Here’s one from our former home, taken eight years ago. I miss the place sometimes and dreamt some about it after we moved (twenty years of living there after all), but I imagine the new owners have settled in nicely.

I hope they appreciate the arbor upon which these roses grow, built ultimately in a traditional Western style – though we were thinking about a Japanese style gateway arch – by local craftsman Henry Hotkowski. It will probably stand forever, as will the deck he built for us there.

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There’s almost too much going on in this photo; with the bright afternoon sunlight careening around all the architectural details, everything seems to be vying for attention.

I prefer softer light for these type of shots – perhaps a high overcast day as on the previous post – but nothing remotely close to that was going to happen here until the sun came off the building, probably a couple hours out. And I was in transit.

Such are the realities of serendipitous shooting. But this one is growing on me.

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Taken a month ago; at this point, the field may be about chest high.

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“Human Beings – indeed, all sentient beings – have the right to pursue happiness and live in peace and freedom.”
— The XIVth Dalai Lama

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And meanwhile, despite Washington D.C. and the level of political discourse across the land, these neighborhood lilies burst into beautiful song, right on schedule, as they always have. Toxicity will (hopefully) always have its limits.

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These guys are staying in practice or have a sense of humor … or both.

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Beautiful car to be sure, but there are a few other things I might like to do with an extra $80K or so.

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Ahh, the hometown – where I spent the first 18 years of my life. Three thousand people living there then, and now.

Here’s the main intersection (looking NNE) with the Town Hall and the war memorials, including the new one for WWII veterans.

“Westside Pride”, the unit shown here, (small town minimalism to be sure), was one of sixty that came out to march on this Memorial Day, and the rain held off till later in the day.

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