Travel Ahh….Lakes

A pine tree hides Lake Minerva in Danbury, Wisconsin.

A pine tree hides Lake Minerva in Danbury, Wisconsin.

Hailing originally from Minnesota — the Land of 10,000 Lakes — I have a thing for water, especially lakes. There’s nothing like zenning out while sitting on the dock of a still lake and listening to the occasional waves lap the side of a pontoon boat.

This is a collection of lake photos I’ve take in the past year. Some of the shots are of reservoirs, which are not the same, in my opinion, but they are still bodies of beautiful water.

Sand Lake at dusk in Salida, CO

Sand Lake at dusk in Salida, CO

Sand Lake, Salida, Colorado, USA.

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Travel Ahh….Color

© Stephanie Glaser 2013

© Stephanie Glaser 2013

Hosier Lane, Melbourne, Australia. Color and travel go together since we are always looking for something striking to catch our eyes. I took the photo above of my sister, Suzanne, and the the next two photos of rubbish bins while meandering down the famous graffiti alley, Hosier Lane.

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Travel Ahh…Colorado Rocky Mountains

© Stephanie Glaser 2003

© Stephanie Glaser 2003

To be honest, the ocean is zen to me. It’s where I’d most love to be. However, mountains aren’t a bad substitute. I live in Colorado with some pretty spectacular peaks. In fact, as a teacher, every year I had my students write about the mountains that we often take for granted.

The above photo I took in Telluride, Colorado, USA. Before we had kids, Kurt and I would choose a new place in Colorado every fall to go and check out the Aspens.

© Stephanie Glaser 2004

© Stephanie Glaser 2004

Aspen, CO, USA.

© Stephanie Glaser 2004

© Stephanie Glaser 2004

Aspen, CO, USA.

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Travel Ahh…Seagulls

© Stephanie Glaser 2013

© Stephanie Glaser 2013

Goleta Beach, California, USA. Seagulls may squawking scavengers, but I love to watch them soar. My kids especially like seagulls because the birds are fun to stalk. Ultimately, I appreciate seagulls because they tell me that water, in particular the ocean, is close.

© Stephanie Glaser 2009

© Stephanie Glaser 2009

East Beach, Santa Barbara, CA, USA.

 

© Stephanie Glaser 2013

© Stephanie Glaser 2013

Goleta Beach, California, USA.

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Travel Ahh…Silhouettes

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© Stephanie Glaser 2010

Silhouettes not only capture definite outlines, edges and angles of a subject, but they offer a bit of mystery, too.  That’s what I like so much about them. I also like silhouettes because they seem a bit more forgiving when you’re taking a photo. The above photo of the boat I took after a stunning sunset in Kalbarri, Western Australia. 

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© Stephanie Glaser 2010

Kalbarri, Western Australia. 

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© Stephanie Glaser 2010

Bali, Indonesia. It’s impossible not to take a good photo of Tanah Lot, one of the sacred Hindu temples on Bali.

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Travel Ahh….Palm Trees

© Stephanie Glaser 2010

© Stephanie Glaser 2010

Palm trees immediately make me feel at ease — like the ocean. Perhaps it’s because they are such an iconic symbol of tropical islands or, at least, warm weather. I took the above photo in Bali, Indonesia. 

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© Stephanie Glaser 2011

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

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© Stephanie Glaser 2010

Adelaide, South Australia.

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Travel Ahh….Rivers

© Stephanie Glaser 1989

© Stephanie Glaser 1989

Rivers are compelling — whether they’re slow and meandering or fast and furious. With a dual personality, rivers represent both nature and civilization. Regardless, they take you on a journey that metaphorical and literal. The above photo is the Amo River running through Florence, Italy.

© Stephanie Glaser 2006

© Stephanie Glaser 2006

The Danube River is particularly beautiful. In Visegrád, Hungary, its “S” curve is almost always in view.

© Stephanie Glaser 2006

© Stephanie Glaser 2006

The Danube, Budapest, Hungary.

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© Stephanie Glaser 2006

The Dnieper, Kiev, Ukraine.

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The Travel Ahh…Outback Roads and Vehicles

© Stephanie Glaser 2010

© Stephanie Glaser 2010

The Red Soil captivated me every time I saw photos of Central Australia. The Outback was the place I really wanted to visit in Oz during my first school holidays as an exchange teacher. Uluru, of course, was a must on the list. Just getting there, however, proved to be almost as surreal as seeing Uluru’s spiritual grounds and the monolith itself.

One minute I’d look out the car window transfixed by the soil and its various shades, and then the next I’d see some wacky vehicle that looked like it drove off the set of The Hangover 3. The Stuart Highway didn’t disappoint either since you’d definitely see the hard core, badass Road Warrioresque machines.

© Stephanie Glaser 2010

© Stephanie Glaser 2010

Northern Territory

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Travel Ahh…Seeing Wildlife in the Wild

© Edward Schuck

© Edward Schuck

I’ve always liked zoos; in fact, I was a junior zookeeper when I was in seventh grade, living in Santa Barbara, California. However, nothing quite compares to seeing animals in their natural habitat — in the wild (albeit some are in wildlife preserves.) The photo of the hippo (above) and the other photos of African animals were taken by my dad in Tanzania. I think they are fantastic and I feel as if I’ve seen the creatures myself. Someday I will get to Africa, until then, I’ll look at photos.

The other photos are various pictures I took on our travels.

© Edward Schuck

© Edward Schuck

Tanzania, Africa. A mother lion and her cubs.

© Edward Schuck

© Edward Schuck

Tanzania, Africa. An elephant herd.

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The Travel Ahh…Sometimes the Everyday is Extraordinary

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© Stephanie Glaser 1995

Clichés are, by nature, tired and worn out. But the ordinary to some people may be the extraordinary to others. We have lasting images of clothing, food, drinks, professions, activities and buildings that are associated with certain countries. Some people would call these clichés. But seeing these images can be quite exciting. Recently, a friend from Australia was visiting us in Colorado and spotted deer in our back yard. We think nothing of it, and if anything, get annoyed since they eat our juniper trees. However, to our friend, it was amazing, and he couldn’t believe they were so close. Plus, this was a brand new animal for him to see.

In Greece, I wanted to see whitewashed windmills against a brilliant blue sky or sea (photo above). Speaking of windmills, how can you visit Holland and not want to see them along with tulip fields?  So again, the common, mundane and everyday can be extraordinary to a visitor. Finally, no one can say that Flamenco dancing, Legong dancing and Cliff diving are mundane!

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© Stephanie Glaser 1995

Naxos, Greece: Thinking of how pretty the contrast of the white is on the barren brown landscape.

© Stephanie Glaser 1989

© Stephanie Glaser 1989

Kinderdijk, the Netherlands: Getting to see a lineup of windmills.

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© Stephanie Glaser 1989

The Netherlands: Being excited to see tulip fields in full bloom.

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© Stephanie Glaser 2010

Bali, Indonesia. Admiring the beauty of the rice fields and dedication of the workers.

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