Tag Archives: Belize

Atop – WPC – 03/15/17

The Weekly Photo Challenge asks us to post about the concept of Atop this week.

032The first picture is on top of McCrae’s Peak, part of the Grandfather Mountain peaks in Blowing Rock North Carolina.



The next two photos come from the Mayan ruins called Xunantonich in Belize. The first looking up at the top of the main piece, the second looking down from the summit.





Skywatch Friday -03/10/17 – Joe O. VA, USA

In this weekly photo themed prompt you are invited to share a photo of the sky with others around the world. My photos are predominantly from my home region which is the Appalachian and Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia and North Carolina. But I have also had the pleasure of visiting other regions of the USA as well as international locales.

During my second international trip to Belize in 2013 I was part of a team blessed to be able to assist in the replacement of an aging tin roof on a place called Heart House in the village of Maya Mopan. On Monday we removed the roof in this tropical and usually wet area in December so we could replace it with new material. Two days later you can see how much precipitation came to test the work we completed.





Vision – Daily Post -5-13-16



The Daily Post has provided a one word prompt for today and it is Vision.

When I think of the word vision, like so many words in the English language I can quickly think of two meanings. The primary of course relates to the ability to see. My eyes are something I am very sensitive about. Just ask my wife any time she tries to put drops in our help me remove some foreign object.


If you do not know that I have a particular obsession I will inform you now. I LOVE pictures. I take lots and lots of pictures, especially with my phone. Why do I use a smart phone for my photography? Basically because it is always handy. Four Decembers ago I took my first international mission trip to Belize. I was the poster child for the tacky tourist with my digital camera swinging from a strap around my neck. When I returned a year later I had a smart phone with and 8 mega-pixel lens and the rest is history.

But, you ask, why did you choose to do this post on your Chasing the Blooms blog? Again there is dual reasons: (1) This flower and gardening themed blog needs some love and (2) the second definition of Vision. The other way I think of vision is as a plan. I have a vision of a bountiful garden this year. I have struggled with critter issues the last two years and last year was almost enough to break me. You see, I work in an information technology job and seeing tangible results for your work is harder than when you garden. A failed garden is a personal affront to me. When I did not do it right then that is on me, but when rodents take it away I get angry.

We usually preserve 150+cans of green beans, another quantity of tomatoes and tomato juice and about every third year make a huge batch of spaghetti sauce. But, if the critters ravage the space none of this is possible. So I have fenced in the lettuce garden, fenced in the beans and am in the process of building a raised bed for our tomatoes. My vision of a bountiful garden will reconcile with my vision of a nice tomato to slice for my sandwich and all will be well in my #greenthumbworld.

What is your definition of Vision?