Fall is in the air….

Since it is now officially fall, I decided to go out and take some pictures of the colorful leaves. This leaf really stood out against the tree, and I thought it made a nice contrast to really bring out the coloring of the leaf. Enjoy!

Red leaf against tree

Fall leaf in Kansas


10th Anniversary Trip to Aruba

My wife and I celebrated our 10th anniversary in 2010, and we decided to do something “BIG” for ourselves. After much deliberation, we decided to take a trip to Aruba, where we stayed at the Bucuti Beach Resort. So, we made the plans, and then went to Aruba and basically spent 8 days and 7 nights doing a whole lot of nothing, except lounging around on the beach. We had a wonderful time, and cannot wait to go back. However, we did decide to spend one day and tour around the island. We rented a jeep, and quite literally drove AROUND the island. For those of you who want to go to Aruba someday, if you want to see the “wild” side of the island, you will need a four-wheel drive vehicle. The entire northern side of the island is pretty much void of inhabitants, and the coastline is quite rough. The water is quite violent, resulting in some spectacular waves as seen in this picture.

Waves on the north side of Aruba

Spectacular waves

As we traveled farther around the island, we saw many inlets and even natural stone bridges, formed by the pounding waves over time. The entire trip on the northern shore was quite rugged and violent, as there really isn’t even a “road”, rather just some ruts and trails to follow over very bumpy terrain. We definitely found out why we needed a 4×4 for the trip. We eventually came across the Alto Vista Chapel as we were heading back into the middle portion of the island (Aruba is roughly 20 miles/33 km in length). The whole area surrounding this chapel was quite serene, and with the clouds from some passing storms building in the background along with the blue sky and ocean, it made for quite the stunning scene.

Chapel in Aruba

The Alto Vista Chapel in Aruba

We ended our trek at the very south-eastern tip of the island, at a wonderful place called “Baby Beach”. Baby Beach is enclosed by man-made reefs, allowing for very calm water with lots of ocean life to view as you snorkel. We also found this wonderful Divi Divi Tree, a natural compass which always points southwest. According to is due to the trade winds. This one was beautiful, with the calm, secluded beach and swimming area.

Divi Divi Tree

Divi Divi Tree

If you ever get the desire to travel to a wonderful place internationally and relax, Aruba is definitely the place to go!!!

Reflections on University…

So, my wife and I went to our Alma Mater (Washburn University), and took some pictures of the many statues and art works they have outside on the campus. Just outside of the Mulvane Art Museum is a mirrored object (some sort of spiral design). I have always enjoyed how reflections can distort images sometimes, and therefore present a new perspective on what one sees in the reflection. I hope this is also something you can enjoy!



Reflection at Washburn University

This image was taken at Washburn University on 6/24/2012.

Most recent trip….

My wife and I just returned from a trip to Hermann, Missouri last weekend. We were celebrating some family birthdays and such, all while enjoying the wonderful wineries and perfect weather. Hermann, if you were unaware of it, is home to several award-winning wineries, and sits in the hills near the middle portion of the state on the banks of the Missouri River. In addition to the wineries, they have a plethora of German cuisine, including a perfect shop dedicated to German Brats and such. While we were there, we enjoyed the wine tasting, as well as a Civil War re-enactment. I would highly recommend anyone who is traveling to Missouri to try to make a stop in the area. I took the attached picture in the vines just outside of the Stone Hill Winery gift shop. Enjoy!

Stone Hill Winery Grapes

Image taken in Hermann, MO at the Stone Hill Winery

Dan D