Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – Special Moments

On the Panama Canal.

This week, Tina Schell asks us to consider sharing “…Moments that you want to save forever in your heart of hearts.” She goes on to note examples such as the birth of a child, wedding vows, and less personal ones like that perfect sunrise. You can read her entire challenge post here. One of my dreams for many years included a cruise through the Panama Canal. Regular readers know I am a fan of cruising, and in the wake of the pandemic, I’ve had to cancel two cruises that would have brought me and my wife many special moments on our first trips on the European continent. For this challenge-response, I will share some of my special moments captured on that cruise through the Panama Canal. Continue reading

Cellpic Sunday – 10 May 2020

Miami, Florida.

It seems like a year ago, but on February 8, we departed Miami on the Carnival Conquest for a western Caribbean cruise. Over the next few weeks, I will be sharing photos from some of the excursions on that trip. If you are reading this on its publication date, Lynn and I, along with my niece and her husband would already be in Rome on our 50th Wedding Anniversary cruise and our first trip to Europe. Of course, you know we aren’t going anywhere far away anytime soon. Continue reading

Cellpic Sunday – 12 May 2019

Lake Gatun, Panama.

After our 14-day sojourn from Los Angeles to Miami via the Panama Canal, I have a small collection of cellpics that I will be sharing over the next few weeks. I found it interesting that I saw a large number of cargo ships in and near the canal that were completely enclosed and did not have those cargo boxes stacked high on the deck. This ship, the Toronto, is registered in Malta, owned by Wallenius Wilhelmsen Shipping. It, like many of the others I saw, is a vehicle carrier. The ship is 656 ft (200 m) by 104 ft (32 m), and is small enough to go through the original canal locks. Continue reading

Carnival Magic – A Family Cruise

Somewhere in the Caribbean Sea.

In late January, we departed for Florida on a family cruise arranged by one of my nephews and his wife. They have been on a few Carnival cruises and put together the ship with an itinerary. We would find ourselves on the Carnival Magic headed for the eastern Caribbean ports at Amber Cove, Charlotte Amalie, San Juan, and Grand Turk. Lynn and I have also enjoyed cruises over the years and though we prefer Norwegian Cruise Lines, we found little to complain about on the Magic. The opening image features the Magic and a British cruiser docked at Grand Turk. The ship, however, never made it to Amber Cove. Continue reading

Cellpic Sunday – 18 February 2018

Somewhere in the Atlantic Ocean.

I promised a few Sundays of pictures from the Carnival Magic and our Eastern Caribbean cruise. Here’s a sunset at our six as we headed east toward our first stop. We didn’t know at this point that our first stop would be cancelled due to bad weather and the Captain’s choice to avoid the storm by going around our first port of call in the Dominican Republic. Continue reading

Cellpic Sunday – 12 November 2017

Somewhere in the Pacific Ocean.

This week we are headed for our annual trip to Arizona for the winter. Now, we aren’t going to find much water in Arizona, but we are looking forward to a unique (for us) family gathering. We are going on a family cruise in January. As luck would have it, our Eastern Caribbean itinerary was hit hard by this year’s hurricane season. Continue reading

Weekly Photo Challenge – Ambience

NCL Pearl-6

This week, Jeff Golenski asks us to share an image or two reflecting exceptional ambience. He goes on to say, “Ambience is the atmosphere of one’s surrounding environment. It basically boils down to how one’s surrounding impact the human senses and alter the feelings of an individual.” Continue reading