I was treated to the most beautiful and unusual phenomenon crossing the Pacific heading east at dawn. A halo formed around the sun with a Saturn-like ring of light through the center. The two flares on either side resembled UFOs/flying saucers. Here are a few photos, the left side, the center, and the right side. No photoshop, no “lense flare.” It’s what we saw, except it was all much more dramatic in person.
Homemade limoncello made by my bestie, Carolyn, with my homegrown Meyer lemons! Keep in the freezer, the alcohol will keep it from freezing solid. One of the best things I’ve ever tasted. Here’s the link to the recipe: http://arcticgardenstudio.blogspot.com/2011/05/meyer-lemon-liquor.html
Wow! What a spectacular view of Mt Fuji I had last week during “golden hour” while crossing over Japan from Seoul back to California. I have climbed Mt Fuji with my kids from the base to approximately where the snow line is (approx 8500 ft in June) and hope to have time in my vacation schedule one day to make it to the summit:
Who knew weather charts could be so romantic?! There was a heart-shaped area of ozone and we were routed right through it. This was the route from San Francisco to Seoul:
Another airborne “golden hour” shot…loved the look of these clouds, somewhere over Japan. It’s another thing I love about my job, the ever-changing clouds never get boring:
I took this pic while flying over Siberia a few days ago. (see the weather chart above…this was just west of the heart-shaped ozone area) First of all, it’s rarely clear flying over this part of the world, so seeing the frozen landscape all the way to the slightly curved horizon (from 38,000 ft) was special and just stunning. Brings a whole new meaning to the term vast. (and also c-c-cold):
As some of you may already know, I get the worst, comically bad, fortune cookie fortunes. This one just cut to the core, lol!
The lights of the city are so incredibly bright, even from thirty-something thousand feet.
Strawberry bouquets in the hotel lobby. They smelled so good!
Strawberries were even hanging from trees.
I don’t know what kind of flowering shrubs these were on the hiking trail, but they were so bright against the bare branches and leftover brown leaves from last winter.
Forsythias in bloom, just like home! This does seem very early for Seoul. There was hardly ANY snow this winter, it seemed. Or I just missed it on my flights in, which is fine with me. De-icing at Incheon International is one of my least favorite experiences.
Not sure what the significance of the bunny and the pooping dogs on the park sign is. Maybe one of my Korean speaking friends can enlighten me.
Bulbs coming up! They should be blooming by the next time I’m here.