• Vitality

    A thought for your day, featuring photography from my travels. This shot: Valencia, Spain’s Mercat Central/Mercado Central. Located across from Llotja de la Seda /the Silk Exchange, the market’s architecture and selections are spectacular. This is said to be the largest market in Europe.

  • Moments

    A thought for your day, featuring photography from my travels. This shot: a sweet father and son volleyball match in Vancouver this past weekend

  • Beautiful

    A thought for your day, featuring photography from my travels. This shot: a colourful stretch of lawn at Harlow Carr. Harlow Carr is a wonderful Royal Horticultural Society (HRS) botanical garden in Harrogate, Yorkshire. A friend took me to Harlow Carr for a first visit this spring, and I look forward to a return visit.

  • Independent

    A thought for your day, featuring photography from my travels. This shot: While driving along a one-lane road, which is not uncommon in Scotland’s Outer Hebrides (there are pull-outs for politely enabling fellow travellers to continue moving) this spring, my path was stopped by these curious sheep.

  • Summer

    A thought for your day, featuring photography from my travels. This shot: London, England’s St. James’s Park last month. Here, you’re almost surrounded by plant life, while there are birds in and around the lake … and reminders of power at either end of the park. The buildings you glimpse to the rear of this photo include the Imperial War Museum, Churchill’s underground office from WWII and more. They’re also a stone’s throw from 10 Downing Street.

  • Telling

    A thought for your day, featuring photography from my travels. This shot: Sometimes, when you set out to see the sights, you stumble upon treats such as these colourful homes.
    While soaking up many of the 2022 Chelsea in Bloom displays in London last month, I turned a corner and found this delightfully colourful street.

  • Run

    A thought for your day, featuring photography from my travels. This shot: Near the end of my week in Sweden this spring, I visited Stockholm’s magnificent City Hall. Walking from Stockholm Centralstationen, the train station, through Norrmalm, I soon came across this vivid and massive (seven meters/21 feet) metal sculpture amid the roadways in Järnvägsparken. This is one iteration of well known Swedish artist Jan Håfström’s “Mr. Walker”. Mr. Walker’s alias is “The Phantom”, and Håfström has said the character shares similarities with his own father – notably the coat and hat he wore, and an affinity for running.

  • Healthy

    A thought for your day, featuring photography from my travels. This shot: one of the avenues in London’s Regent’s Park. A couple of friends, hearing me say how much I enjoy St. James’s Park, encouraged me to also explore this garden. I’m glad they did.

  • Present

    A thought for your day, featuring photography from my travels. This shot: the week before last, I presented at an AAP conference in Morell, Prince Edward Island (PEI). Here, after my presentations, I made my way to the beautiful beach and dunes off the Gulf of St. Lawrence.

  • Home

    A thought for your day, featuring photography from my travels. This shot: All roads lead home and, as you may guess from the little poem I wrote, I’m now back in Vancouver after just shy of 10 weeks of travel. I caught this photo of beautiful pink dogwoods on a walk earlier this morning. The dogwood is BC’s official flower, and these trees sit above beautiful Kitsilano (Kits) Beach.

  • Friends

    A thought for your day, featuring photography from my travels. This shot: after presenting at a conference in Morell, Prince Edward Island (PEI) last week, I embarked on some further explorations of this beautiful Canadian province. Here, Cavendish Beach is just minutes away from Green Gables, home to the fictional Anne created by Lucy Maude Montgomery.

  • Beginners

    A thought for your day, featuring photography from my travels. This shot: a duck and two of her young ones at London, England’s St. James’s Park late last month

  • Regrets

    A thought for your day, featuring photography from my travels. This shot: Situated in Richmond, England, an easy tube or train ride from London, Kew – the Royal Botanical Garden – is a wonderful place to spend time. Late last month, I happily spent hours meandering through this massive and marvellous site. Here, some of the wonderful rhodo – rhododendron – plantings.

  • Again

    A thought for your day, featuring photography from my travels. This shot: With a speaking engagement with AAP in Prince Edward Island to look forward to, I left London just as the city and country were gearing up for Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations. I was able to experience and enjoy all the build up to this unique point in history. Here, just one of the series of massive flags flanking the Mall, which leads to Buckingham Palace, and the golden statue atop the Victoria Memorial.

    I’ve loved my time abroad, in Scotland, England, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden and back in England, and look forward to once again seeing clients/friend in these countries again soon.

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Vitality

A thought for your day, featuring photography from my travels. This shot: Valencia, Spain’s Mercat Central/Mercado Central. Located across from Llotja de la Seda /the Silk Exchange, the market’s architecture and selections are spectacular. This is said to be the largest market in Europe.

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Moments

A thought for your day, featuring photography from my travels. This shot: a sweet father and son volleyball match in Vancouver this past weekend

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Beautiful

A thought for your day, featuring photography from my travels. This shot: a colourful stretch of lawn at Harlow Carr. Harlow Carr is a wonderful Royal Horticultural Society (HRS) botanical garden in Harrogate, Yorkshire. A friend took me to Harlow Carr for a first visit this spring, and I look forward to a return visit.

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