The Earth Is a Mystery

Happy Earth Day!

Earth is the third planet from the sun and the fifth largest in the solar system. The earth is a big mystery. It is the only planet that has oxygen, gravity, and constant movement. The Earth consists of four concentric layers: inner core, outer core, mantle and crust. The crust is made up of tectonic plates, which are in constant motion. Earthquakes and volcanoes are most likely to occur at plate boundaries. The crust is the land and ocean where we live.

One of the best places to observe the volcanic activities is Yellowstone National Park.

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Yellowstone National Park spans an area of 3,468.4 square miles (8,983 sq. km), comprising lakes, canyons, rivers and mountain ranges. Mostly in Wyoming, the park spreads into parts of Montana and Idaho. Yellowstone Lake is one of the largest high-elevation lakes in North America and is centered over the Yellowstone Caldera, the largest supervolcano on the continent. The Caldera is considered an active volcano. It has erupted with tremendous force several times in the last two million years. Half of the world’s geothermal features are in Yellowstone, fueled by this ongoing volcanism. Lava flows and rocks from volcanic eruptions cover most of the land area of Yellowstone. Yellowstone features dramatic canyons, alpine rivers, lush forests, hot springs and gushing geysers, including its most famous, Old Faithful. The park is the centerpiece of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, the largest remaining nearly-intact ecosystem in the Earth’s northern temperate zone.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Earth

Frank’s Tuesday Photo Challenge – Mystery

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Broken Highway at Key West


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Key West, Florida is the southernmost point in the continent of USA.  It’s one of the best places to watch sunset. Key West is humid. The fog came in at nightfall.

The second day of the trip, we drove up and down the Highway to visit other Keys. Apparently, part of the Highway was broken. Instead of repairing, a new section of the Highway was built, parallel to the broken section. The two ends of the new were connected to the original Highway. The broken section was left alone.

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We went to the Ernest Hemingway House, I took a photo of the picture of his fishing boat named Pilar. Hemingway regularly fished off the boat in the waters of Key West, Florida. Several of Hemingway’s books were influenced by time spent on the boat, most notably, The Old Man and the Sea and Islands in the Stream.

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The winter White House of President Harry S. Truman was his white house away from the White House. Today it is a public Key West museum.

Successful fishing trip! Many birds around were waiting for the scraps from cleaning the fish.

Wreck Museum displayed the treasures found from the shipwreck. Marilyn Monroe’s famous Seven Year Itch status was in front of a theater.

One of the highlights for my husband was his diving trip.

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Broken

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Palm Sunday Morning

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This section of the street lined up with palm trees reaching the sky

This morning was a beautiful morning. It’s Palm Sunday. Our church choir sang in all three services. I got up at 5:45 a.m. to be at the 7:00 a.m. rehearsal. This is the week before Easter. It’s an exciting day also because we voted in a new pastor. It took the church search committee one year to carefully search and nominated this pastor. I’m thankful for a new chapter of our church life.

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Tuesday Photo Challenge – Morning

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Look Forward

We left on Friday, March 24, from southern California to visit our daughter and son-in-law in Portland, Oregon. We just came back yesterday, March 28.  We had a wonderful family time together.

The rain in Portland is scattered. Upon our arrival on Friday, after check-in to the hotel, we went out for lunch. During lunch time, there was pouring rain. We didn’t bring the umbrella with us, and worried that we might be soaking wet walking back to the hotel. Yet by the time we were done with lunch, the sun was peeking out, the rain stopped. After being in Portland on a regular basis, I can’t help but notice that the local people don’t wear raincoats, or use umbrellas.

Initially we were going to go to the Tulip Festival. After finding out that the tulips were not in bloom yet, we decided to cancel our trip. Furthermore, the map showed that there were 10 incidents on the freeway on a rainy Saturday.

The weekend with Mercy and Will was wonderful. Mercy and I enjoy playing table games. We played Mastermind on both Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Then the four of us played Tickets to Ride on both Evenings. We are thrilled to play games together because we are competitive and compatible. It makes the playing more exciting and enjoyable!

Sunday evening was our second time making homemade pizza using tiles in the oven.  Mercy and Will are vegetarian. I am quasi-vegetarian just because of the way I was brought up. I eat vegetables more than meat. My husband like pepperoni and extra cheese on his. Each of us created our own toppings. It was the best pizza in town because it was exactly the way we liked it!

Now that my husband is retired, we can go visit Mercy and Will anytime, and stay as long as we want. My husband was so happy that he didn’t have to worry about going to work upon returning home. We look forward to our frequent visit of Mercy and Will in the future! In fact, the next trip is on Mother’s Day weekend!

Dutch Goes the Photo Tuesday Photo Challenge – Forward

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Curve

For this challenge, I included a google photo of Fort Macon in North Carolina, US, to provide a bird’s-eye view. We took photos of the curved walls and the cannon on top of the vaulted rooms of Fort Macon during our visit.

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The Five-sided with curved corners Fort Macon is constructed of bricks and stones. Twenty-six vaulted rooms (also called casemates) are enclosed by outer walls that average 4 1/2 feet thick. During the 18th and 19th centuries, the region around Beaufort was highly vulnerable to attack. The successive wars with Spain, France and Great Britain during the Colonial Period provided a constant threat of coastal raids by enemy warships.

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Fort Macon became the State Park, and  was open to public since 1936. It won the 2015 North Carolina State Park of the Year.


Dutch Go Photo: Tuesday Photo Challenge – Curve


Tuesday Photo Challenge – Bloom


Welcome to my garden. After the heavy rain in the winter, I’m delighted to see some blooms in my garden. The flowers I include here represent several of many types of flowers I have grown. Some of them are not in bloom yet. They are mostly perennial with some annual plants. As far as flowers, there are forty-five rose bushes including ten iceberg roses, one yellow daisy bush, three hibiscus bushes, one crossed bred camellia with red and white colors, one fuchsia bougainvillea, four kinds of lily, several bushes of geranium, and lavender bushes. I layer the different heights of annual flowers, medium height such as snapdragon flowers, and  shorter height for borders such as vinca, impatiens, cyclamen. I also grow fruit trees, date palms and other green plants.

For a while, I had only red roses. When I look around the neighborhood and see other beautiful colors, I added white iceberg roses, pink, yellow and other colors of roses. I love my garden. When I get up in the morning, the first thing for me to do is to make some coffee and go out to my garden. I feel that it’s a good way to start my day.


Tuesday Photo Challenge – Bloom