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Jan 312013
 

My mom was born here in Savannah.  Beautiful city now.  I wonder what it was like back when her parents up and left, ending up in the complete opposite end of the country, NW Washington state.  My two sisters and I visited here and met many of our long lost cousins who were unknown to us before then.  All were welcoming, friendly, showing off that infamous southern charm.  We stayed in the old historic district down on Bay Street; everything within walking distance, easy to explore the beauty of the city.  I look forward to going back for more of that low country boil.savannah-river-cityscape-2-1

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Jan 262013
 

Whenever I’m in a city that’s also the capital of that state, I always make sure to visit the capital building.  They are, most often, grand examples of art in design.  Historical, yes, but more importantly a grand work of art.  And if anything is lacking in the architecture, it’s always made up for in the addition of other art, or painting or…  This is a mural in Colorado’s capital in Denver; a beautiful building altogether.

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Jan 212013
 

As in ‘Make your check out to…’.  I’m almost embarrassed to even show an image of their headquarters, but the building itself is different than the laws and concepts of taxes and the treasury.  DC is so full of solid, stately architecture.  It’s fun wandering around, bumping into various governmental icons.  I wish they’d give me some of my money back.

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Jan 192013
 

…Or the EMP museum as it’s called now.  A Frank Gehry designed building, it’s located very close to Seattle’s Space Needle in the Seattle Center.  What’s to say about it?  Certainly an amazing piece of architecture clearly identifiable as another Gehry piece of modern art.  It’s stunning, hard to miss and will strike you one way or another.  It’s not your cookie cutter square box of a building.  Many people loathe it.  The more I hung around it, walked around it, went in and tooled around the inside, the more impressed I was.  Someone with guts and vision designed this.  What do you think?

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Jan 172013
 

What a fun place to be, visit, live.  My daughter lives in Austin and I’m planning another trip in the spring.  This particular evening I spent a number of hours just wandering around the south side of the river, from Zilker park all the way down past Congress St.  Strolling leisurely, enjoying the walk, watching the light turn to dusk, then dark.  I could almost hear the music playing on the other side of the river.  Good music.  Texas music.  Not hard to find here.

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Jan 142013
 

I awoke well before dawn in order to take a nice hot shower.  I knew I needed to warm myself before putting on the many layers of clothing I’d need to wander around on the lake shore in the 10 degree cold.  I do love being out there, it’s just the preamble and gathering momentum that is the most difficult.  So, dressed warmly with coffee in hand I drove down the road a ways, parked the car and walked the 10 minutes in the dark down to the lake.  A perfect winter’s day.  Cold, windless, still, quiet.  Now feeling alert and totally awake I almost melted into the landscape, its serenity deeply felt.  Watching and being with the growing light is meditation at its finest.

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Jan 122013
 

One of the features I like best about the South are the swamps; wet, moist, mossy, thick, green, sometimes a bit eerie.  It’s probably due to the fact that they’re not found in the west and thus they’re different, unique.  Whatever the reason, the ones we went to in South Carolina and Georgia were great; perfect for walking and finding photo ops.  This one is at Magnolia Plantation near Charleston, South Carolina.

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Jan 092013
 

It was so nice here in the Bay area last week.  I can look out my office window over San Francisco Bay to the city and keep an eye on the weather.  The light in winter is so much softer than other times of year.  So, I took off around 4:00 and headed over the Richmond bridge to the east bay, then across the Bay bridge and got off on Treasure Island, that perfect little piece of land just in front of San Francisco.  Not many people milling around.  Good.  I was mostly focusing on the City when the light of and over Alcatraz caught my eye.  A gorgeous night of light and color.  Perfect for a prison break.

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Jan 072013
 

Going to South Africa is often imagined as wild animals or contentious racism or 3rd world poverty, but the most compelling experiences and images for me was incredible humility and warmth of the people, including the charm and spunk of the kids.  No hustle or bustle, just an ease and acceptance of life at the pace that it is.  Acceptance and acknowledgement of what is.  Now there’s a concept.

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Jan 052013
 

I was up by 5:00 AM and drove the 4 plus hours up to Yosemite.  I checked in at Curry Camp, my tent cabin for a couple of nights, then drove the short distance out the the trail head for my hike up Four Mile Trail that heads up to Glacier point.  There wasn’t any snow this mid winter day on the valley floor, but the further up I hiked the more snow there was.  Little did I know then, but this was the last of the sunny days for a while.  The next day was totally socked in with rain in the valley and heavy snow up on top.  Sure glad I got up here first as there’s nothing like the unencumbered view of Yosemite valley.

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