The Beauty Around Us

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An Invitation

I have a second blog “Bicycling the beauty around us” that went live a few weeks ago.  I created “Bicycling the beauty around us” as a logbook, of sorts, to track my husband and my bicycling adventures.  The new blog contains content from 2016 to the present (in chronological order)

I added a widget on the right hand side of this blog, “The Beauty Around Us” (circled in yellow) that previews the last three “Bicycling the beauty around us” blog posts.

Widget for “bicycling the beauty around us” blog posts

You will see the blog previews, however, only when reading “The Beauty Around Us” blog posts.

This is an invitation for each of you to follow separately my “Bicycling the beauty around us” blog, which may be found by clicking here.  Doing so will alert you to new “bicycling” blog posts.

 

This is a screenshot of the latest “Bicycling the beauty around us” blog post.  Note the section circled in yellow on the left side of the page.  This section explains one way to follow my blog.  There are other ways to follow my blog as well.  If you have a WordPress account, you can add my blog to your reader.  Personally, I use the free version of Feedly to keep up with blogs that I read.

 

I still plan to use this website, “The Beauty Around Us”, so please don’t stop following me here!

New Blog Website

 

I have a new blog “Bicycling the beauty around us”. I created the blog as a logbook, of sorts, to track my husband and my bicycling adventures. I have spent the past few days putting the blog together, adding content from 2016 to the present (in chronological order)  My new blogging website may be found by clicking here. Please check out my new blog.  At present there are 36 published blog posts.  I still plan to use this website, “The Beauty Around Us”, so please don’t stop following me here!

Little Voice in My Head


Image obtained from YouTube

I started a new project today, as a result of Flickr changes that I discussed in my previous blog post.

The majority of the photographs in this blog are embedded Flickr images. If I delete the original Flickr images, the embedded Flickr photographs in my blog will be deleted as well. In essence my blog photographs are held hostage by Flickr!  Recently I paid for an additional 1-year subscription to Flickr Pro; however, I do not wish to pay indefinitely for a Flickr Pro subscription.

My project, beginning today and continuing throughout 2019, is to download (and then delete) Flickr images embedded in my blog.  I will upload the downloaded images into my blog in their proper place.  Eventually my Flickr account will be devoid of all images, and I will either limit my photographs to 1,000 images  or delete the account.  Hopefully, I complete this project by November 1, 2019 — the day on which my Flickr Pro subscription would auto renew.

This project is a BIG undertaking! I have 1,474 blog posts to act upon!

I wish I had paid more attention to the little voice in my head, when I first started my blog. That little voice in my head kept asking “what if Flickr is no longer a viable hosting site for pictures in your blog, what then?”

Meeting a Blogging and Facebook Friend for the First Time

I met a blogging and Facebook friend for the first time yesterday morning. Eileen and I began reading and commenting on each other’s blog posts in December 2009. Eileen has three blogs, of which I read most often the blog entitled “Viewing nature with Eileen”.  Eileen and I became Facebook friends in September 2010.

Eileen and her husband, Michael, live in Maryland.  They are in Pennsylvania on vacation.  Their vacation plans included visiting two Pennsylvania State Parks —Cook Forest State Park and Presque Isle State Park— and meeting me, if possible.  Another Pennsylvania State Park was added to their itinerary, when Eileen and I made plans earlier this week to meet at Kinzua Bridge State Park.

I met Eileen and Michael at Kinzua Bridge State Park yesterday at 10:00 am. Kinzua Bridge State Park is located near Mt. Jewett, PA in McKean County.  It is the home of the Kinzua Viaduct.  The Viaduct, once known as the longest and tallest railroad structure at 2,053 feet long and 301 feet high, was partially destroyed by a tornado in 2003.  I drove to the park from my home in Warren, PA. Eileen and Michael drove to the park from Clarion (where they stayed while visiting Cook Forest State Park).  While at the park we walked across the Kinzua Viaduct (now known as the Kinzua Bridge skywalk); we viewed the bridge and its ruins from three observation platforms; and we walked through the Visitor Center.

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Eileen and Michael on the Kinzua Bridge skywalk

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Eileen and me at the end of the skywalk

20170920_142759945_iOSKinzua Bridge skywalk and bridge ruins
(view from first observation platform)

We walked down to the lower observation platform seen in the photograph displayed above.

20170920_143221561_iOSKinzua Bridge skywalk and bridge ruins
(view from second observation platform)

On our way to the Picture Taking Platform under the skywalk, a colorful scene stopped me in my tracks.

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Autumn is right around the corner

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A nice woman took a picture of the three of us
and the remaining support towers from the Picture Taking Platform.
I LOVE the “3D” effect behind us.

I reciprocated the favor by taking a picture of the woman with her father.

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I LOVE the “3D” effect!

20170920_144425872_iOSA side view of the Kinzua Bridge skywalk and the bridge ruins

Eileen and Michael told me that they visited Kinzua Bridge State Park, with their young son, many years ago.  The park looks a lot different now, compared to when they first visited.  Their first visit was several years before the tornado hit that knocked down the railroad bridge.  A train still traveled across the railroad bridge on their first visit.

We departed each others company, after visiting Kinzua Bridge State Park.  Eileen and Michael headed to Presque Isle State Park; I returned home.

I am glad that Eileen, Michael and I were able to get together, albeit for a short time. We enjoyed each others company and conversation, while taking in picturesque views.

It’s a Small World

Every now and then I am reminded what a small world it is that we live in.

I photographed a wedding this past Saturday afternoon.  Twice during the weekend, I was reminded it’s a small world.

The first reminder happened on Saturday evening, after returning home from the wedding.  I learned that a  groomsman was a friend’s husband.  Amy, is a Facebook friend, whom I have met in person a couple times. Our relationship mainly, though, is online on Facebook. Around 8:15 pm Amy posted on my Facebook timeline: “Didn’t recognize me today did you lol”. No, I didn’t recognize Amy! I did give her a double take, though, when I was saying goodbye to the groom’s mother.  Amy was standing there, as I said goodbye to Sheila. My eye kept wandering to Amy. I felt I knew Amy but couldn’t place her. I wish Amy would have told me who she was! I asked Amy, if she was friend or a family member to the bride or groom.  Amy’s response was that her husband Jason was in the wedding. Up until then, I knew Jason as only Jason (or JJ). I didn’t know his last name.

The second reminder happened on Sunday evening.  A girl, who dated my oldest nephew many years ago, messaged me via my Facebook photography page, “The Beauty Around Us”, after seeing the photograph of the wedding party that I shared on Facebook.  Kayla wrote: “This is Kayla.  I am not sure if you remember me or not, but i saw the pictures you posted of a wedding you just did and my niece was part of it. I told her I knew you.” Kayla’s niece was one of the bridesmaids.

Small world, isn’t it!

How Long Have You Been With Your Hair Stylist?

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I had my hair cut and colored today at Styles Unlimited. My hair stylist was Brenda, who has been my stylist since September 1998.  Brenda styled my hair for the first time on my wedding day.  Brenda and I converse with each other, while styling my hair.  We bring each other up to date on our families and vacation plans.   My last hair appointment was late January. My hair was holding up OK, but it was definitely time for a cut and color.

How long have you been with your hair stylist?

Six Years

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Today marks a 6-year anniversary for me. I published my first blog post on March 1, 2009. My blog was entitled “Linda’s Photo Journal” at that time, and I used the Blogger platform to publish my blog posts.  I migrated to the WordPress blogging platform in October 2012 and created a new blog entitled “Days to Remember”.  I republished “Linda’s Photo Journal” blog posts into the new blog.  In November 2014 I went live with “The Beauty Around Us” website, which soon afterward incorporated my “Days to Remember” blog.  “The Beauty Around Us” website makes use of the “Photography” premium theme that I purchased for $68.00 in February 2013.

Throughout my six years of blogging I have maintained the original intent of my blog, that being “to capture a moment in time and place, preserving that moment through my photographs and words, so that I might share that particular slice of time with others”.  I like my blog’s new home, as part of “The Beauty Around Us” website.

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