Owled~

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Observant owls prefer to watch,

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and not be seen.
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At twilight we sing, muted duets.
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They swoop close, ruffling my hair.

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Letting me know they see me clearly,
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as I go slowly blind in the deepening dusk.
Cheers to you from the all seeing owls~

Rocky Relationships~

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are particularly hard,
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subject to extreme ups and downs,
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making you feel perpetually unsafe,
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like you might, at any minute,
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fall off a cliff.
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People often wonder,
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why be in such a relationship?
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They may not share the love of the challenge, the discipline, the risk.

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Cheers to you from beautiful Utah and the remarkable rock-hounds who choose to defy gravity & win~

Nature’s Soul~

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Some humans relax in natural places,
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and are less content in human spaces.
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While other’s thrive in the social whirl,
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a nature’s soul will find depth of meaning,
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far from the thrum of a human being.
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Nature’s souls go to wild spaces,
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for it is here they find their sacred places.
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Cheers to you from a nature’s soul~

Land of Light & Shadow~

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All creatures here,
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chase the light,
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which has such a small window of existence,
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that when you catch it,
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it has already changed.
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Shadow is ever present here,
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defining the light.
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Cheers to you from the land of light and shadow~

Sedna~

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Alien Talking Heads.

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Sedna’s Queens. Obviously we are not in Sedna, but we may as well be. I also made up these names.

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The surface of Sedna. Sedna is thought to be the most distant dwarf planet in our solar system and was discovered in 2003.

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The enthroned Queen. We are in Arches National Park in Utah which looks like a cross between Petra, Egypt, and some alien world.

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The Four Pharoahs.

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Valley of the Kings.

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Tower of Babel.

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Munch’s Balancing Brain.
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Climbing Devils Thumb. (Click to enlarge the photo and you can see the technical climber about thrity feet from the summit.)

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Anteojos. (Glasses in Spanish)
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Six-shooter.
Cheers to you from Arches National Park in Utah~
We are traveling between Arches and Canyonlands National Parks, and Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, so internet is spotty, but I will touch base with you when I can.

Land of the Lilliputians~

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One of the world’s top ten miniature museums is located in Victoria Canada. There are eighty-five exhibits here covering world history, Canadian history, fantasy, fairy tales, and even future space exploration.
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I loved the nostalgic look at the circus coming to town!

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There are dioramas depicting castles in England,
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Germany,
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and Canadian cities in the past.

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Many exhibits depict the frontier history and development of Canada.

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The museum has the world’s smallest working saw-mill which took eleven years to make,

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and one of the world’s longest model railways.
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These miniature worlds were created by George Devlin over the course of his lifetime. The museum opened in 1971 and George continues to expand it to this day.
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Cheers to you from Victoria’s fascinating Lilliputian World~

Island Dreaming on this October Day~

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Vancouver Island is full of stunning hiking opportunities. This Marina was the trailhead for one hike,
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where we were greeted by a curious fawn!
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The hike wound through pristine rain forest,
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and river gorges with wildlife all around us.

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The beach was mostly empty and the water so pristine, it formed perfect mirrored surfaces for reflection.
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A killdeer was unconcerned with our arrival at his beach.

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The crystalline sea water,
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makes sea anenome look like they weren’t under water.
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Although all of these shots were taken through sea water, there was no distortion. This is what perfectly clean sea water looks like. We don’t have this in California!
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We have been home at The Holler for several weeks now, but these photos send cheers to you from beautiful and unspoiled Vancouver Island~