Friday, June 24, 2016

A Trip to California: Part Two

Hello, everyone!  How has your week been?  I hope you all have enjoyed these posts so far.  I think I can finish this series by next week, how does that sound?  There are a lot of things I want to try doing for this blog, so just sit patiently and please give me feedback on what you think.  I love reading the comments whenever I see them pop up in my inbox.

Check out the two previous posts of the series-


The waves seemed to attack us whenever they crashed against these rocks.  
My dad and my brother watching the sunset before the wave attacks them.  My dad caught a video later on when my other brother and I joined them, that's when the wave actually came towards us after crashing against the rocks.  I think a couple of us got pretty wet.

I think this panda's name is Bai Yun.  He was kinda fun to watch, of course, pandas are pretty slow moving and they are usually eating or sleeping.  But this guy just sat and watched the tourists while he ate his bamboo.  Should I mention this was my first time seeing a panda in real life and I was sooooooooo happy to finally see one.
This is a baby flamingo.  Such a cool bird.  Flamingos are one of the animals I just love to see when we go to the zoo.
This is an Andean Tunki... It has another name, but I like this one a lot better.  Isn't that just a beautiful bird!

Thank you all for staying tuned in while I try to work out this mess of a blog :P
My family just released our ducks yesterday, so I think I am going to post about them next week.  And since my family is going up north for our annual cabin week, I would like to do a brief post about what we will do/did.  And since I don't want to push that off too far, I will post that summary on the second Friday and I will finish off the Trip to California series on the third Friday of July.
 I will see you all next week o/
-Anna Jolene

Friday, June 10, 2016

A Trip to California: Part One

Hello, everyone!
Today I am officially starting a short series called A Trip to California.  I am back from finishing the school year!  In my previous post (disregard the fact that I just posted an update), I explained pretty much everything you need to know about what is happening with this series.  Click here to go see the introductory post.
To briefly state what was said in that post, I will summarize my two-week vacation I took last September. The first post will consist of the drive to California, the second will be about our stay in California, and the third will probably be a shorter post about the return home.  There will be plenty of pictures so that you won't have to imagine anything in your head.
A helpful little fact to know is that I journaled most of our trip over the two weeks we were traveling.  I want to really show the beauty of the world more than anything since I got to see so much.  But what I noticed is that if I copied everything I wrote down in my journal, it would most likely take a couple months before I finish.  And I didn't like that idea, so I put together all the best pictures I took and I will briefly talk about them.
With that, here is part one of A Trip to California.


I captured a pretty sweet view of a Colorado valley in the Rocky Mountains.  There was a plentiful amount of places to stop and get out of the car to see the view,  but of course, we had to stop at a gravel-like pull-off that didn't look official whatsoever.

Though I didn't get a very good picture of the four corners where you can stand on Arizone, Colorado, Utah, and New Mexico at the same time.  Here is a neat image of the flagpoles at the Four Corners Monument.  I practically ran laps through four states in a matter of minutes, so that was fun.  

On our second day of travelling, we visited Garden of the 'gods.'  One of the only places in Colorado that has some beautiful red rock like Utah.  
One thing my family always loves to do is to go hiking.  Garden of the 'gods' has some great trails we went on.  Though they were pretty long, the reward was breathtaking.
These are the largest sand dunes in North America, and they are located in southern Colorado.  I seriously thought we took a wrong turn and somehow ended up in Egypt.  The dunes were massive!  For a size comparison, do you see those three black dots on the lowest hill?  That is my dad and my two brothers.  They are tiny in comparison to those mountains of sand.
My camera is somewhat good at getting lens flairs in on the action.  And that is an understatement.  I feel like whenever I try to get a picture with the sun, even just a tiny bit in the picture, it has to add the lens flairs.  But I really like how this picture shows all the shadows and different shades of color in the Grand Canyon.
I picked to share this view of the Canyon just to show the comparison of size.  The pine trees in this pictures are just tiny compared to the massive cliffs of the Canyon.   It's just an amazing thing to see, God created this beautiful feat just for us to praise His mighty hands, He created this for us to enjoy.
I used this picture for my blog banner, isn't this just beautiful?  I can't believe the stupid amount of sunset pictures I took, but this is one of my favorites.  I captured this on our first night at the Grand Canyon.  
Fun fact:  This is a Western Scrub Jay.  I tried to get a picture of this bird for three days.  From Garden of the 'gods' to the Grand Canyon, I finally captured a picture of this beautiful bird on our second day in the Canyon.
I hope you all were interested in knowing what we did back in September.  I can't wait to get the rest of the trip out to you guys.  Please leave feedback in the comments below letting me know what you think.  I think it would be awesome to know if others like my photography style and if they want to see more.

 Good Bye!
-Anna Jolene o/

Thursday, June 9, 2016

A Brief Update

The 2016 school year ended for me!  \o/   I finished my last paper and got it turned in for my mom to score.  Now, what happened to May?  I found myself watching the first and third Fridays blowing past me like the cotton in my backyard.  These past few months feel like they have been going by so fast.  I feel like I haven't even found the time to write a blog post for you all.  Well, I wrote one... But I was not very happy with how it looked.  I know I said I'd do a summary of my vacation from back in September... But with how I was seeing it, that meant typing down everything I said in my journal.  I noticed how bland it was.  It was as if I was just writing down what happened at each time of the day.

So, I have a plan... kind of.  I am going to just paste a lot of my best pictures from the most memorable parts of my trip and I'll just talk about them briefly.  Nothing too big or small, just a little caption about what happened on our way to California.  This will look a lot like my introduction post.
For those who have been curious.  In a way, I took off May to finish the rest of my schoolwork.  But it turned out to be more than that.  After not posting at all in May, I got into a temporary slump where I didn't want to post.  Then, I got a new laptop.  At this point in time, I am trying to transfer all of my pictures from my Macbook to my new PC.  After failing at moving them through a hard drive, I am now trying Google Drive which seems to be working a lot better.  I'm not seeing a load of blank pictures all corrupted from being shifted from one brand of computer to another.

After this, I want to share a bit about the ducks my family has been raising since the beginning of May.  They are now six weeks old and soon they'll be flying!  A tradition we always hold with our ducks is to throw them off of our deck for flight training,  We can't exactly let them go into the wild without being tested to fly.

Oh!  Yesterday I finally found my original document of my novel.  This made me really happy because I have been trying to find out when I first started writing The Sword of Warriors Past (SOWP).  Although, finding out my novel's birthday was almost a month ago kind of disappointed me.  It disappointed me because of the fact I missed it and I was not able to celebrate it.  May 15, 2015.  That is the day I wrote the very first words in my soon-to-be-novel.

With that, I just want to thank everyone who still visits my blog even when I don't post on the scheduled days I had planned for.  I will keep trying to do my best in getting these posts out to you guys.  I love doing this, I love having a place on the internet where I can share what I want.   Please stay tuned in for the blog post on Friday, it is sure to have some beautiful pictures.

See you next time,
                    -Anna Jolene