I've been really blessed to be able to travel as much as I have in my life (47 states, about 35 countries), and on this trip I'm with my bride seeing her Vermont family members and then we're heading to Cape Cod to see one of my sisters and to Hartford, Conn., for the annual conference of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists in less than a week. (Keep track of that columnists' website for our June 27-30 conference and you'll be able to follow what goes on there, including our awarding a lifetime achievement award to Dave Barry.)
As we travel, my wife and I take photos that we turn into blank greeting cards. As people of faith, we try to see the beauty of God's creation and to capture at least a hint of that beauty in our photos.
Neither of us is a professional photographer, but I've learned that we both have a pretty good eye for what is captivating and what displays that which author Annie Dillard calls the creator's "pizzazz."
So I wanted to give you a few pictures today of what we've seen since last November, when we spent a few days in southwest Missouri. In February we were in Colorado for a few days. Then we went to the Pacific Northwest in late May. And now we're in New England.
The top photo here was shot at Big Cedar Lodge in southwest Missouri. The photo on the left is from Colorado, near Keystone. The smaller photo on the right I took at Butchart Gardens in Victoria, B.C. And I took the photo at the bottom at Lions Bay, B.C., about 20 minutes north of Vancouver.
While I'm on the road for awhile the chances are that I won't be posting a second item here each day as I usually do.