Rainbow Bridge

LakePowellPhoto Friday Theme – Panorama by Kim

This was one of my favorite vacations with our close friends where we rented a houseboat for a week on Lake Powell. We spent the day playing on jet skis, tubing, and the slide from the top of the houseboat! We docked at different locations every few days enjoying each of the breathtaking views, enjoying conversation, friendship and family time!

One of the days, we took a trip to Rainbow Bridge in Rainbow Bridge National Monument, Utah. We reached this destination by boat on Lake Powell. After docking, there was a short walk up to the majestic arch. We took many photos of the area but were not permitted to walk under Rainbow Bridge because, it said, the American Indians consider it a sacred religious site.

Greener Pastures

greener pastures

Photo Friday Theme – Green by Kim O’Neill

This photo was taken on the west coast of Ireland in the area of Slieve League. Incredible shoreline and breathtaking cliffs made it a sight now to be missed (except for the other half of our group learning “Gaelic Football”) We even had the true movie experience where the bus had to wait for sheep to cross the road!

This was such a memorable trip. Today we leave again for Ireland… minus the bus and 60+.  This time it’s a party of four driving ourselves into a new adventure.


PS: Wishing the Maureen/Caitlin’s girls from our last trip much success in Montreal for the 2014 Irish Dance Championships!

Overlooking Inishmore

Meg reflects on Inishmore

Photo Friday Theme – Alive by Kim O’Neill

This was one of those amazing days that you are grateful for. We were on a tour of Ireland with my daughter’s dance school and took a ferry out to the Aran Islands for the day. We rented bikes and toured all around Inishmore. It was a perfect way to see the island. At the highest point we explored around a ruin and Megan took time to reflect on her day. It was definitely a great day to be alive!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day to everyone.

Hiking Hackelberry


Photo Friday Theme – In The Wild

John loves to hike and he knows I love photography so we decided to do a photo hike in a new area out by Long Valley called Hacklebery State Park. It was a good hike especially along the Black River where you  were climbing over rocks. I didn’t love the uphill climbs as it reminded me how out of shape I am.  We stuck to the hike along the water but there were definitely miles and miles of wilderness around. I always try to imagine how the first explorers felt when first exploring different places.

After our hike, we stopped off at the Cider Mill Farms for some homemade goodies and coffee. Lovely family place!


Swiftly They Fall


Photo Friday Theme – Swift

It is amazing how quickly Autumn passes by.

The leaves quietly start changing among the green landscape and then in a few weeks the colors are abundant, almost distracting you on your errands. Another week passes and most of the bright oranges and reds have turned brown and rust. After a few storms swiftly coming through, there are more leaves on the ground than the trees. I can begin to see the hills beyond the trees again and can see the sunrise and sunsets from my home.

Swiftly the seasons can pass, we have to enjoy the moments.


Autumn Reflections

Rockaway River Dam

Photo Friday Theme – Autumn 2013

I was going down the hill to do my errands and decided to make stops along the way to take some Autumn shots. This is the Rockaway River that runs through Boonton and Denville. I love how still the water is right to the edge of the dam and the colorful leaves caught in the falling water.


Frozen Tundra

photo friday theme – frozen

backyard in white

The theme frozen for this time of year, of course makes me think of the beautiful frozen ice cream bars I have seen on pinterest and tumblr. I was going to recreate my own version but decided to go into my first winter files and found this beautiful one from earlier this year. Our back yard was frozen, including our little koi pond. Amazingly all of our fish were alive in the spring!


Quick Stop

photo friday theme – from the road

split rock reservoir

John and I were on the road doing all the Saturday errands  - “the depot, the warehouse shop and gas stop, a Jersey diner” all places I won’t name because there may be some sarcasm in my tone as it’s the typical to do places. On the way home, I suggested we stop by the reservoir near our home to see the sunset. I took this photo from the crazy one-lane bridge. There are stories about this bridge in a book which involve mafia and other people you wouldn’t want to meet at night on a one-lane bridge!

For John and I, we enjoy it every time we are there and plan to purchase another kyak to enjoy this beautiful place from the water!  - Kim