Sunday, November 22, 2015

Paris Musings: ~~Autumn at the Arboretum~~

Paris Musings: ~~Autumn at the Arboretum~~: Took an Autumn stroll around Boyce Thompson Arboretum this morning....  www.arboretum.ag.arizona.edu ...

~~Autumn at the Arboretum~~

Took an Autumn stroll around Boyce Thompson Arboretum this morning.... 

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Thursday, October 29, 2015

Paris Musings: ~~West Fork Trail~~

Paris Musings: ~~West Fork Trail~~: West Fork Trail, just north of Sedona, Arizona, is one of the most popular trails in the west for very good reason! You need to get ...

~~West Fork Trail~~

West Fork Trail, just north of Sedona, Arizona, is one of the most popular trails in the west for very good reason!

You need to get up early to catch this moonset shot at around 6:20 am as I arrived in Sedona.





The trail was not "open" when I got there, so I found a campground and started stomping around.  I took some "trails" that were clearly wildlife trails.  One led me to this little surprise.





Although I was a bit late in the season to get to see the vibrant colors of autumn, I did catch a little.






The trail opened later....

Bridge to Trail

Trailhead




The trail is 3.5 miles each way, and you have to "ford" the winding creek 13 times...each way. Here is the first crossing.



And in this one,  I am standing in the middle of the creek. If you are thinking about shoes...and I know you are...I am wearing waterproof boots. 



Passed this old canyon lodge... 


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Later, back to Sedona....


Bridge over Oak Creek


Panorama



Stunning Views


Hippie Trailer




Friday, June 19, 2015

~~Observation~~

~~Okay, big share here...and if you care, it is important. 

After seeing this picture I took, a friend told me that I am amazing. Whilst that was meant to be a huge compliment (and it IS), I'd like to help you understand where my "gift" of observation began. 


My keenest gift is not communication...it is observation...in every waking...and non-waking moment, as I do not sleep much. 


One of my many counsellors that tried to help me recover from the years of torture and abuse at my father's doing, told me to make every bad thing he made me suffer through a gift. 


"Somehow, to endure, you must make what he did to you a gift to you."


So, after much, "That's bullshit!", I tried the exercise.


Well, as I look back, my "gift" of observation came from having to watch my father's every move, every eye twitch, every voice inflection, every hint at what might be coming...


My "gift" from him helped me anticipate the danger I may soon be facing. Anticipation gave me time to strategize (another gift) options I could take before "it" came down.


I learned to mitigate...not eliminate...my peril.


Thank you, Father, for your "gift" of observation. It serves me well.



Happy Father's Day~~

Saturday, January 10, 2015

~~Thor's Well~~

Thor's Well is situated along Cape Perpetua, along the Oregon Coast, Highway 101. In these pictures Thor's Well seems tame, but many have lost their camera equipment (and a few even their lives) as this can quickly turn from a gentle spout into a massive ocean vacuum.

The best time to view the well is from an hour before high tide to an hour after high tide.  Google "Thor's Well" to view dramatic views of Cape Perpetua.


Thor's Well from the roadside...right in the middle of the photograph. 

A calm Thor's well from eye level.

The Well begins to waken.





Thor's Well shows off with a rainbow.

The Well retreats until the next show time.


Friday, January 2, 2015

~~One Lucky Day~~

January 1, 2015

Sedona, Arizona had a snowfall to match none other for at least a decade!  Too good to pass...

So...load up the Jeep...and head for the high country!

Just a few of the magnificent shots of the day!!