Three Rocks Visiting Butchart Gardens

They look out of place, but they aren’t. The set of three rocks stand to the side on a green lawn. Behind them stands a hedge framing them in green. Perhaps they got lost, or frozen in time. This is…

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Multicolored Buildings Running up a Hill

Color is everywhere in the Caribbean. From the water to the sky and everything in between, including buildings. Pastels are better at reflecting sunlight and keeping them cooler. Old San Juan is on hills that run down to the water, interrupted only by…

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Green Building Points to the Deep Blue Sky

Some buildings are green because they are environmentally friendly. This green building is because of its paint. It looks more like a ledge with a trapdoor, but it’s a wall with a window. Looking up shows the deep blue sky…

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Garden Gate at the Corner of 19th and T

Washington, DC, isn’t a dense city even though it has its share of high rise apartment and office buildings. There are still pockets of small town homes, yards, gardens, and gates. A large office building, the Washington Hilton, and a…

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Totem and First Peoples House at the University of Victoria

The totem looks towards the First Peoples House on the campus of the University of Victoria. The Salish lived in the area before Europeans colonized the peninsula. Now, the university and Victoria, BC, are there. The University blends in with the Pacific Northwest in its…

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Green Door and Red Brick in Old San Juan

When walking around Old San Juan, you’ll see doors like this one. Bold colors set into walls of solid, contrasting color. In this case, the vibrant green door and red brick against the quiet white and tan of the wall. The doors…

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Kayaks Stacked on a Wharf

A stack of kayaks wait on the wharf in Victoria, BC, for customers to come by and take them for a spin around the bay. This being the Pacific Northwest, people care a lot about the environment. Not only do people like…

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Walking Bridge Arching Over Sligo Creek

Sligo Creek runs through the northern suburbs of Washington, DC, surrounded by park land. It connects up with several other parks and recreational areas following various tributaries to the Anacostia. Years ago, industrial pollution was endemic in the Anacostia watershed. Since then, various…

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Broken Pot with Plants

The town of Oranjestad is walkable and fun to explore. A trolly runs through the shopping district. While visiting the Historical Museum of Aruba, we came across these succulents in a broken pot nestled in the corner. The museum is in…

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