This year, in honor of Earth Day, I scanned some of my favorite images from various places around the world. Yep. Most of them are old-school prints I had to scan.
Erg Zhigaga, Sahara Desert, Morocco. We slept on bedrolls in the open air during our desert camel trek. From here we went to an oasis where we watched with jealosy as a dog cooled off in a little trickle of a stream (It was 120 degrees in the shade). After the oasis... sandstorm.
Elephants in Parc W, Niger, West Africa
We traveled from the capital city of Niamey to the park in hopes of seeing wildlife. Nature did not disappoint. The night before I took this photo, while sleeping in a tent, we heard lions roaring. They sounded like they were right outside our tent. We were assured they were miles away, but we didn't sleep much that night.
Rice Terraces, near Marinduque, Philippines. I lived in the southern Philippines, in Cebu, but I took a trip up north with my host family. Rice terraces like these are common in rural areas of the Philippines.
Machu Picchu, Peru. We hiked about 30 miles along the Inca Trail, crossing a mountain pass at 14, 000 feet, to reach this ancient city. I loved the tree in the middle of the open area. I spent some time sitting beneath it writing.
Water Spout, off the coast of Cebu, Philippines. My host dad owns a seaweed farm that grows carageenan. The farm is a large building set on stilts in the ocean. Divers harvest the seaweed and dry it on large bamboo racks before shipping it. During dinner one evening, everyone raced to one side of the building looking out over the ocean. I was shocked to learn that this is what they were watching. We had no choice but to watch it and wait, seeminlgy forever. It came straight toward us, then eventually turned and went exactly the opposite way it had come.
Aldea Salamandra, Near Puerto Quito, Ecuador. I was a volunteer headed for Bila Bilogical Reserve on an Earthwatch Expedition called Ecuador's Rainforest Butterflies. We stopped here for an overnight on our way to Bilsa from Quito. I found my cabana in the chiparo tree quite comfy.
Happy Earth Day, everyone. I hope you can get outside and enjoy it a bit today.
More pics from the Massachusetts Book Awards today at the Massachusetts State House. Thank you @masscenterforbook for a lovely day. The weather was gorgeous, so my walk from South Station and back was perfect. The last image is my final stop on the Greenway where I sat for a while and fleshed out more ideas for my WIP. (Yep. Of course I had my notebook in my bag. You never know when a great idea will strike). Tagging @jyolen @heidieys
One of my favorite pics from the @masscenterforbook awards at the Massachusetts State House today. (My other pics are vertical photos so they’ll require a second post). I was honored to have #FlyingDeep recognized and glad to spend some time with #KidLit friends. #literacy
@skortch @heatherlangbooks @jemorrisbooks
I’m thrilled to share that I’m now represented by @jmcgowanbks @bookends_literary. He wowed me from our first call. I can’t wait to see what we’ll do together. #KidLit #nonfiction
We celebrated my daughter’s birthday this weekend. She baked this delicious 3 layer cake from scratch (2 layers of chocolate, 1 red velvet, butter cream frosting) and decorated the entire thing herself. Not only is it beautiful, it’s super delicious!
I totally understand her desire to bake her own cake. Baking isn’t my personal favorite, but I frequently host elaborate dinner parties on my birthday. I love cooking for others.
The latest by @dantecusolito This one cracks me up. #STEAM #FutureEngineer
Spectacular sky tonight. #nofilter
A snippet from today’s much needed #naturebreak. #getoutside
Love the new #StreetArt at @hatchstreetstudios.
In case you can’t tell... those aren’t tiles. It’s an illusion. #NewBedfordStreetArt
Love this photo of all the cousins taken by @alison.noyce last July. It was so fun having them all together. @mojomushy
I’ve spent my writing day moving between my standing desk and sitting here in the porch overlooking our vegetable garden while I still can. (I feel fall coming!) Time to get out and take a walk. #amwriting #authorlife