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Thirty-three Natural Wonders

This is a compilation of eye popping, mouth dropping natural wonders! Definitely worth the time to browse these amazing pictures!

http://news.distractify.com/culture/32-surreal-places-that-actually-exist-on-earth-i-cant-believe-this-isnt-photoshopped/

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Span (Reverse Nonet)

For Voices of Poetry and Prose photo prompt Mondays:  Read the below, can you guess what it is? Go look at Kira’s blog and see if you were right!  :)  Then go to my other blog and see my OTHER poem! LOL, I had time on my hands today at the orthodontists’ office…..

Brick

fortress!

Built for time,

weathered by storms

and emissions’ waste.

Utilitarian,

tooled for purpose not beauty,

you loan your helping hand to the

weary traveler, crossing to HOME.

Reverse Nonet: 9 lines with the syllables increasing by one each line.  Normallly a nonet starts with 9 syllables on the first line, I chose to reverse this!

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Beyond the Edge–Climbing Everest

Beyond the Edge (2013) Poster

While languishing on the 6 hour flight to Hawaii, I came across a new film on my video monitor called Beyond the Edge, a documentary and re-enactment of Sir Edmond Hillary’s first successful climb to the summit of Mount Everest in 1953.  I didn’t know much about this story, so I decided to watch it, being a bit if a history enthusiast.  The movie trailer can be seen here:

It was riveting.  I recommend that everyone see this movie whether or not you are interested in Mt Everest!

It made me really think about my life.  These men risked everything to be the first and the determination and drive to perform beyond what their body could handle was almost inconceivable to me.  What drives certain people to push themselves to the very edge of their existence? It goes beyond motivation and passion and determination.  This documentary showed a superhuman effort to achieve what had before been impossible.  To want something so much that one can push oneself to perform in appalling circumstances is a quality that I don’t believe I possess.  And that makes me sad that I am so flawed.  Perhaps that is the secret of greatness, the ability to self motivate and step outside any physical or mental obstacle with single minded determination.

I wish I wanted something so much that testing my limits was an essential means to the end for me.  I am too passive, too sated with a mundane existence.

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Luau!

I went to a Luau last night. I have been to several Luau’s in the past and this one was really fun!  It is the first time I saw the story of the Polynesian trip to Kauaii told in song and dance.  And the firedancer was truly amazing.  Unfortunately no pics allowed, so all you will see is my mug!  And a picture of my sunburn!

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I am burnt toast and filled to the brim with Mai Tais!

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Trying to be cute and failing, as one can never look cute with a red sunburned nose

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Owie, owie, OWIEEEEEE!  LOL!

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Son hating this as usual, even after he clandestinely sipped my alcohol drink to EMPTY

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We managed to get one picture in before the lights went out

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Me being silly under my favorite tree on the Luau grounds

So ends my trip, home today and I am so looking forward to the awful 3-plane ride back to stress and chores!

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Waimea Canyon

I don’t think I have words to describe the beauty of Waimea Canyon and these pictures don’t do it justice!  One can spend days there hiking on the trails and letting the beauty of God’s perfect palatte sink into your soul.

On the way to the Canyon, we stopped by a couple waterfalls.  I love, really love, waterfalls! They mesmerize me. And since there are no waterfalls where I live,  any time I get to see one I am lost in the wonderment of the beauty and power of the water.

Opaeka’a Falls

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Top of Wailua Falls–These falls are the “Fantasy Island” waterfall

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Waimea Canyon Falls

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Required picture with the falls in the background!

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Waimea Canyon….yeeeouza!

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Faded Memories Senryu

photo credit: purchased image from bigstock.com

Faded Memories–

pale, evanescent shadows–

Tear-stained waterfall

For Kira’s photo prompt Mondays!

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Princeville Botanical Gardens

I spent 5 amazing hours at the Princeville Botanical Gardens, a magical place  where the owners carved out a mountain and created a wonderland.  It looks like a rain forest with a canopy and all the dense vegetation and foliage one would expect in a place like that.  I have been to many botanical gardens, but nothing like this one.

Part of the tour included tasting the exotic tropical fruits and their home made chocolate from their cacao plants.  I had never heard of most of the fruit I tried and wouldn’t have normally put the odd assortment in my mouth as some of it looked VERY strange, but I am not a toddler to turn my nose up at something I will probably never get to try again, and I was very pleasantly surprised with the wonderful unique flavors.  If you are ever in Kauai and you like gardens this is the one to go to…but only with reservations and a hefty entry fee!

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Looking up from halfway down the mountain

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So many amazing exotic flowers!

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The myriad of color almost hurt my eyes

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At the bottom of the mountain by the stream, courtesy of my daughter

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New beards for Duck Dynasty! LOL!

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Weird little plants! Like little elf shoes…..

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Official Chocolate Taster!

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