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Squared Trees in California — #3

Southeastern inland: Mammoth Mountain Dead Forest … where the CO2 gas seeped up from below to kill the trees. Posted warnings tell parents and pet owners to keep little ones away. (See https://pubs.usgs.gov/dds/dds-81/Intro/facts-sheet/GasKillingTrees.html)

“And the remaining trees of his forests will be so few that a child could write them down”

Becky’s Squares — July #TreeSquared


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Fisheye view of the lift in the sky

When you can’t ski down … pull up a seat! Summer at Northstar

Pull Up a Seat – 2021 Week 30 – July 23


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Squared Trees in California — #2

Inland Northern trail near Mt. Shasta, laboring up the dusty trail, hot and sweaty. But look up, where “… over everything the glory will be a canopy.”

Becky’s Squares – July #TreeSquared


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By the light of the golden sunrise

Pull up a seat on the beach at Lake Tahoe.

Pull up a Seat — Week 28 July 9

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #155 — On the water


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Squared Trees in California

Coastal mossy madrona along the Dipsea Trail. ” … how is the wood of a vine different from that of a branch from any of the trees in the forest?” Or a blanket of moss from leaves?

Becky’s Squares July — #TreeSquared


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Found Fenced Flowers — A to Z

Azalea or rhododendron? “Flowers appear on the earth; the season of singing has come …”

Cee’s Flower of the Day Challenge

Six Word Saturday


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Top down, a mighty big place

Looking south from the trail …

Or looking north from the top of The Nipple, “I see skies of blue” above the Pacific Crest Trail.

Weekend Sky

It’s a Wonderful World — Lens-Artists Challenge #15


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Dessert … at last!

Last photo on the cell — May 2021


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Texture in the Way of Life

Texture on the hiking trail

Texture of light and brick in Sacramento

CFFC — Texture

Which Way Photo Challenge

And what about the elastic texture of time? It flies smoothly when having fun, yet drags roughly when dutifully dogging work.

I’ve not had time to capture or create an image to express this taffy-pull challenge of returning to work, that necessary reality tugging time from photography. And, therein lies the rub of my existential Which Way Photo Challenge: take time to make a living or make time to take a photo.

All hail the end of the COVID-battical!


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Two Shades of Bright — Squared

Looking into the window of a lighting shop in Sacramento.

Early sun landing on the airport hangar rooftops in Truckee, as seen through the window.

Carol’s Cheerful Selfie Challenge

Becky’s Squares — BrightSquare

Monday Window


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Church, Cross, Christ?

“May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ”: “‘… my disciple must … take up their cross and follow me …’ ‘… learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.’”


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The Last Photos of March 2021

Last full moon waning — last on the DSLR

Last trail trekked — last on the cell camera

Bushboy’s Last Photo Challenge — March

Just One Person From Around the World — ThatTravelLadyInHerShoes


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Colors of Rust and Decay

All out of gas

not that it matters when you break down on the trail

Oh, scrap!

CFFC — Rusty or Decayed


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Silver Branches

“make artistic designs for work in … silver”

Color Your World: Silver


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Still Life Redux

Denim by candlelight with some light reading companions

Challenge Your Camera #11.2: Still Life Revisited


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Wood … Window … Wall … Stilled Life

Texture and spots … lines and dots … brown and dirty … ghostly Bodie, CA.

Monday Windows — March 15

Challenge Your Camera #11: Still Life


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Redux in Black and White

Initially posted in color in April 2014, I just converted the above image into a black and white pencil sketch.

First posted in September 2012 in black and white, this Yosemite view has long been one of my favorites.

Previously in de-saturated color in December 2012, the lines and texture seem to pop better in black and white.

Sundays Stills: Black and White Challenge


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Sunday Stills: Part 2 (shoulda been 1)

After seeing real rainy pics, I began playing, or should I sing, “Dancing in the rain!”?

Sunday Stills — March 7


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Sunday rain flames out

After the rain, as the day ends, the setting sun ignites the clearing clouds.

Sunday Stills — March 7


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The Duel: Spring versus Winter, Dawn

Early evidence of warmer days grows between a rock and a hard freeze.

Six Word Saturday — March 6


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SunRise and Shine

“… the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!”

Weekend Sky #19 — March 6 (somewhere)

Lens — Artist Challenge #135: A Glimpse into my World A Photo a Week Challenge: Something New


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Snow Buddies — socially distanced

Outdoor dining at Winnemucca Lake, Round Top Mountain ahead

Brian (aka Bushboy) — Last on the Cell


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Bark and Bark Again

For every bark, there is a season.

“a season for every activity under the heavens: … a time to uproot …

… a time to tear down …

… a time to scatter …

… a time to embrace … and a time for peace.”

CFFC – Bark


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In my world, the Sun Played Hide and Seek

… on the moss tops of the rocks outside my window today, teasing me to catch the light as it danced into and reflected from the moss. I never quite tagged it.

“Come and see the works of God, Who is awesome in His deeds toward the sons of man.”

Lens Artists Challenge #135: A Glimpse Into Your World