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Sunday, June 30, 2013

Eternal Rest...





"Your days are short here;
this is the last of your springs.
And now in the serenity and quiet of this lovely place,
touch the depths of truth, 
feel the hem of Heaven.
You will go away with old, good friends.
And don't forget when you leave, why you came."
Adlai E. Stevenson


Kelly and I happened on the Mono Lake Cemetery when we were taking our drive
through Lee Vining and down the road to Benton.  
We got out and took a bit of a walk around the grounds...
It's a bit rustic...with a charm all it's own...


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Saturday, June 29, 2013

Reflections of a Solitary Moment...





"No man should go through life without experiencing healthy,
even bored solitude in the wilderness,
finding himself depending solely on himself and 
thereby learning his true and hidden strength."
Jack Kerouac



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Friday, June 28, 2013

Poof!!!






"There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening,
that is translated through you into action,
and because there is only one of you in all time, 
this expression is unique."
Martha Graham


Have you ever noticed that however many times you see clouds that may be similar...
they are always unique...
and changing every minute of their existence...


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Thursday, June 27, 2013

Where'd it go Mom????





Kelly...looking for the rock I tossed into the lake...
I know...I'm b-a-a-a-d!!!


Kelly had a great day today...we walked almost to the end of Convict Lake...
she stopped periodically to run down to the water and take a swim.
When we stopped, we were in this nice little spot close to the water where 
she played and played and played!!!


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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Shadow Play...





"Shadow is a colour as light is, but less brilliant;
light and shadow are only the relation of two tones."
Paul Cezanne



Kelly, TheChief, and I took a drive down the road to Benton from Mono Lake again
last night...at the "Golden Hour".
While the lighting was not dramatically different from when I took the drive earlier,
the shadow play on the hills drew my eye...
Much of the drive is a stark landscape with scrub brush and undulating hills.
Stark and beautiful at the same time.

I believe that there's a herd of wild Mustangs somewhere around here...
something I'm going to have to look into!!!

Update!!!  
I just found out the mustangs are farther north...across the Nevada border...
but I have some leads about a photographer who goes up there regularly...
I'm going to have to check it out!!!

Update to the Update!!!
I guess it takes a horsewoman to know...
I just found out there is a herd in this area...
Hopefully, I'm going to head out in search soon...
before they head for the hills!!!

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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Our Little Corner of the World...





"If your heart is a volcano, how shall you expect flowers to bloom?"
Kahil Gibran


You may not know this...Mammoth Lakes is actually located in the midst of a volcanic caldera.
We are located on the edge of the Long Valley Caldera,
active even 100,000 years ago.

Mammoth Mountain is actually a "composite volcano"...
which basically means it has a bunch of different types of rock that make it up...
and is one of the last areas of the Long Valley caldera to "evolve".

This photo however, is not Mammoth Mountain...
it is on the road to Benton from Lee Vining off Highway 395...
So it's actually considered the Mono Craters...
which is the youngest by far in the area...
yeah...the youngest feature of the area at only 600 years old!

 If you're fascinated by volcanic activity and how it evolves into such a beautiful area...


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Monday, June 24, 2013

Practice Makes Perfect??? Or...Maybe Just Better...





Confucius said...
"Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in getting up every time we do."



You might remember some of my first attempts at macro photography... 
I took several photos of a few items in TheChief's mom's home...
click here to see the post I'm referring to...

Well...it's been awhile since then...
and I've been practicing...
(and of course, there's my beautiful macro lens...)
Do you notice a difference???


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Saturday, June 22, 2013

Friday, June 21, 2013

Is it Christmas yet???





Now why is it you can't buy a Christmas tree that looks as good as this one???
Who decided that trees with mega branches and no spaces make better Christmas trees?
Don't they hang ornaments???
This one would be perfect!!!  It's full...it's perfectly shaped...
and there's space for the ornaments to hang!!!


Oh...yeah...
that's Mono Lake in the background!!!

A beautiful day, wandering around the countryside...


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Thursday, June 20, 2013

Really??? I C-A-N???!!!





Thank you mom...
I LOVE when I can get on the bed!!!
I'll be  R-E-A-L-L-Y  good...


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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Yeah...Well...



Don't ask me...


I don't even remember where I took this one...
much less...
what it is!!!

I suppose...

I can use it for ABC Wednesday's
"W"


...but...

What the @#&* is it???

or...

it was taken out doors so I suppose I can link to...



It's also rather furphy...
to get the meaning!!!)
so I'll link to Macro Monday 2 as well...




What do you think it is???



Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Our Little Corner of the World...Expanded!!!



I thought I'd missed it!!!


Jacaranda season is an especially beautiful part of spring in Glendale...
and South Pasadena!!!


The median in our street is lined with Jacarandas...
they bloom later than the South Pasadena ones which were already at the end of their bloom...
but we managed to land in Glendale right smack in the middle of Jacaranda season!!!


I'm so glad I didn't miss it!!!



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Monday, June 17, 2013

What's Up???






"Now...how does that work again???"
Addison Bailey Smith


"When the student is ready, the master appears."
Buddhist proverb


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Sunday, June 16, 2013

Happy Daddy's Day!





Dear Grampa...
Thank you for making my Mommy and Uncle Tom...
Love,
Addison

Mommy Mel and Tom



Happy Daddy's Day Grampa, Uncle Tom, and Daddy!!!
And to all the rest of the Daddies out in bloggerland!!!
Disclaimer... 
( I can't claim either photo as mine...I think these are both from Mel's iphone photos... ) 

Friday, June 14, 2013

Just Another Day...



...in the Eastern Sierras!!!


"A dream is the bearer of a new possibility, 
the enlarged horizon,
the great hope."
Howard Thurman


The clouds were spectacular on Tuesday...


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Thursday, June 13, 2013

I LOVE Spring...but...



Spring also brings....


Yep...can you believe how big this guy is???
Normally...getting spiders doesn't bother me all that much...
but this guy...
gave me the creeps!!!

Can you see his two eyes???

Not the best quality of pic as it's an iPhone pic...
cropped!!!




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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Our Little Corner of the World...





"I have always been delighted at the prospect of a new day,
a fresh try, one more start,
with perhaps a bit of magic waiting somewhere behind the morning."
J.B. Priestley


Ok...time for me to reveal a bit of me...
I'm hooked on TheVoice!!!

Yep...If I can't see it at the regular time...no worries...I've "tivo'd" it!!!
Did you happen to watch last night???
I mean...really!!!
How's a person supposed to pick between the five semi-finalists???
They are awesome!!!

At this point...it really doesn't matter who is going to win the competition....
They're all phenomenal...
and I'm sure they're all on their way to great musical careers!!!

What might you ask does this have to do with my post...
perhaps it's that "magic waiting behind the morning."


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