Sunsets Around the World

The word Sunset has a few meanings that describe man’s vision of endings, but there is only one Sunset that is fairly easy to photograph! Fortunately, it happens at a predictable time every day, it occurs everywhere in the world, and it is free! Of course, some sunsets are more spectacular than others, but that has a lot to do with the clouds, not the sun.

Here are five sunset photos, all taken at different locations. Two were in Canada – at my house and my cabin. Two were in England – one in Brighton and one in Lechlade. One was in Europe – on a boat on the Danube River. If you like, you can try and guess which photo was taken in which place! For the answer, hover your mouse over the photo until the photo name appears.


Alberta Hidden Valley


EnglandWhere I live, the number of hours between sunrise and sunset varies from season to season. On the longest day it is about 17 hours, while on the shortest day it is only about 7.5 hours.

How much variance do you have in daylight hours where you live?

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Seeds of Discussion – So Many Types

A new word is like a fresh seed sown on the ground of the discussion.
– Ludwig Wittgenstein –


We moved to Houston, Texas in January of 1979. We learned a lot of new words there, not the least of which was Y’all! Gardening was a whole new experience too, what with planting a lawn with sprigs, avoiding fire ants, and experimenting with wonderfully boisterous plants like Pampas Grass! Unfortunately we were only there for a year, but every time I travel to a warmer climate, I take pictures of Pampas Plumes and think about our home in Texas. I found these plumes in  Port Townsend in Washington.



Clematis – in the fall the flowers morph into silky balls of shining hairs. These eventually dry and become big puffballs of seeds. These particular clematis (yellow) grow well in our province – so well that in some areas they have been labelled invasive. Invasive! I’d say they were just well adapted to take advantage of any location – sort of the Walmart of the plant world.



This third photo is Fireweed – It grows wild on our property in just one sunny location. Fireweed contains antiseptic compounds, and young shoots can be eaten or made into tea. I expect both products are a bit bitter. That seems to be the case with wild flowers and weeds!



Foxtail Barley Grass is considered a weed in our part of the world. It will grow where few other things will! The pretty seed heads are barbed – they are considered to be the porcupines of the plant world.

Now it is your turn to talk about seeds – Are you going to seed, do you live in the seedy part of town, do you need seed money, are you seeded in tennis, or are clouds seeded in your part of the world?

A Definition of Fall includes Fall Down

FALL – a word with quite a few meanings, and even more idioms! I’ve chosen three photos, all taken in the season we call Fall or Autumn, but demonstrating the direction ‘down’.

waterfallThis Water Fall is in the Cascade Mountain Range in Washington State.

cabinHere is a cabin on Whidbey Island that is starting to Fall Down.

fall leavesMost of the leaves had Fallen Off the trees in Zion Park in Utah.


A man should be judged by what he stands for, also by what he falls for.
– Mark Twain –

We have to learn to be our own best friends because we fall too easily into the trap of being our own worst enemies.
– Roderick Thorp –

Someone once asked Paul Harvey, the journalist and radio commentator, to reveal the secret of his success. “I get up when I fall down,” said Harvey.
– Bits & Pieces, March 3, 1994 –

What do you think of when you hear the word Fall?  What is the most significant Fall  you have ever experienced?

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