Saturday, December 31, 2011

Boston, Massachusetts, USA

A photograph of a Humpback whale in the Atlantic Ocean, off the coast of Massachusetts. This photograph was taken during a whale watch cruise. A sunny day that turned into a rainy day. Lucky for me, it just happened to be during the same weekend as the Tall Ships event in Massachusetts. A few photographs like this one made it ok that the sun went away. There is nothing you can do for New England weather, be prepared for all weather changes.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Hot Springs, California, USA

Approximately 7000 ft. above the valley, lies a beautiful retreat. Even in the late 1800's, this was a popular place for tourists to come to get away from it all, and soak in the hot springs. The original building still stands, also; and is now an ice cream & gift shop.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Portland Head , Maine, USA

The iconic image of Maine's rocky coast- the Portland Head Light. Actually located in Cape Elizabeth, it sits in Fort Williams Park. It is a popular tourist attraction, and in the summertime, it is a pleasant place to be.

But wait- there's another lighthouse in this picture. If you look close enough, you can see the Ram Island Ledge Lighthouse just right of center at the horizon.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

City of Pecs , Hungary

This photo features the main square in Pecs ,Hungary with the old mosque church ,plague monument and the equestrian statue of a Hungarian hero Janos Hunyadi .The mosque of Pasha Gazi Kassim from the 16 th century is the largest building which remains intact from the Ottoman era in Hungary.Today it is operating as a Catholic Church .It has clear Islamic elements like ogee windows ,prayer niche and faded verses from the Koran .

Monday, December 19, 2011

Acadia , Maine, USA

What Maine is known for- rocky shores. In Mount Desert Island, the southeastern part is host to a magnificent view of the rocky shores. There is a small beach that is very popular.

This scene was taken there. We actually visited it twice. The first time, it was so crowded it was impossible to take any decent commercial photos (believe me, I tried!). But we liked it so much, we returned the next day and this is what we saw.

A word of advice- the water is very cold!

Friday, December 16, 2011

Royal Naval Shipyard , Bermuda

At the northern end of Bermuda is the Royal Naval Shipyard. Once an outpost of the Royal Navy, it is now a quaint collection of shops and museums. Large cruise ships dock nearby, so it gets awfully crowded during the tourist season.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

New Castle, DE

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This little ticketbooth originally was the sales office for Newcastle Frenchtown Railroad it is dated to 1832 and surrounded by a little white picket fence.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

This photograph was taken from Kangaroo Point, a suburb of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. The colorful lights of Brisbane's central business district are reflected in the Brisbane River. There are cliffs near here where locals and tourists rock climb. It's also a popular picnic destination, which was lucky for me... I used a picnic table as a tripod to steady my camera for this shot!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Arlington, VA

Flowers adorn a single grave in these rows at Arlington National Cemetery. These soldiers are gone but never forgotten.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Teton County, Wyoming, USA

This photograph was taken in Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming. The mountain view is at Jackson Lake in Grand Teton National Park. You will see a mountain range come to and end at this lake. It is great for panoramic photographs, if you have the availability of stitching program in your camera or a panoramic camera. Parking is just off the road along most of the lake in front of the mountains. It's a grand site to see just before leaving the park and entering into Yellowstone National Park.

Thursday, December 08, 2011

Nurenberg Germany

Inside the collision in Nuremberg Germany. Made famous by the rallies once held here by Hitler and the Nazi Party, it now stands empty, used only as storage.

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Cape Cod , Maine USA

This was taken at Cape Cod, home of beaches, cottages, and lighthouses. This is the Highlands Lighthouse at North Truro. That is located on the eastern end of the Cape. For those who are into geography, that is 42° 02' 21" N
70° 03' 44" W.

The station was established in 1797, making it one of the oldest (and the first to use flashing lights). The present structure was built in 1857. And it still lights up.

Grounds are open all year. Take a drive up there. I'm sure you'll fall in love with old Cape Cod!

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

South Jetty Beach, Florida, USA

A lonely surfboard was sitting on an eroded beach on the South Jetty Beach, Florida. The erosion does make a convienent shelf, but wrecks havoc on the sea turtles.... Come and bring your surfboards!

Monday, December 05, 2011

Congress Hall Philadelphia, PA

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Congress Hall Philadelphia PA - where the 1st continental congress met - and established the future of America.

Sunday, December 04, 2011

Stonehenge, Wiltshire, England

The ancient stone circle of Stonehenge is probably England's best known tourist attraction outside of London. A World Heritage Site, nobody is 100% sure why it was built, or exactly how and why they decided to transport the large rocks all the way from Wales to do so.

This photograph was taken on the Summer Solstice, the longest day and shortest night of the year, which is without a doubt the best time to visit. Modern druids perform ceremonies at dusk and dawn, you can enter the circle instead of being confined to a path round the outside, and you can even touch the stones. Best of all it's free! After staying up all night, (or possibly hiding away to sleep in the designated camping area a couple of fields away) you can watch the sun rise and try to snap a memorable picture for yourself.

Saturday, December 03, 2011

Thursday, December 01, 2011

Gettysburg , Pennsylvania, USA

At the very center of the Gettysburg battle is the monument for the 72nd Pennsylvania Zouaves Brigade. As the statue implies, it was the scene of bitter fighting when the Rebel army made the Pickett's Charge of July 3, 1863.
Shot at sunset, you can see the golden light reflected off the bronze statue.

By the way, if this looks familiar, this is the statue on the obverse side of the new quarter for Pennsylvania.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

West Palm Beach, Florida, USA

Visitors to the South Florida Fair in West Palm Beach, Florida are treated to many displays, including dances done by members representing native americans. This is a close up of several colorful costumes that help make the dances fun to watch! Come to Florida in the spring and go to the South Florida Fair!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Rhine River Germany

Castle Stolzenfels
This is my favorite Castle on the Rhine river. It is perched above the Rhein River in Germany and beautifully decorated.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Arkadi Monastery, Crete, Greece

This is the church at the Monastery of Arkadi on the Greek island of Crete. A working Greek Orthodox monastery with a historic background, Arkadi is a popular site for tourists who visit Rethymnon and the surrounding area.

This shot is one of my earlier photos taken from my time spent living in Crete but it is still a favorite. I love how the pink geranium flowers frame the church... helping to give it a traditional rustic mediterranean feel.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Somers Point NJ

The Somers Mansion in Somers Point is the house of the founder of this town. Him and his Quaker family members settled this area and his house still remains.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Tuolumne, Mariposa, & Madera counties, California, USA

This photograph was taken in Yosemite National Park in California. The view is taken from the Tunnel View Road that goes from the meadow you may have entered the park by, and up to Glacier Point in Yosemite National Park. It is an excellent look out point to see Half Dome and El Capitan all at once. I hope you get their first, as there is only a few parking spots at the look-out. The road is a one way, so you will not be able to drive back down to see the view again. Please be smart and adhere to regulations, and watch your step.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Trenton, New Jersey, USA

The state capitol of New Jersey is Trenton. It is a historic location, where a Revolutionary War battle was fought. The Trenton State House is adorned with a golden dome (added in 1845) that is the highlight of the city.

Because NJ has a reputation for having corrupt politicians, it is sometime referred to as "The Scene of the Crime". If you are a New Jersey taxpayer, you will know what I am describing!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Pennington south africa

This quaint little house sat along the road in Pennington south africa. surrounded by high wild flowers it was just lovely.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Athens, Greece

The ancient Herodeion Amphitheater can be found at the base of the Acropolis in Athens, Greece, overlooking the modern city.

Otherwise known as The Odeon of Herodes Atticus this stone theater dates back to 161 AD, Roman times.

You can step back in time and enjoy music concerts and classical tradegies held under the night sky during summer months with the ancient Acropolis landmark towering high above you.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Pennington South Africa

This pretty little gate is quite strong and protects the driveway at the home where i was staying in Pennington South Africa.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Guthrie, Oklahoma, USA

If you love old architecture, you'll love visiting Guthrie, Ok. With it's old and ornate buildings, you'll feel transported into the past. Take a stroll in the downtown area, and pop into the many shops. A must-see is musician Byron Berline's Double Stop Fiddle Shop.In 1967, Byron joined the Bill Monroe band. Music lovers will love his large selection of unique, and vintage instruments. The building on postcard, while not as ornate as the downtown structures, has plenty of history.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

South Africa

This monkey was sitting in the tree just 10 feet away from me while walking home in Scottbourgh South Africa.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Dry Falls, Washington, USA

Dry Falls is considered to have been even larger that Niagra falls, in it's time. Located in eastern Wa.,on rt. 17,it's a sight to see. Dry Falls is also part of Sun Lakes state park, which has camping and picnic area nearby.

Friday, November 11, 2011

American Indian in Washington D.C.

Waterfall at Museum
The National Museum of the American Indian in Washington D.C. - waterfalls along the side of the building. this building is very unique with curved architecture inside and out.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

British Columbia, Canada

Rustic old boathouse along the Inland Passage in British Columbia. The sparkling blue of the water with its backdrop of the deep green of the woodlands on the far shore make a picture perfect summer day for boat lovers. The wooden dock below the boathouse calls to us to spend more time on the water. The Inland Passageway of British Columbia - one of the most relaxing places in the world!

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Dürnstein Austria

Blue Chruch on the Danube
This charming little blue church tower is located alone the Danube Rive in Dürnstein Austria. BeauCopyright Amy Marie.

Monday, November 07, 2011


Sometimes that's all you want to do, just sit on a beach and do nothing! This picture was taken on an Egyptian beach (the name escapes me right now) in 2008 just before the holiday season before parents and kids take over the place. Very peaceful.

Friday, November 04, 2011

Mauna Kea Observatory , Hawaii, USA

Mauna Kea Observatory, taken on the summit of Mauna Kea, Hawaii. When you're up there, it looks like the landscape of another planet, and it's *cold*!! I was mostly thinking how much I wanted to be at sea level snorkeling instead.

Thursday, November 03, 2011

Washington DC USA

This is one of the Many reflecting pools around the Mall in Washington DC...can you guess which one it is?!?!?!

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Blakeney Point, Norfolk, England

This photograph is of seals at Blakeney Point in Norfolk, England. There are two ways to see the seals, one is to pay for a charter, the other is to walk out to them along the shore. We walked, we prefer to go the route less traveled, it's more fun that way. The beach starts off rocky then goes to a soft fine sand. The seals are wonderful to watch. They will even spy on you to. Please keep your distance and respect wildlife.

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

North-Bornea, Malaysia

Exotic lunch in North-Borneo/Malaysia .Organic way of serving food on banana leaf .The sauce is coming in a nice shell.Grilled meat with vegetables and boiled eggs. Worth the trip just for the food!

Monday, October 31, 2011

Jewish Sites, Washington DC

This stunning and creative fence is actually shaped like a Menorah - it surrounds the oldest & first Jewish Synagogue in Washington DC. The Synagogue is open for tours upon request, and is being renovated to historically preserve it. It can even be rented/booked for small weddings with all benefits going into the restoration funds.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Ellis Island

This is part of the long line of baggage that passed through ellis island over the many years it was welcoming newcomers to America.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Hawaii USA

This photo was taken at South Point (Ka Lae), the southernmost point of the Big Island of Hawaii and the 50 United States. This is believed to be the location of where the first Polynesians in Hawaii landed their boats. The road leading to it goes through wide open ranch land and an old wind farm.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Heidelberg Germany

Three times a year Heidelberg Germany sets their castle ablaze to commemorate the fires that have destroyed it throughout history. The fire is actually a wonderful light display and started off with fireworks. It is really worth the trip - the best vantage point is from across the rive on or below the Philosophenweg - or Philosophers way...where you can travel in the footsteps of some of the greatest philosophers to ever live!!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Fort in Rethymnon, Crete, Greece

This historic Venetian fort sits high above the old town of Rethymnon on the Greek island of Crete.

This photo postcard shows the exterior curtain wall of the fortezza. Inside, you can explore the grounds, walk the perimeter of the wall, peek through the turrets, and take in the panoramic views over this mediterranean seaside town.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Banff Springs, Canada

On top of Sulphur Mountain, where the famous Banff Springs are located, is the equally popular observation post. From here, you can see the entire town and its surroundings- Cascade Mountain, the Bow River, Tunnel Mountain, Lake Minnewanka and more. View is to the N-NW.

This was taken last summer, and I was careful to take the photo late in the afternoon, so the lighting would be best.

Highly recommended!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Brooklyn NYC

A flag flies in Brooklyn NY....against the background of the famous brownstones!!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Bass Harbor Marsh, Maine

In Mount Desert Island, Maine, lies Acadia National Park. We were driving on the western side, trying to find a picturesque shore view. We didn't see much, but on the way on Rt. 102, we saw this instead.

This is the Bass Harbor Marsh, where a creek empties into Bass Harbor. In the background are Bernard and Mansell mountains.

Sunday, October 23, 2011


This is a digital water painting of the view from our room in an exclusive boutique hotel called Ngala Lodge (pronounced en-gala) in The Gambia we visited in 2010. It happens to be voted 'the best hotel in The Gambia' by the Gambian tourism board and all staff members at the hotel are very happy to display why they are voted the best too!

Saturday, October 22, 2011


Rock Garden
This rock garden outside the Jewish Heritage Museum in NYC has a tree growing out of it. The Jewish Heritage Museum is near Battery Park in Lower Manhattan. Copyright Amy Marie.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Philly Skyline

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Philadelphia taken from the Train Bridge over the Delaware River.