Karma’s June Photo Hunt

Peace ☮

Karma’s June Photo Hunt is pretty interesting. To me it expresses feelings more than person, place, or thing (although certainly person, place, or thing could represent or be the  recipient of those feelings). I wasn’t sure what I’d be able to do with some of the words. To be honest, even as I sit down to put together this post I’m still not sure. I guess we will all have to wait and see where it goes as I scan through the photos I’ve taken this month. Since I spent more than half of June traveling, I suspect most (if not all) of the photos will come from my adventures in Canada and Maine.

The first word on the list —Peace— was easy.  I always feel a great sense of peace at sunrise.  More so than at sunset.  There is something about the silence of the early morning, before the world wakes up, that automatically instills a profound sense of inner peace.  On Cape Breton in Nova Scotia, this sense of inner peace was somehow, incredibly and surprisingly, intensified.  The water in the harbor was still, everyday life was remote (almost as if it didn’t exist at all!), and the colors were the hues of dreams.  Sunrises are awakenings for me, a connection to Peace, Love, and the Great Whatever.

Let’s call that one Peace 2.  ☮  I’ll bring you Peace 3, 4, and 5 another time.  We should move on to the next word so this post doesn’t become too cumbersome. (I sense cumbersome is approaching whether I like it or not.  It’s that kind of post, the one that wants to write itself, using Karma’s list as a catalyst to fire up some words and images.)


One of the definitions of joy is “a source or cause of keen pleasure or delight.”  (Thank you, Dictionary.com.)   On a chilly, rainy afternoon, when M and I went to the Jordan Pond House in Acadia National Park (Maine), hot tea and popovers were a source and cause of keen pleasure and delight.


Pride was a little difficult to picture.  Pride may lead to a fall, but in my case it led me to the top of a mountain.  Granted, it was a small mountain (we only climbed up 500 feet to reach a grand total of 525 feet).  Having been in the Rocky Mountains, to places such as Pike’s Peak, 525 feet is a hill if you’re doing that comparison thing.  But it’s all relative, and all about the situation at the time, in my experience.

The point where I almost turned around which would have caused me to miss the breathtaking views seen in the photo labeled Pride.

As you may or may not recall, I have a fear of going down steep stairs or hills (or any steep climb).  I am not afraid of going up, but the fear kicks in as I go up when my mind starts monkeying around with thoughts about how I’m going to get back down.  The summit in the first photo was not the first time I overcame the fear on this trip, but it was the first time I posed for a photo.  The huge, goofy grin on my face clearly reflects a sense of pride and accomplishment.  I know, you can’t see the huge, goofy grin on my face.  That’s because I’m invisible.  You’re not buying that?  I don’t blame you.  I didn’t post that photo because in addition to the goofy, prideful grin, I am sweaty, dirty, and an absolute mess.  (The not posting falls under the sin of vanity, I suppose, rather than pride.)

The other thing you can’t really see is how steep that section is in the photo I took where I almost gave up.  It was twice as tall as I am and required some clambering around on the boulders.  I’m a good rock-hopper, but not much of a boulder-climber.  After a few minutes (maybe more than a few) of panic and acknowledging the fear and panic, I gave it a try.  With M’s help, I managed to get up.  I spent the next few minutes trying not to think about how I’d get back down (and reassuring myself that at least I didn’t have to go back that way since we were doing the 4.2 mile loop, heading down the mountain another way, which, oh lord, could be worse but I won’t know that until I get there and this is how my mind runs and runs in circles during these situations so I have to work on letting the thoughts flow as I acknowledge the fear and remind myself that all I have to do is put one foot in front of the other because I won’t be spending the night on this mountain!!).  Then we got to the false summit and I forgot all about getting up or down.  I was too busy admiring the views.  The Pride photo was taken at the real summit, and being there was a source of joy.  You’ll see and read more about this in a future post.


Aplomb is poise, balance, confidence, equanimity.  I’d say this little frog has all of those qualities as he perches on his lily pad.  He was another source of joy for me since this was the first time I’ve seen the (stereotypical) frog sitting on a lily pad (other than in a comic or cartoon situation).


This rock strewn path was part of our first hike in Cape Breton.  This is where I learned how to rock hop and climb without thinking about it too much.  The path IS the stream (or the stream IS the path, depending on how you look at it), and in the summer months of July and August the stream dries up.  Maybe.  If it’s not been a wet summer.  Obviously, we were not there during the summer months and eventually the path became a stream too deep, ending our hike a little more than a mile or so out.  Nonetheless, it was a beautiful hike.

Water and rocks were not the only things strewn across the path.

Everybody poops — even moose. Especially moose.

There were signs of moose everywhere.  Signs, but no moose that we could see on this particular hike.

The last word is Toast.  I found this one to be the most difficult until I came across a couple of photos I took on our last day in Maine.

Toast. (Beer, after all, is simply liquid bread with a kick.)

Here’s to travel and vacations,
whether you’re seeking adventure
or rest and relaxation.

Cheers to Karma as well for hosting these challenges.  Thank you, Karma.  It was, as always, great fun.


44 Comments on “Karma’s June Photo Hunt”

  1. Coming East says:

    Loved the pictures, especially the first two. I find peace in the morning, too. At sunset there is almost a sadness. Moose poop was very interesting! I’ve always wanted to see it (not really). You will be pulling out your vacation pictures for a long time.

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Susan. 🙂

      Sorry about the moose poop. If it’s any consolation, I didn’t photograph the bear or coyote scat. I think the vacation photos will be enough blog fodder to last me the rest of my life. lol!

  2. Denise says:

    I loved all your photos, including the Brown Betty with the pretty flower and the warm glow to the shot. Very comforting as would be a nice cup of hot tea!

  3. Anna Surface says:

    What a great idea by Karma! To have photos represent abstract such as joy, pride, aplomb, etc. Robin, all your photos are wonderful! I just love the first, second, and frog photos. By the way, that beer looks good. 🙂 I’m giving some thought to this. Truly enjoyed this post!

  4. milkayphoto says:

    Ha! This post made me laugh! I like your take on “pride” as I’d never thought of it in that way before…but yes, achieving something that you thought you couldn’t do can certainly give one geat pride!

    “Everybdoy poops – even Moose”….hehehehehe….Dr. Seuss would be proud! 🙂

  5. only you could sneak Moose poop into peace and pride and get away with it. hee hee. Great choices all around.

  6. I’m like you in your fear of heights, or at least coming DOWN from heights!! I have been terrified on more than one occasion, but I keep doing these things for the incredible views that await me. And I also know that mind-racing anxiety that comes with trying to make your way down, especially if the way is steep.

    I laughed out loud at your “strewn” moose poop!! Hilarious 🙂

    I don’t know why, but I especially love the still life with the teapot; it looks so cozy. And the beer is a great photo for “toast.”

  7. What a great challenge! I think peace and pride are my favorities in this bunch. I’ve never been to either Maine or Canada. It’s clearly gorgeous.

    • Robin says:

      Thanks, Kathy. 🙂

      Maine and the parts of Canada we visited are definitely worth putting on your list of places to see. It really is beautiful up that way.

  8. mobius faith says:

    The “moose poops” brought back an instant flashback for me. When I went camping in Alaska. Woke up in the morning with these little “gifts” by my sleeping bag. *shudder*

    I guess I’m just glad I didn’t wake up when the big old moose was making it’s deposit. LOL. 🙂

    • Robin says:

      Yikes, Terry! That memory would make me shudder too. There were so many warning signs about moose (mostly advising us to stay away from them). As it turns out, I should have been more worried about the coyotes, but I didn’t know that until we were getting ready to leave. That’s probably a good thing.

  9. Marianne says:

    Oh my gosh! I’ve never seen moose poop before. lol! Thanks for the education, Robin. Your trip sounds like it was so much fun and the photos are beautiful. I had to give up liquid bread years ago, but I have to admit that the last photo looks strangely enticing.

  10. Chloe says:

    wonderful selection, i love those sunset photos & your positioning of the horizone line in the 2nd photo

  11. Anonymous says:

    Excellent job with the challenge. The sunset is breath taking.

    Robin .. OMG, I was right there with you in your climb. Your thoughts and worries are exactly … I mean exactly what has gone through my mind on hikes I have taken. The climbing and the how am I going to get down fears can take away from the enjoyment. But, like you said, overcoming those fears make the climb a monumental accomplishment and something I never forget. And, there is usually a great pay off (like a fabulous view) when you get there.

    Thanks for a great post and pretty pictures.

    • Anonymous says:

      Sorry, I thought I was logged in … I am not Anonymous … I am Bearyweather 😉

      • Anonymous says:

        Wow, Anonymous has a menacing face! I am not sure why I can not get this to recognize me today … grrrrr … Bearyweather.

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Bearyweather. 🙂

      Sorry about the climb, and to find you have a similar monkey mind. It’s weird how that happens, isn’t it? It usually all turns out for the best in the end, but once that panic starts, it’s difficult to shut it down (or shut it out).

      I don’t know what’s going on with your log in. Maybe WordPress is fiddling with things again.

  12. What an excellent idea for a photo series! Robin.. aplomb has to be my favorite.. what a cute little guy!!!

  13. Love the first two shots, the colors are lovely!

  14. Sallyann says:

    Love the frog ! 😀
    My imagination had him sitting there with a crown on his head, did you blow him a kiss ?

  15. Karma says:

    Hi Robin! I’m finally here to check out your hunt since I finally finished my own. I think a Canada/Maine themed hunt is absolutely fabulous. I can really relate to some of your shots too. I know the joy of popovers at the Jordan Pond house, and I truly think that I have been at that point you show on the way to your pride in reaching the summit. Sunrise is lovely (though it is rare that I am awake enough to photograph one when I am in a beautiful place!) and the strewn moose poop was hysterical! Thanks for participating!

  16. those first two are divine!

  17. […] was the first blogger in with a complete photo hunt.  Robin won me over with her beautiful photos from Maine, my “home away from home” and […]

  18. Carol says:

    I love all your photos and your interpretations of the challenge words – I especially like the aplomb – the little frog. And I appreciate that you posted your moose poop “strewn” photo, because now if I ever stumble across any of that in my yard, I will know what to watch out for. Oh, what? I’ll not find moose in the Klamath Basin of Oregon? Well, I’ll be prepared because you just never know what might turn up in the dark of the night.

  19. Dawn says:

    Oh how fun these are! And so glad you made it to the summit…and back! I have never seen moose poop either, and now I can truly say I don’t have to search it out in the future! Thanks! The frog is adorable too.

  20. Bravo! Well done and I do not find it cumbersome in the least. Makes we double my efforts to take that trip to Maine I keep promising myself.

  21. Joanne says:

    It’s a relief to know I’m not the only one who panics about getting down from high places Robin. Not good for you, who suffers, but a relief to me to know I’m not alone with this problem! Karma’s photo challenges always sound like great fun. Now I have my new camera and feel more confident that I’m producing photos more regularly that are worth showing, I should join in too. I guess it’s all just a matter of confidence. 🙂

    • Robin says:

      You definitely should join in on the photo hunts and challenges, Joanne! Your photos are wonderful. 🙂

      I know what you mean about the relief of a shared phobia. Makes us feel a little more normal, I think. Or at least not so different.

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