These may seems out of place for this time of year but I have never seen poinsettias growing wild or even knew that they grow on a big tree.  Only in our stores during Christmas holidays.  The vibrant red and the size of the flowers, it was so pretty as the morning sun hit the dew covered petals.

This was at the first campsite we stayed in near Mt Kenya.  The campsite that an elephant walked thru in the nite…I woke up to the ruckus of the guards chasing it away and saw the shadow of each of it’s legs on our tent wall as it passed by.  Experiences that only happen in Africa and that’s why I love it!


One more post below of our recent Afrikan travel adventure!

14 March 2010 - 11:26 pm

laurie - what beautiful pictures- just LOVE these!!!

*It’s Hard to be Home*

This blog has been neglected because I have been busy experiencing many, many incredible things.  It was very last minute how things happened but we were able to get away.  To experience the wonders and BEAUTI of Kenya + Tanzania, and the best part…..I finally got to show a few parts of the amazing African continent to my husband!  One month filled with so many awesome memories.

A really BIG thank you to Daysha + Musa…..you organized a superb tour, thanks for all the hardwork and time you put in!  We loved spending time with you and the watotos (kids).  Thanks to the the rest of you that were also on truck for making our 3 weeks (only 2 weeks with some) together so memorable.  We’re missing you all!

Really I don’t know that my photographs will do justice…in my opinion I think it’s an amazing place that everyone needs to experience and see for themselves!  I will split our favorite images into a few posts…maybe quite a few, it’s hard to narrow down!

It’s fascinating, it’s random, it’s colorful…TIA (This Is Africa)!

and a late Valentines for my lovely friends…..a heart shaped cactus

*Thomson Falls*
(photographs of game taken at Sweetwater, Nakuru, Lake Naivasha, Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater)

17 March 2010 - 11:32 pm

lisa w - jenelle, these are all sooooo amazing. i am loving looking through your pics so far. it would be so great to see more of africa. thanks for sharing part of it with me!

17 March 2010 - 9:20 am

Elainemarie - I loved all your animal pictures.. I fell in love with elephants in the Serengeti & Ngoragora Craters many yrs ago.. ~ I loved your pic. of the majestic elephants.. the sneaking hippo.. the playful zebra & the sentimental giraffe…you captured their personalities.. your pictures tell stories.. & I loved them all..thanks for sharing.. EM

16 March 2010 - 6:44 pm

jennifer - VERY cool pics….adventure of a life time! love the hot air balloons!

14 March 2010 - 10:38 pm

laurie - I was so excited to see you posted some pictures already! these are awesome jenelle! you definitely need to make an album from your trip!

14 March 2010 - 12:29 am

Shauna - Haha… love the camels they made me laugh!! Awesome capturing some of these animals!!!! Love love love them all 😉 Pictures don’t tell half the story you feel being there but it sure did bring back lots of great memories!!! can’t wait to see more. Awesome shot of the multi hippos and the photo above of the mountains reflecting on the lake… many more i like but this is getting long!

*Ice Magic Carnival*

Ice carvers.  Artists with ice.

Ice Magic Festival ~ Lake Louise

“Enjoy Lake Louise during the Ice Magic Festival weekend January 22 -24, 2010. In the shadow of glacier clad Mt. Victoria witness teams of professional carvers as they compete in the prestigious International Ice Carving Competition held each year at The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise.

Sanctioned by the National Ice Carving Association (NICA), twelve international teams of two carvers work within the theme “Podium Bound – Spirit of the Competition”. Teams are given 15 blocks of ice, weighing 300lb each, which they must transform into seven-foot tall world class ice sculptures in just three days. The Lake Louise Inn will also host the One Carver One Hour One Block event, an individual carver speed event. Chainsaws will fly as carver’s race against the clock to carve one block of ice in one hour.”

It was a frosty, cold afternoon but it was neat to watch the carvers in action, to see their creations evolving from blocks of ice!  The carvings are left until Mother Nature takes them away…check them out if you have time!  We also saw more carvings at Lake Louise ski resort this past weekend.


10 March 2010 - 1:42 pm

laurie - very cool ice sculptures!!

*Girls With Curls* Part 2

I’m sad that our weather is changing…we have been super lucky this month for such great weather!  It was warmer the other day when I photographed these cute, curly-haired girls again than it was for back in early November when we took some photos.

All nicely tanned from their vacation in Palm Springs and full of energy there were lots of silly comments, funny faces and sweet smiles.



*Candy Apples*

The most delicious caramel apples.  The right amount of sweet with the sour apples.  So pretty.  So colorful.  Just perfect for our party. My wonderful friend was so kind to volunteer her time and artistic ability to create these delicious works of art.  Thank you Lisette!

We hosted my oldest sister’s 30th birthday last weekend.  With us 4 sisters all about a year apart, we have a few more 30 celebrations ahead of us!

We’re off to Banff for another milestone birthday celebration, this time with our other family.  Hope this makes you run off to the store for apples, caramel and candy!

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Candy Apples2
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28 January 2010 - 11:10 am

Kelty - Yum, yum, yum! Those look awesome Lisette! And Happy 3-0 Mandy!!