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Jul 302013
 

Have you ever been up close to the infamous Hollywood sign?  I’ve seen it many times on visits to the LA area as well as many more times on the screen.  But, this is the first time I got up so close.  And whereas other photos I took on this little beauty of a hike show more of a close-up of the sign, I happen to like this one.  I mean, who doesn’t love the night sky?  I sure do.  I started up the trail with the sun still up, but I wandered around a bit and took my time.  Eventually, the sun set and the stars started showing themselves.  Orion and Venus became prominent.  Quiet and Hollywood don’t often go together, but they sure did here on this night.

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Jul 262013
 

There’s a story to this giraffe…  Eight of us traveling in an open-air jeep had reached the main road after leaving Camp Unicorn.  We were discussing what we’d like to see this day and the mighty giraffe was mentioned by most.  As we were set to turn left, we spotted a giraffe on the right, not more than a hundred yards away.  So, we asked our driver to head in its direction and proceeded slowly toward her.  She just kept on eating what leaves she could find in the trees at first.  Then, she started wandering.  We just sat in the jeep in silence and joyfully watched, trying to connect as best we could.  We weren’t more than 20 yards away.  Then, as it seemed she was walking away, she turned and walked toward us.  She stopped in a small clearing, looked right at us, and bowed.  She stayed that way for a few seconds, clearly not eating, got up and walked away.  We were stunned and awe struck.  What an honor.  A true connection with the natural world.  We turned around and drove away feeling blissed and blessed.

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Jul 222013
 

I’ve always wondered what the fascination is with this little section of San Francisco.  There are always an interesting array of folks gawking and taking photos.  I imagine a master marketer, scheming for ways to get people out west, or to this particular section of the city.  So, I include myself in the tourist line and fire away.  I was the only one with a tripod, though.

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Jul 182013
 

Everybody loves a clown, and a circus.  This small, traveling troupe came through the area a summer ago.  It’s the kind of event that’s truly entertaining and you can get right up close and really see everything and meet the performers after the show.  It harkens back to my image of vaudeville with its small-town personal touch.  Not a bad seat in the house.

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Jul 162013
 

It’s summer again.  The snows are melting.  The high Sierra trails are calling.  The beauty, solitude, quiet, mountain fragrances.  Shhhhh……. there’s really nothing to say or talk about.  Just taking it all in is the reward.  This view is of the Kearsarge Lakes and pinnacles on the eastern edge of Kings Canyon National Park.

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Jul 122013
 

I did it.  I hate being a dense, thoughtless tourist, but I actually stopped in the middle of the road, got out with as much composure as I could muster and took a few shots.  Now there certainly wasn’t much traffic, but you never know when the next car will come racing up from behind.  I kept looking, but no, nothing.  A couple cars in front, nothing behind.  Just the seemingly unending expanse of central Washington and its wheat crop.  Everywhere I looked was planted in wheat and the road was somehow planted right in the middle of it.

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Jul 092013
 

At over 8000 feet in the Sierra’s you’ll need a lot of wood to keep these places warm.  Actually, the ghost town of Bodie, California is quite interesting to explore.  It started as a mining town in the mid 1800’s and is now a registered landmark and California State Historic Park.  In some ways a bit lame, but at least they do help to preserve the structures.  It certainly presents some interesting photo ops.

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Jul 072013
 

Abe Lincoln.  Such an iconic figure in American history relegated to the penny.  At least he sits in his place of prominence, overlooking all the goings on from the Potomac all the way up to the capital.  Here, I got up early to catch the morning light shining in on Mr. Lincoln and his throne.

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Jul 052013
 

I’m always on the lookout for parking garages when in a city full of tall buildings.  They almost always give a pretty good above-the-ground perspective of what’s around.  On this cloudy summer day in Seattle I didn’t even have to look.  It’s where we parked our car next to the hotel we were staying at.  The view was perfect.  It was very near the sound, so one viewpoint was of the Pike St. market and water.  But, I rather liked this perspective and line angles and somewhat muted, monotone colors of the architecture as I gazed into the heart of the city.

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Jul 012013
 

Walking along the trail from downtown Bellingham, WA. through Boulevard park and into Fairhaven is a total pleasure.  It follows the bay the entire way with many stunning views.  There is almost always a gorgeous sunset and quite frankly I’ve seen many that are better than this one.  I just happened to like the way the light is reflecting off and through the coffee shop here.  I’ll be up there in another few days.  Looking forward to the walk.

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