Weekly Photo Challenge: Oceans ~ The South Pacific

Swaying Palm Trees in the South Pacific

As my toes touch the refreshing water line, my body instantly begins to chill from the oppressive tropical heat. The salty air rejuvenates my mind as the body begins to respond to the swaying of the palm trees.  White fluffy clouds march across the cobalt sky reflecting on the cerulean sea waves. The South Pacific Ocean is legendary in poetry, music, film and photography as humans try to translate its beauty into art. The South Pacific Ocean cannot be replicated as it is an art form in itself.

Marriage of the Sea and Sky at Gem

Boracay Blue

Dining at the Oceanfront

Boys Frolicking Off Boats in The Philippines

Save the Earth’s oceans for the generations to come to enjoy.

Thanks to http://wheresmybackpack.com/ for another great Travel Challenge! S

Travel Theme: Rhythm ~ Cambodia

This week’s travel challenge is “Rhythm” thanks to Alisa at  http://wheresmybackpack.com/ 

Monk Reading Under a Tree

Monk In Temple

South East Asia has a slow rhythm that is rich with cultural heritage.  Each country has a distinct flow and Cambodia is peppered with forgiveness, reverence, patience and contemplation. The pace of the country is laid back and peaceful yet exciting and exotic. The first two photos reflect the rhythm of daily life in Cambodia~ Monks in quiet reflection.

Child in a Cooking Pot “Boat”

This photo reveals the rhythm of the Mekong River. After spending a day exploring a floating river village, we had a line of chattering children following us in cooking pots. Towards the end of the day, their mothers called out to them and the children paddled home so the evening meal could be cooked!

Land Mine Victim Music Group

The land mine victims in Cambodia were a heart-wrenching vision! And yet true to the humbleness of the culture the victims gathered in musical groups to play at many of the temple sites playing melodic rhythm on local instruments. The music set the tone of the historical sites which deserve to be honored and respected as some of the greatest pieces of architecture and history.