspired by
Terri’s Sunday Stills – Under Construction
and Marsha’s PPAC # 61

Til next time ~Would you like to have an adventure now or would you like to finish your tea first? ~JP

Walkabout Wednesday – along the boardwalk at Grand Prismatic Spring, Yellowstone

Welcome to another walkabout. Today we’ll be taking an oh-so-short trip via the boardwalk around Grand Prismatic Hot Spring in Yellowstone National Park.

Grand Prismatic Hot Spring

Located in the Midway Geyser Basic in Yellowstone National Park, it is the largest hot spring in the United States. It was named for the prismatic colors ranging out from the central pool.

The bright, vivid colors are the result of microbial mats around the edges of the mineral-rich water. The mats produce colors ranging from green to red; the amount of color in the microbial mats depends on the ratio of chlorophyll and temperature of the runoff.

In the summer, the mats tend to be orange and red, whereas in the winter the mats are usually dark green.

Wee flowers

Other beauty abounds nearby including some tiny little wild flowers in a mustardy hue.

Although the surrounding area is covered with pines and prairies, the Midway Geyser Basin itself it barren of trees for obvious reasons. We came across this painting in a coffee shop which reminded me of the stark dichotomy of the abundant life and barren landscape.

There you have it, I said it was quick! This post was inspired by:

Terri’s Sunday Stills where our monthly color challenge in Mustard
and Marsha’s PPAC #60 where we can always find diverse artistic expression

Til next time ~ stop, look around, be amazed ~JP

Wednesday Walkabout – Panyu Lotus Hill Resort

In the Eastern Panyu district of Guangzhou, China, lies the Lotus Hill Resort. Famous for its temple and numerous scenic sites and, you guessed it, public art.

The first thing that catches the eye is, of course the Lotus Pagoda at the Temple of the Six Banyan Trees. The pagoda itself is one of the oldest landmarks in Guangzhou, carrying nearly 1500 years of history. This octangular pagoda stands 57.6 meters tall, the tallest pagoda in Guangzhou.

Lotus Pagoda at Lotus Hill Resort, Guangzho, China

The pagoda towers above the grounds but my eye wanders to the gilded rabbit statues. Rabbits are considered the luckiest of the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac symbolizing mercy, elegance and beauty.

Stair and steps and view oh my

Ahhh, my old nemesis … stairs. Lots and lots of stairs, but worth the climb looking out over the Pearl River delta.

Guan Yin Goddess of Mercy statue

At the top of the hill, we find the largest statue of Guan Yin, Goddess of Mercy in the world. Standing over 130 feet tall, the statue was originally cast in 1994 using over 120 tonnes of bronze and 180 taels (that’s about 230 ounces) of gold in the coating.

Lotus Flower

And finally we make our way to the lotus ponds, their gentle serenity and exquisite beauty marking the end of our walkabout.

This post inspired this week by Marsha’s PPAC #59

Til next time ~Have the courage to be kind ~JP

Walkabout Wednesday – Summer Good Things

I have a confession to make. I am NOT a summer kind of person. I do so prefer the crisp cold air of winter, the gleam of new snow, the smell of apples and cinnamon. That said, there are good things to summer, so let’s take a little Walkabout of Summer Good Things.

Swimming Pools, blessed relief and beauty too. I love the water feature.

Bar-B-Ques, here DS mans the grill at the park for the family reunion.

Butterflies and Buddleia even in the striking heat of summer they provide a bit of color and whimsy.

Found art among the flower beds.

And a stroll along the creek trail. Here in Rapid City, a memorial to our fallen officers.

This post inspired by:

Terri’s Sunday Stills where our theme is Summer
Marsha’s PPAC 58

That’s it for today, til next time

~ Fall’s coming baby ~JP

Walkabout Wednesday – Rachel Nevada

Greetings sentient life forms! Today I thought we’d take a tiny (and I do mean tiny) walk about Rachel Nevada, take in some high desert scenery and art.

Welcome to Rachel, Nevada, elevation 4,840 feet. Above, an exhausted Rver stands beside the Time Capsule Beacon.

In case you can’t make it out, the plaque reads:

On the eighteenth day of April, AD 1996
Twentieth Century Fox dedicates
this time capsule and beacon
for visitors from distant stars,
to the state of Nevada and the
“Extraterrestrial Highway”

This time capsule will serve as a beacon
to be opened in the year A.D., 2050
by which time interplanetary travelers
should be regular guests of our planet earth.

Alien face mosaic of local stone at the base of the time capsule.

Side of the restaurant/gift shop/motel check-in building. Rachel’s population was 48 as of the 2020 census and I think most of them worked here at the A’Le’Inn.

Rachel is the nearest “human” habitation to Nellis Air Force Range and Area 51, located along the scenic(?) Extraterrestrial Highway where, apparently, parking rules are strictly enforced. And, Yes, there is an “Area 51 Do Not Cross Use of Deadly Force Authorized” sign and NO I did not hike out into the desert to take a picture of it.

This post inspired by:

Sunday Stills – Deserts or Desserts
Marsha’s PPAC # 57 – where we find that Aliens are everywhere

Til next time remember:

“There is no unknown, only that which is temporarily hidden.” ~James T. Kirk

~Peace ~JP