Tuesday, March 24, 2009


There was a little tree that volunteered at my Dad's house. I surprised him with an identification 'pomegranate', at 7 years old. There was one on the 20th street side of Janelle and Renee's driveway.

That little tree still tries to make it in that gravelly, nearly clay-free soil. A nod to something that is probably blooming right now. There's a metaphor here somehow. From March 24, 2009.

The very next day I spotted another 'wild pomegranate' near the pedestrian bridge at the 5 Mile Recreation Area, 25 miles away. Serendipity.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Campbell California, 2009

I was in Campbell on 3/21/2009 and had exceptionally good day with flowers and colors and shit. I added them to the March 2009 album, though that is now getting to be big! This batch begins at image #52.

There are 18 images from this day in the full album.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Red Rock Canyon, 2009

In this continuing review of my cross-country adventure one year ago, here's some images from 3/15/09. Our seat-of-the pants sight-seeing had taken us many cool places. As the week wound down we weren't really ready to be 'home'. The Road is home to some. From Pisgah, we found Red Rock Canyon state park. It was a beautiful morning and we went for a hike.

     You belong among the wildflowers.
     You belong in a boat out at sea.
     You belong with your love on your arm.
     You belong somewhere you feel free.

     (Tom Petty, Wildflowers, 1994)

Then we were back on the highway. It's a long drive from Nashville to Sacramento.
     Aw bid the years good bye, you cannot still them.
     Well ya cannot turn the circles of the sun.
     Well ya cannot count the miles until you feel them.
     And ya cannot hold a lover that is gone.

     (Townes Van Zandt, Snowin' On Raton, 1987)

California is much more full of people, and once we descended into the valley, there was no turning back. We bought some whiskey and coke and stayed the night at a regional park on a reservoir, Lake Success.

There are now even more in the entire album, this day beginning at image #37.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Pisgah Cinder Cone, 2009

It is a nice day here today, but it was also a nice day to look again through pictures from Pisgah Cinder cone from 3/14/09. I haven't shared most of these photos. The light wasn't too good that day, but I remember being very glad to be back in California. My nephew and I were driving across the States, and we had visited Meteor Crater and the Grand Canyon. I was out of ideas of what 'cool thing' for us to check out next. We found Pisgah.

In my efforts to present more of 'the good ones' you will have to wade through some of the other redos in the slideshow. This begins at image 14 presently.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

One year ago

I was in Texas at Palo Duro canyon. I was in the good company of my nephew, who reminded me of this anniversary today.

While visiting the park, I really 'felt' Guy Clark's Red River that unforgettably begins: "from Palo Duro canyon outside Amarillo Texas, the Prairie Dog Town fork of the Red River flows."

Guy's Red River wasn't on my ipod, or I would have listened to it a few times in the parking lot. I was naturally also thinking of a cool song called "The Goodnight-Loving Trail" that I learned from Utah Phillips. If you look into those two songs, you can learn a lot about Texas history. A year ago I published some pictures from that trip, but today I select entirely different images from our time in Texas.

The next day we were in Arizona where we took the side trip out to Petrified Forest. It was really neat. Such different imagery that what I am looking at this very wet and stormy day by the sea!

See a few more in this new slideshow or see the old one. How fitting that tonight, I retuned my guitar and pulled this song out.

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