Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Domes, Arches or Half- Circles

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Domes, Arches or Half- Circles

Here are my submissions for this the  Cee’s Photo Challenge: Dome, Arches, or Half Circle  of this week. Enjoy! Each photo is captioned near the bottom if you hover over the photograph with your mouse.

Iowa State University, Beardshear Hall, © Carol Labuzzetta, 2017.
Iowa State University, Under the Campanile, © Carol Labuzzetta, 2016
Jefferson Memorial, © Carol Labuzzetta, 2010


Jefferson Memorial, © Carol Labuzzetta, 2010
Smithsonian Institution, History Building, © Carol Labuzzetta, 2010
Arched Bridge in Central Park, New York City, © Carol Labuzzetta, 2013
Arches of Lincoln Center, © Carol Labuzzetta, 2013.
Outside St. John, The Devine Cathedral in New York City. © Carol Labuzzetta, 2013
Arches inside St. John, The Devine Cathedral in New York City, © Carol Labuzzetta, 2013
State Capitol Building in Madison Wisconsin at night. © Carol Labuzzetta, 2012
U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C., © Carol Labuzzetta 2010
The Daily Post: Word Press Photo Challenge, All Time Favorites!

The Daily Post: Word Press Photo Challenge, All Time Favorites!

I learned this week that The Daily Post by WordPress will no longer be offered prompts – which I rarely used, or Photo Challenges, in which I did participate regularly. As their last challenge, they have asked for participants to photo their all time favorite photos. I hope you enjoy mine. It will be hard to choose, as I have many photos which are special to me.


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Monarch Chrysalises and Caterpillars © Carol Labuzzetta, 2017
Napili Coast Kauai, 2013, © Carol Labuzzetta


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Johnson’s Blue Geranium, Mid-west Gardens. 
Bald Eagle behind our house, © Carol Labuzzetta 2017
Gibbs Hill Lighthouse, Bermuda, © Carol Labuzzetta, 2017
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New York City, 2013, © Carol Labuzzetta
Sunset on North Woods Lake, 2015 © Carol Labuzzetta
Sunrise on Haleakala, Maui, Christmas Morning, 2015 © Carol Labuzzetta
D.C. Architecture,  2010, © Carol Labuzzetta
Monarch Butterfly © Carol Labuzzetta


Word Press Weekly Photo Challenge: Place in the World

Word Press Weekly Photo Challenge: Place in the World

My place in the world is with my Family surrounded by Nature!

Where ever that place happens to be:

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Looking at a late April Snowstorm against a blue sky from our Wisconsin Home (2018),

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in Bermuda on Horseshoe Bay Beach at Dusk with the love of my life’s hand on my shoulder looking at a dusky sunset, pink sand beach, and turquoise waters in late summer – just as we have looked at this same view three times before (1987, 2007, 2017),


in a school garden while kids are in class, the caretaker of beauty and knowledge  awaits on this path (2018),


looking down at a beach from above on a narrow, muddied jungle path, a view holds the dangerous waters and those who dare to swim but might not last (2013).

on the many Florida beaches over the years we visited as one, collecting memories as well as the shells we all saved for none

hearing the roar of waterfalls be it Niagara, Kauai, Buffalo Creek, or Angel Falls (RMNP). Water connects our place in the world (1985, 1986, 1990, 2004, 2010, 2013). I’ve realized through looking back,


from a spot in my yard to a Great Lake I once knew,


a cabin I love built in the woods where the wild loons call. Yes, I’ve realized today,


there is a place in this world, a place for us all. Favorite, I have none, with my family I’ll stay, traveling to store memories all along the way. This life’s been a good one, great in fact, I am at home where I go as long as that is where my family’s at.


So, whether it’s a stay in D.C. or the Nederlands far, a trip to Jersey over that world-famous bridge, the sunrise on Haleakala or to hear the wild La Jolla sea lions call, the place doesn’t matter for I find awe in them all. As long as my family is with me, I know I belong.


This is my contribution for the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Place in the World. This post’s format was inspired by the blog Streaming Through America and their response to this same photo challenge! You really should check it out. Thanks!

WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Unlikely

WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Unlikely

This is of the known but unlikely visualization of fresh mountain rainforest water meeting the salt water of the Pacific Ocean. It was taken on the island of Kauai at Hanakapiai Beach: The most dangerous beach in Hawaii Beach – a walk in only beach.  There are many signs here warning visitors not to go in the water, for many have died. The water here is what the local call “confused”. Part of the confusion is the visible unlikely sighting of fresh water mixing with ocean water. Breathtakingly dangerous!


Where the Water is Confused, Kauai’s Hanakapiai Beach, © Carol Labuzzetta, 2013

The following photos were chosen when I though the prompt was unexpected! While they work for unlikely, and I changed my captions, I searched my files for something I could add, as you see in the above photographs.  Enjoy the rest, even though they are for the wrong prompt!

Unlikely: A Late April Snowstorm! © Carol Labuzzetta, 2018
Unlikely: A Tillandsia Bloom, © Carol Labuzzetta, 2017
Moon Set Christmas Day 2015
Unlikely:  A Christmas Day Moon Set on Maui is as beautiful as the sun rise on the other side of the volcanic crater! © Carol Labuzzetta, 2015
Unlikely: A bottle of perfume was inside the box in what I thought I had bought as a bar of soap!  Did not realize was it was until I got it all the way home! © Carol Labuzzetta, 2017
Unlikely: A seagull trying to eat a tennis ball on the beach in The Netherlands on the shore of the North Sea! I don’t think it was the meal he thought he was getting! Did it smell fishy? © Carol Labuzzetta, 2016

Unlikely find on a morning walk: A sea-lion asleep on the beach on the island of Kauai. © Carol Labuzzetta, 2013.

These are my submissions  for the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Unlikely.



Word Press Weekly Photo Challenge: Lines

Word Press Weekly Photo Challenge: Lines

Enjoy the variety of “lines” in my photography as these are my submission to the Weekly WordPress Photo Challenge: Lines.

Lines on a Garden Bench in a late April snow. © Carol Labuzzetta, 2018
Lines of Walnut and Maple on a homemade skateboard. © Carol Labuzzetta, 2015.


St. Peter's Church in St. George 2017
The stair form contrasting lines at St. Peter’s Church in St. Georges Bermuda. © Carol Labuzzetta, 2017
Lines of Cypress Trees and Benches at Iowa State University, © Carol Labuzzetta, 2017.
Lines on the Deck, lines on the fence, and lines on the chairs – manmade lines. © Carol Labuzzetta, 2017.
License Plates – Collected and in Lines. © Carol Labuzzetta, 2017.
Lines are not always straight. One of my favorite photos from a D.C. trip in 2010. © Carol Labuzzetta, 2010.
The straight lines of a footbridge in Iowa. © Carol Labuzzetta, 2017
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A line of sight is essential when protection the Royal Fleet in Bermuda. Royal Navy Dockyard. Bermuda, © Carol Labuzzetta, 2017.
A Bench of Lines at our cabin in the Northwoods contrasts with the wildness of coneflowers.           © Carol Labuzzetta, 2016.
Silent Sunday: Some Cactus

Silent Sunday: Some Cactus

Christmas or “holiday” Cactus.
Barrel Cactus, San Diego, 2012.
Bloom on a Rhipsalis Cactus, © Carol Labuzzetta, 2014
Cactus Garden in Balboa Park, San Diego, California, 2012.© Carol Labuzzetta
Old Man Cactus @ Longwood Gardens, Pennsylvania, 2010. © C. Labuzzetta
Cactus and Succulent Room at Longwood Gardens, Pennsylvania, © C. Labuzzetta, 2010
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Getting Ready to Bloom, Holiday Cactus, 2013.
WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Smile

WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Smile

The WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge for this week is to post on your interpretation of the word, Smile! My post is brief but the smile(s) are lasting! Enjoy!

Who doesn’t love a good amusement park? Pictured here is one of my boys when he was much littler than he is now. We were at Cedar Point in Sandusky Ohio! Who doesn’t love a good amusement park? The smile says it all!


This is followed by my other two boys, also much, much younger than they are now trying to figure out if their wingspan is as large as some raptors! Turkey vultures, eagles, hawks….which are you? This was taken at the Henry Vilas Zoo in Madison, Wisconsin. Who doesn’t love a good zoo?

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Who doesn’t love a good plant sale? This photo, shot years ago, was from a plant sale fundraiser at our school. Fifth grade students who helped me with set up that year are now juniors in college! Wow!  The other reason this photo makes me smile is that at the end of the night, we had many plants left. One lady, who was building a new house, came up and said, “I’ll buy everything you have left!” We gave it to her for half off and my husband delivered the plants to her house! It was a win-win – definitely, enough to make everyone smile!

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Here we are on the top of Haleakala Volcano on Christmas Morning in 2015. The sun had just come up! Who wouldn’t love seeing that event? Another day! Another reason to smile!


And lastly, more smiles as I posed as Vermeer’s Girl with the Pearl Earring while in Den Haag in 2016.We had a great trip, reason to smile, and this portrait capture was just too tempting to pass up! Our smiles are much bigger than hers, as you can see, as the original Vermeer is pictured at the left! I am sure our smiles were bolstered by our daily selfies on the streets & backroads of The Netherlands!