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Aug 112015
 

If you look hard you’ll see two fishermen trying their luck in the creek.  This is such an idyllic place.  High in the mountains at over 10,000 feet it has everything.  Numerous lakes.  And with the fisherpeople we saw, there must be plenty of fish.  Mountain peaks a plenty, seemingly close enough to touch.  Trails that are easy to hike on and not too steep.  And maybe best of all, the freshness of the mountain air.  Rugged, expansive, easily accessible.  Summer in the Sierras.  Nothing could be finer.

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Jul 182015
 

Mid summer.  That time of year when the high elevations in the mountains start opening up with many snowless trails.  I can smell the pines now.  Feel the quiet.  Alas, I’ll have to wait another year to get up there.  A little tick bite has curtailed my hiking and exploration life.  Rae lakes in Kings Canyon, high in the Sierra, is always a wonderful destination.  Here, Jo Anne is doing her best impression of high a wire artist to cross the creek as we head out.  One of the lakes and the peak of Painted Lady make for an enticing reminder to come back again.

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Jan 312015
 

I was thinking about a friend on the east coast.  It’s winter in all its glory there.  Cold, brash, harsh, filled with snow.  Not here in sunny CA.  I have to remind myself with images like this that winter, in the way that I think about winter, actually exists.  This was taken up in the Sierras one January day when snow was coming down hard.  It was so quiet.  I like the quiet, and hiking around in the storm gave me some sense of peace.  I like that too.

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Nov 112014
 

This is the spot.  The calling card for the Wilbur Hot Springs experience.  It’s the main draw for all who come here.  And believe me, it’s worth it.  The cold pool is invitingly green and natural.  The perfect place to submerge into after soaking in the warm or hot mineral waters in the bath house.  So inviting, so relaxing.  Ahhh.

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Sep 182014
 

Hard to beat hiking at 10,000 feet, high in the Sierra Nevada mountains.  You never know what mother nature will provide for conditions to behold.  I miss going up this year, but for health reasons I’m taking a year off.  I’m sure I’ll be up again next season.  Here, we were heading back down the trail when I was floored by what lay ahead.  The whole scene, bathed in the softest of light, was nectar for the soul.

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Apr 102014
 

Weather is almost a factor in Bellingham.  If you’re a sun freak it’s probably not for you.  Clouds, whether or not it’s raining, are always in the equation.  I really didn’t like that part of growing up there.  I had a hunger for sun and the light.  Of course, now that I have lived other places and traveled quite a bit and even now live in sunny California, I appreciate the beauty of the place and its aggravating climate.  Now I enjoy rediscovering the beautiful spots of NW Washington.

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Jan 292014
 

Even out here in the Western US I’ve been going through the winter health doldrums.  Looking at some kids enjoying themselves in the coolness of Austin’s Barton creek looks refreshing.  So, I’ll look at this and remember the freshness, freedom and playfulness of summer.  Here’s to our health!

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Sep 122013
 

I like this photo.  And still it hardly does justice to the beauty that is constant and everywhere in this little slice of Kings Canyon National Park.  It took us the better part of 2 days to hike in to Rae Lakes; up and over Kearsarge pass and then Glen pass at just under 12,000 feet to get to this incredible valley of lakes and creeks at around 10,500 feet.  The smells, the stillness, the peace.  Awesome!

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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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May 072012
 

Hmmm.  I don’t really remember exactly where this is other than it’s the Pacific Ocean in Mendocino County on the California coast, somewhere just south of Point Arena.  I remember leaving home and just deciding to follow my nose up the coast to see what I could see.  I love the pacific coast and the power of the ocean.  It never ceases to amaze me.  I took my time here, sitting down on the deserted beach, watching the creek flow into the ocean and the waves pound into the shore, before heading north for more exploration.  What a beautiful day and a powerful place.

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