Recently, I published the one thousandth post since I first began this blog in 2010. I decided to mark the occasion by republishing some my favorite images - to me, they may be either memorable, creative, evocative, beautiful, striking, or thoughtful. As a die-hard point-and-shoot camera user, I am often pleasantly surprised with the results. This group of images was made in 2014 in Italy. I hope they captured a few brief moments in time showing some of the beauty and wonder that surrounds us on this planet.
Of the total views, more than half are from the United States, and thousands each from Canada, Russia, Germany, France, United Kingdom, Mexico, Ecuador. Other views have come from all 50 of the United States and the District of Columbia, and 165 countries and territories around the world. One specific post has been viewed a few thousand times!
It boggles my old mind when considered in the context of my formative years in the 1950-70's when a telephone was the extent of modern communication. I could never even imagine such a world as the internet provides us routinely today.
This blog serves an increasingly useful purpose to me as it facilitates retrieval of people, places, and things that my aging mind can't recall quite so quickly. It's an online scrapbook, photo album, journal, calendar - a reminder of where my journey on this planet has taken me. Sometimes I'll click on an old post just to relive the memory. I think in my dotage someday, it will be a pleasant method of armchair travel.
I like the fact that many people enjoy looking in on this blog - it is good that I can shine a pinpoint of light into people's lives - most whom I don't know and will never meet. Brightening someone's day is a welcome act in a world that tends to focus on bad news and tearing people down.