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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.

Here’s the album.

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.

New flowers.

New flowers.

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.

Day Before the Dancing BEGINS

Our Global DanceFest artists begin arriving tomorrow. Reggie Wilson and company first, then on Friday, Panaibra Gabriel Canda, Boyzie Cekwana and dancers. It is all quite exciting—just hope I don’t start regretting my decision to stop producing dance after this amazing splendiferous perfect couple of weeks!

Meanwhile my morning walk was cool and energizing. Rained again last night and the damp green of New Mexico right now is quite eye-opening—as in where am I? 

Soon I’ll move indoors to walk evenings on the gym treadmill with a book in front of me. Get more reading done but I still won’t feel as healthy.

Sparkly cold morning stream.

Sparkly cold morning stream.

Pay attention to my sign, he/she says.

Pay attention to my sign, he/she says.

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Questions?

Today’s photos are simply here as tools through which I seek information.  Not just to show you another duck/goose photo okay?

Cool lovely morning in Tingley Beach. Feels like a gun-toting Republican-free zone. Only the cyclists, dog-walkers and a skinny runner in kilts.

The questions follow right after this first dawn on Laguna Drive heading toward the river.

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NOW FOR THE QUESTIONS:

WHY DO SOME WATER FOWL HAVE GREEN BEAKS AND SOME ORANGE?

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WHAT IS THIS PLANT? FIRST PHOTO THE SEED POD AND THE SECOND THE FLOWER THAT PRECEDED IT?

 

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WHO IS THIS?

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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 sad to say it wouldn’t surprise me if that were already in the planning stages 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.

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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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