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Apr 302012
 

Another photo from my home town.  I try not to post too many from Bellingham as I don’t want to be so biased as to my appreciation for the area.  However, maybe I’ll post a few more.

GP, of course, is Georgia Pacific.  It’s been closed down now for some years, but it used to be the large industry in town.  Until, I think, so many people complained about the constant smell, and the pollution in the bay become so great as to they pretty much had to shut it down.  Now, it’s slowly being dismantled and hopefully something good will replace it in time.  But, in the evening, round about sunset, with a hazy moon and some soft light, it does make for an interesting non-polluting foreground.

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Apr 272012
 

Following up from the sand dune post from Oregon, here is a very different set of sand dunes from Death Valley.  Not nearly as all encompassing as in Oregon, the Mesquite dunes near Stovepipe Wells are an awesome set of dunes none-the-less.  I went there fairly close to sunset and just walked around as I love to do.  When the sun was fully set, the horizon color got deeper, contrasting with the deep desert blue of the sky.  Warm and quiet with the softly rounded dunes in the approaching darkness.  The mystery of the desert coming alive.

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Apr 252012
 

The sand dunes of the central Oregon coast stretch for miles.  There aren’t many places anymore where you don’t run into the ever present dune buggy, but when that happens, as happened on an early morning last summer… well, the spaciousness and quiet that mixes with the changing patterns of the dunes is mesmerizing.  I walked around this area for a couple of hours before the buggies woke up.  What a treat.

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Apr 222012
 

Good morning.  It’s Earth day.  Not that that is anything particularly special for me.  But, it is a good reminder of where we are in this huge cosmos of stars and planets and maybe a focal-point day that we can, desperately need to, honor the ground we walk upon.  Earth is a living, breathing planet and the more we can realize we’re stewards of her beauty, the better off we’ll all be.

These redwood trees are in Muir Woods, just north of San Francisco.  Solid and earthy.  The park named after one of the greatest of Earth stewards, John Muir.  An appropriate image for the day.

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Apr 202012
 

I wonder what was in this barn.  Hay?  Cows?  Other animals?  I can imagine the hay being blessed by all the colors of the rainbow; the cows eating the hay and producing the perfect milk; which goes to making the perfect cheese, blessed by the magnificence of the natural world.  No worries, no hurrying.  Just a peaceful, contemplative, yet hard working life in southern Sweden.

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Apr 182012
 

Over the years I have planted quite a few roses in our yard.  Some would say too many.  But I love the fragrance and elegance and color and just shear beauty that they offer each year.  Their first flush of bloom in the spring is truly a sight to behold.  And their fragrance…. if only you could smell what you see on your screen.  This particular one is called cymbeline and has one of the most unusual and sweet fragrances to be found.  In fact, if you’re looking for a place to purchase roses with some flair beyond what you can find at your local big box store I highly recommend www.vintagegardens.com for an inventory of 100’s of old and antique roses.

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Apr 162012
 

Hopefully I’m not boring you too much with this, but golf is one of my hobbies that I quite like.  And, at least for me, it can be a great venue for photography as well.  If you forget about the game of golf for a second and just focus on the course itself and the people playing then you often have a park-like setting with a ready-made action figure.  This particular golf course is part of the world renowned Bandon Dunes golf complex of 4 courses near Bandon, Oregon.  The golf, and the views, can’t get any better!

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Apr 132012
 

Now and then I get to go sailing out in San Francisco Bay.  I’m certainly not a sailor, mind you, but a couple of times a year is great.  On this day we set out from Marin County, as always, and headed over to the city, then under the Bay Bridge.  Though the sun was out bright, there was still a bit of light wispy fog hanging in the air.  Just enough to bring out a bit of color.

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Apr 102012
 

I love a colorful sky.  My favorite is the combo of deep blue and orange.  That’s probably why this is one of my favorite photos.  It was taken from the top of Sentinel Dome in one of my favorite locations; Yosemite National Park.  Anywhere in Yosemite is great.  I could have stayed here and just stared at the sky all night long.  Then, all I would have had to do is turn around at dawn and watch the sun rise…  Well, I can dream, can’t I?

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Apr 072012
 

OK, OK.  The spiral staircase post from March 27 is in the Supreme Court building in DC.  If you couldn’t guess where it was, you weren’t alone.  No one did.

Now, as for Las Vegas, it’s all about stimulation and color and a sort of artistic grandeur… sort of.  I know Vegas is quite polarizing, with those who love it and those who think it was created by greed and the devil.  In my two meager days there I didn’t spend a dime on any form of gambling.  But, I did enjoy, immensely, the fine sport of people watching, as well as treating the whole of the city as one big art gallery.  Of course, the fountains in front of the Bellagio are a well-known and fun act to catch.  This particular angle is one I’d not seen before.  Those blue morse-code-like lights are from the adjacent Cosmopolitan Hotel.

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