the great cascade

The fall colors are showing at Blue Lake in North Cascades National Park in Washington. Photographer Albert Yang described the scene he captured: “The lake was so still I almost felt like I had to hold my breath to embrace it. I was searching for fall colors and these larch trees were just gorgeous. It was my first time exploring this area and I know I will return many, many times in the future.” Photo courtesy of Albert Yang.

My natural soundtrack. Nothing but the calls of distant sheep, birds beginning to stir and the gentle babbling of the many cascades exiting Llyn Ogwen. 

Also check out my Instagram for more images and up to date stories of adventures

french geographic vocab 🌐

📍geography basics: 

  • la géographie: geography
  • géographique: geographic
  • nord: north 
  • sud: south 
  • ouest: west
  • est: east 
  • la terre: land 
  • l’eau: water
  • le ciel: the sky
  • les coordonnées: coordinates (f)
  • une carte: a map
  • la longitude: the longitude
    la latitude:  the latitude
  • le climat: the climate 
  • l’altitude: the altitude (f)
  • une frontière: a border

 🌍 land masses: 

  • les continents: the continents (m)
  • un sous-continent: a sub-continent 
  • un hémisphère: a hemisphere 
  • Amérique du Nord: North America (f)
  • Amérique du Sud: South America (f)
  • Asie: Asia (f) 
  • Afrique: Africa (f)
  • Europe: Europe (f) 
  • Océanie: Australia/Oceania (f)
  • Antarctique: Antartica (m) 
  • Eurasie: Eurasia (f)
  • le pôle Nord: the North Pole 
  • le  pôle Sud: the South Pole
  • le cercle polaire: the polar circle
  • la terre: the Earth 
  • un pays: a country 
  • un État: a state
  • une province: a province
  • l’île: the island (f)
  • la péninsule: the pennisula 

🌊 water bodies: 

  • un plan d'eau: a body of water
  • un océan: an ocean 
  • l’océan Atlantique: Atlantic Ocean 
  • l'océan Pacifique: Pacific Ocean
  • l’océan Indien: Indian Ocean
  • l'océan Arctique: Arctic Ocean
  • la mer: the sea 
  • la  Méditerranée: the Mediterranean 
  • la rivière: the river
  • le fleuve: the river
  • le lac: the lake
  • Grands Lacs: the Great Lakes
  • la cascade: the waterfall 
  • la chute d’eau: the waterfall
  • les chutes du Niagara: the Niagara Falls (f)
  • la baie: the bay
  • une crique: a cove

🗻 land features: 

  • la montagne: the mountain 
  • le mont Everest: Mount Everest
  • une chaîne de montagne: mountain range
  • un sommet: a summit
  • l'Himalaya: the Himalayas (f)
  • le volcan: the volcano 
  • la côte: the coast
  • le littoral: the coastline
  • la plage: the beach
  • la plaine: the plain
  • la vallée: the valley
  • la colline: the hill
  • la falaise: the cliff
  • le plateau: plateau 
  • une forêt: a forest
  • une forêt tropicale: a rainforest 
  • un bois: woods 
  • un canyon: a canyon
  • le Grand Canyon: the Grand Canyon
  • une grotte: a cave
  • un désert: a desert 
  • le Sahara: the Sahara

Little River by Brian Truono


A hidden gem in America’s Pacific Northwest is the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument in Oregon. Called an amazing treasure, Cascade-Siskiyou covers more than 62,000 acres and is best known for the unique landscapes created by the convergence of species from the high deserts of the Northern Great Basin to the temperate rain forests of the Pacific Coast. 

As BLM photographer Bob Wick said: “This area is a botanist’s dream where the Cascade, Great Basin and Coast Range-Klamath ecosystems come together. You can turn a corner and go from walking through a dense mossy red fir forest to sagebrush and mountain mahogany in a few feet.”

Pictured here are some of the stunning views from the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument, including the sun, full moon, Mount Shasta and Pilot Rock, all captured May 3, 2015. Photos by Bob Wick, mypubliclands.

Our Dance Before War. [Thorin x Reader.]

Originally posted by adiosassholes

Not my gif. Gif credit goes to the amazing creators!

Requested by: Anon.

Based Oncould I request an imagine where you’re dancing with Thorin in Erebor before BOFTA? (it would also be pretty cool if Fili/Kili walked in and promptly asked for dancing lessons, but i don’t mind). Also i wanted to say your lovely blog inspired me to write my first (short) piece of fanfiction, and it was super fun to write; so thanks :)

A/N: Of course you can, sweetie. I really do hope that you enjoy what I’ve come up with, and may it fulfill all of your expectations and more. Thank you for requesting and i’m so happy to have inspired you to write your own faniction! I’d definitely love to give it a read, i you don’t mind sending me a link to it? c: Please enjoy, anon! - Kat

Pairing’s: Thorin Oakenshield x Reader.

Word Count: 837.

Warning’s: Fluffy Thorin, sweet Thorin, sappy as hell Thorin. Fili and Kili interrupting your dance with Thorin, Fili and Kili bickering over who get’s to dance with you. Lot’s of fluff and sweetness! (Let me know if I’ve forgotten anything.)

Disclaimer: Thorin Oakenshield, Fili and Kili DO NOT belong to me, but they do indeed belong to Tolkien!

amrâlimê = love of me.

‘ibin abnâmul = beautiful gem.

Erebor’s Great Hall was laced in ruin and wreckage after the colossal dragon had plowed through it. “May I have this dance? Even if it may be my last…” a deep rumbling tenor shimmied into your eardrums, causing a tremor to tear through your spine. You spun to face Thorin, the King Under the Mountain, and were astounded when you saw the sad glimmer within his adoring sapphire orbs. With his hand outstretched, fingertips brushing the rear of your hand, you nodded, obliging to his wish to dance with you.

The deep richness of the inferno fire pits that lit this Great Hall up, cascaded distorted and obscure shadows across the ghostly stony walls. Thorin twirled you around, your skirts flaring out like a ballgown; before he promptly brought you flush against his chest. He was content in swaying in timid silence, basking within your glorious company. “I am sorry for my foolish behavior. I have not treated you in the way in which you deserved, in the way in which I had promised you the moment that I plaited that courting braid into your hair.” he breathed out true heartache, that strummed miserably at your heart strings.

“You are definitely not to blame, my love. You were ill!” the exclamation echoes throughout the kingdom, scattering and scrambling back into your ears several hundred times before all falls silent.

A sweet smile spreads across your lovers face, though it is meek and brittle, it still warms your heart. “You are too kind to me, amrâlimê.” he sighs contently, his worn calloused hands holding your hips with a tender delicacy. “My ‘ibin abnâmul…” he exhales, forehead pressed to yours, whilst his nose skims yours with attentiveness. “You are my entire world and worth more to me than the gold stored away within this kingdom. You are the elegant silver moon that lights my dark path. You are my silver lining, amrâlimê.” and to that he spun you about again.

Keep reading


Happy New Years Everyone! Thanks for all the support in 2016, and hopefully 2017 will be a better year. 

Chatsworth Fireworks by James Grant
Via Flickr:

anonymous asked:

Headcanon where Keith can't swim and Lance comes to his rescue?

“Good news, team!” Allura’s voice rang through the common room, sudden and loud. Pidge glanced up from their holopad, Hunk made an alarmed sound, and Lance started so badly he nearly fell off of the couch. Rolling his eyes, Keith turned his attention from the plans he’d been going over with Shiro to the Princess.

Shiro laughed as Lance righted himself, the Blue paladin glaring in Allura’s direction. “What good news would that be, princess?” He asked curiously, setting his notebook aside. Everyone’s attention had been caught by the sudden intrusion, Allura’s smile huge as the paladins gathered in the living area. Keith made his way over to the couch, sitting between Lance and Pidge, and Shiro stood behind them.

“Well, you all have been working so hard, lately, and I think we all deserve a bit of a break.” She announced, unable to keep the smile off of her face. “We’re hovering near a planet that has a similar climate to earth–and while Coran and I were researching it to see if it’d be a good place to land and recoup, we discovered a large body of water. Once we can test the water and make sure it’s safe, it seems like it’d act similar to a beach from earth.”

“Woah woah woah-“ Lance said to her, sitting up straighter immediately. “Are you tellin’ me that we might be able to go to the beach?”

Allura nodded, her smile widening. “I figured going landing somewhere similar to your home planet would be a nice break for you all. We’ll be landing in just a few minutes, and after that, you’ll be free to explore.”

“Seriously?” Lance jumped up from the couch, his own smile rivaling Allura’s. “Oh man, sweet!”

“I wonder if it’ll have crops similar to earth too.” Hunk said, grinning as he sat up.

“Forget crops! I’m going swimming!” Lance disappeared down the hallway.

Pidge rolled their eyes, though they stood as well. “I miss earth. I’m going to go find some sort of umbrella for the beach.” He said, following Lance out of the common area.

Shiro wrapped an arm around Allura’s shoulders, smiling at her. “I think this will definitely boost morale.” He said, kissing the top of her head.

Smiling up at him, she placed a hand on his chest. “Shall we go and get ready for the beach, then? Alteans love swimming.”

As everyone began filtering out of the room, Hunk went over and patter Keith’s shoulder. “Hey, are you going to come swimming with everyone?” He asked curiously.

“I don’t like the water.” Keith said, though he stood with the intent to follow suit. “I guess I’ll just hang out on the beach with Pidge.” He mused, heading down to his own room to change.

An hour later, the water had been tested, the temperature was fine, and the paladins were headed off of the castle ship for the first time in a long while.

Lance, with a huge grin and a towel wrapped around his shoulders, kicked off his shoes and ran down into the sand, whooping and hollering as he pulled his shirt off in preparation to get into the water. Hunk followed suit, just as excited to try out the water, as Shiro and Allura sauntered down hand in hand. Keith and Pidge had both set up towels under a big, umbrella like contraption.

Without much hesitation, the yellow and blue paladins were stripped down and running into the water, and Shiro and Allura were undressing in preparation to join them. Shiro gave Pidge and Keith a smile. “Are you guys going to get into the water? You guys deserve this break, everyone should take it easy and enjoy the water.” He said tossing his shirt to the side.

“I might go see if I can find any sea life, but I’m just going to watch for now.” Pidge said, waving their hand. “Let those morons test the waters before I worry about it.”

Shiro rolled his eyes. “Keith, what about you? You look like you could use some sun.” He said, glancing to the sky. “Well. Light, I guess.”

Keith shrugged, clad in shorts and a tank top that Lance had loaned him, because everything he had was either long sleeved or jeans. “I’m not a big fan of the water.” He said simply, shaking his head. “I think I’m fine right here.”

“Come on, Keith!” Called Lance, from somewhere off of shore. He was already drenched, Hunk knee deep in the water as well. Without warning, Lance jumped on Hunk, wrapping his legs around him and subsequently sending them both into the water with a huge splash. Lance surfaced seconds later, his eyes bright and his smile huge. “Don’t be a buzzkill, man, get in the water!”

“I don’t want to-“ Keith called back, glaring halfheartedly as Allura and Shiro made their way toward the water. “Who knows what’s in there?”

Lance stuck his tongue out, falling backwards into the water. “Laaaame, Keith!”

Pidge rolled their eyes before standing slowly, shooting Keith a sheepish smile.

“Pidge, no.” Keith moaned. “Don’t abandon me, we have to stay strong! You can’t just join them!”

“Sorry, Keith, the water looks nice.” Pidge said, taking off their shoes. “Just come get in the water, you’ll be fine.” They insisted, making their way down to the shore.

Huffing tiredly, Keith wrapped his arms around his knees, glaring at the body of water before him. Everyone was having a great time, messing around and playing. Hunk had Lance on his shoulders, and Shiro had Allura on his, splashing each other and falling over and laughing wildly.

Groaning audible, Keith bent over to take off his shoes before standing up. Emerging from the waist up, Lance grinned at him, waving him over. “Come on, Keithy-boy! Really, the water feels great.”

Unable to help the hint of a smile that came to his face, Keith nodded, making his way toward the water. As long as his feet touched the ground, he’d be fine.

The water was the perfect temperature, cool enough to be comfortable but not enough to give him goosebumps. The sand was a strange, gray-ish color, but the water was clear, and he could see tons of foreign looking fossils and shells through it. When he glanced up, Lance was wading over, grinning hugely at him.

“Isn’t this great?” He asked, water cascading down his chest since he’d just emerged from underwater again. “It’s just like the beach on earth. This whole planet looks like it-“ He said, glancing wistfully at the horizon.

“Yeah, it does.” Keith said, following Lance’s gaze to the familiar looking trees and foliage. “Maybe we can explore a little, see what kinds of plans they have and all that.” Keith mused, turning back to look at Lance, only to find the blue paladins eyes on him. As Lance glanced away, Keith could’ve sworn he saw the slightest hint of a blush, but he was quick to turn back to the water. “Come on, get your feet wet.” He joked, grabbing his wrist. “A little water isn’t going to ruin your hair.”

Keith rolled his eyes, but he couldn’t help the spike of nervousness as he waded further into the water. Still, he followed Lance out to meet the others, relieved when he found everyone was only waist deep in the water.  

Everyone had settled down a little, though everyone was thoroughly drenched at this point. There were small waves, though, which splashed up to Keith’s torso, and he had the undeniable urge to step a little further away, toward the shore.

Then, though, Lance was on top of him, dragging him into the water as the others giggled around them. His vision went white, his stomach dropping when he went underwater. Despite Lance’s arms around him at first, they disappeared quickly, and when Keith flailed, his feet trying to find the ground, he found the waves pushing him further down.

Quickly, panic overcame him, and he inhaled sharply, choking on the water. He managed to surface, briefly, choking before another wave came over him and forced him back under. How he’d managed to get so deep so quickly, he had no idea, but his toes barely reached the sand, and he couldn’t get his head above the water. He was struggling, splashing, hoping that someone would notice, but then his vision was darkening at the edges, and his chest burned with the lack of oxygen and the sting of the inhaled water.

Just as Keith was giving up, he felt strong arms around him, pulling him to the surface and toward the shallows of the water. Head lolling back, Keith felt his consciousness waver, though not before he heard the terrified shouting from whoever dragged him toward the shore.

The next thing Keith knew, he was heaving over to the side, choking up water into the sand. His head felt like it was floating as he inhaled sharply, his lungs aching with the lack of breath. Hacking, he coughed up whatever had gotten into his lungs, his vision blurred and spotty as his body tried, valiantly, to get the oxygen it needed.

“Jesus, Keith, what the hell?” Keith flopped over on his back, desperately trying to catch his breath. Lance was looming over him, his own chest heaving, hair dripping. “What happened? Are you okay, oh my god–“

Keith closed his eyes, sucking in stinging breaths, unable to get his head to stop floating. “I’m fine.” He croaked, his voice sounding like he’d gargled nails.

Allura jogged over, dropping to her knees with a water bottle. Both she and Lance helped Keith sit up, and she offered him a bottle of water. “Drink, Keith, it’ll help. Are you sure you’re alright? What happened?”

Keith couldn’t help the burning shame that spread across his face as he accepted the water with trembling hands, taking a couple of slow sips and wincing at how it felt going down. “I’m fine, I’m sorry for worrying you, I just…” He sighed, the tips of his ears colored a deep red. “I can’t swim, very well. I thought I’d be fine, since we weren’t in deep, but I couldn’t get my footing, and…”

“Oh my god.” Lance said again, and for the first time, Keith got a good look at his face. The distress was easy to see, the anxiety and panic in his eyes hard to ignore. “Holy shit, man, I’m so sorry.” Suddenly, Lance’s arms were around him, and Keith couldn’t help but lean into the embrace, all but exhausted. “It was totally my fault, I should have-“

“No, Lance, it’s fine.” Keith muttered back, awkwardly wrapping his arms around him. “I should have said something about it earlier.

Lance pulled away after a long moment, taking in the pallor of Keith’s face, the trembling of his hands. “Man, you scared the shit out of me.” He breathed, the tension finally falling from his shoulders.

“You scared all of us.” Shiro added, his arms crossed over his chest. “You have to be more careful than that, Keith, that could have ended very differently. If Lance hadn’t gotten you, I don’t know what would have happened.”

With a glance toward his supposed savior, Keith felt his cheeks go warm again. “Thank you, Lance. I owe you one.” He said simply, the eye contact only making it more unbearable.

Lance, after a moment’s hesitation, laughed shortly and rubbed the back of his neck. “Hey, no problem, buddy. I think you probably need to get back to the castle, though, so you can get dry and get some rest. I’ll walk you up there.” He said, standing up and holding a hand out to him.

Keith accepted the offered help, noting that Lance did most of the work in pulling himself to his feet, and he still almost immediately listed sideways.

“Woah there, man, take it easy. Just keep breathing, we’ll take it slow.” Lance promised, one arm already around Keith’s waist to keep him steady. Shiro wrapped the towel around Keith’s shoulders, smiling warmly.

“You two get back to the castle, we’ll be up in a little while. Be careful.” He warned, ruffling Keith’s hair and earning a sour look before Lance started their trek back to the ship.

It was silent, for a few minutes, their walk slow while Keith’s body regained its equilibrium.

“Hey, Lance.” Keith said, glancing over at the blue paladin, Lance turning to look at him with a small smile. “Thank you, really. I’m sorry that I scared you.”

Lance grinned, rolling his eyes. “Hey, no worries. Just got to be more careful next time, got it? I can’t go being your hero all the time.”

Keith snorted, shaking his head. “Oh please, in your dream. This was just payback for that time I saved you from the air lock.” He teased.

“Hey! That wasn’t even my fault-“ Lance said, glaring. “I watched you almost get destroyed by that robot, you can’t hold it against me!”

Keith couldn’t help the eye roll, but as they finally made their way into the castle, he couldn’t help but think that he wouldn’t have traded the moment for anything.

Blaise Zabini Imagine - You're Really Beautiful

There he was. Walking into the Great Hall with Draco Malfoy by his side. Your head wasn’t the only one that turned for him. Dozens of other girls fancied Blaise as well. Skinny, pretty Slytherin girls. Ones that got to see him everyday and actually had a chance with him. You weren’t like them. You were a little chubby but still pretty. But even you knew that wasn’t enough to get Blaise to like you.

“Y/n?” Your friend, Carter pulled you out of your own thoughts.

“Yes” you answered her

“Were you staring at him again?”

“Maybe I was, maybe I wasn’t. It doesn’t matter anyways it’s not like he would ever like me back.” You pushed you food away and stood up from the Ravenclaw table. You had Charms with the Slytherins first, and you weren’t excited to see a bunch of girls all over Blaise. Carter and you got to the class room early, so you decided to play hangman.

“Haha Blaise you are so funny!” A Slytherin girl squeaked as she followed him into the classroom.

“He’s not that funny” Draco said obviously annoyed the girl wasn’t paying any attention to him.

“Yes he is, Draco. Oh and Blaise, I was wondering if you could help me with my transfiguration homework later?” The annoying slytherin batted her eye lashes at him.

“Um I’m not that good with transfigurations, so you might want to ask someone else. Bye.” Blaise’s deep voice spoke. You laughed as the girl stomped her feet and walked away. She glared at you and you averted your eyes back to your paper. A couple minutes later, class started.


Your day had been pretty good, until dinner came around. The annoying Slytherin girl cornered you and said,

“I saw you looking at Blaise. You better stay away from him, he’s obviously mine.” She sneered “but it’s not like you’d ever have a chance anyways you fat bitch.” She laughed in your face and walked away. Suddenly, you weren’t hungry anymore. You turned around and started in the opposite direction of the Great Hall. Tears started cascading down your cheeks, but you just brushed them away. “She’s right. I will never have a chance with him.” You thought.
Someone grabbed your arm and pulled you into a classroom before you even had time to scream. They had there had over your mouth, but took it way as soon as the door closed. You backed away from the shadowy figure until your legs hit a desk. The figure started walking towards you and the first thing you saw was a Slytherin crest. You looked up at the face and saw the chocolate brown eyes you fell in love with.

“Y/n, are you alright? I saw what that girl said to you and how horrible she acted towards you” Blaise spoke as he hung his head to meet your eyes. You quickly looked away and muttered,

“I’m okay. It happens all the time, you don’t have to worry about me.” Your eyes were glued to the floor as you spoke to him. Blaise gently lifted your head, with his fingers, and made you look into his eyes.

“I can see your not ok. Don’t listen to her, she’s just mad because I don’t like her.” He said softly. I just nodded and said “ok” Blaise didn’t seem so convinced that I was okay because he kept going.

“You know you’re really beautiful right? Your beauty isn’t even on the same level as most of the girls at this school.”

“Thank you, Blaise” you sniffled

“It’s no problem. I like spending time like this with you. We should do it a lot more.” He winked. You laughed and said,

“Yeah, we really should”

After he helped you dry your last couple of tears, you both walked to the Great Hall and sat at the Slytherin table for dinner. Almost all the Slytherin girls glared at you, but Blaise glared right back and that made them look away. He held your hand turning dinner to calm you. Then walked you back to the Ravenclaw tower. He took you by surprise and kissed your cheek and told you,
“Sweet dreams, love”