sunday post (on tuesday): from a distance

Tuesday, August 28:  Today is my last day in the USA for a year.  I was only here for less than a month, and it definitely wasn’t enough!!  Now, my vacation in Greece is calling and so is my work at the university in Oman, so I must return tonight. 😦

My plane leaves at 11 p.m. from Washington Dulles International Airport and will arrive in Muscat on Wednesday evening at 10:30 p.m.  It will be a long flight!  My friend Mario is due to pick me up at the airport, at which time we’ll drive to the university so I can pick up my car.  It will probably be 1:00 or 1:30 a.m. before I get home.

Jebel Akhdar.  Right now it's "from a distance," but in a short time, it will be up close and personal!
Jebel Akhdar. Right now it’s “from a distance,” but in a short time, it will be up close and personal!

Hopefully I can sleep when I get there.  Because on Thursday, I need to unpack stuff I’m bringing from the USA for another year, and pack for fun and relaxation in Greece.  I get on the plane again at 6 a.m. on Friday morning heading for Athens.

So, in response to Jakesprinter’s Sunday Post, I am posting a place that I can only see (or not really even see but just imagine) from a distance: Jebel Akhdar in Oman.  By the middle of September, I will be back there for work and will be able to see the lovely Green Mountain from up close.  But for today, here it is, from a distance.

Goodbye America and hello Oman!  And hello to Greece as well.  I will see you all in Oman for one day on Thursday!  Then I’m off again!

I hope you’ll come visit me in Oman: a nomad in the land of nizwa and in Greece: greek wanderings.  I won’t be taking my computer with me to Greece, so probably won’t post anything about my trip until I return back to Oman on September 14.

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To participate in Jake’s Sunday Post, see SUNDAY POST: From a Distance.  He writes: Distance Shots : A view in which the subject is a long distance from the camera or appears to be far away; also called a long shot.

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sunday post: black and white

Sunday, August 19:  Jakesprinter’s Sunday Post for this week is Black and White.  He writes: Black and white as a description may be considered something of a misnomer, in that the images are not ordinarily starkly contrasted black and white, but combine black and white in a continuum producing a range of shades of gray. Further, many prints, especially those produced earlier in the development of photography, were in sepia (mainly for archival stability), which yielded richer, more subtle shading than reproductions in plain black and white. Color photography provides a greater range of shade, but part of the appeal of black and white photography is its more subdued monochromatic character.  Now, either adjust your camera or edit your photo using photo editing tools.  Old photographs from the 1950s to 70s works for this challenge too!

Here’s a picture in black and white from Aldie, Virginia, taken in August 2012.

A spot near the Battle of Aldie in the U.S. Civil War which took place on June 17, 1863.

I couldn’t resist, being back home, putting up some pictures from my family here in the United States of America.  This is my father and mother in China Lake, California before they got married in the early 1950s.  My mother passed away in 2002.

My dad and mom in China Lake, California before they got married in the early 1950s.

Here is me in my grandmother’s backyard in Petersburg, Virginia holding my favorite doll, named after my heroine Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz. (~ 1961-62?)

me with Dorothy

And finally, me with my boyfriend Paul in a photo booth ~ 1974.

me with Paul in a photo booth, circa 1974

sunday post: close-up

Sunday, August 12:  Jakesprinter’s Sunday Post today is Close-up.  Here are some close-ups of things I saw on my morning walk at Deep Creek Lake.  As I’ve been living in the dry climate of Oman for the last year, I found myself infatuated with green!

leaves & daddy long-legs
ferns
mushrooms on moss
moss-covered rock
a strange shaped mushroom
one of the few flowers i encounter on my walk

So many green lush things are to be found in the forest along a mountain lake…. 🙂