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Monday, April 30, 2012

More Spring in the Eastern Sierras...





"The most precious gift we can offer others is our presence.
When mindfulness embraces those we love,
they will bloom like flowers."
Thic Nhat Hanh


Sunday, April 29, 2012

Saturday, April 28, 2012

WooHoo!!! It's the First Day of Fishing Season!!!





"Give a man a fish
and he will eat for a day...
Teach a man to fish
and he will sit in a boat
and drink beer all day...
Unknown


These guys had a great time fishing opening weekend last year...
at Silver Lake...

I'm not in town this weekend and am missing this year's opening day 
photo ops...



Thursday, April 26, 2012

2 More Days!!!





Mr. Quack is enjoying his last unfettered days on the dock...

Fishing season starts on Saturday!!!




Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Spring has Finally Sprung!!!





"No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn."
Hal Borland



Leave it to the beautiful gardens of the US Post office to spring forth
with gorgeous new blooms...

And thanks to Elizabeth Tenney for spearheading the effort 
to beautify the premier social center of Mammoth Lakes!!!





Monday, April 23, 2012

Evidence of Spring...





"And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud
was more painful than the risk it took to blossom."
Anais Nin


There are signs of Spring cropping up all around...
There's actually grass turning green across the street...
There's also another storm brewing for this weekend...






Sunday, April 22, 2012

Reflections of a good day....




Kelly saying good bye to the lake...
She was sad when I told her that after next weekend it 
won't be very often that she can be off the leash playing in the water...
All those fish hooks might cause a problem...


(Ok...so this is a photo my beautiful granddaughter Kieley took
when she and her sister were up here last year...I didn't take my 
camera down to the lake today)







Saturday, April 21, 2012

Happy Birthday Kelly!!!





Kelly is officially two years old today!!!

Happy Birthday Kelly-girl!!!

(I think she deserves a trip to the lake today!!!)

Friday, April 20, 2012

A Surreal Sky...






"We all live under the same sky, 
but we don't all have the same horizon."
Konrad Adenour


I thought this was an almost surreal horizon and sky...
maybe another Star Trek scene...

Maybe just another fabulous sky over Crowley Lake!!!

(Fishing season opens in another week...
won't see the lake again without a boat for quite awhile!!!)





Thursday, April 19, 2012

Time Lapse Photography???





Think of this as time lapse photography...
First taken at the turn of the century...then recently with the yellow realtor stand!!!
That's about all the change there's been!!!



Wednesday, April 18, 2012

"N" is for "Nice Day for a Swim!!!"


"N"


It was a NICE afternoon for a swim...

It all started yesterday morning...
Kelly woke up from her morning NAP to go with me to Pilates.
Since she couldn't go in with me, she chose to get back to her NAPPING.
When I got back to the car at NOON and told her we were going to June Lake, 
she went a bit NUTS thinking "Lake!!!  Swimming!!!"
She was quite annoyed when I told her NO it was NOON and time for lunch...
Mama stopped and got a burger while Kelly NAPPED again...
When Mama got back to the car...Kelly NAGGED and NAGGED about 
going for a walk and a swim at the Lake...
She was quite a NUISANCE and barked at me that it was tantamount to
NEGLECT to NOT take her.  She barked to remind me of my John Muir
quote from yesterday's blog and reminded me that she NEEDED to 
get out in NATURE as per Muir's quote.
In order to avoid any further dog-NAGGING...I decided that a stroll along the 
lake was just what I NEEDED too!!!



Soooo...we stopped at the Lake and like the true NATURIST that she is
Kelly plunged into the water in all her glory...
NOBODY else was on the beach so she was confident that she could
run and play and shake the water off to her heart's content...


She swam like a sea NYMPH.   Taking NOSEDIVES to retrieve the 
soggy pinecone that I threw in the water for her to fetch.
She was like a NUTCASE obsessed with the pinecone.


But as she came out of the water and looked out on the lake that
she had been enjoying...she looked like the NOBLE beast that she is...

After a few more shakes, she came up to me and NUZZLED her wet
NOSE in my lap to thank me for a wonderful afternoon...

It was my pleasure Kelly-girl!!!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

My Little Corner of the World...






"Keep close to Nature's heart...and break clear away, once in awhile,
and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods.
Wash your spirit clean."
John Muir


Our winter didn't really show up until sometime in February...
Last week it snowed from late Tuesday night through Saturday...
We added a few inches...but then the sun came out on Sunday...
and the snow melt began again...





Monday, April 16, 2012

How Old Does a Building Need to be In Order to be Historic???






"There is nothing new in the world except the history you do not know."
Harry S. Truman


I don't know much about Bridgeport...but I sure like their buildings!!!



Sunday, April 15, 2012

Saturday, April 14, 2012

The Final Frontier...




South Tufa's, Mono Lake, California

"Space, the final frontier.  These are the voyages of the Starship Enterprise.
Her five-year mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life
and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before."
Star Trek opening monologue


Every time I go to Mono Lake...I expect to see a character from Star Trek
walking about...







Friday, April 13, 2012

The Edge of the World...





"Beyond the edge of the world there's a space where emptiness and substance overlap,
where past and future form a continuous, endless loop.
And, hovering about, there are signs no one has ever read,
chords no one has ever heard."
Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore


It's been snowing since Tuesday night...
windy, cold and wet snow...and Kelly needed a walk...
I decided to head down 395 to the edge of the snow...
We ended up at Crowley Lake,
but the edge of the snow was still over the ridge...



Thursday, April 12, 2012

Round 'em up!!!







If I were Petrea over at Pasadena Daily Photo, and if today was Monday,
this would be my Zen Monday photo...

But I'm not...and I'm clueless...
what does one write about a sign like this???

And no, you won't find a restaurant if you pull off of 395 at Mill Creek Rd.






Wednesday, April 11, 2012

WooHoo!!! "M is for Mammoth Mountain!!!


It's "M" week for ABC Wednesday...
So what else could my post be but...

"M" is for Mammoth Mountain!!!


MAMMOTH is one of the fashion capitals of the ski and snowboard world...


MAMMOTH has wonderful ski patrol helping to keep us all 
safe and patching us up when we fall...


MAMMOTH has great skiing and snowboarding...


MAMMOTH has giant snowmen...


MAMMOTH has guided snow shoe tours...


MAMMOTH has awesome AlpenGlo...


MAMMOTH lakes has great fishing...


MAMMOTH has clouds...lot's and lot's of clouds...
including the Sierra Waves...


MAMMOTH has awesome sunsets...


...and MAMMOTH has lot's of snow and icicles...even in 
a dry snow year...
(It's supposed to snow again tomorrow through Saturday!!!)
"

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Another Part of My Little Corner of the World...





"The world is so empty if one thinks only of mountains, rivers, and cities;
but to know someone here and there who thinks and feels with us,
and though distant, is close to us in spirit-
this makes the earth for us an inhabited garden."
Johann Wolgang von Goethe


I am so grateful for the experience of blogging...
meeting so many of you in cyberspace
has been and continues to be a wonderful experience!!!
I hope to meet many of you in person in future travels...
Thanks for being part of my world garden!!!


For more participants in Our World Tuesday...click here...

Monday, April 9, 2012

Weeds are Flowers too...




"Weeds are flowers too, once you get to know them."
A.A. Milne


I'm not sure what this brush is...it's native to the area around Mono Lake...
It was a bit windy that day...and rather hard to get it to sit still!!!




For those of you who shoot with a Nikon DSLR...
that I'd like to sell...
This was part of my Christmas gift, but I already have an electronic flash so 
I don't need this one...
It sells on Amazon.com for $255...
I'd like to sell mine for $150...
Please shoot me an email if you think you might be interested...





Sunday, April 8, 2012

The Happy Easter Chick...





The Happy Easter Chick 
wishes you and yours a very
Happy Easter!!

And if you're of the pre-Easter persuasion...
the Happy Easter Chick 
wishes you many 
Passover Blessings...

Love and blessings to you all!!!





Saturday, April 7, 2012

Rollin', Rollin', Rollin'...

Keep them doggies movin'...


Rawhide!!!





For those of you who shoot with a Nikon DSLR...
that I'd like to sell...
This was part of my Christmas gift, but I already have an electronic flash so 
I don't need this one...
It sells on Amazon.com for $255...
I'd like to sell mine for $150...
Please shoot me an email if you think you might be interested...



Friday, April 6, 2012

Another Spectacular Sky...





"There is one spectacle grander than the sea, that is the sky;
there is one spectacle grander than the sky,
that is the interior of the soul."
Victor Hugo



For those of you who shoot with a Nikon DSLR...
that I'd like to sell...
This was part of my Christmas gift, but I already have an electronic flash so 
I don't need this one...
It sells on Amazon.com for $255...
I'd like to sell mine for $150...
Please shoot me an email if you think you might be interested...











Thursday, April 5, 2012

Not Quite Spring...





"A hush is over everything, Silent as women wait for love;
The world is waiting for spring."
Sara Teasdale


Some of us have to wait a bit longer than others...
for Spring!!!

There actually are leaf buds on this tree!!!  



Wednesday, April 4, 2012

"L" is for...


...well you might think "L" is for Lake...


as in Lower Twin Lake...


...or  for picnicking on Lake Tenaya.


Or..."L" could be for the landmark Ahwahnee Hotel Dining room...


...or for Sacramento's landmark Capitol Building.


Or...perhaps you might remember the low lights of the Hyatt Regency
torch lighting ceremony.


But noooo....my choice for "L" is for Longboard Beer!!!

(consumed while watching the low light torch lighting ceremony 
at the Hyatt Regency, Kauaii!!!)


For more participants in ABC Wednesday...click here!!!


Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Wait! I Thought Yosemite Was Closer to My World!


When you think of Ansel Adams...
I'll bet you think of all those magnificent shots
taken in my current part of the world, Yosemite Valley...


Well...Ansel Adams had another side too...
Showing in drkrm gallery
727 S. Spring St., Los Angeles
Through April 21...




Ansel Adams was commissioned by Fortune magazine as a photojournalist
 on assignment to photograph Urban LA in 1940...
They selected several photos for publication and returned the rest
to Ansel Adams.

In the 60's, Ansel Adams found the photographs and decided to 
donate them and the negatives to the Los Angeles Public Library...
At the time, he wrote in a letter that these were not his best 
work and that if they were interested, fine...
if not, they should burn them.  
He placed a value of $150 on the whole lot of them...
Each print in the gallery was on sale for $2500...
Go figure!!!

Now...these were printed directly from the original negatives...
none of the famous Ansel Adams darkroom manipulation...
They were wonderful!!!
If you're in LA between now and the 21st..
do go and see these...



For a far more fun tour of Ansel Adams LA...check out Altadena Hiker's post!!!