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Old 07-06-2011, 11:27 AM   #221
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This is my fishhook cactus. It blooms once a year and the flowers are only there for two days.
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Old 07-06-2011, 11:45 AM   #222
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Ahhh....the blooms are lovely Avalon...
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Old 07-06-2011, 01:00 PM   #223
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You forgot Minot ND.
Ohno I didn't. "Why not Minot" indeed.

The other towns I mentioned were part of our daughter's college search. She started with the best of intentions, but after a few weather-related dorm stories (and photos) she decided that being raised in Hawaii had crippled her ability to attend any school where the daily weather report had to include the words "below" or "freezing".

One of my shipmates was born & raised in Minot, and he joined the Navy just to get out of there. When we were making 90-day patrols in the North Atlantic (occasionally chipping ice out of the bilges) people would complain how cold they were. He'd just smile...
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Old 07-06-2011, 01:09 PM   #224
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"Why not Minot" indeed.
Got relatives there. It's sort of dull right now, but the pace picks up in September with the opening of ice fishing season.

Minot, where feeling your face is overrated...
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Minot where swimming and canoing can be done anywhere in town!
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I went on a nice beach picnic by myself, and took these pictures with the camera I found on the highway.

First check out this woman carrying her kid down this steep path. That path is sandy, and the "steps" slanted. It's crazy to go down without holding on to something and wearing good shoes. With a kid, it's worse.











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Nice photos. I can see that woman falling (due to her own stupidity) and suing the town or state because they failed to:

1. warn her it is dangerous
2. install a railing
3. install steps
4. the sign wasn't printed in every language known to mankind
5. failed to fence off access
6. any other dopey reason her ambulance chaser can dream up
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On the way back from dinner the other day celebrating 23 years of wedded bliss I saw this in the late afternoon light. It's a pond around the corner.
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On the way back from dinner the other day celebrating 23 years of wedded bliss I saw this in the late afternoon light. It's a pond around the corner.
After that shot I'd be tempted to throw a rock and keep on clicking...
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Road trip to Mt. St. Helens, lots of wildflowers, more than usual for this time of year because of slower melting of the snowpack. Lupine, Penstemon, and Paintbrush. The last picture is of Spirit Lake.

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A year ago my daughter and I were washing off our boards after surfing. It was one of our last trips before she headed off to college.

A man came over, asked some surfing questions & chatted for a bit, and asked if he could take a picture. I said if it turned out OK that we'd like a copy and gave him my e-mail address.

My daughter thought we'd be standing together smiling at the camera from behind our surfboards. However I was still holding the hose... and I had other plans. She never saw it coming.

We never heard from the photographer, and as she settled in at college I moved on to other things. But lo & behold I got an e-mail from the photographer yesterday afternoon that they'd "lost" their camera after their Hawaii trip and just rediscovered it in their luggage while packing for a new vacation.

So here it is... a year later and the day before our daughter comes home from college to get caught up on her surfing.
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I was sooo tempted to break out the 12-gauge and save the the family the expense of a Christmas turkey. Shot these (with a Nikon only) in the back yard this morning.
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Darn! All these early retirees look young for their age.

Is it my imagination, or the lack of stress is the elixir of youth? We need a scientific study!
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