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I took very early retirement from teaching in '06 and did some traveling in Europe and the UK before settling down to do some private tutoring. As a voracious reader, I have many books waiting in line for me to read. Tell me I shouldn't read something, and I will. I'm a happy, optimistic person and I love to travel and through that believe that life can be a continuous learning experience. I'm looking forward to traveling more some day. I enjoy walking, cycling, water aerobics & and sports like tennis, volleyball, and fastpitch/baseball. I'm just getting into photography as a hobby and I'm enjoying learning all the bits and bobs of my digital camera. My family is everything to me and I'm delighted to be the mother of two girls and the Gramma of a boy and a girl. I may be a Gramma, but I'm at heart just a girl who wants to have fun.

Friday, June 20, 2008

Around the World on Water

The theme for today's photo hunt is WATER and I wasn't sure quite how to approach it. While browsing through my photos, I realized that I have a lot of pictures with water in them. So, since I've done a bit of travelling over the past several years, I thought I'd show you some water from various places I've visited. I decided to show you some of the oceans and seas that I have seen over the years. Please click on the photos to enlarge them and see them better.



First up is Plymouth Harbour, England. I took this shot from across the water (English Channel) looking back towards the Citadel and you can see the lighthouse to its left. We had a wonderful time in Plymouth, walking from the Hoe district all around the Citadel, visited the world-famous Aquarium, and took the boat across to a great pub for dinner.



Next is a view of Lerici, the city across from the Cinque Terre in Italy, and shows a bit of the Mediterranean Sea. The time I spent there was amazing and remains one of my favourite spots in all of this incredible country. We took the boat across this part of the Med to see several towns built on the side of the cliffs and we also strolled the Via del Amore, a pathway built on the side of the mountain overlooking the sea.







I captured this view of Siracusa harbour (Sicily) the morning we left to drive up to Taormina where we saw Mount Etna. I wish I hadn't been so sick because what I did see of this city and its beautiful harbour has made me long to return. This is another part of the Mediterranean Sea.







And you really need to see my own Centennial beach, where I go at all times of the year to stroll, take photos, look for ducks and wild bunnies, and sit on a log to contemplate the beauty of my own backyard. We have the mountains, the ocean, all sorts of bird life, peace and quiet when we feel the need but lots of activities to do when we want that. The beach looks out onto Boundary Bay, which in turn flows into the Strait of Georgia that is part of the Pacific Ocean.
Did you know that the planet's seven oceans are actually just one huge ocean? Look on any world map - they all join up together and it was man who gave the separate areas their names. I have dipped my toes in the Pacific Ocean from here at home as well as in Hawaii, the Atlantic Ocean (on Prince Edward Island in Canada and at Biarritz in France), and the Mediterranean Sea. I've crossed the English Channel and waded in its waters at Bournemouth, England. Twice I've travelled the North Pacific Ocean up to Alaska and back - I wouldn't want to dip my toes in the water there, though. I still would like to see the Caribbean Sea and the Indian Ocean one day.
To view more photos of water, click here to see other participants' entries.

38 comments:

jmb said...

Am I first? Lovely collection of photos Leslie. Great idea to have an around the world look at water. Have a good weekend.

Natalie said...

You've taken some beautiful photos over the years!

Randi said...

What a wonderful set of photos. They are all great.
Happy Weekend.

napaboaniya said...

Gorgeous looking place :)

Leslie said...

Ahhh, your photos are just gorgeous! I have really enjoyed them this week! :)

Snap Catch said...

great catch for this week theme, thanks for dropping by. Happy weekend!

Colin Campbell said...

I have swum in the Atlantic Ocean, paddled in the Pacific Ocean, dived in the Indian Ocean and flown over the Arctic and Southern Ocean. No need to go swimming there.

Lovely photographs.

Gattina said...

Living in Belgium these pictures are very familiar to me ! for you certainly a wonderful souvenir !

Steven and Aisha said...

Wow! These are really nice places. Great shots!

mrsnesbitt said...

Gosh leslie, your toes have touched many oceans. Soon to twinkle over here again! Look forward to meeting them in person!
Dxx

mama meji said...

Beautiful photos. Am sure you have equally beautiful stories to tell about these shots. I feel them while reading your post.

Trinity said...

I love Mediterranean Sea and wish to visit there someday..

Carver said...

That's a great sequence of shots for the water theme and interesting post. Happy weekend.

Sue said...

These are all great shots! I especially appreciated the view of Plymouth as I'd love to visit there one day :)

My entry is here

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Sean said...

Great shot! You have a lot of collection about water in different countries~!

Sarge Charlie said...

I love your photos, it is obvious that great minds think alike.

ellen b said...

So glorious. I always love travels that take me to water. Happy first day of summer to you...

Petrus said...

I spent the first few days of my honeymoon in Plymouth - that was many years ago

I remember the Hoe and the Citadel - a pleasant place - bet its changed since 1971 !!

Smalltown RN said...

Those are great photos Leslie..all perfect for the theme...and full of information.....

I haven't been around this week....so I was catching up on some of your previous posts...I must say..you are becoming a very talented photographer...and blog designer...guess that is what you get to do with part or your retirement time....I love the photos at Campbell Regional park...thoses are awesome...

CherryPie said...

What a lovely selection of water photographs. I always think that water and photography go together so well, it is no wonder so have so many of them :-)

Teena in Toronto said...

Nice array of pix!

I played too :)

Barbara H. said...

What a wonderful tour! I love the blue in that last one.

Stefi said...

hi Fantasic pic!!!

JO said...

lovely pictures!

Siani said...

Lovely shots, especially the Italian scenes. You certainly get around - lucky you. Have a great weekend!

Jenty said...

I think that the last one is my favourite, even though the others are very interesting.

pat said...

Wow - all gorgeous photos!!

Happy Weekend.

merrymishaps said...

Lovely photos. The second one is my favorite!

Paulie said...

Not only are the 7 oceans all one but many rivers are a part of them also. I love the Pacific Ocean and our Columbia River goes straight out to it.

Beautiful photos and I am sure wonderful memories!

Claudia said...

Leslie, I'm jealous of your travels.
But love the shots. My favorite is the one of the two on the log. When recently in San Diego...I was too busy to get a chance to do that. I do love the ocean.

Sandy said...

Fantastic pictures..thanks for the tour of places I will probably never visit.

granmal said...

Wow, you are the traveler! And you have been to some beautiful places. All the pictures are amazing!

Ruth D~ said...

Youhave seen a bit of the beautiful world. Thanks for sharing it, Leslie. So lovely!

Powell River Books said...

You sure do get around to some great places. Naturally my contribution comes from water around my float cabin up Powell Lake. I invite you to come see. -- Margy

jenny said...

I envy you---visiting all those wonderful places! I have never seen the Pacific---from any locale, but maybe I'll see the "seven seas" (which are all one body of water!) sometime during my life.

I noticed one of your favorite books is East of Eden. I just picked it up from the library the other day and will begin soon.

Lynn said...

I love the last picture. It's sweet.

starnitesky said...

You have visited some beautiful watery places, lovely photos.

Liz said...

I was sure I'd visited your photohunt, leslie! I must be losing the plot.

Lovely photos anyway, especially the last one.