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Nov 292012
 

I love the fall and it seems to be fading fast.  Storms and rain moving in where I live.  Yes, we may be on the edge of winter so a little more fall color seems appropriate.  The vineyards in Sonoma county are quite colorful this time of year.  The grapes are mostly gone, their juice already working its magic in large vats or barrels with a little yeast thrown in.  Sounds simple but it’s not.  So while the juice is doing its unseen thing, we get the incredible spoils; the beauty of the vines and leaves themselves in a setting sublime, mingling with natures color clock, changing its appearance from green to yellow to orange/red before falling off completely.  Now that’s art!

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Nov 262012
 

I was tired.  I’d just flown back into Oakland from Austin after the birth of my granddaughter.  I really just wanted to go home which was still an hour and a half away.  But, there it was; an incredible light and storm over San Francisco.  I couldn’t just go home.  So, I got onto the bay bridge and got off on Treasure Island;  a perfect place to watch/experience the unfolding dance of nature and architecture.  Sure glad I didn’t go right home.

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Nov 242012
 

Who are the daughters of confederacy?  And should it be capitalized?  Whoever they are, they maintain a prominant place in the heart of Charleston.  For me, it’s just a cool looking building in a great city to walk around in.

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Nov 202012
 

Yes, it’s still fall so I thought I’d keep posting some other fall images.  I like fall.  It’s like an ending to the year.  Everything changes in nature and falls away.  A big exhale…  And yet water levels usually rise.  Like here.  Whatcom creek spilling and churning.  The verdant evergreens remaining stately, and even shining forth more noticeably as the leaves on the deciduous trees continue to shed.  The ground turns wet and moist, ideal for the growth of mushrooms.  The quiet of the trees, the roaring of the water.  What a lovely season.

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Nov 182012
 

Kids do the darndest things.  I know plenty of moms who wouldn’t dare let their kids climb on a fence barrier to get a better view of the goings on way down below on the river.  I’m not sure where this kids mom was.  Probably home while he was with dad.  Dads often let kids explore a bit more, take more risks.  I guess moms prefer safety where dads like adventure.  He was up there for a while, too.  I finally turned away to focus on other things.  I was on my own adventure and wanted to see more myself.  Portland’s a great place for walking a viewing the river.  This kid had a nice spot.

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Nov 162012
 

I’ve always loved spotting these mushrooms.  Never having ingested them myself, the lore of this specie lives on.  From the dancing mushroom scene in the Disney movie Fantasia to tales of hallucinogenic rituals in Siberia to the obvious visual richness of the bright red cap invigorating the imagination, the Amanita Muscaria mushroom has a certain reputation bordering on modern myth.  Whatever your relationship with it is, it’s hard to deny its unique individuality.  Simply put, for many of us, it’s fall and the mushrooms are out!

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Nov 132012
 

Though I personally like this photo, this is one time I can say that it pales in comparison to what was experienced this morning atop a 4,000 foot mountain plateau in northern South Africa.  We were right up against the edge of the cliff, with a drop off of many hundreds of feet.  From before dawn until quite a while after the sun had risen, this scene of mountains, forest, sky and sun kept blending in varying degrees of light and color.  The air was cool, bordering on cold.  It was quiet, still, almost eerily serene and beautiful.  Just looking and writing helps me to remember the feeling.  I wish you could have been there.

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Nov 112012
 

I was traipsing around in the woods one day, looking for mushrooms.  Yes, I did see a few, but it wasn’t quite wet enough to find and gather any of the edible kind.  What I did find, of consequence, though, is color.  The beautiful golden yellow color that is autumns trademark.  Mixed in with the evergreens green and the quiet semi-dampness of the growing fall season, I found myself in a surprisingly pleasant and peaceful state of being.  At first I was disappointed at not finding any mushrooms of significance, but then I looked around and noticed what was there.  Such a simple thing that is sometimes so elusive.

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Nov 092012
 

I don’t get to the tropics nearly as much as I’d like to.  I wonder why.  I like the sweat dripping down my body, walking along a quiet beach, eating the local tropical fruit, hearing all those birds.  I also like going to places that are a bit out of the way.  The southern Caribbean side of Costa Rica is usually not the place one first goes to.  Yet we did.  Punta Uva.  Remote and rural.  Nothing fancy.  Walking in the jungle.  Walking along the beach.  It’s warm and humid even when it’s stormy.  Wanna go for a swim?

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