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Jan 312012
 

I was roaming around Queen Anne Hill last summer and while talking to a few people here and there I was informed that this was the first day in weeks that Mt. Rainier had shown itself in its full glory.  Even when it’s not raining the mountain is often covered, at least partially, in clouds.  On this day, I just happened to be there for the full show.

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Jan 292012
 

We all got up early one morning and through the influence of our guides were able to get into the area of the Giza pyramids and sphinx at sunrise before any other people were allowed to get in.  It was incredible being there at that time of day without the masses of other people milling around.  After hanging out inside the sphinx, we were taken to a not-so-much visited place where we could practice our movement meditation in perfect view of the pyramids and rising sun.  It was a special morning as the sun seemingly split the Khafre pyramid, energizing the whole complex in response to our movements.

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Jan 272012
 

Being out and about before dawn is almost always exciting; in a quiet, meditative way.  The ease and subtleness of the increasing light.  The growing color wrapping itself within the particular environment.  It’s satisfying.  Now, I’m not often out before sunrise, mind you, but on this day in Savannah, Georgia, happily, I was.  There was hardly anyone around down on the river.  Just a ferry waiting for some passengers and the growing color of dawn.

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Jan 242012
 

This is the oldest public Japanese tea garden in the US and is located inside Golden Gate Park in San Francisco.  I’m not much of a tea drinker, but I love gardens.  I find it quite soothing in here, just being able to wander slowly, taking in the beauty.  There is an incredible fullness here and it’s all so meticulously organized, every tree and shrub perfectly in its place.

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Jan 212012
 

This little chapel in Yosemite Valley really lit up an otherwise socked-in foggy damp day.  It had snowed quite wonderfully at the higher elevations the day before but here in the valley it was threatening rain.  I really love these quaintly small and homey chapels.  It’s not about large congregations of people and elaborate services.  There’s just enough room for a few hearty or curious souls to wander in in reverence.

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Jan 192012
 

In DC, everywhere you turn seems to be just waiting to be admired.  I found it to be a showcase of iconic museum pieces.  A nations history through our relatively short existence on display to browse.  When the natural world shows up to complement our man-made structures… well, the results speak for themselves.  This was taken from the steps of the Lincoln memorial as the sun was rising.

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Jan 172012
 

I love traipsing about different forests looking for mushrooms.  The cool mossy undergrowth, navigating around fallen trees, not really knowing where I’m going, but going there anyway.  Mushrooms have a way of hiding beneath fallen fir needles or thick moss and it’s always exciting to stop, look down and around and there, just a few steps more is something to behold.  Edible or not, it’s always so satisfying; kind of like going to a zoo without cages where you have to hunt for what you’re looking for.

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Jan 142012
 

I always thought of Death Valley as hot.  Stay away from me hot.  Don’t come near me hot.  So, on my first trip there I searched for something a bit cooler.  Snow would do.  Then we could take a peak into the valley from above, just in case it was too hot when we got down there.  The view from atop Wildrose Peak is awesome!  And it’s not too hot.   I wonder what it’s like in the summer, though.

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Jan 132012
 

It’s a special day when the clouds are wispy and they lazily settle and linger over the horizon line just above the Pacific Ocean; allowing the sun to seemingly move in and out of their screen.  But maybe any day that includes a Pacific Ocean sunset could be considered special.  I wonder what the fishing boat is going after in the oncoming darkness.  Fish or just the beauty of the Pacific?

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Jan 112012
 

I usually take 2 or 3 trips up to Bellingham, Washington, my home town, every year.  A couple of years ago I was up there in early spring.  The weather all week was incredible!  Massive storm clouds, interspersed by sun, then rain and cold, and back and forth it went.  I love stormy weather.  In California we have such long periods of totally blue skies; exactly what I longed for growing up in the damp Northwest.  Now, I really appreciate the power of a good storm.

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