the challenge: in the united states, we are in the charmed time of early summer, between memorial day and independence day. school is winding down. the pools are open. the grills are fired up. we linger longer in beds made up with crisp cottons...it is a magical time of year...we have the chance to honor our history during this time of year. to remember how our nation came to be. to remember those who have lived and died to protect the things we hold most dear. no matter what country you call home, there is opportunity here to celebrate every homeland. every nation. (i hope you will recognize these challenges--they are all borrowed from patriotic songs.)

week one: the emblem of the land i love.
week two: the twilight's last gleaming.
week three: my home sweet home.
week four: stars and/or stripes forever.

well, it took me some time, but i finally chose the emblem of the land i love.

since this is supposed to be a self-portrait, here is a picture of myself. on memorial day, i took a drive through the valley that i live in and took in the view...of all "the emblems of the land i love."

it rained on memorial day and so the green was so green.

and the grandeur of the green mountains with the snow was a sight to see.

and of course, i had to stop and get a slurpee for the drive.


  1. good old 7-eleven!! you can't beat that view of the mountains.

  2. Great pictures. I picked the mountains too, they are beautiful.

  3. I grew up in Cache Valley and sure do miss those mountains.

  4. Great mountain shots. And 7-11 of course.

  5. Beautiful mountains. What a nice drive. Hope you emjoyed your slurpee..

  6. Slurpees have got to be american- we love our stuff big and sweet! Beautiful mountain pictures.