Bass River

Bass River – Cape Cod

Cape Cod is a magical place, especially in the fall.  Cape Cod is more than sea shore, ocean, harbors, boats, sea gulls, aristocratic New Englanders, tourists and a fishy smells.

There are areas like this that make Midwesterners feel at home; quiet and peaceful enough to hear the birds chirp and the water lap in the shallow coves.  This could be a Indiana.

Actually, it’s just down the street from my best friend’s home in a settled area of Cape Cod. From this point, the Bass River flows a short distance into the Atlantic Ocean near West Dennis Beach.

Thought for the Day:  The greatest deception men suffer is from their own opinions.                                                                                                                               Leonardo da Vinci

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Easter Bunny

2017 Easter Egg Hunt

Easter weather was fabulous this year with shirt sleeve temperatures, calm winds and no rain.   Perfect for Easter egg hunts at the neighborhood park.

You can wait your turn for a picture with the Easter Bunny or you can cut to the chase and just dig into her Easter basket.

Go for it!

Thought for the Day:  He who takes no chances wins nothing.                                                                                                                                     Danish Proverb

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Tortilla Flats

Abandoned Mine

Tortilla Flats is up in the desert hills east of Mesa, AZ.  What’s left of an abandoned old mining town is a bar and gift shop.

This scene looks like a half-baked set from a spaghetti western.  The rails are held in place by bent over 16d nails, the new ties aren’t even ties, not a speck of creosote, and lettering is waaay too neat for an ole miner.  The rocks were the only thing authentic.

Besides all of the false fronts, I thought it was picture worthy.

Thought for the Day:  These are not the nice, sweet little people you think.  You’re living in a world of make believe.                                                                   Donald Trump

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Cave Inspector

Cave Inspector?

Somewhere near Sedona, Arizona I spotted this guy on the side of a sheer cliff.  I thought he was a climber, until I saw him dangling from a rope through my telephoto lens.  He was about 100′ from the top and God-only-knows how far up from the bottom.

His hard hat gave him a look of authority, like he was on an official mission.  But what was he looking for?  cave dwellers, bats, big foot … what?  Perhaps he was just a thrill seeker.

He gave me the willys.

Thought for the Day:  It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves.                                                                                                                                  Sir Edmund Hillary

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Foggy Morning

Foggy Sunflower

There is little known about this photo; i.e. where or why it was taken.  Perhaps it was the irony of an open sunflower on a foggy day.

While cleaning out my 2012 folder, purging  un-starred photos to make more storage space on my computer, I randomly opened this one.  The overcast scene was typical of the last several days we’ve had in Nebraska, and a hint of sun was a welcomed sight.

I brightened up the sunflower a bit, increased the contrast, and added a layer of texture to get this effect.  I like the way it turned out.  Wish I could remember where it was taken.

Thought for the Day:  Don’t tell people how to do things, tell them what to do and let them surprise you with their results.                                                                    George Patton

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Senior Prom

Senior Prom

April, Spring … high school prom season.

This pretty young lady is my oldest grandchild.  Last week I was reading “Cat in the Hat” to her.

I know I’m biased, but I marvel at what she has become and the potential that lies ahead for her.  Not only is she pretty (Duh!) on the outside, but she is the real deal on the inside too: polite, sensitive, loyal, hard working, reliable, dependable, trustworthy, forward-looking, determined, helpful, friendly, courteous, (sounds like I’m reciting the Boy Scout oath), and has a great sense of humor.

Wish I could say that my gene pool was large enough to contribute even half of those characteristics.

Thought for the Day:  Spring is Nature’s way of saying, “Let’s party!”                                                                                                                                            Robin Williams

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Wild Blue Wonder

Wild Blue Wonder

One of the things I find most fascinating in nature is patterns.

I don’t expect to find patterns in nature; i.e. not patterns in the sense of sameness or duplicity.  Sure, pine trees all have the “same” shape, the “same” color, the “same” needles, etc. but each one is unique.  Snow flakes have the same general shape, but each one is unique.  All humans have two arms, two legs, two eyes, two ears and one mouth, but each one has a unique set of fingerprints.

Clouds are known for their infinite formations.  Untold hours are spent day dreaming, looking at the clouds and seeing different shapes, forms and visions.  So, when I see a pattern in nature, like this cloud formation, I think of G-O-D … the Great Out Doors.

Thought for the Day:  When I admire the wonders of a sunset or the beauty of the moon, my soul expands in the worship of the creator.                          Mahatma Gandhi

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