Enjoy some of my favorite photos from my recent travels. All photos were taken by and are the copyrighted property of Laura Ostrem and should not be used without express consent.
Waterford is Ireland’s oldest city. Founded by the Vikings in the 9th century and taken over by the Anglo-Normans a few hundred years later, the city still has many buildings and ruins dating back to its time as a walled city. Some of these may be visited today, including Reginald’s Tower, built around 1253, which faces the harbor and has been used as a prison, mint, and a museum.
Point Loma is a community within the city of San Diego and is located on a hilly peninsula bordered by the Pacific Ocean and the San Diego Bay. Cabrillo National Monument is a park with trails and a great view of the water below.
This park preserves the site of the 1876 Battle of the Little Bighorn between US Army Calvary forces led by Lt. Col. George Custer and the Sioux and Cheyenne tribes.
The Grand Coulee Dam was completed in 1941 across the Columbia River. It is the largest concrete structure and largest producer of hydropower in the United States. It also provides water to irrigate 600,000 acres of farmland.
The Iowa Great Lakes are 6 connected glacier-carved lakes in northwest Iowa. The area’s natural beauty provides year-round recreational opportunities.
These waterside towns along the southeastern coast of Ireland host fishing and pleasure boats and have plenty of shoreline for beach combing, surfing, or fishing.