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Honoring Our Ancestors as fall sweeps over Portland, turning leaves to bright colors, and bringing the rains with it. Candles fizzled in the rain drops, and Trick or Treat Halloween goers were cautioned by parents to beware the candles (some came for candy, some gazed wide-eyed at the glowing altar). In honor of Dia De Los Muertos / and continuing through All Saints Day – we and this altar held our ancestors in reverence. We laid out the leaves, in forms, shapes, and ways. Flowers too found their bright offerings. Small dishes of loved one’s favorite foods were carefully measured out. Ganesha properly dressed presided over the affair (we hear it was a good one) – holding the gateway of life and death . . . Continue reading
Honoring those passed last night we made a Dia de los Muertos altar for the ancestors. Many candles, bright colors of flowers and leaves. We placed offerings of fruit, sweets, dinner, and drinks. All afternoon musical tunes of “la llorona” and “calacas” came through the speakers as we created the altar. Names of those passed were shared along with what we recall of them, and their names written and hung on a chandelier of branches above the altar. They had a good party. Now they go off on new adventures!
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Some more of the beauty experienced around Boulder some weeks ago. Granite rock, falling leaves and helicopters, the dawn breaking over leaves and red rock, roses, clouds, and more. check out the gallery Continue reading
and through my head again and again
a line by LCD sound system
“new york I love you, But your bringing me down”
energy — people — ideas
and to mind come lines from Robert Mueller Manhattan: Brooklyn Bridge
Heading home from work these past weeks it has been such a joy going past all the lovely gardens full of colourful tulips and other spring flowers – all glowing in the evening light. The sun was strong and the trees have just started filling in with bright green leaves. I find it amazing how quickly we have passed beyond the equinox and the time change – leaving us with long bright evenings. This particular day there was a some high cloud that produced a fun halo around the sun. can you tell what is on top of the building?
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Vegas strip last night was bogus, a nice walk, but We wanted nature, earth, desert – so we headed to calico basin to catch some red rocks, stars, and fresh air. I didn’t end up getting many images of the surrounding folds of rocks as I look back. Nor any of the Petroglyphs. I was more interested in gaping and clambering over some boulders, maybe a friend will post some and I can link to them. So here is what I did catch Continue reading
Moving north I entered another sanctuary of old growth redwood groves: Smith grove in Jedediah Smith Redwood National Park. After running into nice people on the road, up from the Humbolt Redwoods, I settled into the main campground there: by a river, a fair number of RVs, separate hiker/biker camping spots too. Walking around, the campsites are filled with trillium flowers blossoming up in their trifold white glory. Glancing up through the trees after dinner I spot the crescent moon just breaking through the clouds in the low western sky.
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Morning wanderings by the clean clean waters of the Smith River. Some time with Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, Gumption trap discussions. Then a friendly comes over and we drive up over the Smith River (and some wonderful rock cliffs flanking its sides) onto Howland Hill Road for a stop at Smith Grove. There we wander slowly and enjoy the giants. Many carpets of Wood Sorrel, but few Trilliums in the moister area down in the grove. Large downed log highways, little rays of sunshine, burned out goose pens and their relics standing as stalagmites of the open air. Nice to have company to bring scale to these giants, and we enjoy taking pictures – some for each other. Then back up the road, recalling fern names and wishing to spend many nights wandering those forests along the road. But North, a return to Portland beckons.
At last, into the magnificent giant redwoods of Humbolt State Park. I don’t know when I first wanted to visit these ancient trees, but it has been a long time. When I took few trips to California and Oregon when I was younger I thought they would be the first stop. Now, the tournament over and family behind, I hitched up highway 1 and 101 from San Fransisco to see em.
I found Founder’s grove to have the more magnificent trees, as they are in a lower and wetter area, but Rockefeller Grove was also impressive and nice. Next time through I want to do a longer hike or an overnight!
The redwoods are amazing trees, in the way that they grow. Although they reach over 350 feet into they air their roots only go down 4-12 feet. Though they do also extend for a good distance laterally and intertwine with the roots of neighboring giants. The roots can even grow and fuse together. When damaged sempervierens will send up new shoots, these emerge from the root burl and will form a little ring around the original trunk. This is how ‘fiery rings’ occur – when the original tree is damaged and dies, but a ring of clones come up around the original trunk. Some of the shoots I saw coming up were so thick, forming an impenetrable hedge of sorts. A fallen redwood can remain more or less intact for several hundred years and sustain just as much if not more diverse forms of life as it decays than during it’s days as a standing giant. More fallen logs to come in Jedediah Smith. I am sure there are other trees with interesting growth habits, but I definitely recommend looking into and reading up on the coast redwoods.
The images I posted earlier from the Giant Illumination post are also from Humbolt State Park.
As the presenter’s presentation drew to a close most went up to look at the photographers work, a few of us were drawn to the evening light golden in the sky. Arriving had been a shower of sleet, light rains, and rainbows. Now the east was lit with dark creamy streaks – the lingering pannus now virga of the squalls. The west by a low setting sun under the clouds was lit, and aflame with trumpeting glory.
fine light for the photographers