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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Our Little Corner of the World...





"Come, gentle Spring!  Ethereal mildness! come."
James Thomson


Still on the cusp of Spring...
The Lakes Basin, upper lakes are still quite frozen over!!!


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Monday, April 29, 2013

His Lucky Hat...





"The true fisherman approaches the first day of fishing season 
with all the sense of wonder 
and awe of a child approaching Christmas."
Robert Traver


Kelly and I met this guy and his hat at the upper lake of Twin Lakes
 in the Mammoth Lakes basin.
He was up here alone, his family couldn't come.
When Kelly and I came upon him, he had a fish...
but apparently he wasn't big enough because he let him go...

Kelly wasn't too sure when he came out of the water
so he took his hat off...
but that didn't help...
I think it had something to do with the squishy sound
his gators made!!!

But Kelly finally let her curiosity and love of people win out...
she made a new friend...again!!!


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Sunday, April 28, 2013

Opening Day...





"Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing
that it is not fish they are after."
Henry David Thoreau



Opening day of fishing season!!!

The Lakes basin was open in time for the season opener...
even though most of the lakes were still frozen over...
but not Twin Lakes...
although I didn't see many fishermen...



Oh!!!  Here are a few!!!




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Saturday, April 27, 2013

A Diamond in the Rough...






"When we long for life without difficulties, 
remind us that oaks grow strong in contrary winds
and diamonds are made under pressure."
Peter Marshall




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Friday, April 26, 2013

Sky Gazing...






"To photograph truthfully and effectively is to see beneath the surfaces 
and record the qualities of nature 
and humanity which live or are latent in all things."
Ansel Adams



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Thursday, April 25, 2013

Quack!!!





"If it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, looks like a duck,
it must be a duck."
Proverb


Yeah...but Kelly thinks they're just funny looking dogs playing in the water...


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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

WooHoo!!!!





Now...

and 



Then!!!


Computer issues aside...
(and yes...they're fixed!!!)

I'm sooo excited!!!
Yesterday morning I looked out the back door and 
found the patio!!!

WooHoo!!!

Today Kelly and I actually took our first walk back in the back forty!!!

Spring is on it's way!!!


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Monday, April 22, 2013

So NOW Where'd They Go????




Well...
Now I can't find my external hard drive on the computer...
which is where the images are...

Computer Geek coming tomorrow!!!


Sunday, April 21, 2013

New Spring Reflections...





"By three methods may we learn wisdom:
First, by reflection, which is noblest;
Second, by imitation, which is easiest;
and Third by experience, which is the bitterest."
Confucious



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Saturday, April 20, 2013

Spring Fever...in Black and White...






"Your time has come, now hasten little snowflakes,
To vanish quite away;
The spring-tide hours are sounding gentle warnings
Forbidding you to stay."
M.E. Hathaway




Yep....definitely Spring fever!!!



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Friday, April 19, 2013

A Break from Winter's Snow...






"Awake, thou wintry earth -
Fling off thy sadness!
Fair vernal flowers, laugh forth
Your ancient gladness!"
Thomas Blackburn
An Easter Hymn!


More Spring from Bishop!!!

A happy diversion from all our recent snow!!!


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Thursday, April 18, 2013

Is He? Or Isn't He???








"If there ever comes a day when we can't be together
keep me in your heart,
I'll stay there forever."
Winnie the Pooh
(According to A.A. Milne!)


On Wednesday afternoon...(after a propane leak scare in the garage)...
TheChief called and told me that TheBearWhisperer had a cub in a tree
 and would I like to go see him?

Well...YEAH!!!

TheBearWhisperer told me there's a possibility that this little guy
is one of the two cubs left mother-less last summer
when their mother was killed by a car on the highway.

At the time, he expected that the cubs would not live very long
as they hadn't yet been weaned.
He also mentioned that black bears readily take on
orphaned cubs....

Hopefully...my pics might help him 
determine if this is indeed one of those cubs. 
The reason he's thinking it could be is because he is truly 
a black, "black" bear...
Most of our "black" bears are actually brown...
the mama bear that died last year was a black "black" bear...

I'll keep you posted!!!


(PS-this little guy was the cutest little guy...
made me want to climb the tree...
to cuddle or play with him!!! 
No wonder teddy bears are so popular!!!)

Watch for Steve Searles on "The Bear Whisperer"
on Animal Planet


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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Our New Neighbor!!!



1/400 sec  f 4.0  ISO 200


"The bluebird carries the sky on his back."
Henry David Thoreau


This big guy has been hanging around our house for the past few weeks...
and just today I saw the reason...
he's building his home on our back porch light!!!  

I think he'd prefer the snow to go away too...
but it didn't stop him!!!  



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If you have an interest in birds and great photography...
check out Brian King Images!!!

I love how he puts the settings for each shot under each photo he posts...
(it's helped me think about how to shoot particular shots...)
so I'm stealing his idea!!! 

But is it really stealing if I'm giving him credit???
(Now...if I can just remember to do it!!!)


Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Our Little Corner of the World...Upside Down!!!




(Catalog found!!!  And back on track!!!)



Yep...it's snowing again!!!


I had planned on showing spring at our house...



and Spring across the street...


Yep...same day...same street...
amazing what a little shade will do!!!


But now...
it's snowing again...
so all bets are off...
here's the back forty...




(Arghhhhh!!!)


Guess who loves that it's snowing again?!!!



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Our Little Corner of the World...stuck in computer ethers!!!



Computer Geek appointment on Wed!!!
And Tuesday I have all day to fuss with it all...

I'll be up and running again in no time...

(But I'm still sayin' a prayer!!!)


In the meantime...
Here's one that was on my desktop!!!




Kelly trying sooooo hard to be a good girl!!!



Monday, April 15, 2013

Uh-Oh!!!




Uh-Oh!!!  

Looks like it might be a bit more involved than just Lightroom
losing the path to my catalog...

Gotta call the computer Geeks...

I'll catch up with you later!!!



Sunday, April 14, 2013

Where Oh Where Has My Catalog Gone???



Ooops!!!

My Lightroom Catalog disappeared and I can't seem to find it...

It's late...
and my LR4 books aren't helping...
gotta call my friend today...

Check back later!!!

Saturday, April 13, 2013

It's a Party!!!






"We can make this thing into a party,
instead of a memory."
Will Rogers


I'm betting those "ancients" had a great party here!!!


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Thursday, April 11, 2013

In Search of....





"Ever wonder where you'd end up if you took your dog for a walk
and never once pulled back on the leash?"
Robert Brault


Searching for more petroglyphs...
Kelly the mountain-climbing-dog 
and TheChief show how it's done!!!



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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Treasures of the Eastern Sierras...




"A morsel of genuine history is a thing so rare as to be always
valuable."
Thomas Jefferson


Outside of Bishop is a petroglyph loop...
(Trav4 got it right in yesterday's comments!)
It is not advertised and you must basically ask those in the know
about how to find them...
After some dirt road driving and 
really bad hand drawn maps...
Kelly and I found these...


Petroglyphs are rock art dating back 6 to 8 thousand years ago...
yep...pretty darned old!!!

The reason the California glyphs are not well advertised
is because of vandalism...
some lunatic actually took a saw to one to cut it off the rock.

It didn't bother me at all to have to go on a scavenger hunt to find them...
it actually added some excitement to the adventure!!!
(And for some reason, the powers that be didn't seem to 
question my motivation to find them!!!)

TheChief joined Kelly and me for some glyphs that Kelly and I missed...
We found some, but not the ones we were looking for...

We'll find them yet!!!


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