Concept, design and photography by Bill Vanoss (firstname.lastname@example.org)
This is my personal website. http://www.travel.phanfare.com is a redirect from http://www.TraceImage.com. Many of the same photos are on Flickr at https://www.flickr.com/photos/traceimage/albums
trace: -noun. a surviving sign, or evidence of the former existence; vestige: ~ of a civilization among the ruins;
image: -noun. any likeness made visible; photograph: ~ of Gods creation
"Excellence I can reach for; perfection is God’s business." -- Michael J. Fox
"And what the land is that they dwell in, whether it be good or bad; and what cities they be that they dwell in, whether in tents, or in strong holds." -- Numbers 13:19
1. of or pertaining to time.
2. pertaining to or concerned with the present life or this world; worldly: temporal joys.
3. enduring for a time only; temporary; transitory ( opposed to eternal ).
4. secular, lay, or civil, as opposed to ecclesiastical.
- Family of Man
"Always do right -- this will gratify some and astonish the rest." -- Mark Twain
"Look! Nature is overflowing with the grandeur of God!" -- John Muir
- Wild Planet
“All things short and ugly,
All creatures short and squat,
All things green and gangrenous,
The Lord God made the lot.”
-- Monty Python
- Images 2017
"What we have enjoyed we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes a part of us."– Helen Keller
- Images 2016
“We should all start to live before we get too old. Fear is stupid. So are regrets.” ― Marilyn Monroe
"When one door closes, another door opens; but too often we look so long and so regretfully at the closed door, that we don't see the doors which have opened for us, and then we'll miss their opportunities." -- Alexander Graham Bell
"A man who has not been in Italy, is always conscious of an inferiority, from his not having seen what it is expected a man should see." -- Samuel Johnson
"In France, cooking is a serious art form and a national sport." -- Julia Child
"Do the best you can, and don't take life too serious." -- Will Rogers
“How do you defeat terrorism? Don’t be terrorized.” ― Salman Rushdie
- Images 2015
“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.” – Helen Keller
"Familiar acts are beautiful through love." -- Percy Shelley
“Why buy good luggage? You only use it when you travel.” – Yogi Berra
“Go to Heaven for the climate, Hell for the company.” – Mark Twain
“People who work together will win, whether it be against complex football defenses, or the problems of modern society.” -- Vince Lombardi
- Texas Ghost Towns
"With their rich history and eerie remains, these Texas ghost towns are sure to send chills up your spine... Dozens remain across the state." -- San Antonio Express-News
Resourses on the internet like GhostTowns.com, TexasEscapes.com and Wikipeidia's list of Texas ghost towns make the basic research easy. But getting there, finding something interesting and getting a photo without being shot by a local rancher remains a challenge.
"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” -- Mark Twain
- Caribbean 2015
"Rule number one is, don't sweat the small stuff. Rule number two is, it's all small stuff." -- Robert Eliot
- Images 2014
"Love and a 0.45 ...
One will kill you,
One will keep you alive."
-- Chris Knight
- Lesser Antilles
"I should not proceed by land to the East, as is customary, but by a Westerly route, in which direction we have hitherto no certain evidence that any one has gone." -- Christopher Columbus
The Lesser Antilles (also known as the Caribbees) are a long, partly volcanic island arc in the Caribbean Sea. Most of its islands form the eastern boundary of the Caribbean Sea with the Atlantic Ocean. On this cruise we visited Barbados, Martinique, St. John, St. Kitts, St. Lucia and St. Maarten.
- Fall Foliage
"When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive -- to breath, to think, to enjoy and love." -- Marcus Aurelius
- Great Britain
"I cannot lead you into battle. I do not give you laws or administer justice but I can do something else - I can give my heart and my devotion to these old islands and to all the peoples of our brotherhood of nations." -- Queen Elizabeth II
"Never, never, never give up." -- Winston Churchill
"From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic, an iron curtain has descended across the continent." -- Winston Churchill
"Before becoming silent for eternity, I raise my hands, for one last time, to your blessing. […] Above all, remember, my people, that I loved you and that I blessed you with my last breath!" -- Queen Marie "Mama Răniților" of Romania
- Croatia & Serbia
"Stand up and walk out of your history." -- Phil McGraw
"Heav'n hath no rage like love to hatred turn'd, Nor Hell a fury, like a woman scorn'd."-- William Congreve
- Czech Rep. & Slovakia
"Criticism is prejudice made plausible." -- Henry Louis Mencken
- Caribbean 2014
"Perseverance is failing nineteen times and succeeding the twentieth." -- Julie Andrews
- Images 2013
“But to see her was to love her,
Love but her, and love forever.”
-- Robert Burns
"Tough times never last. Tough people do." -- Robert Schuller
"Let life happen to you." -- Rainer Maria Rilke
"My occupation now, I suppose, is jail inmate." -- Unibomber Theodore Kaczynski
"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." -- Edmund Burke
"The man who goes alone can start today; but he who travels with another must wait till that other is ready." -- Henry David Thoreau
"Argue for your limitations, and sure enough they're yours." -- Richard Bach
"Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away." -- Antoine de Saint Exupery
"Show me a sane man and I will cure him for you." -- Carl Gustav Jung
- South Africa
"When you do the common things in life in an uncommon way, you will command the attention of the world." -- George Washington Carver
"I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use." -- Galileo Galilei
"The moods and qualities of nature and the revelations of great art are equally difficult to define; we can grasp them only in the depths of our perceptive spirit." -- Ansel Adams
- Images 2012
"I expect to pass through this world but once. Any good thing, therefore, that I can do or any kindness I can show to any fellow human being let me do it now. Let me not defer nor neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again." -- Stephen Grellet
- Panama Canal Cruise
"All men dream: but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dreams with open eyes, to make it possible. This I did." ~ T. E. Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia)
- Zoo vs. Zoo
Exploring the San Antonio and San Diego Zoos
"The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which." -- George Orwell, "Animal Farm"
"A day spent without the sight or sound of beauty, the contemplation of mystery, or the search of truth or perfection is a poverty-stricken day; and a succession of such days is fatal to human life." -- Lewis Mumford
"The age of chivalry is gone; that of sophisters, economists, and calculators has succeeded." -- Edmund Burke, Reflections on the Revolution in France (1790)
- Caribbean 2012
Have few desires.”
-- Lao Tzu
- Images 2011
- Costa Rica
"A traveler without observation is a bird without wings." ~ Moslih Eddin Saadi
- Caribbean 2011
“The afternoon knows what the morning never suspected.” -- Swedish Proverb
"Earth changes, but thy soul and God stand sure." -- Robert Browning
“There is a tide in the affairs of men, which taken at the flood, leads on to fortune
Omitted, all the voyage of their life is bound by shallows and in misery."
-- William Shakespeare (Julius Caesar)
"O why do you walk through the fields in gloves,
Missing so much and so much? ...
Why do you walk through the fields in gloves,
When the grass is soft as the breast of doves
And shivering-sweet to the touch?
O why do you walk through the fields in gloves,
Missing so much and so much?"
-- Frances Cornford
"I will assume the undertaking for my own crown of Castile , and am ready to pawn my jewels to defray the expenses of it, if the funds in the treasury should be found inadequate." -- Queen Isabella of Spain
"This (French kissing) is a really sexy thing to do, according to the French people, although you should bear in mind that they also like to eat snails." -- Dave Barry
- Las Vegas
"When you're certain you cannot be fooled, you become easy to fool." -- Edward Teller
"Now more than ever do I realize that I shall never be content with a sedentary life, and that I shall always be haunted by thoughts of a sun-drenched elsewhere." -- Isabelle Eberhardt
“Latins are tenderly enthusiastic. In Brazil they throw flowers at you. In Argentina they throw themselves.” -- Marlene Dietrich
"We must go beyond textbooks, go out into the bypaths and untrodden depths of the wilderness... and tell the world the glories of our journey." -- John Franklin
"Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail." -- Ralph Waldo Emerson
- Images 2010
“Be not careless in deeds, nor confused in words, nor rambling in thought.” -- Marcus Aurelius
"The heart has its reasons, of which the mind knows nothing." -- Blaise Pascal
- Costa Rica & Panama
"I will work for a Costa Rica able to maintain moral leadership in the world thanks to defending peace, liberty and human rights." -- Costa Rican President Laura Chinchilla
- Caribbean 2010
Aruba, Bahamas & Curaçao
"The blue estuaries
Where what breathes, breathes
The restless wind of the inlets,
And what drinks, drinks
The incoming tide."
-- Louise Bogan
“Life is either a daring adventure or it is nothing.” -- Helen Keller
“Every man dies. Not every man really lives. " -- William Wallace
"One's destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things." -- Henry Miller
- Holland & Guernsey Is.
"To my mind, the greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time." -- Bill Bryson
“Peace comes from within.” -- Buddha
- Images 2009
“The joy of feeling fit physically is reflected in a clearer and more useful mind. You may read and study forever,
but you come to no more important truthful conclusions than these two:
(1) Take care of your body (eat and exercise properly), and your mind will improve.
(2) Work hard, and be polite and fair, and your condition in the world will improve.”
-- Edgar Watson Howe
- Caribbean 2009
“Columbus found a world, and had no chart save one that Faith deciphered in the skies.” -- George Santayana
- San Angelo 2009
“The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity..." -- Albert Einstein
"The only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it." -- Oscar Wilde
- Castles on the Rhine & Danube
“The music of Fifth Concerto streamed from his keyboard, past the glass of the window, and spread through the air, over the lights of the valley. It was a symphony of triumph. The notes flowed up, they spoke of rising and they were the rising itself, they were the essence and the form of upward motion, they seemed to embody every human act and thought." -- Ayn Rand
"My heart leaps up when I behold
A rainbow in the sky:
So it was when my life began;
So it is now I am a man;
So be it when I shall grow old,
Or let me die!"
-- William Wordsworth
“All my life I have wanted to be a great painter in oils.... As soon as I have carried out my program for Germany, I shall take up painting. I feel that I have it in my soul to become one of the great artists of the age and that future historians will remember me not for what I have done for Germany, but for my art." -- Hitler
- Images 2008
"The problem these days is that we're all searching for a book with the answers in the back." -- Albert Einstein
- San Angleo 2008
Allie: Why didn't you write me? Why!? It wasn't over for me. I waited for you for seven years. And now it's too late!
Noah: I wrote you 365 letters. I wrote you every day for a year.
Allie: You wrote me?
Noah: Yes! It wasn't over. Still isn't over. [kisses her]
-- The Notebook
"True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic. It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost, but the urge to serve others at whatever cost." -- Arthur Ashe
“Like the wind crying endlessly through the universe,
time carries away the names and the deeds of
conquerors and commoners alike.”
-- Harlan Ellison
- Air Fiesta '08
Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I've climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
Of sun-split clouds, — and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of...
I've topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace...
And, while with silent, lifting mind I've trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.
-- John Magee, Jr (High Flight)
"In my mind's eye, I visualize how a particular... sight and feeling will appear on a print.
If it excites me, there is a good chance it will make a good photograph.
It is an intuitive sense, an ability that comes from a lot of practice."
-- Ansel Adams
- Images 2007
"Experience is not what happens to a man. It is what a man does with what happens to him." -- Aldous Huxley
- Fort Concho 2007
"I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.
I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future.
The Spirits of all Three shall strive within me.
I will not shut out the lessons that they teach."
-- Charles Dickens
- Emmanuel Episcopal Church
"Do for the least of these." -- Mathew 25:40
- Smokey Mountains
"I remember a hundred lovely lakes, and recall the fragrant breath of pine and fir and cedar and poplar trees. The trail has strung upon it, as upon a thread of silk, opalescent dawns and saffron sunsets. It has given me blessed release from care and worry and the troubled thinking of our modern day. It has been a return to the primitive and the peaceful. Whenever the pressure of our complex city life thins my blood and benumbs my brain, I seek relief in the trail; and when I hear the coyote wailing to the yellow dawn, my cares fall from me - I am happy."
-- Hamlin Garland
- New England
“New England is a finished place. Its destiny is that of Florence or Venice... It is the first American section to be finished, to achieve stability in the conditions of its life. It is the first old civilization, the first permanent civilization in America." -- Bernard De Voto
- New Mexico
“The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.” -- John Muir
- Emmanuel Episcopal Church
“Be nice to people on your way up because you meet 'em on your way down.” -- Jimmy Durante
- Images 2006
“'Gimme a visky with a ginger ale on the side — and don't be stinchy, beby.' -- Greta Garbo
"The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts: therefore, guard accordingly, and take care that you entertain no notions unsuitable to virtue and reasonable nature." -- Marcus Aelius Aurelius
Waste no more time arguing about what a good man should be. Be one. Do every act of your life as if it were your last.” -- Marcus Aurelius Antoninus
- Images 2005
"Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to slide in broadside, two buck chuck in hand, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming Woo Hoo! What a ride!"
- Texas 2005
"You can't do anything about the length of your life, but you can do something about its width and depth."
-- Evan Essar
- Las Vegas & Arizona
"We are all travelers in the wilderness of this world, and the best we can find in our travels is an honest friend."
-- Robert Louis Stevenson
- Texas 2004
“There will be a day, not far distant, when you will be able to conduct business, study, explore the world and its cultures, call up any great entertainment, make friends, attend neighborhood markets, and show pictures to distant relatives — without leaving your desk or armchair." -- Bill Gates
- Images 2004
"Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow."
-- Robert Frost
- Yosemite & Lake Tahoe
“A great photograph is one that fully expresses what one feels, in the deepest sense, about what is being photographed, and is, thereby, a true manifestation of what one feels about life in its entirety.”
-- Ansel Adams
“This is the true nature of home — it is the place of Peace; the shelter, not only from injury, but from all terror, doubt and division.” -- John Ruskin
“As an artist, a man has no home in Europe save in Paris.” -- Friedrich Nietzsche
- Images 2003
“Everyone has his day and some days last longer than others.” -- Sir Winston Churchill
- San Angelo 2003
"A problem is a chance for you to do your best." -- Duke Ellington
- Texas 2003
"Intelligence tests are biased toward the literate." -- George Carlin
- Branson, Missouri
“Opportunities are like sunrises. If you wait too long, you miss them.” -- William Arthur Ward
- Images 2002
"If your ship doesn't come it, swim out to it." -- Jonathan Winters
- Texas 2002
“I wanted to change the world. But I have found that the only thing one can be sure of changing is oneself.” -- Aldous Huxley
- San Angelo 2002
- Great Britain
"This royal throne of kings, this sceptered isle,
This earth of majesty, this seat of Mars,
This fortress built by nature for herself...
This prescious stone set in the silver sea,
Which serves it... as a moat defensive...
Against the envy of less happier lands,
This blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England!"
-- William Shakespeare
"Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself." -- G. B. Shaw
- Images 2001
'Who sows a field, or trains a flower, Or plants at tree, is more than all.” -- John Greenleaf Whittier
- San Angelo 2001
“We are all pilgrims on the same journey but some pilgrims have better roadmaps.” -- Nelson DeMille
- Texas 2001
“Work consists of whatever a body is obliged to do, And Play consists of whatever a body is not obliged to do.” -- Mark Twain
"At least two thirds of our miseries spring from human stupidity, human malice and those great motivators and justifiers of malice and stupidity, idealism, dogmatism and proselytizing zeal on behalf of religious or political idols." -- Aldous Huxley
- Images 2000
"And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow, stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so? It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags. And he puzzled and puzzled 'till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before. What if Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store? What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more?"
-- Theodor Seuss Geisel
- Texas 2000
“It is more fun to talk with someone who doesn't use long, difficult words but rather short, easy words like 'What about lunch?'”
- San Angelo 2000
"To the dull mind all nature is leaden. To the illumined mind the whole world sparkles with light."
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson
- Images 1999
"Seize the day, put no trust in the morrow!" -- Horace
- Texas 1999
"I came from a real tough neighborhood. I put my hand in some cement and felt another hand." -- Rodney Dangerfield
- Texas 1998
"This man, humbly born, taught only in the nation's school, conquers a place among the great ones of the earth, restores unity to a divided people, and dies a plain American citizen, lamented alike by grateful countrymen, loyal comrades, and admiring foes." -- Obituary of Ulysses S. Grant (d. July 23, 1885)
- Images 1998
“Live in such a way that you would not be ashamed to sell your parrot to the town gossip.” -- Will Rogers
- San Angelo 1998
"A gem cannot be polished without friction, nor a man perfected without trials." -- Chinese proverb
- Images 1997
"My wife is always trying to get rid of me. The other day she told me to put the garbage out. I said to her I already did. She told me to go and keep an eye on it." -- Rodney Dangerfield
- Texas 1997
"The difference between stumbling blocks and stepping stones is how you use them." -- Anonymous
- Images 1996
"Be content with moderate gains, and be not misled by illusory hopes of acquiring wealth....
Let our children also be taught habits of economy, and not to indulge in tastes which
they cannot gratify without running into debt.”
-- Wilford Woodruff (1807-1898)
- Images 1988
"Too many pieces of music finish too long after the end." -- Igor Stravinsky
- Images 1987
“There must be no barriers to freedom of inquiry. There is no place for dogma in science. The scientist is free, and must be free to ask any questions, to doubt any assertion, to seek for any evidence, to correct any errors.”
-- James Robert Oppenheimer
- Texas 1986
"No man has the right to dictate what other men should perceive, create or produce, but all should be encouraged to reveal themselves, their perceptions and emotions, and to build confidence in the creative spirit." -- Ansel Adams
- Images 1986
- Western States
- San Angelo 1986
- Texas 1985
- San Angelo 1985
'My hometown is a very boring city. There isn't a lot of industry - there are a lot of trees. It's not like Beijing where the sky is always dark. In my city the sky is blue and the sun shines." -- Liu Wen
- Images 1985
"Dogs feel very strongly that they should always go with you in the car, in case the need should arise for them to bark violently at nothing." -- Dave Barry
- Images 1984
“I bought a dog the other day.... I named him Stay. It's fun to call him.... 'Come here, Stay! Come here, Stay!' He went insane. Now he just ignores me and keeps typing.” -- Steven Wright
- San Angelo 1984
"I am not young enough to know everything." -- Oscar Wilde
- Texas 1984
"Texas is a den of thieves .... a rendezvous of rascals for all the continent." -- Horace Greele
- Texas Ghost Towns
"Bigamy is having one wife too many. Monogamy is the same."
-- Oscar Wilde
- Texas 1983
- Texas Ghost Towns 1983
“I would warn you that I do not attribute to nature either beauty or deformity, order or confusion. Only in relation to our imagination can things be called beautiful or ugly, well-ordered or confused.” -- Baruch Spinoza
- Images 1983
“O love! O fire! once he drew
With one long kiss my whole soul through
My lips, as sunlight drinketh dew.”
-- Lord Alfred Tennyson
- Texas 1982
"A pint of sweat saves a gallon of blood." -- General George S. Patton
- Images 1982
"The trees that are slow to grow bear the best fruit." -- Molière
- Friends & Family
"When a father gives to his son, both laugh; when a son gives to his father, both cry."
-- Yiddish Proverb
“What matters, therefore, is not the meaning of life in general, but
rather the specific meaning of a person's life at a given moment.”
-- Viktor E. Frankl
- Wisconsin 1981
“Life is a gift, and it offers us the privilege, opportunity, and responsibility to give something back by becoming more.” -- Tony Robbins
- Images 1981
"There was a young belle of old Natchez
Whose garments were always in patchez.
When comment arose
On the state of her clothes,
She drawled, 'When Ah itchez, Ah scratchez!'”
-- Ogden Nash
- South Dakota
"Those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music." -- Friedrich Nietzsche
- Images 1980
"There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home." -- Ken Olson, president, chairman and founder of Digital Equipment Corp., 1977
- Wisconsin 1980
"There cannot be a crisis next week. My schedule is already full."
-- Dr. Henry Kissinger
- Wisconsin 1979
"Decide who you must be, then do what you must do." -- Epictetus
- Images 1979
"If stupidity got us into this mess, then why can't it get us out?" "-- Will Rogers
“Leibniz never married; he had considered it at the age of fifty; but the person he had in mind asked for time to reflect. This gave Leibniz time to reflect, too, and so he never married.”
-- Bernard Le Bovier de Fontenelle
“Your friend is that man who knows all about you, and still likes you.” -- Elbert Hubbard
- Wisconsin 1978
“If we listened to our intellect, we'd never have a love affair. We'd never have a friendship. We'd never go into business, because we'd be cynical. Well, that's nonsense. You've got to jump off cliffs all the time and build your wings on the way down.” -- Ray Bradbury
- Images 1978
"Why don't you write books people can read?" -- Nora Joyce to her husband James
- Images 1977
“Everyone enjoys doing the kind of work for which he is best suited.” -- Napoleon Hill
- Utah, California & Nevada
"A monk should take no pleasure in the respect of others, but should devote himself to solitude."
-- Guatama Buddha
- Images 1976
"Men and nations behave wisely once they have exhausted all the other alternatives." -- Abba Eban
- Images 1975
"Don't look forward to the day you stop suffering, because when it comes, you'll know you're dead." -- Tennessee Williams
- Images 1974
“One may live as a conqueror, a king, or a magistrate; but he must die a man. The bed of death brings every human being to his pure individuality, to the intense contemplation of that deepest and most solemn of all relations — the relations between the creature and his Creator.” -- Daniel Webster