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Apr 302013
 

Our plan for the day was to hike up to Thunder River, a river coming out of a wall of the Grand Canyon that eventually flows down into the Colorado River.  But, before heading up, we had to traverse the swiftly flowing Canyon Creek.  The sturdy-of-foot ones went first to create a line of support for those less sure footed.  It was quite cool early in the morning and an exhilarating start to a momentous day of hiking in the awesomeness of the Grand Canyon. A very careful stream crossing on our hike up to Thunder River

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Apr 272013
 

It can be quite busy on Seattle’s waterfront.  Shipping and industry, ferry’s coming and going, people milling around and enjoying the scene, chowing down at one of many restaurants, the infamous Pike St. market close at hand.  I was actually able to get this photo while sitting in the ferris wheel car waiting to be let out.  It’s hard to get a clean shot from inside the car as there is often a reflection coming right back at you.  But this one came out clean.

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Apr 232013
 

It’s not easy going back in time/memory and remembering how I got to a particular place.  Often, I’ll sit here at the computer and zone out, or is it zone in, and try and relive the space I was in or what I was thinking or feeling when I chose to press the little shutter button.  Putting myself back into the image here, I know I was tired.  It was the end of a long day of walking and exploring in inner city of Denver.  I was pretty much on a mission, heading back to the hotel.  And yet, still, I turned and chose to set up again for this shot up the stairs to Denver’s millennium bridge.  The angles of the architecture are what drew me.  Do you see anything here, or is this just an expression of the exhaustion of a wandering soul looking for his bed?

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Apr 182013
 

It’s quiet here.  And if you haven’t guessed before now, I really like quiet.  Really, there’s so much to hear in the quiet.  The branches swaying, ever so slightly.  Redwoods can get so tall that even a slight breeze up high and they creek as they sway.  The ferns are tall and thick.  The paths just perfect with eons of decay turning into the softest form of dirt.  On this day I kept walking in and out of the fog.  A few hundred yards up the trail and the sun was shining again.  It’s quite cool in a redwood grove.  I think they like that.  I do too.  It keeps the atmosphere nice and quiet.

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Apr 162013
 

In the mornings, just after sunrise, we’d quietly dress and get ourselves onto the open air jeep.  Then off into the African bush to track the white lions of Timbavati.  The preserve we were staying at was deep into helping these rare animals survive on their own in the wild so we would roam the bush with our radio tracking devices tuned to their collars, making sure they were still safe.  There are currently only 9 white lions roaming in the wild and at camp unicorn we were able to track 7 of them.  It was winter there, just coming into spring.  Spacious. Quiet.  Beautiful.  They’re out there.

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Apr 142013
 

I love cactus!  Especially the saguaro.  They’re just so big and stately and, for me at least, different.  I don’t get to this part of the desert very often so they’re always a thrill to see and be around.  It was quite overcast when I was there this winter and I had the unfortunate incident of having my camera bag with full memory chip stolen so I feel somewhat incomplete in my relationship to the saguaro cactus.  Never-the-less I enjoyed my time with these huge forms before the rains came, wandering around in the White Tanks area just west of Phoenix.

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Apr 122013
 

Monterey Bay, that is; which is part of the Pacific Ocean; which Monterey, California butts up against.  Wonderful walking town with a well-used urban trail that runs for quite a long way along the shore.  People, places to eat and shop, and, of course, the ever present big blue Pacific.  Whether calm or crashing, it lends its energy and presence to the land.  The life and beauty it brings, truly a blessing.

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Apr 092013
 

I don’t remember how many floors up this is, but doesn’t it seem like an odd place to check in?  I don’t ever remember checking into a hotel anywhere other than on the ground floor.  But, this is Vegas; original, quirky, bizarre.  All in a good way, mind you.  And the view from here is certainly grand.  A nice lounge is immediately adjacent.  Not that one is ever far away.  I liked the Mandarin.  Even the hallways exude elegance.  The whole place is that way.  Just one big opulent work of art and design.

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Apr 072013
 

No, this isn’t Scotland or Ireland.  Bandon Dunes is an incredible golf complex on the southern Oregon coast.  Built on top of the sand dunes that proliferate this part of the coastline, it is a pristine and jaw-dropping place for those who enjoy the sport.  I was there in mid February with 7 others.  After one of our rounds I grabbed my tripod and camera and snuck away from all the 19th hole activity to wander the course at sunset.  Wow!  Just me and an empty golf course and the roar of the Pacific Ocean.  The Oregon coast in mid February could easily be blowing and raining… but here on the 6th hole was a gentle breeze and a clear sky.

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Apr 052013
 

Two things you’ll fine a lot of in Amsterdam are bikes and boats, and plenty of them.  Cars too, of course, but to navigate the infamous canals you’ll need a boat.  And having a bike makes getting around town simple and easy.  Now, I had neither when wandering around the city, but next time I’m renting a bike.

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