Anemones Variation 30.4.15
is mobile once again this weekend in the mountains of Whistler/Blackcombe in Beautiful British Columbia
. Before we left home I photographed yesterday’s anemones
that had opened this morning, together with a Warholesque
A tulipolic with a camellia addiction now has anemonitis!
What a treat to come home to find a garden full of anemones with many more still to come.
The Treasured Feather
I suspect those of you who have been following our travels for the past ten days will not be surprised to see that this feather from a Great Horned Owl, the treasure of our journey, is today’s featured image now that we are back home. Our visit to Owl Canyon where we saw the owls sitting high above looking down at us from the red rock, was one of the most memorable moments of the trip.
For those of you visiting thechangingpalette for the first time I invite you to see more images from that remarkable day, and for my fellow travellers take another look and enjoy this most special of places once again: http://wp.me/p3gSod-26w
I think this image also speaks to this week’s Photo Challenge: Motion. I hope you agree
So here we are home again after ten memorable days filled with sights and sounds that had all of our senses tingling with excitement and anticipation each day. The studio is as I left it as you can see, except for two treasured additions to the picture. Can you spot them?
For Day 117 I thought I would post a few of our favorite moments from the trip, and yours I might add, to enjoy one more time and reflect on how fortunate and privileged we have felt, particularly at a time when others across the world are struggling to cope with so much devastation around them. We live in such a beautiful and yet often so cruel a natural world.
Thanks for joining us on our journey, which I hope you have all enjoyed vicariously, as much as we have enjoyed sharing it with you each day.
Our welcome home sunset tonight reflected in the waters of English Bay.
Man in Motion
Maestro Donato Cabrera conducting the Las Vegas Philharmonic.
Last night we enjoyed a sublime evening of music at the Smith Centre for the Performing Arts here in Las Vegas. The added pleasure was watching Maestro Cabrera painting the music in the air with his baton, thrusting, smoothing, coaxing as he directed the Las Vegas Philharmonic in exhilarating performances of John Adams’ The Chairman Dances, Foxtrot for Orchestra and Tchaikovsky’s 5th Symphony.
The concert was made even more memorable by the guest soloist, the brilliant pianist Joyce Yang, winner of the Silver Medal at the 12th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in 2005, playing Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. Her exquisite performance brought us all to our feet, applauding, cheering and shouting Bravo, Bravo, adding to a night full of both motion and emotion. In the pre-concert discussion with the audience she gave away the secret to her genius: fifteen to twenty hours of practice to learn one minute of music.
After the concert was over Miss Yang greeted everyone in the foyer and graciously signed our CD’s. Two more treasures to take home tonight after ten spectacular days, as we say our farewells to family and return to Vancouver.
Red Rock Canyon
Las Vegas is not just about the Strip. Forty minutes away is spectacular Red Rock Canyon to add to Antelope and Bryce, making this week definately a three canyon adventure.
We have just returned from a concert in the Smith Centre for the Performing Arts, of which more tomorrow to do justice to a wonderful evening of music.
From the never-to-be forgotten canyons of Utah and Arizona to the high desert of Nevada and Las Vegas for a weekend visiting family before returning to Vancouver.
These palm trees bending and swaying in the warm desert wind seen during our rest stop in Mesquite seemed the perfect representation for this week’s Photo Challenge: Motion
The Navajo Loop Trail from Sunset point descending into the Bryce Canyon Amphitheatre.
The perfect finish to our visit to Bryce Canyon hiking the Navajo Trail into the Amphitheatre, connecting with the Queens Garden Trail and returning to the canyon rim at Sunrise Point. Look for Queen Victoria in the photo gallery.
One final view before leaving this precious jewel of a place and a thank you to the National Park Service for maintaining it so perfectly for us all to enjoy.
Another Early Bird moment.
The amphitheatre viewed from Bryce Point in Bryce Canyon at sunrise this morning.
From the wonder and awe of the magic of Antelope Canyon to the breathtaking majesty of the vistas of Bryce Canyon. It has been another unforgettable day and once again I will let the pictures do all the talking…
…the final shot at the end of a perfect day.