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Somewhere in the Mojave Desert, California, United States
Gazing into this abyss called Life and wondering.....what's next !?!!

Sunday, November 25, 2012

A Respite from the Usual Fray

A belated happy Thanksgiving to my American readers. If you can step back from the corporate commercial side of the holiday season, this time of year is filled with a combination of busy time preparing for family and friends visits and quiet time as we reflect on and appreciate all that is good in our lives. My week "off" from teaching this Thanksgiving week was just that. I chose not to get caught up in the big spending push of "Black Friday" and all that ensues. Instead, I chose to use this time for rest, spending snippets of time with my adult children, tend to a few piles of accumulated stuff at home, and take many walks in this unseasonably warm weather. 

Tomorrow, the work fray continues..........

Here are a few quick snap scenes from my week:

 <--------The Automotive Museum in San Diego, California. My son wanted to visit this during our day at Balboa Park. Me? Not so much. But, since he appeased me by allowing me a few hours at the Museum of Photographic Arts, I obliged and was pleasantly surprised. In this shot is Louie Mattar's Fabulous Car that made 2 non stop long distance drives in the mid 1950's. This car could change a tire, refuel, change oil, do laundry, cook, had a toilet and shower, tv/radio, wet bar....all the comforts of home without ever stopping! In the 1950s no less! It even had a hookah. Interesting.

I see this bridge every time I walk from where I stay, around the bay, to the other side where my favorite cafe for morning coffee is. It goes across Mission Bay to Pacific Beach --------------------------------------->

<---------------Soaking up the lush green surrounds while in San Diego. It does a desert dwelling body good.

My hike yesterday was on my favorite trail out of Black Rock Canyon in Joshua Tree National Park. This is the Panorama Loop Trail with vistas galore. The view below is looking north back down the trail. We were probably 3 1/2 miles into the hike. It was warmer than usual for late November. Sweating is a good thing, right?

 This is the top of the ridge. A hard hike up, up, up. You can see my valley town in the distance.

And here the terrain changes back to pinion pine, joshua trees, and scrub oak as we happily descend back to the trail head.  Nothing like a heart pumping hike to balance out all the holiday splurging - not on Black Friday deals but on great company and scrumptious food.......

I hope you and yours, wherever you are, enjoyed the warmth of family, friendship, and simpler times.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

A Walk in the Park...

Balboa Park, San Diego.... I love this place. Museums of art and history and science. Views of the city and Coronado Bridge and San Diego Bay and all sorts of gardens. If you stand still and listen, you'll hear languages spoken from all over the world. There is way too much to experience in one day - or two - or a week.

Today, we just wandered around for a few hours and this caught my attention.

Lights ©Diana Shay Diehl

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Walking the human...

My dog took me for a walk late this afternoon.....

He, intent on finding the elusive jackrabbit he smells on every walk.

Me, intent on watching the changes in the sky........

<------------ from this.......

              ........to this ------------------------------ >

<------------------- to this.

We found some things in our desert that we didn't like........

We've seen this exact sign in all kinds of different places on our walks. Someone has an interesting sense of humor being this sign is nowhere near a road or the trail we started off on......

Toby even posed for me by one of my favorite, stubby joshua trees. They grow thick and stocky where I live, not like some of the thinner, taller, scragglier ones in the national park....

Yep. It was a good romp. The dragging tongue says it all..........

All image ©Diana Shay Diehl

Look up

This is our morning sky of late..... a quick cell phone capture from my front porch before the shower and hot tea. Take a deep breath......can you smell the creosote, sage, and pine lingering in the freshly rained air?

I hope wonder, much love, and an underlying sense of peace pervades your day.


Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Unexpected Joys...

Love and healing come in all forms. I am overwhelmed by the generosity and love that finds it way upon my doorstep..... Can I ever send enough love back your way?

"On a day when the wind is perfect the sail just needs to open and the world is full of beauty. 
Today is such a day."  ~ Jalaludin Rumi (1207 - 1273)

Gifts of healing love.......

Spend some time with dogs outdoors on a free run. Then you'll know pure, unadulterated joy....

Monday, November 12, 2012

Shadows and Light

This time of year, I like the way the light streams in from the west into my sunroom and kitchen. Every dust particle and critter hair illuminated by the golden glow of mojave light in the dead of fall. The rest just falls into the shadows. 

"There is something about shadows because 
you make your own mind up about what is lurking in them." ~Richard O'Brien (?)