Still have some Puerto Vallarta pics to share which is a good thing! Between being busy at work and figuring out how I’m going to handle my workload, and being uninspired by the April landscapes this year, I haven’t picked up a camera in awhile. The prospect of May flowers, though, will change that soon!
If you’re interested in traveling and experiencing different places, I really encourage you to think differently about your accommodations and look beyond hotels and resorts. Renting a house was not without frustrations – there were a few pool issues to be sorted out which meant contacting the owner in Texas and then dealing with the property manager who lived across the street and was extremely busy running a fishing boat charter company, and a language barrier with the pool guy. Also, because the house was for sale, there were a few showings, but we knew that a possibility before renting, and received a discount for the inconvenience. Some people have asked if there were any worries about renting a place online because what if the place doesn’t look like the pictures and you’ve spent all that money and it ends up being in a bad neighbourhood? You do need to do some research. I looked on AirBnB and Home Away. Read the reviews, then try to read between the lines of those reviews. I only look at places that have more than 5 reviews, preferably more (because it’s pretty easy to get three of your friends to give you a good review!). If there’s an address look it up on Google Maps street view. Establish a rapport with the owner either by phone or email – do they respond to your inquiries quickly and answer your questions? This all sounds like it takes some effort, but I enjoy it! Keep in mind, this was for a two week stay, and a good portion of the travel budget was going towards accommodations. I wouldn’t put this much effort into a three day stay, for example. Ultimately, the house in Puerto Vallarta was chosen for its million dollar views and my bucket list rooftop, private pool! All the research paid off! All the pics were taken from the rooftop.
The neighbourhood…5 de Diciembre
Felt a little nervous for this guy painting on the roof!
And the iguana who liked to sun himself on the ledge of the house’s second level.
As in Maui in 2015, I don’t think I missed a sunset in Puerto Vallarta. The sky is my endless fascination.
Most of the sunset pictures I took in Puerto Vallarta were from the rooftop pool. I don’t really have a bucket list, but I’ve always wanted to stay somewhere with a private pool.
…a lot of time was spent in this pool staring out at the sea (but my favourite time in the pool was in the evening look at the lights of Puerto Vallarta and the moon)…
The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.
– William Arthur Ward
“hark, now hear the sailors cry,
smell the sea, and feel the sky
let your soul & spirit fly, into the mystic…”
― Van Morrison
Banderas Bay, Puerto Vallarta…many photographs to share after two weeks in Puerto Vallarta, but this is one of my favourites.
You are the sky. Everything else – it’s just the weather
Just a collection of Saskatchewan sky photos I’ve taken over the last couple of months…
Into the storm…near Gull Lake, Saskatchewan
Wascana Lake in November
crescent moon from my balcony
Grasslands National Park in southern Saskatchewan
clouds over old Mosaic Stadium
“No warmth, no cheerfulness, no healthful ease,
No comfortable feel in any member –
No shade, no shine, no butterflies, no bees,
No fruits, no flowers, no leaves, no birds –
– Thomas Hood, No!
I’m sure there is something good to be said about November, but in the meantime, here are some colourful fall shots….
I suppose it’s the time of year where it’s nice to get cozy with a good cup of coffee, and a good book…here’s what I’m reading at the moment…
If I had to choose my favourite subject to photograph, my answer may change depending on the day you ask me or what I thought were my most recent best photos….flowers, animals, landscapes and sunsets are all tops on the list. So, today, let’s say sunsets are my favourite, because how can anyone get tired of watching a sunset and I keep glancing out the window to see how tonight’s sunset may develop….
Here’s one from earlier this summer at Waskesiu in Prince Albert National Park …