The Big Five

If you’re planning a trip to a national park in Africa, have you saved room in your backpack for one of these? If you haven’t, you should–not because you’ll look sexier but because you’ll see sexier. I made do with my pitiful little Sony, so the quality of the photos below suffers in many ways. […]

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Finding a Clearing

Lately. It’s been so difficult to clear my head. To make way for new ideas. To find a clearing. And there are so many reasons for this. I’ve started teaching at a language institute again, which means my mind has to prepare itself for new classes, new people, new situations every single day. There doesn’t […]

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I Heart Hiking

Why, you might ask, do I heart hiking so much? It’s one of my favorite things to do in the world. If I could eat, sing and write while hiking, I’d be in Heaven. Wait. I sometimes do indeed do all these things while hiking. And juggle too. Not really. But wow: I’m in Heaven. […]

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Travel Theme Challenge — Beaches

Another great excuse to get these photos up and out to the readers of I Must Be Off! A Travel Theme Photo challenge from Where’s My Backpack? The irony of these photos is that I’m not a beach person. I can lie on a beach for about three seconds before I’m bored out of my […]

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Travel Theme: Benches

For years I’ve been a tad preoccupied with The Bench–as a place for reflection, a place to rest from a long walk, a place to watch the world. I’ve taken hundreds of bench photos. In response to Ailsa’s challenge at Where’s My Backpack, here are a few of my favorites . . . One of […]

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Inside Bangladesh with Paola Fornari Hanna

(Important! If the bottoms of this post is cut off by the homepage’s pictures, try reloading the page. This usually works.) Paola Fornari Hanna lives in Dhaka, Bangladesh and writes almost daily about its charms and hazards. After reading many of these articles, I have to ask myself . . . why haven’t I been […]

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Free Photo Friday — Food

I can’t imagine anything in the world that excites me more than . . . food. What were you thinking? Food. I often go to restaurants alone so that I can enjoy the evening chewing and licking and swallowing food. And if you find that icky, well to each his own. If you say the […]

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Free Photo Friday — Nature’s Light

Somewhere in South Dakota. I suppose these are barley fields or wheat–something I can’t eat. The earth is blanched and then seared in the background with a line of green in the middle. It wasn’t possible to get a picture that showed the grandeur of this place. Miles and miles and miles of pale earth. […]

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Free Photo Friday — The Colors of Autumn

Fall. Autumn. The space between summer and winter. Balmy days. And Hallowe’en. Today’s free photos are all taken at the time of year when the colors deepen, the temperatures drop and we all start thinking about what we want for Christmas. Hey, have a photo! Yep, you can have these. They’re not much, but they’re […]

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