Anne is leading us this week, looking for New Experiences.
Every day there are new experiences, but some days there are fantastic new experiences. Looking forward to that experience can create overwhelming feelings, and even more so when the experience is something you wished for but thought would never happen.
Anne went to Australia and had a long wished for photographic tour with Leanne Cole. An amazing adventure! I too have chosen a dream come true – The Amazon Forest and the Galapagos Islands. In 2016 we left Sweden for the great adventure. Here – some memories from the Amazon.
Arriving at the lodge!
We went to Ecuador, lived in the jungle for a week and then sailed the Galapagos Islands. Every day was an adventure, something I had dreamed of since I was a child. To fall asleep to the sounds of the jungle, to walk high above the gigantic canopy of trees… fighting mosquitos in the morning, but wow, these are unforgettable memories.
Trees are a passion with me, and at Sacha Lodge on the Napo River, I lived my dream in every moment. The birds, the flowers, the hilarious monkeys shouting through the jungle while jumping over our canoe. And, watching the sunset over the Amazon from a Kapok tree, to all the sounds of the jungle – is hard to beat.
From the canopy down to the forest floor, everything was fascinating. The night walk was intense…no light, only sounds. Our excellent guide knew where to look, and he spotted Tarantulas, lizards, snakes and frogs – effortlessly. We were so impressed, but of course – he grew up in the jungle and was well acquainted with every creature there.
Every day we spent many hours in the canoe, ”looking for anacondas”, but we felt (rather…) safe. Immersed in the dense jungle and its many sounds, I just wanted to stay forever.
When we returned home in the evenings we always felt we’d been blessed with new, exciting experiences. I wished we could have stopped the time there for a while.
But today, your challenge is to show and tell us about a new experience You had. It could be a trip, the birth of a child or grandchild, a road trip to a new place, the possibilities are endless. Please link to Anne’s original post and use the Lens-Artists tag.
We all enjoyed your responses to Sofia’s challenge of Spring. Your beautiful images made us all long for spring wherever in the world we live. Next week, April 1, Donna Holland will be challenging you so …Be ready for anything! Go to her lovely site for more inspiration.
Thank you to this week’s host, Anne, for encouraging us to share our New Experiences. Visit her site to see photos from her travel to Australia. Amazing!
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Such lush stunning photos! How I would love to visit the islands. I too have had the pleasure of meeting Leanne …
Ah, you have met her too! Envious!
gorgeous photos of a place of wonders, that is am experience I would like to wake up also.
You will never regret it!
Wow, tbat looks like quite an adventure, Ann-Christine! I liked the bridge, staircase, and the colorful songbird. Beautiful.
Thank you – I’d love to go again…
GREAT great post! What a wonderful experience. LOVE those forest and views, the canopy walkway, and tower of stairs. Excellent.
What an adventure Ann-Christine! Love the pictures and the narrative 🙂
An amazing adventure Ann-Christing, I loved it all and can only imagine the sights and sounds you so perfectly captured! We’ve done some rain forest trips but I have a feeling nothing compares to being on the Amazon. We had a trip to the Galapagos cancelled a few years back but it remains on our bucket list. So happy to hear how much you loved your adventure! I cannot think of anywhere in the world more different than your usual environment!
True – the difference, yes. And I hope you will go to Galapagos some day!
Stunning photos for this week. 😀 😀
Thank you, Cee!
I’m trying to imagine staying in a lodge in the trees! Amazing, AC, from start to finish. What an amazing adventure. Your images are wonderful, as always. Thanks for sharing this wonderful experience with us. I’m also thinking about you and hoping you are doing OK. Sending hugs your way.
Thank you, Patti – a wonderful adventure it was. I am not doing perfectly well, more problems have arised. But, tomorrow is the funeral. I am OK.
Wonderful images Ann-Christine and what an amazing set of experiences! 💚
Thank you so much, Xenia!
What an amazing experience! Your photos are stunning!
I am glad you liked my adventure – thank you!
Having been to the Galápagos Islands myself, I too know that it is a great experience. Thanks for reminding me as well as sharing your Ecuadorian jungle experience.
Thank you, Chava, yes, we loved it, didn’t we?
Yes we did! The few photos I took there were before all of these digital options. So I am happy to see shots from people who visited more recently.
This was surely an unforgetable experience, thanks for sharing these unique pictures Ann-Christine.
Happy to share this adventure – thank you!
How extraordinary! And fabulous photos 🙂
Thank you ever so much, Liz!
Wow. Happy memories, Ann-Christine.
Happy memories, yes!
Oh wow oh wow! I just love your photos and I can dream of being there myself. I know I would have loved such an adventure! I’m glad you had the experience, and now you have the memories and the photos!
Thank you, Lisa, what would we do without our cameras?
How wonderful for you to experience the trip of your dreams. I could feel your excitement and joy in your writing. I can see why in your images. We all deserve the trip of a lifetime.
Thank you, Anne! Yes, I wish every human being a trip from their dreams!
The photos say it all … fabulous
😊❤️ Thank you!
Beautiful photos – what a special adventure!
Thank you, Nora. Some journeys will stay with you forever!
Oh my gosh! This all sounds fantastic. I hope I’ll have the opportunity to do this someday.
Thank you, I hope you will too!
A fabulous adventure for sure Ann-Christine. Your photo are ever so good and made me so jealous 🙂
Thanks, Brian Much joy every time I look at them –
I long for a holiday when I go through my folders too 🙂
Thank you, it was a wonderful time there.
This truly was an adventure of a lifetime. The photos are stunning, and your words brought reason, curiosity, and a bit of nail biting too. While I would have loved the trip along with you, I would have been a little more leary at night. What a fantastic guide , and a fabulous trip!!!!
Thank you, Donna! Every time I look at those memories, I have to pinch myself to believe they are really mine!