Monthly Archives: June 2014

A Morning Slog

I love New Mexico and my job and myself in general when I go for that dawn walk along Tingley Beach. Now and then however it’s not so invigorating, in fact it’s just trudging along because walking is good for me. Today was just such a morning–but made tolerable–no, more than tolerable–actually pleasurable by searching for photo ops. With a challenge. No duck/goose photos allowed. Here’s the morning:

I didn't say no birds, just no ducks or geese.

I didn’t say no birds, just no ducks or geese.

Starting a trend, like the Pont des Arts.

Starting a trend, like the Pont des Arts.

After all the American, Latin America history classes I've take that included references to the Rio Grande, I love that it is so near where I live. Like my own personal river.

After all the American, Latin America history classes I’ve take that included references to the Rio Grande, I love that it is so near where I live. Like my own personal river.

Wonder if this went with yesterday's shoe? Different street corner though.

Wonder if this went with yesterday’s shoe? Different street corner though.

Little lost shoes.

Little lost shoes.

As I was taking this pic an employee (I suppose) drove by, slowed way down, stopped, stared at me for awhile and then drove in the lot. And yes, if you read this, I do work for the KGB.

As I was taking this pic an employee (I suppose) drove by, slowed way down, stopped, stared at me for awhile and then drove in the lot. And yes, if you read this, I do work for the KGB.

More wildlife.

More wildlife.

 

 

Morning Walk: A duck, found objects and Wednesday’s cloud

A reflective duck.

A reflective duck.

Walked right out of that shoe.

Walked right out of that shoe.

When you run too fast...

When you run too fast…

A lavender theme.

A lavender theme.

Wednesday's cloud in New Mexico.

Wednesday’s cloud in New Mexico.

Everyone Deserves a Break

This evening. Ice Cream (well, almost ice cream). House of Cards. Me. P1080770 (2)

Duck with Cherry Tomato Sauce

So refreshing first thing...

So refreshing first thing…

 

Baked in olive oil, balsamic vinegar, tarragon, garlic, sugar, sea salt

Baked in olive oil, balsamic vinegar, tarragon, garlic, sugar, sea salt

Not Really.

 

Back to the Good Stuff

So got that family thing out of the way…all those photos of happy graduates and the President. Now for some creatures of true beauty.

Ditch bank in first light

Ditch bank in first light

Hey it was cold last night...that sun feels so good on my back.

Hey it was cold last night…that sun feels so good on my back.

Just woke up. No time to brush our beaks yet.

Just woke up. No time to brush our beaks yet.

More wild life photography practice.

More wild life photography practice.

Random Family Photos. June 2014. California.

 

 

Next Episode: Steven Klotzback and Barack Obama

Mr. President

Mr. President

Saturday started at 3:45am when we emerged from our bedrooms, sleepy-eyed, reaching desperately for a first sip of coffee, putting on our good Obama-speech clothes and piling into the rental van for the hour or two from San Diego to Anaheim’s Angel Stadium where the Big Event would happen.

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Okay so it's not a great photo but it's MINE

Okay so it’s not a great photo but it’s MINE

And there they come to save the world

And here they come to save the world

It goes like this: Hours in the sun waiting for the speech. THE SPEECH. Which was … was … well … awesome. The Pres was eloquent, funny, and clear about what he believes and what needs to be done. He was also pretty clear about the intellectual capacities and moral fiber, or lack thereof, of the climate change deniers. Easily worth my sunburned scalp and a few hours of lost sleep.

The grads, Steven and Ashley, and one of the funding fathers

The grads, Steven and Ashley, and one of the funding fathers

Then University officials read the formal statement conferring the degrees and Steven became a college graduate. I had no idea UC Irvine had moved up in the University of California system to be part of that top tier along with UC Berkeley, UCLA, etc. So anyway I am proud.

Then back in San Diego and a few of us take the Albuquerque girls for a beach walk

 

Scott, walking the beach, contemplating life without a kid in college

Scott, walking the beach, contemplating life without a kid in college.

 

Albuquerque girl Patricia soaks up some ocean air and gets sand in her toes

Albuquerque girl Patricia soaks up some ocean air and gets sand in her toes

 

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THE NEXT MORNING

Time to go home

Time to go home

Steve Klotzback Meets the Wide World

The California weekend of Steven’s graduation from college is in the past. A lovely memory. One of those times all went perfectly as planned. Well maybe a tiny irritation here or there but unnoticeable in the general flow of things. And I got an hour at Nordstrom’s. This album is just Friday. Much more later with OBAMA photos! So here we are. The California and most of the New Mexico branches of the fam.

That cute little boy in the middle is officially grown up now... if graduating from college makes it official?

That cute little boy in the middle is officially grown up now… if graduating from college makes it official?

Steven's girlfriend Ashley is the other gorgeous graduate. UCI also.

Steven’s girlfriend Ashley is the other gorgeous graduate. UCI also.

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