sights of life from a passerby

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‘to Memorial

Thursday Doors


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Seed’s Eye View of Blue

and of the sky over the neighborhood meadow. From this perspective, the grass is as tall as the cottonwood tree.

Weekend Sky #46

Sunday Stills — October sans pink


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Falling Water Water Everywhere

Big falls … “Deep calls to deep in the roar of your waterfalls” Burney Falls

Resting falls … “‘Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters’”

Little falls … “He waters the mountains from his upper chambers; the land is satisfied by the fruit of his work.” Fordyce Falls Creek

Water Water Everywhere #94


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Smoky Swan Sunday


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Red Sun Mourning

“Red sky at night, sailors delight. Red sky at morning, sailors take warning.” Red sun rising … the bright sun red burned out to white as the camera tried to see through thick smoke from 4 wildfires. Normally, the Sierra Mountain ridge, about 60 miles away, stands sharply visible below the eastern sky. This morning’s smoke from those wildfires hid the ridge. Above is the unedited original. Below are Elements 14 (Photoshop) edits.

First, on the left, I matched the photo’s sun to the red sun my eyes had seen. Selecting and filling the selection was easy peasy. Oh yes, I cropped the top and bottom edges.

Then, on the right, I applied the haze removal tool.

The left is the same version as the above right. But now, on this right is a solarized iteration of the version with the burned out sun.

Which version do you prefer?

The Squirrel Chase One-two-three Photo Processing Challenge–August 2021


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Silent, stark, blue

Silent Sunday

Weekend Sky

(Sunday)Monday Windows


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Looking down on myself … last chance

Before Heading Out — Last DSLR

Looking down on our barbecue … hoping

The owl who came to dinner — Last cell

Brian’s Last on the Card — July 2021

Six Word Saturday — July 31, 2021


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Vacant seat

Do not disturb the invisible occupant.

Pull Up a Seat — 2021 Week 31 — July 30


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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