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“. . . what I want in my life is to be willing to be dazzled . . .”
— Mary Oliver

Go forth and be dazzled.

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19 Responses to “my world — part 2”

  1. Wow! Those are some AMAZING photos! It must have been a great trip.

  2. Cid says:


    Dazzling indeed! You live in a very beautiful part of the world. Thank you for sharing these fabulous images with us…. I can almost smell the mountain air.


  3. Melissa says:

    Lauren — Thanks, I appreciate your comments. These photos are from various different outings, but all with amazing views for sure.

  4. Melissa says:

    Cid — I just love the word “dazzled” and I’m continually dazzled (amazed, astonished, etc.) by the beauty nature offers. Whether a brilliant bird in an urban backyard or views of distant mountain ranges from a 14,000 foot peak, it’s all “dazzling” and something I continually need to tap into, especially when times are trying. There’s lots of beauty and mystery in this world of ours, let us be dazzled by it!


  5. Lo says:

    Oh, YAY, Melissa. Great photos. Makes me want to move out to where there are mountains!

    Oh — and if you’re still in the mood for that posting about raw milk cheddar, it’s up! 🙂

  6. I love to be dazzled! Thank you so much for sharing these … I just love them. (Okay, the tent one got me. LOL We do camp on our mtn property, but that’s VA from spring to fall so not like this camping you did!)


  7. Miles says:

    You’re on a roll! Great photos, we’ve had snow here too but by the time I got the chance to photograph any scenery I was on the motorway heading home. When (if!) I get chance I’ll send you some photographs of the area one of our hotels is situated in, the most beautiful part of England in my book.


  8. Elsie Nean says:

    I am dizzy with dazzling :). Love the goater at the top and, of course, the wonderful alpine flowers!
    Truly beautiful scenery and how fortunate you are to be able to roam around in it.
    Keep the joy in your heart and thank you for the photos.

  9. greedydave says:

    Stunning shots, Melissa. Such breathtaking scenery.


  10. Melissa says:

    Lo — Thanks, I am indeed a lucky girl living here! Thanks for the “head’s up” on the raw cheese recipe. It looks great! Yum!

    Shirley — Yes, that camping trip was in December in the high country. Snowshoes and all. You can’t see it in this photo, but we had little battery powered Christmas lights on the tent. Made for a very jolly camping trip. And believe me, snow camping is a trip!

  11. Melissa says:


    I’d love to see where you actually are and what the countryside looks like. Snow or not.



    I love that — dizzy with dazzling. Very good, very good!


    Thanks! Yes, it is beautiful. Glad you all got a glimpse as I’m going to delete half the photos as it takes too long to load!


  12. greedydave says:

    Melissa, I’d hate it if you had to delete your photos.

    There’s some free software called GIMP that allows you to optimize your photos. Basically it’s a trade-off between filesize and image quality but it’s not complicated.

    Here are the 4 photos from this post which I’ve scaled to fit your blog. Massive reduction in filesize but only a negligible reduction in quality.

    If you need any help give me a shout.

  13. Melissa says:


    Gosh, thanks for the tip! I may have to email you for further advice. I’ll trade you for nutrition advice, not that you probably need it.


    I went ahead (before accessing your comment) and deleted 4 photos from each of these posts. I actually brought all the photos into PhotoShop and reduced the file size, but I guess not enough. I’ll check out what you did and THANK YOU so much for the information. That was really nice of you!

    And Dave, get that blog of yours up and running — it looks fascinating!

  14. greedydave says:

    Melissa, wow Photoshop? I love that so much but it’s so expensive!!

    I think the important thing is that you need to resize your images first. Your blog is 500px wide so if you do ‘Image > Resize’ you’ll be able to scale it properly and then save it using ‘File > Save for web & devices.’ You’ll be able to take it down to about 80% quality without any noticable loss.

    And Bingo! No need to delete your photos and we can all enjoy your wonderful snaps!

    As for my blog, I need to muster some motivation, really. More omega 6 required!! 🙂

  15. Melissa says:


    Yes, I do have all those kinds of programs as I used to do quite a bit of photo and layout work (not techy internet stuff though!). Thank you so much for the info — I will play with that this afternoon (yes, save for web — duh!). Thanks.

    I’m anxious to “hear” your take on food. I’m toying with starting another blog focused on the political side of the food world, but with a twist.

    No, no, no — you need more DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), which is an omega 3. I doubt you need more omega 6s. Most of us are out of balance in that department.


  16. Cid says:


    That site I mentioned before is Gudrun Sjoden….. she’s a Swedish designer who takes no notice of age. I, of course aspire to this look but until I shift a bit of excess weight won’t be a great model for the range!

    What do you think?


  17. greedydave says:

    I really love the sound of your new blog idea and I’m looking forward to finding out what the twist is. Keep us posted!

    In the meantime I’m going to DHA myself into a coma. 🙂

  18. Melissa says:

    Cid — I very much enjoyed Gudrun’s site although the clothes are a bit billowy for me and none of her styles come in fleece, flannel, or down-filled.


    Very artistic feel to everything though. I might like mixing and matching some pieces with what I already wear. The gardening trousers look wonderful.

    I have a blue jeans and turtleneck style about me. With varying degrees of hoop earrings. In great need of updating!

    But I did discover the travel diary and decided I need to visit Discobay, Greenland. Sounds like a wonderful adventure.

    Thanks for the link. I liked it! Oh, and the bed and bath materials were wonderful.

    Here’s my version of your Gudrun Sjoden.

  19. Melissa says:

    Dave — I take my EFAs (Essential Fatty Acids) every day. It’s one of the few supplements I take. I prefer getting my nutrients from food — much more fun that way. Having said that, I do feel the omega-fats are incredibly healing and health promoting and it’s hard to get enough from our diet. Unless you’re a wild salmon fisherman.


    Get your blog going, would you!?

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