WPC: Wanderlust

Photography

Wherever you go, go with all your heart.”
– Confucius

There is always one moment/location that captures my heart in every travel destinationI have been to. It is not necessarily the most famous tourist spot or even a known location.

These locations are embedded deep in me because I felt something open up when I experienced, a flow of energy perhaps? They are not just snaps to me, they are transcendental meditation. For when I do look at them, I feel like I am there.

Just how I feel right now, as I wrote this post, looking at this snaps, I traveled to these locations and now I am back home. That I guess is the spirit of Wanderlust.

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You can never come back from Red Rock Canyon

Photography, Travel

The constant whirring of the slot machines, the dings of the win, the clink of the glass, the hypnotic lights, and the thick cigarette smoke that tear your eyes is a constant in any hotel on the Las Vegas Strip.

And if you are not into this scene, just head out 20 miles West of the strip and drive straight into a serene scene of the desert mountain. The Red Rock Canyon is a beautiful sandstone landscape that will capture your soul. Each peak and valley are unique with the tricolor rock formation. The red rocks are a result of oxidation of the iron minerals, thus looking like the limestone is fused with another rock.

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Views of the canyon at the visitor center

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Visitor center view

To enhance this beauty were snow capped mountains in the background and desert plants in the foreground. The air was refreshingly different from the thick blanket of smoke I endured at the casinos. It was hard to believe that this place was barely 45 minutes away from the strip.

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The foreground is desert plants and snow-capped mountains in the background.
How scenic!

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Close up of the snow-capped mountains

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Shades of red with limestone on top.

My husband and I booked the Pink Jeep tour. A bus picked us up at the hotel and dropped us off at the Red Rock Canyon visitor center. From there we went in the Pink Jeep which drove us to scenic spots. The first part of the drive was on concrete roads.

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Concrete roads + views

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iPhone panoramic shot. I experimented with this for the first time. What results!

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The same rocks everywhere, but it never gets old. I love how the land just transforms from one state to the next.

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Spot it: the moody cloud with a hint of blue, the mountain, and the ups and downs of the barren land. And If you have keen eyes, the concrete road with cars.

After a couple of stops, we approached reddish gravel roads.  This was the beginning of the offroading adventure that felt like one long chiropractic adjustment! The twist and turn of the mud trail were riddled with rocks and our expert tour guide ensured he drove over each one of them. I tossed like a salad in that jeep, in a good way.

We could see some few people trying to hike along the mud path. But as we went deeper and further, there were fewer people and things to see. This was the heart of the trip —  it was just us, nature and a very pink jeep. I could hear the winds whisper my name. I am a sucker for nature and went into my meditative state instantly. Along with that comes the wonderment, “what it would be like to live in a place like this?”
Who hasn’t had that experience? *wink*

After ten minutes,  It was time to leave this undisturbed piece of heaven.
It was back to the visitor center with one last stop. A rock which had prehistoric handprints. It was fascinating to see the touch of human from thousands of years ago.

Then the jeep takes us back to the visitor center, the bus takes us back to our hotel.
The dings and the clinks resume.

 

Dense: Concrete Jungle

Photography

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nyc 3The facades of NYC piques the interest of most people. NYC is perhaps a must see destination and in the bucket-list of vacation spots for most too. The buildings here encompass a gamut of qualities that one can possibly imagine in the world of architecture. Historic and modern. Artistic and traditional. Tactile texture and visual texture. And so on.

This place has so much to see, so much to offer. How can one everywhere without going everywhere? Head to the One World Observatory and take in the views of NYC without a gazillion footprint.  A large glass window showcases the city in every direction. You can walk a few steps to the next window panel and you would have a different perspective of this dense concrete jungle. Each view is breathtaking and tells its own story, you could spend hours here just walking, trying to analyze and observe this great city and yet feel like you cannot take it all in. I was told you can see the three states from this observation deck.

Check out other entries right here: Dense

Cee’s Fun Foto: Architecture

Photography

It is amazing what people can imagine and construct. Architecture is an amazing topic for photography. I always go around a building trying to capture its diverse viewpoints. I have portrayed this with the Barnes & Nobles building; the back view highlights the four chimneys and from the front, the Guitar (Hard Rock Cafe sign) and the water body becomes the focal point.

After New York City, I have to say Baltimore stole my heart in terms of amazing architecture. I could not stop shooting, every corner I turned had something to offer. It has a good balance of traditional building and modern ones. Here are a few snaps of Downtown Baltimore.

 

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Topic: Architecture