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Jul 252012
 

Well, I’m heading up the the great NW for a week so thought I’d leave you with an image from there.  The Amtrak train comes through every morning from Vancouver, BC heading south to Seattle.  One early morning I got up and wound my way down the road a mile to the station to take a closer look at one of those big engines.  It’s huge!  And powerful looking.  No “I think I can” to this little engine.  It didn’t even seem like it wanted to stop.  “Just get on board and we’ll get going” it seemed to say.  All aboard, indeed.  Seattle and Bellingham, here I come.

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Jul 232012
 

Out of the mud grows this beautiful blossom.  The lotus flower is steeped in traditional Buddhist lore and its beauty and elegance certainly can’t be denied.  This particular blossom was found on the grounds of the Ananda meditation and retreat center near Grass Valley, California in the foothills of the Sierra mountains.

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Jul 212012
 

This is the heart of the original living room in the Moran mansion at Rosario Resort on Orcas Island, a part of the San Juan Islands in NW Washington state.  The islands themselves are pristinely beautiful, with eagles and salmon and orca whales roaming the tree tops and waters.  I lived here on Orcas for 4 years and my daughter was born here.  I don’t know if they build fires any more, but they should.  To sit on the couch by the fire with a warm drink, maybe a good book, and just take it all in; ahhhh.

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Jul 182012
 

We were up in the little town of Mendocino on the northern California coast for a couple of days.  It was winter and when the rain stopped we hopped in the car and drove a couple of miles into town to do a little exploring.  The shops are fun and there’s a nice little walk right in town on the bluffs above the blue Pacific Ocean.  As we emerged out of one of the shops after some time in there, we were greeted by  these sunbeams trying to find their way out of the passing storm.  Luckily, I take my camera with me while shopping.

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Jul 162012
 

Ephesus is one of the most well preserved ancient cities in the world.  And the library, which was partially reconstructed in the ’70’s, is situated at the bottom of a long, what must have been at the time, roadway.  It’s interesting to know that almost 2,000 years ago that the locals considered a library to be important enough to feature in their design plans.  I wish today’s architecture was more artistic, with columns and sculpture and, well, just more artful.  I guess it’s just not practical in today’s world of pragmatism.  Here’s to more art in our modern world!

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Jul 132012
 

The Oregon coast is one of those iconic drives/areas that I’ve had the good fortune of meandering along a number of times.  Whether it’s camping, swimming, playing, golfing or just driving along it has never been boring.  Now, mind you, you can’t be in a hurry, just wanting to get somewhere.  I-5 is for that.  So, I took the plunge again last summer and drove most of its length from north to south.  Offering a number of lighthouses, Heceta Head is my favorite.

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Jul 102012
 

So, are these flags there to warn low flying aircraft?  A warning to canal boats that are too big?  Are they simple prayer flags, put up by the locals to bless their little section of canal heaven?  Whatever they’re for, they, along with everything else in and over, just adds to the character of the canals of Amsterdam.

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Jul 082012
 

I don’t drink a heck-of-a-lot-of wine, but I do enjoy a good glass of red now and again.  And living in California’s “wine region” it’s pretty easy to find a good bottle.  Recently I went up over the hill into St. Helena in the Napa Valley.  Inside the old Christian Brothers building which is now the Culinary Institute of America is this beautiful cellar and old oak barrel.  Sure would be fun to have a cellar like that!

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Jul 052012
 

We were heading back to the office north of the bridge a few weeks ago when luck would have it that a large air craft carrier was making its way out of the bay.  I wonder what it was doing?  In town for a show?  Was there a threat that the public didn’t know about?  Maybe making its way to sea for some war games.  Or simply heading back to San Diego to sit in the harbor and be “ready”.  Whatever it was it was a sight not often seen here.  I’m just glad it was all show.

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Jul 032012
 

Bleak.  Ominous.  Humid.  Eerie.  Just a few words that describe an evening at Okefenokee Swamp.  No one around.  The Ibis birds arriving in waves into the trees around me.  The humidity so high it felt like rain.  Was an alligator lying in wait in the channel just beneath my feet, waiting for the right moment to pounce?  And then the lightning started with the accompanying thunder.  I stood and watched for a while and then headed back down the trail while I could still see.

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