Category Archives: Odds & Ends

Yosemite Falls

Record snowpack caused unusually high water volumes and even lowland flooding. The Merced River is a raging torrent and out of its banks in some areas of the Valley. The foreground in this shot is Cook’s Meadow, normally dry and … Continue reading

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Iris Bed

There is a new neighbor on the block.  He moved in last fall, and owns a schnauzer that he walks daily.  I know this because the schnauzer is frequently spotted relieving himself in my wife’s flower bed. While annoying, I told … Continue reading

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Northern England

We found a B&B close to Hadrian’s Wall in Northern England, but it was way out in the country.  The closest town was Brampton, about 6 miles. The Abbey Bridge B&B (click here) was at a cross roads of supply routes used … Continue reading

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Tortilla Flats

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 … Continue reading

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Freezing Rain

Last week, I was on my front porch tempting fate after a night of freezing rain.  Should I leave the safety of dry pavement and retrieve the newspaper?   Like a guiding star, its ice-coated plastic bag  was glistening at the … Continue reading

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Eternal Light

I’m working on a project for the church — pictures of the church for their new website. This eternal light shines over the altar in the chapel. The simple picture of the lamp looked rather lame, and I thought it … Continue reading

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40 Winks

The term “40 winks” is a commonly used expression to mean a short nap.  The girl in the photo is obviously just “catching 40 winks” before her next round of competition, but where did the expression come from and what does … Continue reading

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