Dangerously Close (WPC: Danger)

Looking down from our cruise ship as we passed through each of the three locks along the Panama Canal, you couldn’t help but hold your breath on seeing what a narrow fit our ship was. It appeared dangerously close.

Danger! is The Daily Post Photo Challenge for this week.





Submarine Maintenance (Cee’s Odd Ball Challenge #26)


Walking out onto the balcony of our ship’s cabin the last thing I expected to see going past was a submarine preparing to submerge!

Submarine Maintenance

Then again, we were sailing into the port of Cartagena, Columbia, perhaps I really shouldn’t have been surprised…


Cee's Odd Ball Challenge







Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge #20


When attempting to escape the hot, burning sun of Huatulco, Mexico via the shade of the trees, we happened upon this gentlemen standing guard outside a shop.

Odd Ball Huatulco

It was love at first sight for Darling Daughter and myself. If we could have stuffed him into our beach-bags we would have. Oddly, he reminded me of George Clooney’s Batman with those unnecessary nipples!


Cee's Odd Ball Challenge



One Word Photo Challenge: HOT


When we did our cruise of the Panama Canal in 2013 it was September/October. Naively we thought being that time of the year the weather would be similar to that what we knew in Australia, quite pleasant. Oh how wrong were we. It was hot. UGLY HOT.

You know ugly hot, it’s when it’s that hot sweat trickles into places sweat just shouldn’t be so you wear as little as possible to counteract the trickle. Wearing less however means there’s more on show… as I said, ugly hot.

We arrived in Huatulco, Mexico and not only was it hot, it was humid, the worse possible combination. The only way to extinguish this heat was by way of the super-sized cocktail.

OWPC - Huatulco Hot

Needless to say not much touring or exploring was achieved on this day. And when the children begged to return to the ship and its air-conditioning, there were NO arguments from either of us… provided we could finish our cocktails first!


Going, going, gone!

Sailing into Ketchikan it was intriguing to see the homes and boats in their various state of disrepair. Some were so very much-loved whilst others, well, not so much.

Going, going, gone!

What interruption occurred to change the path that the owners of these buildings and vessels were taking? Was it simply a change of heart or was it a broken heart?

Will things ever change for them, and if so… “mum, how much longer?”


Beautiful Backgrounds

Looking at the background to this photograph it’s possible to think the background was staged but it wasn’t.

This was simply one of those freak shots where everything was as is!

Springtime Webs

As to what this background was I so wish I could remember. I was standing in line for the wash room when this plant caught my eye.

Perhaps it was the paintwork of the building, could have been. As to the possibility of me remembering… “mum, how much longer?”

Glacier Dew Drops

Going through the hundreds of photos whilst preparing our Alaskan Cruise Album, I came across this photograph I took at Mendenhall Glacier.

It has absolutely NOTHING to do with the glacier unless of course you count the water droplets!

Glacier Dew Drops

These were dew drops in spring time. Imagine what it’s like now with temperatures plummeting or the possibility of snow falling.

The lush green will have long gone, as to its return… “mum, how much longer?”

Sitka Sound

The beauty of doing holiday albums is that you get to relive your holiday as you sort through the many photographs taken, trying to decide on those to choose.

This is Sitka Sound, Alaska on the morning we sailed in on our Alaskan Cruise.

Arriving in Sitka - simply glorious!

That cruise was absolutely FABULOUS and I’d do it again in a heart-beat but in reality…  “mum, how much longer?”

Triple C – NOLA style!

As if sailing into New Orleans wasn’t fabulous enough, but we moored near the Crescent City Connection Bridge.

Crescent City Connection Bridge New Orleans

Seeing it as the sun rose behind it was glorious but to see it with the sun shining down upon it was just as fabulous.

Ah, New Orleans – Louisiana (NOLA), what a wonderful city to visit. As to returning there… “mum, how much longer?”

Bridge of the Americas

The Bridge of the Americas is one of the few bridges that joins North to South America. Before beginning ones journey down the Panama Canal from the west coast, this enormous structure can be seen from miles away.

But like all bridges, it’s whats underneath that I find interesting.

Broken Pier Under the Bridge of AmericasThe remnants of what I assume was once an old dock stood stoically in the morning sun, like a sentry watching over passing travelers.

This bridge itself has stood tall for over 50 years, this dock perhaps twice as long but… “mum, how much longer?”