Wherever You Travel, Flowers will Make You Smile

It doesn’t matter what part of the world that we travel to, we enjoy seeing the beautiful flowers of the area. Whether it is in the parks, on a trail, or just around the buildings downtown, there are always wonderful flowers or flowering plants around. In fact we have enjoyed taking photographs of the colorful flowers so much that we have put several posts out dedicated just to the images of the flowers that we have captured. Here a few of the posts that we have previously shared:

Colorful Flowers
Purple Flowers

Colorful Flowers Around the World – We tried to share images of flowers from many different countries and continents to show the natural beauty that can be found all around the world. The variety of flowers is as diverse as the scenery in all of the different parts of the world where they exist.

Poinciana Tree as We Looked Skyward
Pretty Pink Flowers at a Temple Complex

The Flowers of Egypt – Egypt can be a harsh environment with desert covering much of the landscape, but that didn’t mean that we didn’t see some very colorful flowers during our time there. In contrast to the heat and sand, the bright flowers really stood out.

Purple Wildflowers
Rugged Beauty

The Wildflowers of Colorado – We do quite a bit of hiking in Colorado and really enjoy seeing the different wildflowers. They can be found growing in some of the most rugged places and we are amazed to see them literally growing out of the sides of boulders.

Tropical Flower
Flowers in the Jungles of Ecuador

Seeing Tropical Flowers When Traveling – We have been to several tropical countries and have seen some of the most amazing flowers, but these exotic flowers can be found in many other places as well. The tropical climates certainly provide all of the conditions necessary to create some quite stunning flowers.

Flower in the Jungle of Panama
Butterfly on a Flower

Some of Our Favorite Flower Photographs – The title of the post pretty much says it all. The focus here though was on individual flowers as opposed to beds of flowers or flowering bushes. Focusing in on a single flower often allows you to clearly see all of the beauty that the flower has to offer.

The Color Purple

The orchid is one of the most beautiful, if not delicate, flowers in the world. For this week’s Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge Purple we decided to use a photo of an orchid that we took last summer at the Denver Botanic Gardens. Obviously we prefer to capture flowers in their natural environment, but these were just too beautiful to ignore. There is a place for zoos and botanical gardens, bringing the beauty of the world to those who are not able to travel the world. We find the same inspiration in travel shows and books that describe the wonder of the world that we may never see, but hope to visit one day, if we are fortunate enough to have the opportunity.

Purple Orchid
Purple Orchid

And from our most recent hiking trip into the mountains of Colorado.

Beautiful Wildflower
Beautiful Wildflower

A Departure from the Norm

This week’s Daily Post Discover Challenge is to take a risk and write a post that takes us out of our comfort zone. Blogging in general has taken us out of comfort zone as we continue to share more and more about ourselves as much as about our travels. Early in our marriage, Pete would write poetry to Dona often, including writing her a poem on a napkin the night that we first met. Unfortunately, work and life have reduced the frequency of the poems, but not the sentiments that we both share towards one another.

Below is a poem that was written less than two months after we first met.  Don’t worry, you won’t be seeing poetry on our site on a regular basis.  And, since we always try to put a photo with our posts, we’ve included a couple of pictures of orchids, which like love, need to be carefully tended to in order to bring out their full beauty.

Purple Orchid
Purple Orchid

In your eyes I see a smile that warms my heart.

In your touch I feel a passion that stirs my soul.

In your kiss I get lost in a world of emotion that I wish would never end.

With my arm around you, I feel so secure.

When I talk to you, I feel that I could conquer the world and make it our own.

When you hug me, my blood begins to boil with the passion from within.

When we’re together, nothing matters except that I’m with you.

When we’re apart, I feel the pull of my soul, which feels incomplete.

Never in my life have I felt emotion so strong that with the mere mention of your name, I get flustered and confused.

Never in my life have I ever truly felt anything until the day that we met.

White and Red Orchid
White and Red Orchid