Ten Years and Holding...

Trip Start Jun 04, 2011
Trip End Oct 21, 2011

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Sunday, September 11, 2011

Lynn and I got out for ah hour's walk yesterday on the road above the lake.  More traffic, due to it being a Saturday.  Not much wildlife action, but did see numerous bluebirds and several other species.  It seems like they are flocking up for the trip to the warm "Promised Land" of the southern clime.  I'm ready to go too, but will wait until we head out in January or so for Arizona and southern California.

I took a walk alone after supper to see what I could see near sunset. It's interesting here in the mountains how the temperatures vary with the location.  Breezes blow as the air cools and one comes into and out of the waning sunlight.  Fall is in the air here with temperatures getting down into the high thirties at night, but rebounding into the seventies during the beauty of day.  I saw a deer family.  It was a nice healthy-looking mule deer doe with twin fawns.  The spots are gone from the fawns now and they'll be fair game to those who pursue such during the hunt.  They still have that innocent look, bounding ahead of mom and looking at me with such curiosity.  Mom looks in a different way, probably wondering whether to stay or go.  I try to make the smallest impact I can on their lives, taking a few photos and whistling to get their attention.  I saw several more bluebirds, but had no luck in capturing any, digitally.  The keep their distance as though they really know what man is like.  I can relate to that.  The early sunset gave me several opportunities for photos.  The pastel colors are a draw for me. Subtle and yet rich.  The most fascinating one, to me, was the reflection of the sunset from the windows of a south facing home onto the lake's surface.  Fun to capture and enjoy.

I got up well before sunrise this morning and was well aware of this being the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 destruction.  I was able to get a shot of the lake before the sun rose.  I'm doing this shot as a memorial to those who suffered and still deal with that day.  Thanks for coming by today and for your support.  You know who you are...
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