I hope you had a special time this winter with family and friends. I am not only blessed with wonderful friends, clients, and business, but a delightful family. I spent a week on Kauai helping celebrate the 50th wedding anniversary of David and Janet Kimball Crook...my brother and his amazing wife. For a week I was included in great activities and surrounded by the best, including many Burtons: Dottie, John, Cheryl, Donovan, Jonathan, Keisha, and Emily. Also Ed and Michelle Dias, Brian and Jeff Collins, Devon Dias; and Brandon, Jenna, Rhett, and Amelia Simek. We went all over the island, and had such a good time. Most of us had cameras, and we all got good shots, but by far the leader is my brother. He has a special gift. Actually more than one. I saw my first Rainbow Eucalyptus and it almost blew me away. It was at the McBryde Garden, which is near the Spouting Horn in Po-ipu, Koloa. I suspect the tours are even more spectacular in the spring when everything is in bloom. However, there was much to see: some amazing hibiscus, the brilliant red annotto pods on huge trees, many varieties of palms, shell ginger, various splendid orchids, awapuhi, hau trees, ti plants, kukui trees, and plumeria. There are too many types to remember, but it was breathtaking. And catching photos of a few birds was a bonus. Visiting the old Koloa Sugar Mill was a bonus for me, and I got many pictures which I will show on my blog at judyvorfeld.com. Later. First, I need to delete, organize, and edit pictures, then get back to work doing what I love...helping people present themselves as authentically as possible, and helping nonprofits in any way possible. Again, have a wonderful 2013!
This past week I visited the Wildlife World Zoo & Aquarium in Litchfield Park, AZ. I've been visiting for at least 20 years, and each time I leave I am impressed with the changes from the previous visit. Always well thought out to delight the public, and children of all ages. On this visit, I saw many new completed projects and postings of new features to come. Loved Dragon World. Often-dangerous subjects: a photographer's dream. Meaning many exotic creatures, like a 28-foot-long Reticulated Python, separated from the viewers by thick glass. Watched probably the longest snake move from a long thin line into a relaxed, curled up position. My brother took a video of it. The ever-so-slow movement itself was fascinating, and so was the amazing design. Wikipedia says, "Like all pythons, they are nonvenomous constrictors and normally not considered dangerous to humans." Yeah. Right. We spent three hours photographing many exhibits, but were too tired (and hungry) to continue on to the aquarium area, which is simply humongous. And fascinating. Next week, perhaps.
My daughter, Shannon, has been climbing/hiking a number of 14ers recently with her faithful Golden Retriever, Sunny. here are some pictures she took or had taken by fellow hikers. Colorado has 54 mountain peaks exceeding 14,000 feet (known as "fourteeners" or "14ers" by locally) — the most of any state. Outdoor enthusiasts of all skill levels will find peaks ranging from easy to very difficult, with hiking trails for exploring the state's scenery, wildlife and rugged beauty. The first shot taken about 6:30 a.m. just as the sun is rising: Gray's and Torrey's. The remaining photos are of Shannon and Sunny and another dog. She held the leash while the dog owner shot the picture. And what did Shannon say upon her return? "GREAT hike of both peaks; perfect autumn day...the aspens are changing...beautiful...drove up this morning to Denver and then up into the mountains that way and then drove back through the mountains...nice drive back...but I am BEAT. No kidding.