The best photos of the year: 2021

Despite 2021 being a tough year, with many ups and downs, and hopes for a normal life, we still had our little joys, witnessing the life emerging in the spring, or watching the sunny skies during the summer time! We were happy to be able to learn a bit of Canadian history in Thunder Bay, and considered lucky to be able to hit the road again, having not one, but two road trips, one in Northern Ontario, along Lake Superior, and one in Quebec, around the Gaspé Peninsula (known as Gaspésie).

Even though some wildfires altered the nature in certain areas and then the rain came to wash out the barren earth, we still had our amazing autumn, when the Mother Nature put up the most exquisite golden dress!

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Playing Santa isn’t so bad!

Cohorts of Santa’s are waiting patiently in most of the stores at this time of the year, alluring the passersby, children and adults alike. They smile, they play, some of them can even dance! With a full bag of surprises, they get eventually a foster house, where cheerful families, longing for the most desired and festive celebration of the year, need a headman for their other decorations.

I always feel super excited when I see so many colourful decorations, and the music plays everywhere, when the stores are super busy with people moving scurrying around, looking for a proper gift. Sometimes I feel intimidated, because it is so hard to chose new ornaments. While I do not over decorate our home, I try to put a personal note every year, as I do not consider necessary to spend lavishly on the eye-catching stuff from every store. Although I want them all😊

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October-Feast in our garden

As the cold season approaches, the little creatures start their annual feast, getting ready for hibernation, or migration. The flowers are still blooming, offering their reach nectar to the ones that like foraging the beautiful gardens.

Many birds, bees, moths, insects, and butterflies consume nectar. Without knowing it, they spread the pollen that is stuck to their body to other plants, therefore pollinating.

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Photo Challenge – Week # 4

Thank you Nilla (from ImageEarthTravel) for initiating a new Weekly Photo Challenge for the month of August and beyond, for everyone who would like to participate. And thank you for the nomination!

Feel free to join this photo challenge, everyone is welcome!

If you accept, the challenge sees you posting a favourite photo each week for a month, that was taken at any time. So now is the time to start digging through all your treasure boxes, or post a recent one if you have something new to share with us. The fun is to guess where the photo was taken, as we suppose to post a photo without any explanation.

Today, I nominate Jyothi, from TravelExploreEnjoy for this challenge. Jyothi, you can post whenever you wish, you can accept the challenge for this coming month, or else later on, if you are too busy now. If you are not interested, then it’s ok, feel free to share this challenge.

Hope this is an easy guess😊 – Have beautiful sunny weekend, wherever you are!!

If you want to take a peek on the last year 10-day travel challenge, you can check here.

Photo Challenge – Week # 3

Enjoying so much the last year 10-day travel challenge, Nilla from ImageEarthTravel has kindly initiated a new Photo Challenge for the month of August and beyond, for everyone who would like to participate. Thank you Nilla for the nomination!

This challenge sees you posting a favourite photo each week for the month of August, and could be taken at any time. So now is the time to start digging through all your treasure boxes, or post a recent one if you have something new to share with us.

The fun is to guess where the photo was taken, as we suppose to post a photo without any explanation. Any comments are actually welcome!

Today, I nominate Allan, from PictureThis for this challenge. Allan, you can post whenever you wish, you can accept the challenge for this month, or else for the next one if you are too busy now. If you are not interested, then it’s ok, feel free to share this challenge.

If you want to take a peek on the last year 10-day travel challenge, you can check here.

Photo Challenge – Week#2

Enjoying so much the last year 10-day travel challenge, Nilla from ImageEarthTravel has kindly initiated a new Photo Challenge for the month of August and beyond, for everyone who would like to participate. Thank you Nilla for the nomination!

This challenge sees you posting a favourite photo each week for the month of August, and could be taken at any time. So now is the time to start digging through all your treasure boxes, or post a recent one if you have something new to share with us.

The fun is to guess where the photo was taken, as we suppose to post a photo without any explanation. Any comments are actually welcome!

Today, I nominate Maggie and Richard, from MonkeysTale for this challenge, as they have so many beautiful photos from around the world. Maggie, you can post whenever you wish, you can accept the challenge for this month, or else for the next one if you are too busy now. If you are not interested, then it’s ok, feel free to share this challenge.

If you want to take a peek on the last year 10-day travel challenge, you can check here.

Weekly Photo Challenge #1

Enjoying so much the last year 10-day travel challenge, Nilla from ImageEarthTravel has kindly initiated a new Photo Challenge for the month of August and beyond, for everyone who would like to participate. Thank you Nilla for the nomination!

This challenge sees you posting a favourite photo each week for the month of August (so it’s not too demanding), and can be taken at any time. So now is the time to start digging through all your treasure boxes, or post a recent one if you have something new to share with us😊

The fun is to guess where the photo was taken, as we suppose to post a photo without any explanation. Any comments are actually welcome!

Today, I nominate Aiva, from OurCrossings for this challenge. Aiva, you can post whenever you wish, you can accept the challenge for this month, or else for the next one if you are too busy. If you are not interested, then it’s ok, feel free to share this challenge.

An easy guess for you, today. For some reason I feel the theme applies at so many levels.

Travel Challenge – Day 10

I was nominated by Nilla from ImageEarthTravel to post a favourite travel picture for 10 days, without any explanation, then nominate someone else to participate. Thank you Nilla for nominating me, it was so much fun to go through my photos and memories😊

So: 10 days, 10 travel pictures, 10 nominations, 0 explanations. Today is the 10th one, I made it!!

Today I nominate Curt from WanderingthroughTimeandPlace for this challenge. Curt, I know you are quite busy with your book, but I thought you can post wherever you wish if you accept the challenge, or maybe Peggy can do it, I know she also takes amazing photos! Please link to me if you accept; if you are not interested, or don’t have time, then it’s all ok😊

Key West, Florida, US


“There’s a sunrise and a sunset every single day, and they’re absolutely free. Don’t miss so many of them.”  ― Jo Walton

Have a wonderful Holiday season, and Merry Christmas to all!

xoxo