Weekly Photo Challenge: Horizon(s)

I love looking to the horizon. I love to broaden my horizon.

Herewith my response to this week’s photo challenge.

Thanks for visiting …

Dorothy 🙂

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Shout Outs

Uncle Spike’s Adventures

Tish Farrell

Being Mrs Carmichael

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©Dorothy Chiotti, Aimwell CreativeWorks 2013

Weekly Photo Challenge: Resolved … Keep on the Sunny Side

Sunrise over HiroshimaThis year I am resolved to keeping on the sunny side of life.

I know some days will be more challenging than others but I am, nevertheless, committed to focusing on the positive and always keeping my eyes open for the cloud’s silver lining.

For if there is one thing I have learned during the past several years of intentioned self-discovery it is this: though we cannot change the past that has shaped us we can learn to control our responses to it. To me this means working to shift from the negative position of one who merely survives to learning to embrace life’s possibilities as one who thrives.

To illustrate I’ve chosen an image of the sun rising over a city that, from its own devastation, became a thriving modern metropolis — Hiroshima, Japan.

Thanks for visiting and Happy New Year!

Dorothy 🙂

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Alberta Calling

Alberta is calling and this time under much happier circumstances than my last visit a month ago.

My family member, who was in such peril, is now on the mend and doing much better. Together we’re looking forward to some Stampede fun, heading to the mountains for a couple of day trips, and simply chilling on the patio with a drink in hand. Oh, and playing with the new addition to the family … a three-month-old Sh’Borkie (Shizu/Bichon Frise/Yorkie) named Rusty. (Cute as a button and spoiled rotten, I’m guessing …)

Speaking of family … a day trip to Edmonton will see us meeting some second cousins for the first time … all because of a common interest in unravelling the family tree and understanding the loose ties that bind.

I’ve already done a significant amount of research on our mutual ancestors, and having no children I am thrilled to be able to share it with relations who are interested in what makes this family tick.

When I was full tilt into doing my genealogy I loved to discover who my forebears were and uncover their stories, many of which were passed down through the generations in letters and by word of mouth. As well, there are a few ancestral families whose stories are quite well documented due to their involvement in the American Revolution (as United Empire Loyalists) and their settling of parts of Upper Canada following that conflict.

To know that my research has not been done in vain and that others in the family whom I have never met are willing to be its custodians and even build upon it does my heart good.

Yes, Alberta is calling, and I’m hoping to return home with my creativity once again intact.

Featured image: Three Sisters in the Rocky Mountains at Canmore, Alberta.

Thanks for visiting …

Dorothy 🙂

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Sugar Loaf Mountain … Co. Wicklow, Ireland

Great Sugar Loaf Mountain is located on the edge of the Wicklow Hills to the south of Dublin, and while it looks fairly high it is, at just over 1,600 ft, really not that big at all. Its apparent prominence in the landscape is due to its height relative to the surrounding landscape. The British refer to this type of hill as a Marilyn.

On this occasion we were having a bite to eat at beautiful Powerscourt House and Gardens. The views were spectacular, of course, and so I pulled out the camera and captured a few moments like this.

Thanks for visiting …

Dorothy 🙂

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Enjoy the View … Isle of Arran, Scotland

By car, you can travel the circumference of the Isle of Arran in less than a day — with the odd stop along the way. Take in a brewery; have lunch at a distillery; visit a castle; walk barefoot on a sandy beach; skip stones on a rocky beach; say hi to the sheep that dot the hill sides … and yes, enjoy the view.

The A841 skirts the shores and, as in this image, traverses the colour-infused highlands. It’s a sight, to be sure.

Thanks for visiting …

Dorothy 🙂

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Water Ice … Mount Edith Cavell, Jasper National Park, Alberta

Normally you’d see an image of a beautiful, majestic mountain at the mention of Mount Edith Cavell, but in this instance I’ve narrowed the scope somewhat to highlight the edge of this glacier.

When I look at this image I am reminded of mint ice cream studded with a seam of chocolate chips and peppered with chocolate sprinkles.

Silly really, I suppose, but why shouldn’t nature look yummy as well as beautiful?

Thanks for visiting …

Dorothy 🙂

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