Don’t look it up, I’d be afraid Congress has actually named such a day 🙂
And Damn It! There is such a day. World Social Media Day was June 30th, 2019.
Ok, so I’ve been neglecting my blog. Neglecting all of my social media. But I’ve been filling every moment of everyday actually living. Now there’s an odd thought, well not really.
It is actually a very healthy thing to do once and a while – unplug from the electronic world.
Continue reading Social Media Day
Well, I’ve meandered back into the lands that produce some of my favorite wild flowers. And this has to be one at the top of my list – the Mariposa Lilly. High desert delicate beauty.
I love how the little green bee is clinging tightly to a stamen. 🙂 And since I’m back here, I plan to re-post one of my personal favs where I tried to describe this flower. Not re-post per se, but I set it back in as one of my pinned posts at the top of my home page – can’t miss it. 🙂
Try it Again
Things are a little different in the world of being single. When you go out in public, you’re often the odd man or woman out. And I particularly note this to be the case when you go to a dining establishment. Even more so if the place has an ego.
Yes, businesses have egos too. They like to craft an image to promote youth, beauty, and affluence. If you’re eating there, you must have money, the food must be gourmet, and you must be part of that “elite” class that expects, and gets, the best service.
Continue reading The Only One at the Table
I’m back for one of those sporadic posts. I’m taking the day off. Time to regroup a little, get the gear back in order, and give the old muscles a bit of a rest.
I encountered this little beauty on the trail yesterday, with its little spider friend . . .
Yes, the sun rises behind you.
That’s what those side mirrors are for. 🙂
The old, one-handed while driving cell phone shot.
I wanted to offer my apologies as I’m in motion right now and may be absent or here sporadically for a while. Hopefully, I’ll return occasionally with a good tale or two. And, of course, to catch up on all of your great posts!
So far, the wildlife and wildflowers have been amazing ! Pics to follow too.
Yerba Mansa or the Bear Root
The past few years have held many traumas. Many disintegrations. Many challenges.
A number of failures.
Continue reading Anemopsis Californica
There is a sort of calm that takes over as twilight turns to night sky.
As the sun sets, the nuclear fuel driving the shifting breezes subsides. The towering tree branches no longer swaying back and forth. Releasing their grips with neighboring limbs. As if some inaudible song had reached the outro of its final chorus and the dancers now return to their seats. Resting their mighty legs for tomorrows gyrations.
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Living the in the mundane is definitely a death sentence.
Photo: Hiking in the mountains in the borderlands.
I was out of breath as I reached the top of the bluff. But it was worth the hike. I now had a falcon’s-eye view out over the South Fork of the Snake River. Absolutely beautiful.
The sprawling flood plain to the East was fully plowed and planted. Potatoes, wheat, and alfalfa. And maybe a few specialty crops lay low in the distance. Broccoli, cauliflower, rhubarb, and cabbage. Casting different hues of green. Forest green to fern, to mantis, to dark pastel, to castelton.
Continue reading Serpents and Milkweeds
Well, I’ve slowed down a little on my writing. Time is a proportionate thing. Right now I’m in training. Training for my next adventure.
So as training time increases, time for everything decreases.
But since I’m out and about as part of my training, and since it’s Spring, it’s time for wildflowers and flowering trees. I guess I’ll stick with the Photo Journal until the right combination of forces conspires to persuade me to tell another story.
Photo: Chicory – an amazing plant. You can use its roots as a coffee substitute. And now for the close-up of the close-up . . . Hope you like the color Blue.
I’ve been doing a lot of stumbling lately.
I really like that word. Its main definition is about walking in an unsteady manner, being clumsy, to almost fall, or to make an error. Blunder. But I like the other definition, that of unexpectantly coming upon something – like truth.
Now that’s no error. That’s magic.
Continue reading Call of the Wild*
I like this quote because it truly cuts to the heart of it. We can not find happiness in the external world, or through ownership of material possessions. True happiness is an internal state of mind and the mind can’t find its way there if it is living in the past, or focused on the future, or by thinking that something or someone else outside ourselves will somehow deliver it to us. In a pretty package with a bow on top.
It can only be found in the moment with love and through grace in actually living.
I must say for me, travel, being in motion, taking in the real world around me with all of my senses, helps me to live in that moment of spiritual experience. Just like the moment of this sunset 🙂
I captured this image when I was on one of my hikes in the Northwest. High desert wildflowers were everywhere.
Many were flowers I had not seen before, like this one. Many others seem to be common all over the states.
I always wonder what evolutionary adaptations these plants have made to thrive in the area where they live. Is it the altitude, or the days’ photoperiods, or the temperature, or the elements in the soil, or the amount of precipitation? All combining to produce something with just the right colors and the perfect perfume to attract the pollinators that will ensure their reproduction.
And they interlink in the complex fabric of life so they help ensure other species’ survival. Even our own 🙂