Night Photo Shoot at the Yasaka-jinja Shrine in the Gion Section of Kyoto Japan

  Japan-1432866 I have heard of photographers going out and taking photos all night long to get the perfect shots and perfect their night photography.  Taking photos at night is one of my biggest challenges when it comes to using my camera.  I do love night photos so it is something I am working on.

While my friend and I visited Kyoto, Japan in June she wanted to go to an area called Gion to see if we would get lucky and see some Geishas.  We had just arrived in Japan a few days before so I was still a little jetlagged.  My friend also has a lot more energy than I do and she insisted that I go.  I was literally falling asleep while I was at this beautiful area in Gion exploring the Yasaka-jinja Shrine.  My photos could be a lot better, but I am very grateful now to my friend for convincing me to stay out until 3 o'clock in the morning.

 

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How I Made It Onto the Cover of National Geographic and Time Magazine on the Same Day

DSC01731_ppWhen visiting Chiang Mai in the northern part of Thailand, my friend and I found a wonderful 3-D museum called "Art in Paradise".  Both my friend and I love to take photos and we spent hours there.  I saw people of all ages having a great time at this unusual museum.  I will continue to visit the 3-D optical illusion museums as much as I can in the future.  As a matter of fact I am going to be seeking them out and may plan a trip around visiting them as I had such a fantastic time. 

In the photo where it looks like I am on the cover of National Geographic magazine.  I am sitting on the floor up against the wall.  Part of the painting is on the floor where I am sitting and the cliff is on the wall behind me.  If you look closely you can see a crease where my right hand is placed.

 

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Visiting the Amazing Monkey Park in Arashiyama Japan

Of all the countries I have visited Japan is now on the list of my favorites.  Although I only explored the amazing Kyoto area I would love to go back in see more of this lovely country.  The country is physically beautiful with so much interesting culture, but I found the people to be the most beautiful thing as they were so friendly and well mannered!

One of my favorite parts of visiting Kyoto was the Arashiyama area.  I'm a huge animal lover and the monkey park was one of my favorite parts of visiting Japan.  The monkeys were so much fun and being so well watched and taken care of by the staff.  I have visited monkeys in other areas of the world and you had to be careful because they were quite aggressive.  These monkeys we're very shy.  I had a hard time getting them to look at me when I wanted to take a photo of them.  They are very well fed so they are not looking for food from humans.  This attraction is rated number 13 out of more than 900 other attractions on Trip Adviser.

Although the monkeys in this park are not actively looking for food, you can purchase a small amount of fruits for a small amounts of money to feed the monkeys.  As you can see from the photos below I really enjoyed this activity!  They are so quick and we will take the fruit from you no matter how hard you try to hold onto it for a little bit longer!

The park is open from 9:00 to 5:00 most of the year.  During during the winter months between November and March the park closes at 4:00 PM.  The price for admission is approximately $5.00 USD for adults and $2.35 USD for children.


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Happy Mother's Day to ALL Mothers!

 After reading many beautiful and heartwarming articles written by mothers and daughters about Mother's Day, I wanted to share some of the photos and stories of animals I've seen around the world taking care of their young.  Some of you know that I've been involved in animal rescue for many years and have a soft spot in my heart for all animals.  I am always amazed at how protective and caring animals are of their offspring.

  I really wanted to write a post in honor of all mothers and especially those that are often overlooked on Mother's Day each year.  If you have pets you are a mother they could not survive without you!  I wrote a similar post about animal mothers and their offspring for Mother's Day a couple of years ago.  One of my readers was very grateful that I had posted it.  Sadly not humans have a mother at all or one that they are close to. 

My husband and I have also taken in several stray pregnant cats.  We found homes for all of the babies and mothers including the seven orange ones in the second photo down.  We actually kept the mothers - Princess (the black cat) and Peaches (orange cat) for ourselves. 

The monkeys that I saw at the Monkey Forest in Ubud, Bali we're so fun to watch.  The babies were so cute and well taken care of by their mothers.   I thought this mother was showing tremendous patience with her little one.Bali-345410_960_720
Bali-345410_960_720Here is a mother monkey feeding her baby what appears to be some coconut:
Bali-345410_960_720I saw many elephant mothers with their babies in the Serengeti National Park while in Tanzania:

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My Seven Day Caribbean Cruise Aboard the Norwegian Star

Untitled (1 of 1)-9My cruise on the Norwegian Star was my sixth cruise in the past three years.  This was my first cruise with Norwegian Cruise lines.   I had previously cruised with Holland America three times and Royal Caribbean two times.  I was pleasantly surprised with Norwegian as a company and the Norwegian Star cruise ship which has been renovated recently.  I thought the entertainment was excellent, the food was good, and there was a big variety of excursions offered at the ports we stopped at and the prices were reasonable.  I think this is a great Cruise line for families with children which I will discuss later on.

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My Visit and Snorkeling Excursion in Cozumel Mexico

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I decided on a short excursion during our last stop in Cozumel Mexico while on the the seven day Caribbean cruise I was on aboard the Norwegian Star.  I chose to do an easy shore side snorkel adventure because I am not an experienced snorkeler.  This excursion only cost $35 for an adults and $25 for children 13 and under.  It only lasted two hours which was fine because I wanted to explore Cozumel a little bit and buy some last minute souvenirs. 

I realize the truck that was "stranded" on the beach has nothing to do with snorkeling, but I thought it was quite picturesque and interesting.  I've shown it to people since I arrived home and I think it's their favorite photo of my cruise.  It is a 1932 Ford.  I have no idea if it still runs are not!

One of the main reasons I did not want a long excursion in Cozumel was because I was reading a book that I had borrowed from the ship's library and still had 250 pages left to read.  I included a picture of the book below as I thought it was excellent.  This was the first novel I have read by Nora Roberts that I enjoyed.

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