Atop

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Going on a road trip always makes me feel on top of my world (along with jeans that fits just right, boots, and being on the back of a brave horse) !! My daughter shares that feeling. Right now we’re on a road trip in my favorite road trip state Nevada!

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Of course our favorite roads are not the usual highways, but rather endless dirt roads.

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This week, consider your point of view as you respond to this challenge’s theme, “Atop.” If you’re physically on top of a thing or a place — a mountain, a skyscraper — what type of scene do you want to share in your frame? Consider, too, other interpretations of “Atop” — what does it mean or look like to be on top of a soapbox? A bestseller list? The world?

Show us your best image — we look forward to seeing everyone’s takes!

What make you feel on top of your world?

Yours,

Maria

Local

This week, share what “local” means to you, and show us where your heart is.

The theme for the weekly photo challenge at The Daily Post is Local. At first I thought a four letter word, about the difficulty of this challenge. I moved so many time, and experienced so many exciting places. I only lived four years in the town where I was born. I hardly call that home. I’ve only lived one year in the little town I live in now. Even though I like some things about this town, it’s not home, and I am definitely not a local.

As I continue to read the inspirational post at The Daily Post, things are clearing up inside my head. The author shares a photo from a pub in Dublin, even though she lives on the other side of the world. In her words; I felt like I belonged, a part of the local community.

I thought to myself, I have a place like that too! Not so many people know about my love for this particular town. Sometimes I go there with friends, and sometimes by myself. Every time, I’m so happily surprised with the warm friendly atmosphere that folds me in like a warm blanket of friendliness. I love all the small family owned restaurants in this little town. I love the western spirit. I love all the horses. Of course I also love the endless big sky, and mountains that surrounds it.

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I definitely feel a strong sense of belonging here, even though I have never lived there. I took this photo less than ten minutes from downtown! Can you see what it is that I love? I’ve heard that you either love, or hate the endless sea of sagebrush that covers large regions of Nevada. I personally love everything about it! Especially the smell early in the morning. I was having a tailgate party all by myself, enjoying the sunrise, and a strong cup of coffee when I took this photo. The town I keep returning to is Winnemucca. Have you ever been there?

Do you have a place like this? I would love to know what Local means to you!

Happy Friday!

Yours,

Maria

 

 

Fall in The High Desert

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I love fall! This weekend we had typical fall weather, it was windy, we had some rain shower, and even some scattered thunderstorms. I love it!

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During the worst thunderstorms we stayed inside. In between, my daughter and I spent as much time as we could outside. That added up to many wonderful hours this past weekend. The temperature dropped to very comfortable 65-80 degrees Fahrenheit. You could actually do things outside without worrying about the heat, staying hydrated, getting out of the sun etc. both my daughter and I enjoyed it immensely.

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Like water in the desert is wisdom to the soul. 

    – Edward Counsel

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Fall in The High Desert – Fine Art Photography from Lyon County (NV.)

These photos are part of a series of FALL photos, taken in October 2015.
To view the rest of the photos in the series visit the gallery.

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When nature turns extraordinary, your heart turns humble. You simply bow before the glory.
– Unknown

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This Saturday was my first day off in along time. The first day I didn’t get up super early to feed, and clean for horses. I enjoy the ranch work, and it’s become a routine for both me and my daughter. So much that on Saturday my daughter actually throw a fit (something she rarely does,) when she realized that we weren’t going to the horses. I couldn’t really get her to understand that the owner actually was going to do the work herself. After a couple minutes she calmed down and we had a wonderful walk in the desert.

I got a flashback form my time working as a preschool teacher, it could sometimes be challenging to get all the kids outside (think Sweden subarctic climate, lots and lots of clothes, 20 kids in the hallway..,) but as soon as they all were out that door, they always enjoyed it. It’s almost like magic, what a little fresh air, and some time in nature can do. In the end the kids at my school usually didn’t want to go back inside. That’s exactly how my daughter is today. ..and I love it!

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I hope YOU had a wonderful weekend, and that you enjoyed the photos from our weekend 🙂

The first light is almost here (it’s 6.17 am in Nevada,) and it’s time for me to go outside. Have an awesome day!

/Maria

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MariaJanssonPhotography.com

High Desert Sunset

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Know what you want to do, hold the thought firmly, and do every day what should be done, and every sunset will see you that much nearer to your goal.

– Elbert Hubbard

I hope your day have been absolutely fabulous!

/Maria