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My Camera and Me - A Travelogue

Updated on March 26, 2015

Have Camera Will Travel...

I have somehow developed a passion for photography.

I have never taken a class in photography. Can't even figure out the handbook for my camera (Canon A720/IS). Which says a lot about the camera, actually. Point and click is my kind of camera.

In spite of my photographic shortcomings which are many, I've compiled a collection of photographs of which I'm quite proud and would like to share some of them with you in this lens.

My camera tells a lot "About Me".

This camera lens photo is by Wolfgang Lonienand is used with permission through Creative Commons. All other photographs are mine.

A good snapshot stops a moment from running away.

— Eudora Welty

The Housesitting Connection...

or how I became obsessed with photography.

My husband and I accepted housesitting assignment for many years. It was a wonderful way to travel from cold Minnesota winters to warm locales. We enjoyed most excellent assignments in

Manhattan Beach, California;

Bainbridge Island, Washington;

San Diego, California;

Dallas, Texas;

Mendocino, California;

Tucson, Arizona.

My camera goes with me everywhere. We're inseparable. Bonded together permanently.

Granted that's not a huge travel itinerary but we've had multiple housesits in all of these places and it suits us just fine. You could spend lengthy amounts of time in any of these spots and never see everything there is to see.

There are housesiting opportunities all over the world! In order to travel all over the world, you must board an airplane. We choose not to do that. But that's another story.

It's been fabulous fun and my camera and I have had more photo ops than you can shake a fist at. This country is beautiful.

Arizona - The Desert Southwest

A camera's dream adventure.

I love Arizona. We once had a housesitting assignment in Tucson in September for about three weeks. It was hot!

But (and this is the truth) it was tolerable! Yes, it was. Hot in the sun but if you move into the shade the difference is remarkable.

They call it "dry heat" and I'll take it over humidity any day.

Here are some of my impressions of the Desert Southwest.

A hundred ten in the shade is sorta hot, but you don't have to shovel it off your driveway.

— Unknown

If you go... - will need a good travel guide.

Washington State - The Pacific Northwest

Bainbridge Island

Two cats - Ohits (for Oh, it's the big cat...) and Muffin (or The Muffs) are our two charges whenever we housesit for their "humans" on Bainbridge Island. We love those two cats. Bainbridge Island, Washington is about a half hour ferry ride from Seattle, Washington. It's in the Puget Sounds and it's about 50 miles long and 10 miles wide.

The city of Winslow is a beautiful place and we have thoroughly enjoyed each housesitting assignment there. What's really great is that we're within walking distance of the Ferry to Seattle so it's just a matter of walking on, riding to Seattle, spending the day shopping or sightseeing and then returning to Winslow in the evening.

This map appears on the official Bainbridge Island website.

My Camera and me... Washington state's Skagit Valley.

A few more favorite photographs:

I took this spectacular photo of Mount Baker on a (rare) clear day in February.

The Deception Pass Bridge spans 1487 feet. That's over 1/4 mile in length! Approximately 20,000 vehicles pass over the bridge each day. And it has been designated a National Historic Landmark

This is a view of Puget Sound from Deception Pass which connects Fidalgo Island and Whidbey Island.

This is Ediz Hook on the Olympic Peninsula. Ediz Hook is a 3-mile long spit in Port Angeles Harbor. It's kind of a tradition for visitors to stack stones on the rocks along the spit. I have no idea why but every time I've visited there are stones stacked here and there.

Driftwood, giant seawood and rocks at the Ediz Hook

If you go to Washington state... - ...this travel guide will be a great companion.

From the Back Cover:

Tired of the same old tourist traps? Whether you're a visitor or a local looking for something different, let Washington Off the Beaten Path show you the Evergreen State you never knew existed.

"California dreamin'...

on a winter's day..."

— The Mama's and The Papa's

Southern California

A perfect climate. Not too hot - not too cold.

Five or six housesitting assignments in Manhattan Beach morphed into a lasting friendship with the homeowners and their two beautiful Siberian Huskies.

They moved out of the state this year so we won't be going back to that sunny spot but we'll stay in touch. And we will miss those sweet Huskies.

Each time we went, we filled each day with adventures and my camera and I were on a mission to record as much as we could in the time that we had.

A Camera for you... - ...and lots of other photographic necessities, as well.

"No one realizes how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow."

— Lin Yutang

I hope you've enjoyed the photos I've posted here and have learned a little more about me in the process. I'd love to have you comment on your favorite photo or on places that I've mentioned that you love, too.

My Camera and Me Guestbook - Hey, thanks for visiting...

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      Cheryl Kohan 6 years ago from Minnesota

      @indigoj: I can't thank you enough for the angel blessing...I know how precious they are! And I'm pleased that you like my photographs. Thank you very much for the visit.

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      Cheryl Kohan 6 years ago from Minnesota

      @AuthorNormaBudden: Thank you, Norma! I appreciate your visit and I'm so happy you enjoyed the photos.

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      AuthorNormaBudden 6 years ago

      I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to your lens. Your photos are beautiful.

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      Indigo Janson 6 years ago from UK

      Another gorgeous and entertaining travel guide! I love both your writing and your photography. It's tough to narrow it down to a singe favourite photo, they are all interesting, but I like the wood carving, the funny little reptile with the spiny back, and that shot looking out to see with the little pebble stacks. ~Angel blessed~ for excellence in travel lens making.

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      Cheryl Kohan 7 years ago from Minnesota

      @PromptWriter: Well, hi! I just noticed your comment...sorry I'm so late responding. Thanks for the kind words. I love my camera although it's a constant learning experience!

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      Moe Wood 7 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      With all the travelling you do it wise you have invested in a camera to document your experiences. Beautiful.

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      julieannbrady 8 years ago

      Do you know, I need a camera-outfitted hat or purse so that each and every day in my journeys, that camera is right there with me all charged up because I know that you know we lensmasters and writers have so many writing opps and photo opps that we miss out on -- why? No camera on hand! I love travelogues.

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      WindyWintersHubs 8 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Great Pictures and Very Professional! Hard to pic only one. The colors are so vivid. Housesitting sounds fun!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Your pictures are beautiful - thank you for sharing them!

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      Faye Rutledge 8 years ago from Concord VA

      Great photography and lens! Enjoyed it very much!

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      greenerme 8 years ago

      You could've fooled me, I think your photography looks very professional! Excellent photos, I especially like your pictures of Saguaro. I was there a few years back.

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      blue22d 8 years ago

      Nice lens. I really enjoyed the photography. It is really fun to take pictures especially now that we have digital and can see instantly what they look it. Five stars to you.

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      qlcoach 8 years ago

      Beautiful, beautiful! Well done. Enjoyed it a lot. Yeah to Traffic Moms! Met you on lensroll. Hope you will consider visiting my new lens about emotional healing. Gary Eby, author and therapist.

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      Mihaela Vrban 8 years ago from Croatia

      Beautiful pictures! Great lens! Blessed by an Angel!

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      JenniferAkers LM 8 years ago

      Excellent lens! I love all your photos and hearing about your travels with housesitting. Great job in sharing information, visuals, sharing more about you, and highlighting lenses of other Rocket Moms. 5*!

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      Bambi Watson 8 years ago

      nicely done :-)

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Housesitting seems to be a great way to travel to new places. Loved your photos.

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      bdkz 8 years ago

      What a beautiful lens!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Beautifully done, Cheryl!

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      Holley Web 8 years ago

      The Southern California photos are gorgeous! I loved all the slideshows and you did a beautiful job with them. Thank you for featuring my Savannah, GA lens here as well. Lensrolling to all of my travel lenses. 5*s