Thursday, August 20, 2020

Happy Thankful Thursday

Happy Thursday,


I decided to share some of my favorite sky scenes and photos. These are all from my archives. I am thankful for great memories from past years and various trips. No specific order or date, luckily I can remember where the photo was taken.  I rotate photos in a folder to be used for my desktop background.  My favorites are images from sea to sea, America the Beautiful. I am thankful for the beauty in our country and around the world.  Some sky and scenes are from our travels outside the USA. They include scenes from Costa Rica, Curacao and Iceland. 

This is a sunrise at Flagler Beach, Florida 2015


This sunrise was in our Lakeland Florida neighborhood 2016


The is the Arenal Volcano in Costa Rica 2010


I am pretty sure this is from Ruby Beach, Olympic Nat'l Park Washington State 2017


Sunset Curacao, taken at the resort beach 2012


Moon captured at the Guadalupe Mountains, Texas 2013



Sunrise at the Bosque del Apache, New Mexico 2013.   These are the only birds seen on this post, a group of Sandhill Cranes in flight and some ducks in the water.


Sunrise at Crescent Lake, Washington 2015



Sunset Beach, North Carolina  2017



Mt Hood Oregon, July 2012



Iceland, Sept 2019



 I am thankful for Katherine Lee Bates, a teacher and poet who wrote the song America the Beautiful in 1893. Bates was inspired after a visit to Pikes Peak in Colorado. In 1904 Katherine Lee Bates revived the song adding the words "And crown thy good with brotherhood, from sea to shining sea."  The song and poem reflects a belief in community and social justice. Bates had a deep empathy and a lifelong interest in helping others who were struggling to make ends meet. This song took on new meaning on Nov 11 1918 Armistice Day, when the WWI ended and the soldiers returned home. On this last day of the war, the soldiers left the trenches singing America the beautiful.

Colorado, Rocky Mountain Nat'l Park Sept 2014 



We should all be thankful for our freedom and liberty. Thankful for our home of the free and brave.  I am focusing on things I love and cherish, like my country and it's spacious skies.  BTW, I am thankful for the USPS and when I get my mail/medicine on time.

 Be Kind! Kindness changes the world, one heart at a time!! 😊

 Take care and stay safe! 


Live simple and be happy!  😊 Take care, keep smiling!


Thank you Michelle for hosting Thankful Thursday
Thank you to Yogi the host of   Skywatch Friday


Thank you for visiting and for your nice comments on my previous post. Have a happy day!!  😊

103 comments:

  1. Hari Om
    Oh my wordm Eileen - I love your bird posts - but this one... this is astoundingly beautiful!!! Thank YOU for sharing them. YAM xx

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    1. Hello YAM,
      Thanks so much for the visit and comment.
      Take care, enjoy your day!

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  2. Thanks for sharing this beautiful series of shots.
    Take care you too.
    Have a nice rest of week!

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    1. Thanks so much for the visit and comment.
      Take care, enjoy your day!

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  3. Great sky shots, Elaine, from different corners of the world too. I always think I should pay more attention to the sky, but I never seem to somehow.

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    1. Thank you!
      Iceland was a great place to visit, beautiful coastline.
      Have a happy day!

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  5. Hello Eileen,

    You have taken so many beautiful photos, and the sunsets are very pretty! Mnt. Hood looks very high.
    Enjoy your day, and take care!

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    1. Thank you Marit!

      Mt Hood is the 4th highest in the Cascade Range. 11,250'.

      Have a great day!

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  6. Simplesmente maravilhosas tuas fotos!ADORO sempre! beijos, ´ótimo dia! chica

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  7. ...you have seem America at it best, let's return it to its former glory.

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    1. Thanks Tom!
      I agree, I am not happy with what is happening with our America!
      Enjoy your day!

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  8. They are all spectacular. My favourite is Ruby Beach. Breathtaking.

    Love the mountain scenes! I live on a pancake in the sea...

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    1. Thanks Marie! The Ruby beach is beautiful, the Washington state coastline is lovely.
      Take care, enjoy your day!

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  9. Such amazing photos and beautiful thoughts to accompany them!

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    1. Thank you Martha! Take care, enjoy your day!

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  10. Hi Eileen,
    Wonderful photos of sunrise and sunset. Simply fantastic!
    The landscapes are beautiful.
    My congratulations for such beautiful photographs.
    Hugs,
    Ailime

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      Take care, enjoy your day!

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  11. Gorgeous photos!! You certainly captured some beautiful views.

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  12. Every one of these is gorgeous, Eileen! A feast for the eyes.

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  13. I am glad I am not judging these! They are all so beautiful. I love the one of the moon, Too. It looks huge!

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  14. Hi Eileen,
    What a great series of photos from your travels.
    I love the sunrise photos.
    Best regards Irma

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  15. I like to be kind and content too. And it's nice to look back at photos that were taken on wonderful trips. The moon coming up over the mountain is my favorite....how astounding. I was going to say the palm trees until I saw this one! Enjoy your day and the beauty that surrounds us.

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  16. Each one of these is a perfect example have a beautiful Nation! I can't even pick a favorite because they're all absolutely perfect today I am thankful for the eyes to see all this beauty

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    1. Thanks Sandra!
      We do live in a beautiful country.
      Take care, enjoy your day!

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  17. Spectacular photos.

    I will say, Florida gets some of the most amazing sunrises and sunsets. But, the moon coming over the ridge is so cool.

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  18. Oh, so many beautiful shots. You are a master at photography, Eileen!

    xoxo

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    1. Thanks Sally! I am just lucky with some photos.
      Have a happy day!

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  19. all are so spectacular. my favorite is the perspective of the moon in Texas.

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    1. Thanks for the comment.
      Have a great weekend!

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  21. Amazing colours, and I can get goosebumps just imagining those voices united, we have so much to be thankful for, my list is HUGE, and now with the virus, our looming government election down here, staying safe is uppermost in all our minds, Looking back over photos gives a new perspective to when travel was safe, was allowed, no restrictions, when older ones talk about " The Good Old Days " maybe they were so right. And, now I am 80, those days were like a dream. Take care and stay well.

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    1. Thank you Jean! Take care and stay safe!
      Have a great weekend!

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  22. Wonderful collection, thanks for reminding me of our great land. It's certainly full of beauty.

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    1. Thank you Barbara!
      Take care, enjoy your day!

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  23. You have visited some amazingly beautiful places. So sad to be unable to travel now. I hope it clears up soon and we can all go out again.

    be well... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

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  24. Amazing photos, Eileen. I love the view of Mount Hood. I drove up that road many times and my daughter lives about an hour away. Thanks for sharing and have a lovely day!

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  25. Gorgeous photos and I’m thankful that you shared them today :) Interesting history on America the Beautiful, the last part was very poignant. Thank you for sharing that too, also for the lovely words at the end of your post. Enjoy the rest of your week and have a great weekend.

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    1. Thank you Denise! I wish you a happy day and weekend!

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  26. Some really gorgeous skies in this post...awesome memories to reflect upon..we have so much we need to cherish and protect. Hope your weekend is good one.

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    1. Hello Sondra,
      I am happy at these times to be able to look back at our trip memories.
      Thank you! I wish you a happy day and weekend!

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  27. Such beautiful skies from near and far. Just gorgeous. You've been blessed to see all these beautiful spots!

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    1. Thank you Ellen! Have a happy day and weekend!

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    1. Thank you! I wish you a happy day and weekend!

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    1. Thank you Carol! Have a happy day and weekend!

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  30. A beautiful collection of photos! They would all make wonderful desktop backgrounds. Hard to pick a favorite, but I love that double arch in Iceland!

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  31. As much as I enjoy the photos, they are kind of a painful reminder of what we can't do any more--and who knows when we will again. It's great, though, that you've got all these lovely visual memories!

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  32. They are all such wonderful photographs, leaving you with such special memories :)

    All the best Jan

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    1. Thank you Jan! Have a happy day and weekend!

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  33. These are fabulous. Can't even pick a favorite!!!

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    1. Thank you Karen! Have a happy day and weekend!

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  34. Oh my what wonderful places you've been to and now share again with us! Great choice for your post today. On the topic of blogger changing, I'm seeming to get the creation of our posts, although it's really a lot more work, what is that all about? But what I'm working on now is my reading list, it's a bit confusing when I select the add more. Oh well more things to learn right?!

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    1. Thank you Karen! I do not care for the new blogger. Have a happy day and weekend!

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  35. What a selection of wonderful shots, and great shots of the Olympic Peninsula! I'm pretty certain that is Ruby Beach. Isn't it nice to have shots like this to enjoy when you're stuck at home?

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    1. Thank you Kay! Have a happy day and weekend!

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  36. ou have some really wonderful photo memories!! It's been grand to visit here! Have a wonderful weekend!

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  37. You have some great archives!! I especially love the Moon at the Guadalupe Mountains shot. I would be perfectly happy for America the Beautiful to replace the Star Spangled Banner for our national anthem. Such a great expression of beauty, grace, and inclusiveness (long before inclusiveness was even a thing.)
    Have a great weekend!!

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    1. Thank you Alan! It is a beautiful song. Have a happy day and weekend!

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  38. Eileen, one word for all: Breathtaking. (And since from your archives, many are new to me, so I'm thrilled to see them.)

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    1. Thank you Jeanie! Have a happy day and weekend!

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  39. What a cool post. Eileen. You pictures are spectacular and you have been just about everywhere--LOL. I also enjoyed seeing shot from out this way.
    I always like America the Beautiful and maybe that should be our anthem. Wonderful words.
    Enjoy
    MB

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  40. Gorgeous photos! There's nothing like the sunrise over the ocean. Oh, and #SaveThePostOffice.

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    1. Thank you! Yes, we need to save the post office and our democracy! Have a happy day and weekend!

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  41. wow some very pretty and impressive scenery in each photo - loving the snow topped mountains. stay safe, kia kaha.

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    1. Thank you Amy! Have a happy day and weekend!

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  42. Hello Eileen. Fantastic and beautiful photos. Thank you for sharing.

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    1. Thank you Anu! Have a happy day and weekend!

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  43. Hello Eileen,
    This is fantastic. What a wonderful pictures of these amazing places.
    Great to see the sunrise on that location.
    And nice with the passing cranes. Shot 4 and 11 are very nice too. This is enjoyment!!

    Greetings, Marco

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  44. These are very beautiful and unique sights of sea and sunrises and sunsets! Each represents a beauty to behold and thanks for sharing these lovely photos and nature for creating these wonders.
    Have a nice weekend
    Take care

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    1. Thank you Jeevan! Have a happy day and weekend!

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  45. A very beautiful collection of pictures

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    1. Thank you Mikael! I am having trouble opening your blog post. Have a happy day and weekend!

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  46. Eileen beautiful ~ magnificent sky shots and wonderful history about the song by Bates ~ thanks, ^_^

    Live each moment with love,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

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  47. Thank you, Eileen, as ever for your kind comment. And what a wonderful set of photos, ah those sunsets. I have always loved the phrase, 'from sea to shining sea' which I feel has a kind of uniting sense to it. Have a lovely weekend.

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  48. splendid! I was so impressed with the south west of the USA and would love to see Yellowstone, but with all the current trends...

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  49. very beautiful images...
    love photos of sunrise and Mt Hood....

    Have a wonderful weekend

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  50. oh my goodness. these photos are absolutely BEAUTIFUL. JUST WOW.
    thanks for sharing!!!

    ashley
    https://www.essentiallyash.com

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  51. Gorgeous photos, it's like being there. Thanks for sharing them.

    Hugs Diane

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  52. Stunning pictures (and some favorite places for me too)... I too am grateful for those memories. You have a wonderful way of remaining positive while still pointing out some of the things we need to change . . Excellent words ..thank you for them and also for the birthday wishes!

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