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May 222015
 

Church or castle?  That is the question.  Whatever it is or used to be, it marks the continued connection with an age long past in the green and mostly rural conditions of present day Ireland.  Yes, there’s Dublin and many other wonderful cities, but it’s the farmland and greenery and sheep dotting much of this magnificent Isle that strikes me the most.  This long history of the rural landscape with its people is what gives Ireland its charm and the people its friendly, gentle presence.

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Mar 312014
 

A bathtub in the middle of a field.  OK.  Must be used as a water bucket, best I can figure.  Cows get thirsty too.  I didn’t notice any cows, though.  Or horses.  Looks kind of inviting.  Threatening weather, though.  Wanna get in?  Maybe the sun will come out a bit.

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Mar 082014
 

Yes, it’s beginning to fade, but still it is winter.  At least it is in California.  Is it where you live?  This shot is was taken over my back fence as the sky was going through its early morning color display and the grasses in the field were covered with a deep and persistent frost.  I don’t necessarily like being out in the cold, but the awesome color drew me out this morning.

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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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Jun 152013
 

It’s both a blessing and a curse that I live so close, in fact am virtually surrounded by large fields.  This time of year the pollens flow freely and I’ve developed, over the past few years, some allergic symptoms to all of the otherwise beauty and abundance of the flowering shrubs and grasses.  Never-the-less, I do take the time to appreciate what’s given in my surroundings and I’ll take the blessings of nature over my frustrations any day.  On this particular evening the bales were still there, cut, baled and ready to be taken in for storage.  The sun and clouds/coastal fog were doing a dance for a while when most of the clouds just vanished before the sun set.  The trailing color was stunning.

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Nov 302011
 

There’s no place like home.  There’s no place like home.

Yes, home seems like a good place to start this little adventure.  There are so many interesting little cubby holes and places to explore right around home.  Sometimes I forget that as I imagine all the beautiful and exotic places to go.  Alas, this somewhat foggy morning I was out on the deck admiring the sunrise when I noticed this flock of wild turkeys wandering around in the field just beyond the back fence.  I quickly ran into the house and grabbed my camera and tried to sneak up on them so they wouldn’t get spooked.  Oh, well.  Now I’m glad they did take flight.  Yes, there’s no place like home….  Now where have I heard that before?

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