Writing Prompt #115

Prompts

Sound has the ability to inspire. Think of the times you have listened to a song, rhythm, sound and been transported to another place; another time.

Today’s prompt is about sound. I offer you choices of sounds to listen to and write about where one or any of them take you. What comes to mind when you listen? What are you feeling? or seeing in your mind’s eye as you listen? Are you remembering someone in particular? An event or special moment in your life? or maybe your imagination is sparked and new and amazing ideas come to mind. Whatever it is, enjoy the experience and write, write, write!

Lovin’ Summer

This is one of those years when it seems summer will only last a few weeks. It began in the northeast about the time of the solstice and is likely to last until fair time, when we are apt to get a frost.

In appreciation of those few weeks I share photos that remind me why I love summer!

July moon<

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watercolor daisy and blue sky

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purple iris

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pink poppy

peas ink outlines

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laundry

red poppy

Garden August 9, 2012

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purple climbers

purple close up

Posterized lily

Good morning Island Pond

Bonaire, Netherlands 2014

I’ve been wanting to post a travelogue of our trip to Bonaire, but with my PC down down down, and all my Bonaire photos on that PC I have been waiting (and hoping) for its healthy return.

Good news! It’s back with all photos intact. Whew. So here goes. . .

Bonaire is an small island in the Dutch Caribbean, off the coast of Venezuela. It is one of a group of islands known as the ABC islands – Aruba, Bonaire, and Curacao. Well known as a scuba diver’s paradise, the island hosts 63 shore dives all around its perimeter.

We visited the 2nd and 3rd weeks in June and the weather was perfect! 80-90 degrees with a 10-15 mile an hour wind most of the time. Just enough to keep it comfortable. The water temperature was about 80 degrees. Usually in the mornings it was a bit cloudy, but by mid morning the clouds dispersed turning into glorious sunny days.

As scuba divers our first priority was to get set up at the dive shop. We stayed at the Eden Beach Resort in Kralendijk and the Wannadive shop was right there. STINAPA Bonaire is a non-profit foundation that manages the marine park and the Washington-Slagbaai National Park, and requires a mandatory dive orientation before diving. In addition there is a $25.00 Nature Fee for divers. WE arrived Saturday afternoon and Wannadive scheduled us for the orientation first thing Sunday morning. It lasted about an hour and Boy offered some great tips and suggestions for our diving experience.

Set up with a flat rate per week, we had access to all the air we wanted and a safe place to store our dive equipment at the end of the day. We did our first dive right at Eden Beach at the site known as “Front Porch” directly after the orientation. As it turns out, this was one of the best sites we experienced in two weeks.

While my husband could have dived all day, every day, there were a few other things I wanted to do while there. More about diving in another post!

On two occasions we explored the Washington Slagbaii National Park on the northern section of the island. There is a short loop and a longer loop you can drive. The roads are dry and rocky and the going is slow. I definitely recommend the longer loop as it brought you around the northernmost point along the beautiful shoreline. Pictures can express it better than words:

Turbines and Rock

Turbines and Rock


Dry and Scrubby

Dry and Scrubby


Waving Lizard

Waving Lizard


Wind and Water

Wind and Water


Playa Chikitu

Playa Chikitu


Playa Chikitu

Playa Chikitu


Fossil

Fossil


The most beautiful beach on the island at Playa Chikitu

The most beautiful beach on the island at Playa Chikitu


The expanse!

The expanse!


Ruins

Ruins


Suplado!

Suplado!


Salina Bartol

Salina Bartol


Flamingo

Flamingo


Seru Grandi

Seru Grandi


Yellow Necked Parrot

Yellow Necked Parrot


Billy Goat, Billy Goat!

Billy Goat, Billy Goat!


Iguana

Iguana


Pelicans

Pelicans

It took us most of a day to really enjoy the big loop of the park. We did stop and take a lot of pictures and did two dives while there. When you enter they give you instructions about when you should make a last dive, as the park closes at 5:00.

After leaving the park we drove south to Lac Bay, which is known for its Mangrove swamps and wind surfing on the lake. There are two dive sites outside of the lake, but it’s not recommended that you dive there without a guide.

Lac Bay

Lac Bay

Another day we drove to the town of Rincon, the first settlement on the island, to visit the Cadushy Distillery. We were intrigued by the idea of a drink made from the Cadushy cactus.

Cadushy Distillery

Cadushy Distillery


Cadushy is the base for all the liquors

Cadushy is the base for all the liquors

Driving along the main route south from Kralendijk, are Bonaire’s salt flats, where sea water is pumped into smaller ‘pools’ so the water evaporates, eventually leaving nothing but salt. This salt is Bonaire’s only export. Once the water has entirely evaporated the salt is plowed up, reminding me of home.

Salt Flats

Salt Flats


Plowing Salt

Plowing Salt


At two places around the salt flats you can see these slave huts that are built in 1850. Originally the roofs of the huts were thatched, but have been replace with marine grade plywood to reduce the need for on-going maintenance. During the 19th century, slaves working the salt pans by day crawled into these huts to rest. When we stepped inside they were amazingly cool.
Slave Huts

Slave Huts


Slave Huts

Slave Huts

In my quest to find sandy beaches we came across many lovely sites.

Ruins

Ruins


Pelican

Pelican


Palm in the Breeze

Palm in the Breeze


Coral Beach

Coral Beach


Sails Down

Sails Down


One legged gull

One legged gull


Seven O'clock Sunsets

Seven O’clock Sunsets

Our last day, when we couldn’t dive, we took a water taxi out to Klein Bonaire, a small, uninhabited island off the coast. The ‘taxi’ driver dropped us west of the beach so that we could snorkel with the current for about 45 minutes. That is the only place in Bonaire where we found significant sandy beaches.

Water Taxi

Water Taxi


Klein Bonaire

Klein Bonaire

It was a fantastic trip and we would definitely go again, if there weren’t so many other islands to explore! For a scuba diving vacation, however, it was amazing!

The Foursome!

The Foursome!

Writing Prompt #114

Prompts

Here in the northeast we relish the summer months because winter can consume the other 10 months. Well, okay, maybe not, but sometimes it feels that way.

The few weeks of summer end up being packed full of things that can’t be done in the winter:

Swimming and boating at the lake,
Flower gardening
Biking
Golf
Vegetable gardening
Day trips with friends
Cookouts
Enjoying the sunshine

Today’s task is to write about a favorite summertime activity!

Ready?

Go! I mean WRITE!

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Shedding a Tear

Today I’m remembering my younger sister, Diane, on her birthday.

She passed in 1985 at the age of 26, at a time when we were just learning what a true blessing sisters are.

I think about her often and miss her sweet nature and goofiness that always made me laugh.

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If I had a single flower for every time I think of you, I could walk forever in my garden.
~Claudia Adrienne Grandi