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Aug 252013
 

I got to Tempe late and checked into the hotel.  Then quickly out again to have a bite to eat and enjoy the ambiance of a busy university town.  I could easily have gone back “home” to get a bit of sleep, but the night was still calling.  So, I headed down to the river to wander around a bit and see what was there; bridges and color and water and Tempe’s big mountain, Hayden Butte.  Perfect for a bit of night work.

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Aug 232013
 

Portland, Oregon is loaded with bridges.  I guess when a river runs through town there needs to be plenty of them.  I spent an evening wandering down one side of the Willamette River, crossing a bridge and continuing on the other side.  That way I could cross as many bridges as my feet would carry me while, at the same time, enjoying the sights and sounds of a beautiful city.

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Aug 192013
 

This is the highest pulpit I’ve ever seen.  I don’t remember what denomination of church it is, but obviously one I’m not personally familiar with.  Is it so that the minister can hear the word of God more clearly?  Maybe he can hear something said more softly that others can’t hear.  Maybe it just helps to keep the flock in line.  They’ll know more clearly who’s boss and who it is who’s really connected to the “man above”.  For me, I just like structure and architecture.  Maybe it throws the image off balance a bit, but I think He’ll understand.

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Aug 152013
 

I’m not sure what it is about statues, but no matter where I am or what kind of statue it is, I’m often compelled to capture some kind of image of it.  Why is that??  Maybe it’s a call to the history of the area.  Maybe it’s just someone’s art that I appreciate; an artist’s unite kind of thing.  OK, stop it.  I think I just like statues.  This one of Multatuli is in Amsterdam.

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Aug 122013
 

I was in Monterey.  It was a beautiful, relatively warm late winter day.  Lots of people, happily wandering around, exploring the best of what the area has to offer; an easy stroll along the Pacific, plenty of shops and restaurants, the aquarium.  When I had my fill of town, I drove west, up the road a couple of miles and bam!  A different world.  I wasn’t sure if the weather had just turned or I was just far enough out of town to make a difference.  No matter, the fog and mist were on me.  The ocean breeze was stiff.  It was suddenly cold.  I put my jacket on.  I took a few photos, but the mist was getting to my lens.  I called it a day.

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Aug 092013
 

Sleeping is great, but waking before dawn and wandering around in the Sierra Nevada mountains at 11,000 feet is way better.  I’d been up in the mountains for a few days and at my final destination of Summit Lake in the Big Pine Lakes basin in the eastern Sierra.  I hiked up the hill where I knew the sun would be rising and just took it all in.  It’s so quiet in the high Sierra.  I was the only one at the lake.  I looked down on Black Lake below.  Beautiful!

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Aug 052013
 

Wine country.  That’s what I often say when someone asks me where I live.  There are so many vineyards and wineries around here, dotted within the valleys and hillsides north of San Francisco.  I used to buy wine only from Sonoma county, the county I live in.  But now, since I went to a wedding in Napa county and went back to explore the area, I do, on occasion, purchase something from Napa.  Actually, I don’t even drink that much wine.  It’s the beauty of the area that I really like.  These vineyards are up on the hillside above St. Helena.

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Aug 032013
 

I’m sure this isn’t a very significant place or scene to depict Colorado Rockies baseball, but without actually going to a game I rather like this archway.  No Rockies in town this evening, but the arch still beckons, holding a space for when the crowds return.

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