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October 4, 2015. Gold.

The Second Day of Summer

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5:50AM. Walking along the ponds and bike path. Tingley Beach. First New Mexico walk in awhile. I thought I was green-satiated after Minnesota but how lovely it was to have my whole regular path greened-up as well. My friendly water-birds did not capture my picture-taking fancy this AM so here’s a bit of Albuquerque plant life instead.

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Hi Tom…

Tom is one of my oldest (in friend years) friends and we share our mornings via blogs and comments. Tom in Delaware, me in New Mexico. I’m jealous of his rain and he’s jealous of my access to red and green chile I guess.

Today’s walk was the best. It’s been getting light a minute or two later every day—so out into the dark end of dawn. There has been more rain than usual (anything is more than usual—but more than that…) And there were actual smells today. Earth. Damp wood chips. Wet exotic animal dung from the Zoo. It was cool. Now there’s been enough rain so it’s greening up the landscape. What an invigorating and satisfying walk it was.

All dark and damp and silent.

All dark and damp and silent.

Shall we gather at the ... pond.

Shall we gather at the … pond.

Pretty junk.

Pretty junk.

My path to back home and morning coffee.

My path to back home and morning coffee.

Sometimes the news is good.

Sometimes the news is good.

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.

Good Morning Ducks and Geese

It was cool and damp by the morning river. Made me feel fresh, energized, optomistic. Then I made the mistake of turning on CNN for a quick moment before leaving for work and was reminded that yes I do live in Ugunistan…and there’s always another shooter out there. Wonder if more people will be killed by gunfire today in Pakistan, Somalia or the U.S.? I’m guessing the latter.

But back to the river. And, No, Mayor Berry or whoever wants more paths and trails in the Bosque…NO NO NO. Or just pave the whole damn thing over, leave the ponds and it could be a water fowl SHOOTING RANGE. I’m sad to say it wouldn’t surprise me if that were already in the planning stages in some gun dolt’s mind.

So here are some nice things in the world. I cannot help myself when I see these beautiful birds and I have a camera in my hand.

 

Tingley Beach and my new camera

So tired this morning. Restless sleep. But today I need to be hospitable and animated—a little at least—for our North Fourth State Department visitors from Egypt. Other cultures frequently seem to be much more gracious than us when it comes to welcoming international guests. We want to prove that Americans can be just as kind and courteous so we have informative little in-house tours and treats planned.

Back to the morning walk though. With my new Panasonic Point and Shoot. Not sure I like it as well as my old Canon. But trying it out did give me the impetus to keep moving my lethargic body down the path through the ducks and geese by the flowers passed by bikes smiled at by dogs.

Are these photos better than the recent fuzzyish ones? I can’t tell.

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