On the Road is a weekday feature spotlighting reader photo submissions. From the exotic to the familiar, whether you’re traveling or in your own backyard, we would love to see the world through your eyes.
On the Road continues, forever Alain’s in our hearts.
Good Morning All,
This weekday feature is for Balloon Juicers who are on the road, travelling, etc. and wish to share notes, links, pictures, stories, etc. from their escapades. As the US mainland begins the end of the Earth day as we measure it, many of us rise to read about our friends and their transient locales.
So, please, speak up and share some of your adventures, observations, and sights as you explore, no matter where you are. By concentrating travel updates here, it’s easier for all to keep up-to-date on the adventures of our fellow Commentariat. And it makes finding some travel tips or ideas from 6 months ago so much easier to find…
Have at ’em, and have a safe day of travels!
Should you have any pictures (tasteful, relevant, etc….) you can email them to [email protected] or just use this nifty link to start an email: Start an Email to send a Picture to Post on Balloon Juice
This may not be share-worthy, and that’s fine. I didn’t crop the photo because I didn’t want to lose the scale.
This shot is of a 30- to 40-foot pine of some sort that serves every spring as scaffold to a very energetic wisteria. This is from a couple years ago as the blooms were beginning to fade. I hoped to get a better picture this year but the late frosts ruined my plans. There’s always next year!
With a sight like that, I cannot avoid publishing! I am a man who loves flowers, trees, and this crazy, towering combination thereof is just divine, even if it’s not at its best.
Finally, some breath-taking magic (please send more):
Where it was taken: Maquipucuna Clound Forest Reserve in the Western Andes of Ecuador
Male Green-crowned Brilliant, one of the many gorgeous hummingbirds in the cloud forests of Ecuador. We were in Ecuador and the Galapagos with a university Study Abroad Class studying Biology and Creative Writing in May.
Words … cannot …. Wow. I’m sure there’s a Portuguese or German word for what I feel when I see that; joy seems so insufficient.
I once held a stunned, less-reflective hummingbird in my hand as it regained consciousness and strength, only to push off and fly away. It was just one of many magical experiences with these amazing creatures, though certainly the closest and most intimate. But I’ve never seen the kind of intelligence or majesty as in this picture.
The complexity, diversity, and richness of life is amazing, especially in the natural world around us that we often only notice when travelling.
Have a great day all!