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Suppose…

Suppose that you and a friend went to a photography class, and you were hungry afterward. So you went to Dunedin to eat swordfish and take pictures using some of what you learned that day. Like looking for lines, repeating shapes and patterns, color as shapes, sight lines, interactions between people. My head was spinning…

Did I say Dunedin? Or was it Dogedin?

What would have been great would have been if a dog stopped to look at the dog mural. You could take your time and choose a background and then just wait for people to walk by, but that would require more patience than we had, but we did get lucky a couple of times.

The fountain in the feature photo was something I had never noticed in all the times I’ve been to Dunedin before. I hadn’t ever noticed this monument to veterans from all of the 50 United States before either. Each state has a block made of native materials. How did I not see it before? Betty hadn’t noticed it either, and you might think she is inspecting it closely, but really she is taking pictures of the ants that were swarming in one grout joint.

Interactions and sight lines were on my mind for these.

Repeating patterns and shapes, and contrasting colors.

And this was the view from the outdoor deck where we had lunch. Another day of fun, while we recover from election craziness and prepare for a storm that is slowly but surely bearing down on us.

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Red leaves…

We also saw a red door, a red barn, and even a redneck. Nice day of zooming through Tallulah Gorge state park, Black Rock Mountain state park, and Vogel state park in Georgia. Opting to see the easily accessible photo ops because with nothing but rain called for on our next and last two days we decided to pack up the camper dry and then head home today. It was a very nice day, just a shorter trip than expected.

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Return to nature…

Have you ever wanted to return to nature? I mean that literally. Today my friends and I visited a cemetery called Heartwood Preserve. You might want to choose this place if you would like your body to return to nature after you die. No embalming, you may choose a simple pine casket, or not. According to the website photos people also just choose for the body to be wrapped in cloth and buried that way. This was a new concept to me and I haven’t decided what I think of it. The land itself is left in it’s natural state with a wildlife trail on the property. It was quite a peaceful place. Something to think about…

WordPress has totally reformatted how to put together a post. What was simple is way more complicated, and lots less fun. Just my opinion.

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Grand Targhee Resort…

My cousin and I had quite an adventure on Friday.  She said that she wanted me to see the Tetons from the ‘other’ side, which meant another trip over the Teton Pass, but I didn’t have to be the driver this time.  Going to Idaho was an easier trip over the pass, than the return trip, and she pointed out several things I missed on my first trip.07-24-20jacksonholesign07-24-20house07-24-20overthepass07-24-20totheresort07-24-20totheresort207-24-20totheresortrockHere we are at the top.  I’d love to convince you that we climbed our way up there, but no, we took the ski lift, and we were both glad we did.07-24-20meonmt107-24-20Mary on top of the worldWhat really astounded me was the fact that bikes were taken up the ski lift also.  Sometimes little bikes, implying that little kids were going to ride them down.  A  horrifying thought to me, I hope my grandchildren don’t get any ideas.07-24-20grandtargheeskilift07-24-20grandtargheeskilift2The view from the top was really great.  Well, almost from the top.  We could have gone higher, but honestly, it didn’t feel so much like walking a trail to me.  Nope, it felt more like a balancing act, so I was happy to stay where we were.07-24-20grandtargheesummit07-24-20house07-24-20grandtargheetownview07-24-20comingdown07-24-20bluebirdThis bluebird chose a precarious spot to eat his lunch.  He was hanging onto that stick for dear life in a very strong wind.  Maybe that wind had something to do with my feeling that it was a balancing act.  But we did it!  What a fun day!

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Camp life…

Not only are the COVID rules in place here, but so are the rules for camping in bear country also in place.  So no cooking or even eating in your camper, and all food/toiletries or anything else smelly must be stored in your car or in the bear boxes.  So it’s just easier to go out and buy coffee, but not until anything opens at 7 AM.  At home I’d go nuts waiting until 7 for coffee, but here it’s been so cold overnight that it takes me that long to talk myself into getting out of bed.  Sleeping in warm pajamas, with two sweatshirts over that, with both hoods on, fluffy socks, and all four throws over top has me toasty overnight.  But I have to blast the propane heater for a little while until I can talk myself into getting dressed and heading out for coffee.  Yesterday I got coffee and went to the marina again, drawn by the light on the mountainsides.  Then I walked the lake loop right here in the park,  I was armed with bear spray since people keep reporting seeing bears, but so far I haven’t seen them.  No moose either, but I got a head’s up on where to go to try to see them.  After such cold overnight temperatures you’d be surprised how nice the days are.  Here are some shots from the marina, both the morning shots plus a few from sunset the night before.  And along the camp trail…07-18-20marinacakyaks07-18-20morningreflections07-18-20morningreflections07-18-20morningreflectionsroots

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Signal mountain summit…

Signal Mountain summit was a destination of mine on Wednesday.  This despite the warnings of a camper I spoke with the other day.  He implied that the drive up the mountain had been harrowing, and I had had my own harrowing drives lately and was hesitant to take on another one.  What convinced me to try it was his answer when I asked how the drive down the mountain was.  “Oh,” he said, “that was a piece of cake.”  That answer made me doubt him all together, so off I went, and it wasn’t a bad drive in either direction.  Though seeing bicyclers tackling it in either direction was mind blowing.  The view from the top was amazing, as seen with the iPhone in the feature photo.  The ever present wild flowers had the place full of butterflies, none of which was interested in posing for photos.  So there we were, we being myself and another photographer just enjoying the view, when we saw a bird circling below us.  It appeared to be a large bird and I did manage to get a couple of photos, but without wifi I can’t look up which bird it might be.  I hoped it was a golden eagle, the thought put into my mind by the golden coloration in the wings.  But I have no idea if the golden eagle’s head is dark like this bird’s was.  I hope I remember to look it up before I post this.  I made several other stops along the way also.  Taking it easy for a change…07-1s-20tetonview07-1s-20signalsummitview07-1s-20lakeview07-1s-20eagle07-1s-20eagle207-1s-20bee07-1s-20bee207-1s-20flowerfeature

I stopped at the Chapel of the Sacred Heart on the way but it’s only open for weddings this year.07-1s-20chapel

And a geo marker was a shiny token from the work it took to make this place a reality for all of us to enjoy.07-1s-20geomarker