Hope is a very powerful thing. Without it, life for some is almost not worth living. I have been very lucky to have been able to travel a great deal, quite often on business but mainly for pleasure. Each time I have visited New York, if I have had time, I have joined one of the many boat trips that take tourists out to see Ellis Island and an up-close look at the Statue of Liberty.
Each time I see Liberty standing guard as she appears to do, I think of the many millions of people, weary and scared as they neared the end of their long journey, seeing her for the first time. Some refugees, fleeing from persecution; some emigrants, escaping extreme poverty and hardship and I think of the hope she must have given them, as they sought a new life for themselves and their families.
I posted a photo of a view across the lake in Jasper, in a recent weekly photo challenge. As I looked through the photos from that visit, I remembered the beauty that surrounded us everywhere we went on that holiday and some of the great sights that we had seen and I thought I’d share some of them here. Hope you like them as much as we did.
Simple setting from a summer wedding………
and a simple decoration in a house we rented by the sea in winter
This is the beautiful view that greeted me on our first morning at Jasper Lodge. I just sat there, sipping my coffee and looking. There was not a sound except for the water lapping the edge of the lake. Peaceful………..
Happy New Year everyone, I wish you health and happiness for 2012
At the moment here in Wales, we have a mixture of sleet and hail, it’s bouncing off the hearth as I type, but thankfully no snow as yet. I intended to go out and take photos for the ‘Winter’ photo challenge, but everywhere looks so drab and miserable I just couldn’t bring myself to take any. So I decided to post these from 2011 as they say “Winter” but they are not dull and drab.