Secret squirrel

I was surprised to spot this ground squirrel perched high above me on the rocks, mostly because his position left him very vulnerable to any hungry bird of prey who might come along. But the amazing view must have been well worth the risk — at least to judge from his body language and the parade of expressions marching across […]

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Mexico Monday redux, Week 25

This week, I have a collection of images from the summer of 1972. One or two of the places look familiar to me, but I’m not sure of the locations; and sadly, I can’t identify any of the people (although maybe someone in my family will remember). I do recall the yellow Camaro and the red Volkswagen “squareback” as part […]

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White Hall, California

I only caught a glimpse of this spot as we passed by, heading east on Highway 50 — but I knew immediately that I had to go back to try to capture it with my camera. A bend in the South Fork of the American River, a small bridge, and a cluster of log cabins in the shade of towering […]

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Up the hill

We try to drive up to the mountains at least once a year in the summertime; it’s a great way to get out of the house and away from the valley heat, if only for a few hours. I don’t believe we made one of these day trips last year, but a couple of days ago we headed “up the […]

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Mexico Monday redux, Part 24

This week, a few slides that my Dad had arranged in sequence in the carousel showing some buildings and monuments. I’ve tried and failed to locate some of these structures, like the domed building above and the Catholic church below, but all these photos were shot around 1970 and 1971. Below is a familiar Mexico City landmark, El Ángel de […]

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Magical minerals, Part 3

The final installment of my mineral posts has taken awhile to get here, and it took me a fair bit of digging (no pun intended!) to find more information about the featured rocks. Whatever I did find initially seemed to come from either Wikipedia — quoting scientific sources that I struggled to understand — or alternative health websites focused on […]

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