Point blank hiking

Bringing a camera along on a mountain hike can be a double-edged sword.  For me, the day will either be a 1). focused hike up a rocky, mountain trail with a breathtaking vista at an alpine lake as my reward and I may or may not remember to take a picture at the top, or 2.) a photographic safari that requires stopping every five feet along the trail to get low to the ground to notice something unusual at point blank range with the lens of my camera.  They are both great reasons to get up into the mountains, to be sure.  But I can’t do both at the same time.  So yesterday, I went point blank hiking.

The signs of summer

The other day I noticed signs of summer underway…hot temps? Yes.  91 degrees in my living room (no joke).  Pavement too hot to step upon?  For sure – no more going barefoot on the driveway.  The newly planted blooms already thirsting for water?  Sadly, yes.

I see signs of a HOT summer…

Peeling paint…didn’t we just paint that last year?









A lawn chair dusted off and sitting in the sun…









The perfect summery strappy sandals…








And alas…the ubiquitous coals that won’t light.









How will you keep your cool?

Stillness of New Year’s Eve eve

It is still on this eve of a coming new year.

So before all the revelry and parties draw near,

Before champagne toasts, funny hats and good cheer,

Before to-do lists are written and resolutions are signed,

Before ringing out the old with an Auld Lang Syne,

Take time to think of all that is dear,

For now is the quiet before a new year.

In this quiet, I am taking  time to reflect on the past year.  Celebrating the successes, getting over the hurts, and remembering the little things that made me smile.  Snowflakes falling off branches and making angels in the snow. A game of hide-and-go-seek when you think you’e too old.

How to find beauty in everyday items of life is sometimes all that I need to know.

Colored Glasses









Early morning icicles













Amber bottle in the window













A perfect apple






Sugar cubes











Dinner mints










Edge of the leaf










Clock on the wall