Travel Theme: Waves

I love this week’s travel challenge by Ailsa: Waves. So many memories come to mind, but here are five favorites.

  1. Smooth waves of petrified sand at Antelope Canyon, with its neighbors Owl and Rattlesnake Canyons easily the most breathtaking landscape I’ve explored, ageless and intimate

Looking up at Antelope Canyon, Navajo Lands, near Page, Arizona

2. Sinuous streaks of lava on Hawaii’s Big Island — we could feel the heat as we flew above this unhurried force, destructive and land-building at once

Lava flow of the Kilauea Volcano, Hawaii

3.  Mad currents of the Niagara River roaring toward Horseshoe Falls, best first appreciated from air

Aerial view of Horseshoe Falls, Niagara Falls, Canada

4. Deceptively tame ocean waves on a calm, clear day by the Devil’s Watchtower at Castillo de San Cristóbal — the largest fortification built by the Spanish in the New World — in Puerto Rico’s beautiful Old San Juan, the city of blue cobble stones, gorgeous sunsets, pampered pigeons, and friendly cats.

The Devil's Watchtower, San Christobal Fort, San Juan, Puerto Rico

5. Swirling, jagged pinnacles of the Devil’s Golf Course, the lowest saltpan in Death Valley, a wonderland full of odd, desolate views

Salt pan of the Devil's Golf Course, Death Valley National Park

And, for extra credit, because this is still fresh in my mind, flowing billows of mesh at The Renwick Gallery’s WONDER exhibit, 1.8 by Janet Echelman, a mesmerizing, medidtative representation of nature’s terrible, disarming power

Billows of mesh: Janet Echelman's 1.8 at Renwick Gallery's WONDER exhibit

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