“Morning fire! Morning fire! Build it higher! Higher! HIGHER!” “Chill, spaz.” “Be nice to your brother.” “Please chill, spaz. How was that, mother?” “What do you vote we do today?” “Swimming! Rafting! Biking! Hiking! To Barney Lake! The waterfall!” (Yawn) “Boring. How far is the mall?” “I KNOW! We could explore a cave!” “You’re too … Continue reading Bodie Referee
Going to the mountains is going home. ~ John Muir The photo of Muir, the autograph, and the quote were part of an art display called The Autograph Book of L.A. that displayed part of a collection of autographs curated by Los Angeles City Librarian Charles Lummis, started in 1906. The mountains photo is from … Continue reading Going, Going, Go On
Based on the previous post regarding Redwood Park, I thought I'd share a few more photos. Isn't it magnificent? I think so. I hope you do too.
During my trip to Italy in 2018 (said as though I go there every year; really more like, "during my only trip to Italy"), the setting sun brought my amateur photography of the coastline near Portofino to a halt. In those last moments, the silhouette of a tree and a rock against the ocean inspired … Continue reading True-ish Colors
Two of my treasured friends came to visit last Christmas Eve, then stayed a few days. (Go, Liverpool FC!) We visited the Intercontinental Hotel in downtown Los Angeles, and were taking photos of the view of the sunset in one direction and the snowy mountains in the other. Because of the reflection of the windows … Continue reading Sunset Score!
Sorry for missing Thailand's National Forest Conservation Day yesterday. Such a great holiday! Speaking of forest conservation, I made it to Redwood National and State Parks during my trip to northern California over New Year's. The State Parks came first, out of private interests attempting to save the redwoods from logging. The National Park added … Continue reading Forest Gumption
Over the holidays, I traveled to Eureka California, which is known for their restored Victorian-style buildings, one of which has been named, "The Pink Lady." (The Pink Lady in cocktail lore is a drink that... oh, here, look it up yourself; you're just browsing the internet right now anyway, right?). While taking photos, I spotted … Continue reading The Pink Lady’s Toast
To continue the tradition established last year of starting the year with an interesting and vital link, Campfire Tales presents Earth's Oceans Foundation, which strives to address the issue of plastic polluting our oceans. I like the Foundation's website for the layout and wider selection of videos, although their Facebook page is more "current."
Every plant that stands in the light of the sun is a saint and an outlaw. Every tree that brings forth blossoms without the command of man is powerful in the sight of God. Every star that man has not counted is a world of sanity and perfection. Every blade of grass is an angel … Continue reading Saints, Outlaws and Uncounted Stars
Holiday cards sent? Check! (unfortunately, that took all week to accomplish) I only have a little time to put up a few decorations. How about a tree? ...or two? Done! Hmm, what now? Maybe some whimsical decorations? Something serene and beautiful? Or both? Done! What's missing? Oh yeah! Victorian carolers and a Nutcracker! Done and … Continue reading Last Minute Decorations