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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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Apr 252015
 

Poking around the Louisiana swamps in great fun, if you can get the mosquitoes to stay away.  Just crossing the border from Texas begins to change the flavor and the swamplands become more prevalent.  When traveling through I would often move off the main road and find an area with some semblance of trail just to immerse myself in the environment.  Awesome.

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Feb 132015
 

Of course you know I love to explore.  So, when on my way to New Orleans I decided to take a bit of a side trip up into a section of bayou along the Atchafalaya River.  After a beautiful winding drive up a rutty gravel road I came to this spot along the river.  A perfect place to stop and relax.  I stopped the car, got out and just set a spell.  Just me and the catfish.

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Oct 082014
 

Don’t you just wonder where they’re going?  I do.  We slowed down a bit for us to say hi but not long enough to have a conversation.  Do they have animal feed?  Some sort of material for housing or a roof?  Is it just compost or garbage hacked away to make space for growing something else?  Whatever it’s for, they sure live a different and more timeless life than I do.  Hard in its own way, but rather nostalgic in one of my more contemplative moods.

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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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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 122014
 

I don’t really know why it’s called camp unicorn as I didn’t see any unicorn’s.  It’s located in the northern part of South Africa and is in the middle of many, many acres of land held in trust to protect and help reintroduce the very rare white lion.  We stayed here for a week and took daily excursions into the bush surrounding the encampment to track and make sure the lions were safe.  Quite an experience, indeed.

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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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