Surprise Cactus

November was quite the change of pace for us. We traveled to southern California for a birthday party, then out to the Phoenix, Arizona (nearer Surprise, actually) to visit a couple friends. Then back to Ventura County for Thanksgiving, then back home. I have always had a deep affection for the American Southwest. Wide open … Continue reading

Off the Beaten Path

I was out exploring a popular biking/hiking trail the other day. Well, not so much exploring the trail as the area off to the side of the trail. On the back side of this large tree, I saw a cluster of shelf mushrooms (I think they are called “Root Rot”). Looking closer, I spotted this … Continue reading

Always Have a Backup Plan

Been kinda a crazy month – so much so that I find myself without a new photo for the wallpaper. Fortunately, I have one or two older pictures I can choose from. This one is from November 2011, an  iconic image of Seattle and the Space Needle taken from Kerry Park on Queen Anne Hill. … Continue reading

Heart Of The Sunrise

One of the first CDs I ever bought was Fragile, by Yes. The album, released in 1972, is still one of my favorites. Heart of the Sunrise is the final track. The stargazer lilies in the back yard had opened earlier in the week, and it had just rained. I was shooting the drops of … Continue reading