It’s a little sad that here in the United Kingdom we don’t celebrate Thanksgiving; one of the most important holidays of our friends across the pond. I always enjoy hearing how they are planning to celebrate via social media channels.
Large family gatherings, eating and drinking far too much, crashing in front of the television, over fed to watch the football. Some will have risked the holiday rush and travelled some distance to share the day with family or friends. Thankful that they are always there for each other.
We may not celebrate the traditional thanksgiving festival, but since starting this site a couple of years ago, it’s become a tradition to produce a thanksgiving post. Sharing a few images which evoke feelings of gratitude, a photo essay of reasons to be thankful from the previous year, and life in general. It’s a cool new media, tradition and one I fully intend to continue with, celebrating thanksgiving in My own way.
Thankful for the magic of early mornings:
The sun rising over the private jetty of a bit of paradise in the Riviera Maya, moments of magic which every traveller experiences.
but equally appreciative of the beauty of late evenings:
A full moon is often just as enchanting, in this shot of the same jetty, even more so.
Thankful for mind-blowing views:
The Everest base camp trek offers dozens of views to take the breath away.
but able to appreciate the small details:
Prayer wheels ready for spinning at a Himalayan monastery in Nepal.
often thankful of the bright lights of the big cities:
Taking in the skyline of Durban on a sunset cruise, a cool city with a decent vibe, plenty of things to do, and there’s always the beach too.
but always appreciate the pristine, and often stark beauty of the wilderness:
The barren but stunningly beautiful landscape of the Manitoba wilderness in Canada’s north, where polar bears, moose and wolves roam freely beneath dancing skies.
Very thankful for moments of solitude:
Finding a little haven of peace in the picturesque, but often bustling town of Nafplio in Greece.
but even more grateful of every opportunity to dance:
The joyful exuberance of a traditional kumpo in The Gambia, girls just wanna have fun!
Extremely thankful for every once in a lifetime wildlife experience:
An exciting stand-off with a guide and mother polar bear with her cub in Manitoba, Canada.
however cherish every encounter with wildlife:
Migrating geese in a colourful autumnal sky, right on my doorstep in Salford, near Manchester.
Thankful of the artistic creativity of man:
Dramatic and impressive street art on the walls of Angoulême in Poitou-Charentes, France.
but grateful of Nature’s even more impressive, and colourful palette:
The blooms and the bees in Kingsbrae botanical garden New Brunswick, Canada
Thankful for dramatic surprises:
Children playing on an impressive shipwreck in the harbour at Baracoa on the Caribbean island of Cuba.
however grateful that different cultures never cease to surprise:
The impressive kumpo dancing ‘haystack’ fanning the flames in The Gambia.
Thankful every time a lifetime ambition is achieved:
The amazing spectacle of the Northern Lights, finally the realisation of a dream in Manitoba. Canada.
but often its the simple things which deserve greater appreciation:
Coffee and an opportunity to travel, just two reasons for being thankful.