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There is no post today for, seems they don’t want me to write for them anymore, I think, I don’t know really.  They have stopped responding to my emails so I assume that means that they don’t want my posts anymore.  I thought for today I could a post for you about some other things, photography related, but they are little things.

How to tell someone to stop stealing images!

When I did my post yesterday I received a comment from someone who thanked me for what I had said, but she had a small problem, she (D) knew someone that was taking her photos and then pretending that they were their own.  I think the person taking the photos was taking them from others as well, I’m not totally sure, but still, if you knew someone who was doing this, what would you do?

D asked me, but…

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Continuing in “reflection” mode….  I had always wanted to go up in a hot air balloon and a few years ago was able to cross that off my “bucket list“.  Actually, I really want to, someday, parachute off a hot air balloon, but am not sure THAT will ever happen!  After several failed attempts (each involving a 3:30 a.m. wake-up) I thoroughly enjoyed the experience of rising into the sky, floating over vineyards and fields and touching down in a lovely little river.  Even though my only pair of shoes were soaked, it was worth it!  We soared and landed several times in the trip over the Napa Valley and Pleasant Valley in northern California.

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They say that the New Year is a time for reflection.  So, I’ll be posting some of my favorite reflections over the next little bit of time.  Always fascinated by the mirror image, I wonder if there is an alternate reality on the other side.

The lone “survivor” of the failed Yamato Colony experiment of the early 1900s, George Morikami continued to grow and sell fruits and vegetables into his old age.  In the 1970s, he donated his farmlands to Palm Beach County with the intent of creating a cultural link between his two homelands, the USA and Japan.  Thus, the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens was created.  The complex of 6 interconnected gardens is called “Roji-en” or “Garden of the Drops of Dew” and is located in Delray Beach, Florida.

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Many people feel that South Florida has no seasons but I disagree.  Here, at the Busch Wildlife Sanctuary in Jupiter, you can clearly see that the leaves have turned and autumn has arrived.  It’s all about slowing down and looking around you.  Jupiter, Florida does have gorgeous beaches, palm trees, lush landscaping, great restaurants and proximity to world-class shopping.  The Busch Wildlife Sanctuary provides a much more laid-back experience with loads of native animals (mostly rescued), serene landscapes, helpful and knowledgeable staff and is a fun and free treat, especially for children.

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The Ulster-American Folk Park, outside Omagh, Co.Tyrone, is a fascinating experience, portraying the lifestyles of Ulster men and women who lived in the area and emigrated to the United States in the early 1800s.  It is located on the grounds of the former Mellon Family farm, of Carnegie Mellon fame.  I loved the juxtaposition of the American farmstead rail fences with the Irish foliage.

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As the lazy, hazy days of summer come to an end on this Labor Day, this snoozer doesn’t seem too concerned!  Taken at Busch Wildlife Center in Jupiter, Florida.  The Center is just a delight, especially for children, with lots of native wildlife including panthers, raccoons, eagles and, of course turtles.  Most of the birds, reptiles and animals were found wounded or orphaned and have been nursed back to health.  Admission is free and donations are gratefully accepted.  The gift shop is a wonderful source for souvenirs, stocking stuffers, and token gifts.

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Ah, New Orleans, LA or NOLA!  I never thought I’d enjoy it as much as I did and now can’t wait to return!  The 2 signs below epitomize the city….KEEP DOORS CLOSED, yet in 5 days, I never saw that door closed.  By contrast the sign at Willie‘s Chicken Shack, en anglais, LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL, says it all!  The rules are fluid, alcoholic beverages are allowed in open containers on the streets, the music is vibrant and diverse, as is the population.

Besides the French Quarter, with all its unhealthy behaviors from drinking to sex, drugs and rock n roll as well as beignets, the rest of the city offers an incredible range of delights.  To name a few, St Charles Avenue Streetcar through the Garden District and Tulane, the Riverwalk with its Aquarium, numerous sculptures and memorials to the Holocaust, to Immigrants, to Children and on and on………….absolutely fascinating  to walk and see not only the riverboat restaurants, but the working ferries and freights, reminding one the New Orleans is one of the most import ports of the South.  The World War II museum is very well done and well worth a half day visit for a very modest price.

Having been in turn ruled by French, Spanish and British, I’m so glad it’s part of the United States.  In fact, during the Famine Years in Ireland (1840-50), it was the 2nd most active port receiving Irish immigrants (after New York).  And their lead up to St Patrick’s Day rivals Dublin’s, second only to the Mardi Gras celebrations!

So, visit the Bead City and laissez le bon temps rouler!

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Copyright 2013                        Mary Jane E Clark


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