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wood & steel and groundhogs

I returned to our old home one last time that is destined for demolition. The old steel chair frame was still in the yard which I’ll combine with this very old wood. Transplanting banana trees is early spring which I’m hoping I’ll be able to get one, moving a refrigerator is easier. We are very grateful but miss the old home. I was surrounded by chickadee’s we fed daily when I picked up this chair and was heart sick.

In staying with being old school I got a KINDLE for birthday but was still curious how my photographs would look like.

To be interested in the changing seasons is a happier state of mind than to be hopelessly in love with spring. ~George Santayana

The groundhog is like most other prophets; it delivers its prediction and then disappears. ~Bill Vaughn

Beautiful photograph by Arthur Stephens, who I helped transport the gourds, etc. Would love to have a print to frame.

There are some idea’s I’d like to photograph this year but my eye site is struggling and more comfortable off the grid.

This evening I heard “Symphonic Blues Suite” by Yusef Lateef on NPR and remembered photographing him in the mid seventies.

My scanner that did negatives being obsolete I had to tape these negatives to the window shoot them with a hand held camera and invert them.


Hawksbill Summit


My solstice card for this year. The summit is the only place I’ve seen or photographed a Raven.


Common Ravens tend to do well around people, profiting from the garbage, crops, irrigation, and roadkill that accompany us. Their numbers are generally stable or rising in western North America. As eastern forests were cut down in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries ravens disappeared from most of eastern North America, but they are beginning to return to the Northeast as forest cover regenerates. In many situations ravens are unwelcome: they have been shot at, poisoned, or harassed in attempts to preserve crops (and occasionally livestock such as lambs).
_Cornell Lab of Ornithology

A usual testing place for viewing is our refrigerator. If by chance a given print has a long lifespan on other refrigerators, it’s cheerful. I always wanted to do a book! It is just photographs I realize. I’ve really slowed down taking photographs and wonder if “the fear that your life has been a project of self-delusion”, has been my story?

Currently reading “the DALAI LAMA”S LITTLE BOOK of WISDOM”, which is a blessing……


Photograph from my first hike to the summit 2013


watermark from 2013 photo.


I did a beautiful canvas print of this for solstice.


panosphere of same print.


Roman Fire Pit

If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.
_Marcus Tullius Cicero (106 BC – 43 BC)

pan de muerto

Thanks to Part 2 of “On the road with David James” I was able to get to LA MILPA for pan de muerto.

Beautiful Aztec calendar stone imbedded in the new patio at La Milpa.

monument avenue clown mannequin

A curious piece that we drive by heading west.


I find too often “obsolete” effecting my life. Loss of a peaceful country road is tragic.

We have moved into a totally green home after 30 years and still have my converted gas lamp that hung in the Terell Store with an original Edison bulb.

In our kitchen in keeping with everything green in house is a led version of the original Edison bulb.


In moving I’ve been trying to thin the archive realizing realistically that 90% of one’s possessions are going to end up in a Thrift Store one day no matter how much you treasure. These few items ease my mind that made the move. A silver dollar my father carried in his pocket everyday, my wedding ring, my grandfathers telegraph key, my grandfather standing in his model-t truck over seeing his posse and a 1000$ Confederate war bond, that would be nice to cash in, chuckle….


I had to depart with our vintage pot belly stove, our remaining wood stove is being used as an end table. The list of obsolete is massive.



Our brief visit to the Richmond Folk Festival 10/15/2017


valley view yosemite

My friend who started me doing panorama’s took this wonderful photograph.

“It is by far the grandest of all the special temples of Nature I was ever permitted to enter.”
– John Muir, 1868.

“There can be nothing in the world more beautiful than the Yosemite, the groves of the giant sequoias and redwoods…and our people should see to it that they are preserved for their children and their children’s children forever, with their majestic beauty all unmarred.”
– President Theodore Roosevelt, 1905

#50 bison

There are three bison’s in a local park that I visited today. I mostly observed #50.


Trochilidae #2

I try every season to capture a hummingbird, last year was probably my best portrait below


I never tire of capturing the current season red tail hawks and hope they survive! This is a composite of the same youngster.


It was such a big deal for me to get to Hawksbill Summit that I re-adjusted this pano taken with the gopro for a better print.


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