Posted on June 16, 2013
We’ve been traveling almost non-stop since mid-January. First to Thailand, then back to China, before flying back to the States in March. The last couple of months, we completed a 10,000 mile, 9 state road-trip visiting friends and family. We camped our way up to Washington and back down to Texas, via New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, Idaho, Oregon, Wyoming, and Colorado. Day two my computer died. I’m going to have to really work hard to get caught up on all the photos.
I started today, and got a big surprise. Normally I’m the one taking all the photos, but this year, Wade started carrying one of the cameras as well. I usually have dozens and dozens of photos of him, and none of me. But not any more. So strange looking at photos I didn’t take. Especially so many of me. But it’s good to be back online and blogging again.
Posted on March 14, 2013
Being with family after two years and two months separated - FANTASTIC! Jet-lag and reverse culture shock – not so much. Everything is just a tad out of focus, over exposed, soft. Mostly cause my head feels likes it’s stuffed with cotton, and I just want to sleep. All the time. But I think I’ve turned the corner. Just in time. Spring has sprung in East Texas, and I don’t want to miss a minute of this gloriousness….flowers, butterflies, blue skies, warm sunshiny air, lakes…they are all calling me, saying come out and play! I just need to find the focus button…
Posted on February 21, 2013
Monkeys? Cute and cuddly? Or evil little monsters? Well, I always thought the former. Wade is firmly in the later camp. After visiting Emei Shan, and watching how aggressive these little guys were, I was leaning more towards buhao. But then we watched a show on National Geographic a couple of weeks ago. No doubt. Wade is right. Monkeys are dangerous little beastsies. These are probably my last monkey photos. But those babies are pretty cute, huh?
Posted on February 20, 2013
I dream about butterflies. Really. Last night I had lovely butterfly dreams. Then I woke up extremely early this morning and got to work on processing, identifying and sorting butterfly shots. Oh, my…I am one happy girl. I just got so many great captures this trip. I wanted to share just a couple of my favorites from the ones I finished today. The first one is my new favorite butterfly…it’s not the first species I’ve captured that shares my name, but it’s definitely the best!
If you like these and want to see more, you might want to visit my butterfly blog. I’ll be posting all of the new species in the coming weeks.
Posted on February 19, 2013
It’s cold, dreary, rainy and gloomy…yes we are back in China. I want to be back in Krabi! Just look at those blue skies and that turquoise water. Sigh. Big sigh. Goodbye Thailand. I will miss you. So sad that vacation is over. But it was lovely, in spite of all manner of things that conspired to try and make it not so great. I left with a bad case of bronchitis, then had a series of allergic reactions (at one place we stayed, I got the whammy of every single thing I’m allergic to hitting me at once), then caught a stomach virus from colleagues. Fortunately, all my ailments cleared up right as we ended the work portion of our trip and started the vacation part. Unfortunately, that’s when Wade’s ailments hit. He threw out his back, and then injured his foot. But he was able to rest and read and relax…while working on his tan.
We both enjoyed plenty of beach time and hiking and eating Thai food and visiting markets and reading good books…exactly what a good vacation is made of for us. I didn’t read as much this year as last, but thanks to some wonderful Christmas presents from Haley and Mom, I had a very pleasurable reading time. This is what I read….all good vacation reads:
How to Be an American Housewife – Margaret Dilloway
Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden
Life of Pi – Yann Martel
The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night – Mark Haddon
The Name of the Wind: The Kingkiller Chronicle: Day One – Patrick Rothfuss
A Thousand Spendid Suns – Khaled Hosseini
But the best part for me: I had the best butterfly chasing ever! I’ve got a ton of photos to process, since I left my laptop at home. But I actually enjoyed only having my iTouch along. It allowed me to stay in touch while travelling light.
Well that’s an overview. I’ll be posting more in the days to come.
Posted on January 14, 2013
Wait…I think I’ve seen this somewhere before….?
Oh, yeah…I have.
And that’s how some of you are going to be feeling soon as well. I am going to do something very selfish. I’ll apologize right now. And try to explain briefly.
Last year, I lost my two self-hosted blogs because of a hosting company snafu. Previously, I had separate blogs for different purposes…one for friends and family, and one for my photography. I’ve decided to merge both of those blogs into one, and I’m about to re-post all the old posts from 2009 to 2012, from both blogs, here. That means that some of you will see things you’ve seen before. But worse, I’m fairly certain that all of you will get a humongous deluge in your reader. I’m sorry. I’ve tried to figure out a way to avoid that, but I’m afraid it is unavoidable.
I know it’s very selfish. I feel bad about that. But I’ve realized that not only do I blog for family and friends…I also blog for myself. My blog is, in a sense, an online journal. And it also helps me to look back and see my progress as a photographer. But I really don’t have time to maintain four blogs anymore.
So here’s the scoop: the original sojourner blog is still online with all my posts from 2005 to late 2009; sojournerphoto is no more; 2sojourners will have all of my posts from 2009 forward. And the butterfly blog stays the same…Thanks for your patience.
Also, we are leaving tomorrow for Thailand – part business, part vacation. But for the first time, I’m not taking a laptop, only my Itouch. So I won’t be posting for at least a month, and may have only limited internet time. I sure hope this is a good decision :-). See you all in a month….
Posted on January 13, 2013