Archive for May 10th, 2014


~Happy Mother’s Day~

“An ounce of Mother is worth a pound of clergy.”  Rudyard Kipling

“My Mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my Mother. I attribute all my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her.” George Washington 

Here is wishing all those amazing mom’s out there a very Happy Mother’s Day. To all the ladies that provide love and commitment to children in one manner or another…bless you for giving love, safety and stability to the children in your lives. 

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The Girls Were Crying Take Me, Take Me!

I walked into an area feed store looking for some implement or such. I was met by the shrill peeping sound of hundreds of chicks, hens, filling the four corners with their high pitched peeps.

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The Old Movie Marquee

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“The whole of life is just like watching a film. Only it’s as though you always get in ten minutes after the big picture has started, and no-one will tell you the plot, so you have to work it out all yourself from the clues.”  Terry Pratchett

“The length of a film should be directly related to the endurance of the human bladder.” Alfred Hitchcock

“It’s not what a movie is about, it’s how it is about it.”  Roger Ebert


Smoke & Mirrors

“There is in every American, I think, a bit of the old Daniel Boone–who when he could see the smoke rom another chimney, felt himself too crowded and moved himself further into the wilderness.” Hubert H. Humphrey       Oh how quickly times change dear Hubert. The pioneer spirit is, for most, a distant memory, if they ever knew it at all. Below the Camas (Wa.) Paper Mill. The smoke is treated and less smelly than in years past.

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“No raindrop ever individually considered itself responsible for the flood.” (?)

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Piles of Debris Go With Change & Renewal

“Home is a place you grow up in and can’t wait to leave….but, growing older you wish you could return.”

photography-SwittersB-piles-renovation-collageA renovation of an old house creates improvements along the way and an equal amount of debris seems to accumulate in piles here and there. Loads are taken away but new piles develop day by day in proportion to the work completed. A positive perspective is necessary to look beyond the debris and toward the improvements taking place…such is life. But you have to be building toward something.


Forestry Friday … Can You Read Tree?

Very informative…Go to the Forester Artist site for this and other interesting pieces….


Have you ever read a tree? Trees write stories for us to read, if you know how. They write their stories with tree rings. Trees grow a new ring each year. There have been many papers written on how tree rings from old trees show us climate cycles during the life of a tree. This type of study is called Dendroclimatology.

The tricky part of determining climate history from tree rings is that climate is only one variable that affects tree growth. Using tree rings to examine climate is best done with very old trees. Knowing what the forest was like around the tree as it grew, is also important. Corroboration with other old trees in the area is essential. In the early years of a tree’s life, it is often influenced much more by local factors other than climate.

forestry, tree ringsAbove is a cross-section of a 50-year old Ponderosa pine…

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Hermitage in the Desert

“…the artist’s desert hermitage was a small adobe house at the end of a long dusty road.”  Dictionary Def.

My wife and I were fortunate to visit a ‘hermitage’. The peaceful house was built by a man that sought solitude at the end of that ‘long dusty road’. Many of us wish for such a place, at least to visit and soak up the quiet, the vistas, the peace.

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“most of my wandering in the desert i’ve done alone. not so much from choice as from necessity – i generally prefer to go into places where no one else wants to go. i find that in contemplating the natural world my pleasure is greater if there are not too many others contemplating it with me, at the same time.” Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire

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Out of respect for the folks that visit the ‘hermitage’ now, I won’t display images of the retreat at the end of a long dusty road. Suffice to say, even a short visit is good for the soul. 

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