Like many of you, our world at Inspire-EdVentures has been turned upside down. We’d love to be traveling and educating you about the wonders of the world. Until we can meet again, we’d like to bring you 30 days of photos and stories that Inspire us. We’ll tell you the back-story behind the shot and hopefully you can take a small mental trip away from everything that is weighing on you.
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Boone, North Carolina
North Carolina, in the fall, should be on everyone’s bucket list. So much to do and see! From the breweries and crafts to the history and winding mountain roads in the Blue Ridge Parkway. It’s simply a must-see.
You don’t have to wander far off any path to see the beauty that is hidden in plain sight. In this particular shot, we were actually trying to scale down this (rather slippery) hill to get a better view of the waterfall that lays just out of view in this picture. One piece of advice I always give photographers is to be completely aware of your surroundings.
Sometimes you get so set on the picture you think you want, you neglect to see other opportunities. Always look behind you! THIS – is what the view looked like behind my (other) perfect shot.
Today I was thinking about the shelter in place orders around the world. I wondered, from the various perspectives of those affected, where would you most like to be sequestered? Obviously, under happier circumstances – where would you rather be?
My first thought was Montana, high in the mountains, sipping a hot cup of coffee while the sun gently welcomes the day.
Ambergris Caye, Belize
It snowed where I am yesterday. I’m not a fan – not in any stretch of the imagination. The only white-stuff I want to see comes in the form of sand and it comes with the suns beaming rays and the sound of waves crashing on the shore.
In this shot, we were looking for new places to explore in beautiful Ambergris Caye, Belize. We stopped for a bite to eat and a cool drink. As the warm breeze swept across our faces, I looked along the coast and thought it looked like I was dreaming.
You can almost feel that warm breeze here and smell the salty air inviting you to come and relax. Close your eyes – breathe it in!
With so many parents now handling or supervising the day-to-day education of their children due to the stay-at-home orders, I think it’s worth taking a look back in time. Dating back to the 1800’s, rural residents of Iowa would send their kids to one
room school houses for their early education (usually to the 8th grade) because, get this – it was hard work and they had jobs to do!
It’s believed that Iowa once housed the most one-room schoolhouses in all the states and some were in use up until the 1960’s. I used to commute past this particular schoolhouse and during certain times of the year, I’d get a fantastic postcard view from the past.
As we all adjust to these unprecedented times, let’s take a moment to thank our educators for everything they do for our kids and our shared future. It’s an occupation that is so vitally important but often goes unheralded.
Grand Tetons, Wyoming
On this particular morning in Grand Teton National Park, we awoke before the sun to make sure we could be in the park to hear the elk bugling. We made it to a roadside pullout and sat and listened in the cool, foggy morning air.
The sun began to rise and painted the tops of the mountains and as it did, it revealed the elk around us, and this stunning panoramic view.
While many of our favorite bars, restaurants and shops modify their strategies to provide their services to us in new ways; there are some places like our National Parks continue to remain closed. Please consider donating to your favorite parks and recreational facilities if you have the means.
Lake Tahoe, NV
I’ve only been to Lake Tahoe once. It was during the off-season and it was quite cold. I was completely mesmerized by the colors and beauty, but it was eerily quite without all the tourists. Houses were dark, the beaches were bare and the only
sounds you could hear were from the birds and the wind.
I imagine that many of the world’s popular destinations are experiencing a similar situation right now. Today’s photo is dedicated to all of those tourism workers who have been affected by this pandemic.
Great Smoky Mountains, NC
The golden hour in photography is the time before sunrise and after sunset. During this time, the sun in low enough that the light has to travel further and the atmosphere filters it, making it warmer and sometimes very dramatic. It’s easy to
find the specific sunrise and sunset times – just a simple Google search of either term will offer these for your current location.
In this shot, we were preparing for a weekend of hiking outside of Pigeon Forge. We had settled in our housing (many of the homes have fantastic valley views like this). I had searched for the sunset time earlier in the day so I could be set up about a half-hour prior to sunset. Setting up early allows you to check that everything is operating correctly AND most importantly – lets you enjoy the show without worry.
commerce down below and the last signs of the sun disappearing beyond the centuries-old church.
South Water Caye, Belize
Wildcat Branch Falls, SC
lost on purpose is the best way to find where you’re going.
Sleeping Giant Resort, Belize
look. But don’t be too quick to hurry past. Look closely for those other bugs and animals that might be living in those plants and flowers.
hail, wind and sometimes tornados.
reach out toward the ground.
Mayan Mountains, Belize
I wanted to capture some of the beauty before we got back out on the trail.
Loch Lomond, Scotland
Grandfather Mountain, NC
difficulty and lots of activities for the family including a Mile High Swinging Bridge!
reviewed the first photo to get a better view. I was SO excited – I kept snapping pics for at least another 10 minutes. It was such an amazing experience!
Cockscomb Jaguar Preserve, Belize
multiple days here and not cover the same area twice.