WPC: Unexpectedly Sweet Moments

There comes a moment on a journey when something sweet, something irresistible and charming as wine raised to thirsty lips, wells up in the traveler’s being.~Patrick MacGill

One of the joys of traveling is being surprised by the unexpected.   These moments often create very sweet memories that linger long after we return home.

One wonderful memory was the double birthday we celebrated last year in Mexico.  Several weeks before our trip, I had ordered a cake for my husband and son, whose birthdays are a week apart.  I hadn’t expected the coconut cake to be so beautiful and delicious!

Celebrating Two Birthdays in Mexico

Let us celebrate the occasion with wine and sweet words.~Plautus

Celebrating Two Birthdays in Mexico.  Shot with a Canon 70D.

Another unexpectedly sweet moment came a few years ago when I was about to have surgery in Boston.  Preoccupied with worries about the operation, my husband and I were tense and irritable.  As an antidote, we took a long walk through Boston Commons.  Hearing music on the other side of the park, we drew closer and watched children ride a beautifully restored carousel.  How could I not smile at the little girl riding a giant rooster?

Riding the Great Rooster in Boston

To me there is no picture so beautiful as smiling, bright-eyed, happy children; no music so sweet as their clear and ringing laughter. P. T. Barnum

The Great Chicken Race. Boston.

Other sweet moments come in flashes, unbidden but very welcome.

Last month, as we walked through a park in Scottsdale Arizona, we saw a small crowd pointing at the tree branches overhead.  I was in luck.   I was carrying my Fuji with the telephone lens.  It was a thrill to see this creature up close.  Its power and beauty are legendary, so it needs no introduction.  I applied the Topaz filter effect, which I believe enhanced the shot.  Let me know if you agree!

Nature’s Power and Beauty

It is the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all. ~Laura Ingalls Wilder

Bald Eagle in Scottsdale, AZ


What sweet memories have you collected during your travels?  Do you agree that these unexpected moments make some of the sweetest memories?

Have a great week, everyone, and plenty of sweet moments.


26 replies »

  1. A Bald Eagle is a great find Patti. I like it when nature surprises me. That’s the unexpected moment which I seek to find in my travels. And you’ve captured it very nicely with your images of both the child and the eagle.

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  2. A very, very naughty sweet moment on Valentine’s Day. But then, that’s allowed, Patti, isn’t it? 🙂 🙂 Almond, fig, carob, marzipany sticky sweet confections from a delightful shop in a tiny Portuguese village.

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  3. Wonderful choices for the week Patti, and your quotes are perfect! Isn’t it interesting that the things we choose to photograph are the ones we most remember? That and the disasters that we laugh about later 😊

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  4. Fantastic shot of the eagle! It must have been quite a thrill to be so close. I’ve only seen one from so far away, I really couldn’t even consider having “seen” it. I was on a birding walk and the group leader called out the eagle. It was a speck above the tree line and flying away from us. Maybe someday soon I’ll see one. That would be a sweet moment indeed!

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  5. Thinking about you and rich. Wishing you safe travels, wonderful encounters and beautiful snapshots! I look forward to following your journey.


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