The Bahamas – Nassau

Nassau was my favorite place to visit while in The Bahamas.  I wish I could have spent more time at this port.  Oh well, I guess I will just have to go back for another visit.

Nassau is full of cute little shops.  I felt like we went into a hundred different stores, but I enjoyed each one of them.

Malia and I went to the Nassau Library and Museum.  The building was originally used as a jail, so the layout was rather unique.  The one thing that really caught my attention was their card catalog system.  I was completely enthralled and just stood there running my fingers along the wooden cabinet and the cards.  I wish I had photos, but pictures were not allowed inside the building.

We also encountered statues and posters dedicated to the woman of The Bahamas.  They were praised for their hard work and sacrifice during the nation’s difficult times.  They were admired for their willingness to give of themselves in an effort to create a better life for all citizens.

I cannot talk about Nassau without mentioning the beaches and the beautiful ocean.  The water was a clear blue and I could watch the fish as they swam near the docks.  The fish I saw had yellow and black strips, so I called them bumblebee fish.

 

 

Burritt Nature Trail – Huntsville, Alabama

Gwen and I took two of our dogs (Blue and Buddy) hiking last Saturday.  We followed the Burritt Nature Trail in Huntsville, Alabama.

It’s a great place to hike and explore.  You will find interesting foliage and caves.  However, the trial can get pretty rocky at some points, so you have to watch your step.

As you follow the trail, you will find a clearing in the woods and at the edge of that clearing is a massive cross.  The cross was built in 1963 by the Huntsville Ministerial Association.

The trail then continues behind the cross.  At this point it is steep and extremely difficult to navigate.  The trail takes you up to the top of the mountain.  The view up there is extraordinary and well worth the effort.

We took a rest break at the top of the mountain, then we went back down to the clearing, and continued to follow the trail.

It took us two hours to complete the entire trail.  When we got back to the Jeep, we were all sweaty, dirty, stinky, hungry, and completely exhausted.

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Fun Flag Facts

Today is flag day, which got me thinking about the history of flags.  I went to wikipedia.com and found some interesting facts about flags.

  • Flags were used in the middle ages to identify a knight.
  • Ships began using flags in the 17th century to show their country of origin and to communicate.
  • The flag of Denmark was designed in 1478, and is the oldest national flag still in use.
  • Flags are also used for religious purposes, such as the Buddhist prayer flags.

Old Family Photos and Family Legacy

A few days ago, I posted a couple of photos of Mom and Aunt Kathy.  While I was looking for those pictures, I came across a few photos of my grandparents (Frank and Edith Lynn) and my great-grandparents (Otis and Ollie Lynn).

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I look at these photos and wonder about their lives.  They were just doing normal things, going to school, getting married, raising their children, and working at various jobs.

However, time moves quickly.  Their children grew up, moved away, and had their own children.  Those children also grew up, moved away, and had their own children.  And so it continued….

My great-grandparents and grandparents are no longer living.  However, their legacy is still here.  It continues through stories, pictures, even some character traits that seem to be genetic in nature.

Even when there is nobody left that remembers them, their legacy will continue to live on in our family.

What is an Artist?

I just finished the art history class at Kahn Academy.  During the first lesson, the instructor defined an artist as, “someone who is particularly insightful about their own cultural moment.”

I find that definition to be a bit restrictive.  I think an artist is someone who expresses themselves in a creative way or someone who has a unique perspective on the world around them and shares that perspective with other people.

I have a tendency to find beauty in the mundane and my favorite form of expression is photography.  As you can see, I will take photos of random flowers, animals, and even bugs.

I don’t think my photography says anything about my “cultural moment.”  I think it just reflects on how much beauty is in the world and my attempt to share that beauty with others.