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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Looking for a good deal on a summer cabin???





"There are elements of intrinsic beauty in the simplification of a house built
on the log cabin idea."
Gustav Stickley



Monday, May 30, 2011

A Memorial Day Tribute...





"And I'm proud to be an American
where at least I know I'm free, 
And I won't forget the men who died 
who gave that right to me,
And I gladly stand up next to you
and defend her still today,
'Cause there ain't no doubt I love this land
Lee Greenwood




(Yes Petrea...it's Memorial Day weekend, May 29...snowed all night and all day...over 6 inches total)

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Friendly Reflections...






"A stranger is just a friend I haven't met yet."
Will Rogers





We've had the good fortune to meet five new wonderful friends...from Peru!!!
Thanks to the Rotary International Group Study Exchange, TheChief's Rotary group has
had a whirlwind few days meeting and enjoying the company of five delightful new friends.

 Joanne, a fellow Rotarian, and also a new friend in Mammoth, is taking Carmen's picture in 
Bodie State Historical Park.   

A lovely day to reflect on for years to come...





Update!!!  


Here's the whole GSE Peruvian Team and their Rotarian host families...







Thursday, May 26, 2011

Another New Friend???



Now don't get any ideas...


...she is not a new family member...



...just an absolutely precious pup Pat ("Bibi") and I saw at Starbucks when we met 
the other day!!!

In case you're wondering...her human told us that she's a Labradoodle...
and what a well behaved little one she was too!!!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

"S" is for Serbia and Sharing in Rotary's International Exchange!!!


Pat...aka "Bibi" of  Yankee-in-Belgrade Daily Photo Blog surprised me with a call saying she was in Bishop visiting an old friend.  We arranged to get together and met yesterday at Starbucks...
(Our local Looney Bean is closed pending remodel and change of ownership)
I also had the opportunity of meeting her friend from high school who has lived in Bishop for quite some time!!!  


Then....later...at our house...


Part-y!!!  PART-Y!!!  Part-y!!!

Last night, we had the pleasure of hosting a dinner party for the 
Rotary Group Study Exchangevisiting from Peru.  
They came up from Bishop (it's a small world...Pat's friend hosted a dinner party for the Bishop Rotary and GSE team the night before!) and will be staying through Saturday.
Dinner was at our house...and wouldn't you know...those Peruvians sure like to party...
and the Mammoth noon club was right there partying along side!!!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Another sign of spring...





"Every flower is a soul blossoming in nature."
Gerard De Nerval


Well, darn it!!!  I pre-posted early again!!!

Monday, May 23, 2011

Sunday, May 22, 2011

It's a Funky Ol' Bridge!!!



It was just a funky ol' bridge we spotted while driving down a rather rural street in Bishop, CE...
While trying to track down wild irises...



Ooops!!!  I clicked on the wrong post option and it posted already for tomorrow!!!

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Friday, May 20, 2011

Great day with a new friend!!!

Went out today shooting pics with a new friend up here who shares a love of photography...



I've been experimenting with the metering mode on my Nikon...
this was taken with the spot meter...with the focal point on the flowers...
The challenges here was that it was pretty windy...I wanted the flowers in front to be clear and the mountains blurred...pretty much got what I was looking for, with a bit of wind interference in the flowers...
But if you look real close...that's not dust on the lens in the middle...that's a bee!!!



Thursday, May 19, 2011

Just so you know...






...this is the view across the road from the General Store
and the Silver Lake Resort cabins!!!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

"R" you Ready for...



...a little Rest and Relaxation???



Perhaps a little R&R after a long day of fishing is in order...
Head on over to the Silver Lake Resort!!!



Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Monday, May 16, 2011

Spring is having a hard time sticking!!!





Geeze....and to think, just a few days ago, it looked like this around here!!!

My weather forecast says it's going to be clear and sunny again on Monday...

YAY!!!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Reflections of a Winter's Passing...



"Spring is when you feel like whistling even with a shoe full of slush."
Doug Larson

I am truly learning the meaning of this quote!!!

Did I mention it's supposed to snow again this weekend???



Friday, May 13, 2011

Another Mammoth Sky....




"Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow.
The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing."
Abraham Lincoln


Wednesday, May 11, 2011

It was the end of the day...





It was the end of the last day of opening weekend for fishing in the Mammoth Lakes area...
The fishing is done for the day, and the fishermen have gone on their way...
Telling their fish stories to all who will listen...

"Do not tell fish stories where the people know you. 
Particularly, don't tell them where they know the fish."
Mark Twain

Quiet Contemplation....





Quiet:  the quality or state of being quiet: tranquility

Quietism:  a system of religious mysticism teaching that perfection and spiritual peace 
are attained by annihilation of the will and passive absorption in contemplation of 
God and divine things 

Quietude:   a quiet state: repose


Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Monday, May 9, 2011

It's a Blue Monday...





Just decided to join the Blue Monday meme....
With our blue skies...I could do Blue Monday every day of the week...
for weeks on end!!!




Ok...so I couldn't decide which rendition I liked best...they're all different!!!

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Thursday, May 5, 2011

After Convict Lake...Crowley Lake!!!


Now Crowley reminds me of the lakes I used to waterski on...no waterskiing here though
...at least not on opening day of fishing season!!!
(and not anytime...LOL!)




Lot's of sitting back, taking in the scenery while throwing that line in the water and 
waiting patiently for a bite!!!


Shouldn't there be a flag and water skiier???

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

"P" is for People!!!


Strangers #2 and #3 of 100!!!
All decked out for a great weekend of fishing!!!


While I didn't get their names, they were gracious enough to let me Photograph them in all their gear...
ready and very well decked out for opening weekend I'd say!!!


This gentleman is not Part of my official 100 Strangers count as it's a candid shot...
but I loved his gear and the interesting "float tube" that he fished from!  


Plenty of People Partaking in a Particularly fun and relaxing sport!
Also a candid shot, so not Part of my 100 Strangers count!



Tuesday, May 3, 2011

WooHoo!!! My first entry!!!





This is Tim...my official first entry in the Hundred Stranger group on Flickr!!!
I met him during the opening weekend of fishing season at the 
Convict Lake General Store picnic area where he's the barbecue chef.  
He told me that they're going to be open periodically throughout 
the summer...weather permitting...
Here he's whipping up some awesome pulled pork with jalepeno bourbon sauce
but I opted for the bratwurst with grilled onions, red peppers, and whole garlic cloves!
Yummmm!!!!




It was a fun way to start off my afternoon of chasing opening weekend photo shots!!!
Tim was also the resident disc jockey while cooking up a storm!!!

Monday, May 2, 2011

Merry Fishmas!!!


It's been the standard greeting around here...

Convict Lake, CA


...for opening weekend of FISHING SEASON!!!

"Wherever the fish are, that's where we go."
Richard Wagner



Sunday, May 1, 2011

CDP Theme Day-Mailboxes


I went back into my archives for this photo from the Laws Railroad Museum
for my interpretation of CDP's Theme day Mailboxes