Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #51: Unique

This is my submission for Amy’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #51: Unique.

Last week, we spent 2 nights at Four-Season Suites of Itasca State Park, which locates in northern Minnesota.

Itasca state park is one of 10 MN state parks that have selfie stations installed.

Selfie Stations have an adjustable shelf to set your mobile device for the perfect selfie. So show off your selfie skills and enjoy the beautiful areas that are your Minnesota State Parks and Trails!
(From DNR)

People from around the world come to Itasca State Park in northwest Minnesota to marvel at the serene birthplace of the mighty Mississippi River. They pose next to a large pine log carved with yellow letters that mark the site and the beginning of the great river’s 2,552-mile route across America to the Gulf of Mexico. (From Explore Minnesota)

Visitors of all ages carefully hop rock to rock to rock across the spot where Lake Itasca flows into the river’s humble beginning. On hot summer days, children and hikers seeking a cooling reprieve wade into the gentle waters beneath the shade of fragrant pines that have towered like sentries for hundreds of years.

Itasca also stands out as Minnesota’s oldest state park (established in 1891), one of its largest with 32,000 acres, and among its grandest thanks to a variety of lodging that’s rich in historic character and similar in style to national park lodges built in the early 1900s. (From Explore Minnesota)

Or, you can cross the Mississippi by using this bridge…

Next morning…

Another highlight is peaceful Preacher’s Grove, with its canopy of tall pines.

Itasca State Park is quite unique, wouldn’t you say so? It is huge! For a good visit, one may need spending a week of time and carrying plenty of mosquito repellents.

Thanks to Amy for another interesting challenge. For this challenge, Amy takes us to the Byodoin Temple in Japan. It’s “WOW” for me. 😉

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #50: Trees

This is my submission for Ann-Christine’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #50: Trees. (Sorry I am one day late ;-(

This banyan tree was the first tree that I fell in love with. In that little child’s mind, it was a super-tree, which would always be there for me. (Don’t be fooled by that smile though. Although I was happy to have something new to wear for a change, but the jumper was made from my dad’s wool coat and was very itching.)

When I was a teenager, I had a different favorite tree. It was a guava tree planted by my Dad. My dad had an out-of-town job, so he was away from home a lot of time. Whenever I felt angry, sad… I talked to that guava tree. Many years later, I went back to visit our old house and took a photo of the tree, but it was before digital camera time and I couldn’t locate the photo this week.

I still talk to trees, of course.

A Dead tree and birds in Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge…

Banyan trees in Shuang Xi Park, Taipei, Taiwan…

Street photo of a tree 😉

A view at the top of a 100-foot observation tower, at Mille Lacs Kathio State Park, MN.

Who wouldn’t hug a million dollar tree? (Photo taken at Taipingshan in Taiwan)

Thanks to Ann-Christine for a wonderful theme. Every tree is precious 😉 I am sure all other three lovers having problems selecting photos like I did.

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Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Flower of Any Kind

Here is my submission for Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Flower of Any Kind. (This post was ready 4 days ago, but I forgot to post it ;-(

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #49: Favorite Things

This is my submission for Patti’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #49: Favorite Things.

Patti said, “This week, you have the chance to showcase your favorites–people, places, activities, animals, food, hobbies–just about anything that brings you happiness.”

Buying notebooks makes me happy. I always think I’ll have a lot to write about. However, to journal or not to journal is a constant struggle. For me, journaling is a good way to connect to (maybe even pamper) myself, unless an entry is written as a letter to someone as I, once in a while, do.

I can’t believe I bought two more notebooks last week. Most of these are half empty (half full?) and a couple of them are totally blank. Maybe I should sign up for a 12-step program.

Sunshine makes me happy, too. It has the magic to turn anything into my favorite thing.

Of course, I love my D750!

Thank you, Patti. The best part of having this challenge is that it really makes me think. After doing this challenge, I realize that, nowadays, a lot of things bring happiness to me. I am so grateful.

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #48: Wild

This is my submission for Tina’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #48: Wild.

In my wildest dream…

This is my neighbor’s garage. It is a 3-car garage, and a wall separates the single garage door and the double. Walking in from the single door, you’ll see a sofa, a couple of chairs and a TV… etc. Full of stuffs, that’s what I am trying to say.

And he managed to park his pickup truck in the garage. Yes, the door can be closed. In fact, the above photo was taken with the truck inside.

Am I the only one who thinks this can only be accomplished in my wildest dream?

Thanks to Tina for an interesting theme. My original idea was to post a photo of my great-nephew, but RFRAZIER beat me to it. 😉

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #47: Five Elements

This is my submission for Amy’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #47: Five Elements. And five elements are: Metal, Wood, Water, Fire and Earth.

We had too many rainy days. Staring at the wet table on the deck — which is on earth, I thought maybe I could squeeze 5 elements in one photo ;-).

Not sure how much I like the above photo, so I drop a couple of elements.

Thanks to Amy for having this interesting challenge.

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Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Small Subjects

Here is my submission for Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Small Subjects.

I often forgot how small we were, even though my camera kept telling me so.

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