Linda JeffersIn a world of so many great photographers and writers, I am venturing into some unknown territories, leaving comfort zones, finally very willing to practice the art of seeing. By maintaining the practice of posting daily photos, I hope to continue learning about the possibilities that I trust are out there for the taking.

Come join me on my journey!

Happy Halloween to us from Joanna

I just opened this Halloween card from Joanna.


Dancing with the Stars

I can’t believe it!!! I was so mad last night when Sabrina was voted off Dancing with the Stars. Ray was furious too. The show ended at 10pm and at 10:02 my phone rang. I answered it, “I can’t ….ing believe what just happened!” I knew the person calling was a friend who had also watched the show. All my friends know not to call on Monday or Tuesday nights when Dancing with the Stars is on. It was Cindy calling. She and Michael were in disbelief as well.

This morning Ray commented here that he was so very disappointed with the whole show. He went on to criticize and blame the producers and judges for ruining the show because they don’t help the audience understand the importance of voting for the best dancer, not the most well known star.

Having watched the judges give feedback week after week, it’s clear the 3 judges have a problem (fear of) being honest with the BIG stars, the older folk, about how poor their performances are. The judges pussy foot around with their people pleasing comments like star struck teenagers, or better yet, fearful the stars won’t like them or won’t do for them at some later date if they hurt their feelings. Why don’t they tell it like it is….you are too old and not good enough to still be in this contest.

Damn, this pisses me off “they” (the produces/judges and anyone else involved with the show) should not put personalities before principles and not compromise the integrity of the contest.

This photo of a friend’s Xmas decorations has nothing to do with this post other than to
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Photos of living room for a magazine.

Yesterday Roberta, the woman who designed and decorated our home, came by with her adorable assistant, Robin, to meet the photographers who did a shoot of the living room and master bedroom for a magazine. While the photographers were setting up all their expensive and extensive photo equipment and lighting, I snapped off this photo of our living room. I asked the professional if he would send me a finished .jpg which I’ll later post. I was very interested in watching how much time and energy they spent positioning and repositioning all the lighting equipment.

My shot was taken on the heels of their lights having gone off for one of their shots. Taylor took time to explain how he added lighting to shadowed areas and blocked light flare. I have such a hunger to learn. I initially was dreading people coming into our home. But I ended up having a good time watching and experiencing their techniques.

Oh, the table and lamp on the right of photo were brought to stage the scene as I still haven’t filled that space yet with the right table and lamp.

Pictured left to right is Robin, Roberta, and the photographers, Kyle and Taylor, studying one of a few test Poloroid photos Taylor takes to make sure the lighting, room staging and composition are right before taking the picture with the large format film camera.

Walking to the gym this morning, I had to stop and take this photo. I couldn’t believe this person parked on, and unconsciously damaged, the grass to save HIS car from getting scratched by the car to his left. Selfish self-centeredness‚Ķ “That, we think, IS the root of our trouble!”

Ray just read my blog and said, “Maybe the guy who parked on the grass had to park where he did because a previously parked car to the left might have been parked over his right line leaving little room for the guy on the grass to park.” Personally, I doubt that scenario. But I felt guilty enough,I blurred out his license plate number!


The Faces of Mt. San Jacinto

We look out at the San Jacinto Mountains from almost every room in our condo. Mt San Jacinto looks different every day, every minute of the day. I am always running out to take pictures of the light on the peak, the clouds above it, snow on it, cloud formations above it and of course sunsets and sunrises. Somehow the photos I take fall short of what I see without the camera.

Lately I leave my camera set up on the tripod just inside the door from the patio where I always take photos. Timing is everything with light. Good light lasts less than 5 minutes. So, this morning I was happy to capture some special light on Mt. San Jacinto.
The first photo was taken as I arrived at Sandi’s to drop her off after our 5am hike. I took the photo near her driveway around 7am.
The second photo was taken a half and hour later. I came into the house, told Ray I was going to take a shower but ended up seated at the computer when I noticed a change of lighting on the mountain.

Of course, I wish both photos were better. But I’ll show them anyway. Down the road when I have learned more about photography you and I will have some before and after photos as proof of my learning (hopefully).


Afternoon hiking shots

I’ve been glued to the computer, mostly planning my hike in spring. I read 2007 hiker updated posts on CDT trail conditions on the CDT L online digest. I go to old posts and sort by subject. Right now I’m reading all about water availability in New Mexico.

I’m not sure heading out to hike New Mexico is such a good idea. Seems it is the season for high winds. Yuck. I’m undecided now what to do. To be determined.

Nevertheless, having this goal to backpack next season helps keep me honest with exercising daily…well most days. At 2:15pm today, I was about to talk myself out of going out to exercise until I remembered that I’d posted my exercise spreadsheet on my blog. Not that anyone probably ever reads it but JUST IN CASE I didn’t want to look bad! So I went in to the TV room, where Ray resides for as much of the day as I do on the seated at my computer, and said, “Let’s go exercise.” I got the look, you know, the one that says, “You’ve got to be kidding. If we were going to exercise, why didn’t we do it earlier. I’m all settled in.”

He said, “Ok, but first let me go hit some balls and putt a bit.” (I noticed the 1000th new putter, with the Roger Dunn price tag still on it, resting against the couch, where Ray had been practicing his putting on the carpet.) I agreed. We left the house around 2:45pm headed for our local Bump & Grind hill. Elevation is about 1000 feet up. We turn around and hike back down the same way. It’s mostly a cardio workout because it’s not that long…maybe a little over a mile up. It took me 37 minutes with a light backpack to reach the top (I’m not fast).

On the way down I played with my camera. The light was pretty. My shadow was sooooo long.

Here are some shots from our dayhike.


A laugh for today.

This is funny: Click here.

Granny hits a Mercedes with her handbag and triggers the Airbag.


Fire smoke fills the Coachella Valley

Ray and I walked over to the club to workout yesterday afternoon. Ugh. My chest felt heavy. The smoke from all the fires has filled our area as the result of changed wind directions. Hiking or doing any physical exercise outside is out of the question. The news reports the smoke will clear in another day.

While walking the 15 minutes back to our condo from the gym, I took the photo above. The light from smoke was intense.

While sitting at my computer (so what’s new) I got up and went outside to photograph this colorful sunset. Normally we see the San Jacinto mountains in the background. Not with all this smoke in the air. We’ve lost our incredible view, a view so pretty, I spend way too much time looking at the mountains during the day.

What’s New:
1. Some of my friends have websites – I’ve posted links to them in the right hand menu.
2. When I asked Cindy what she liked about my blog she answered “reading people’s comments”. Cindy figured out an easier way to read all comments on one post without having to scroll down….In the Blog Archives to the right, click on a Post Title which will open. All comments for that post are listed at the end of the page.
3. I love getting comments! Feel free to post one, two or three.


A Halloween GUESS WHO????

Just received an okay to post this photo.

Do you know who these wicked ladies are? They won the top prize for best costume at a Halloween party keeping with the theme of evil Disney characters. They dressed as the evil Snow White and evil Cinderella.

Feel free to respond with your guesses in the comments section below, but PLEASE, no last names, only first names!

p.s. For additional help in determining who these ladies are, click on the photo to enlarge it a bit.


Saturo’s Family and Ray at Meeting

What a nice surprise to find Saturo, Kazue and their baby at the Thursday Night Meeting. Kazue and Saturo moved back to Japan a couple of years ago.

I sure miss hearing his shares. He always made me laugh.

Last night before leaving the meeting I took photos of Ray with some of his sponsees and his sponsor, Jim. Ray’s 30th birthday is December 1st. For a gift, I’m trying to collect photos of the special men in Ray’s life. The photos will be placed on a page as part a birthday book. The person’s photo page will also contain their recorded (“neatly typed up:)”) old memories, stories, etc. with/of Ray.

Hey, why I am thinking this book should only be from the special men in Ray’s life? Why not from all the special people in Ray’s life? Oh my, am I creating a lot of work for myself with this new thinking. Also, Alima told me the company who puts all the gathered page text and photos together limits the number of pages in the books to 50 (using both sides makes the total 100 people may be included). What if there are more than a hundred people who want to write something to Ray? I know I’m crazy believing if I asked 100 people to write something all 100 would respond. So maybe I should open this up to men and women. I think I better call Alima, the voice of reason, and run this by her. I stay stuck in inaction when I don’t have clarity! Help!
Any ideas/thoughts?

Did I forget to mention how much I love the book I was given by my sponsees on my 20th birthday?


Katy’s Email

I received the following email last night from my friend and transcriber Katy. I should be transcribing for her. I love the way she writes: (And…I did ask Katy if I could post this.)

Just found your blog! How wonderful to be able to keep up with you this way…you lead such a full and interesting life.

If I had a blog it would read: woke up at 5:30 am and said a bad word to my clock radio. Finally dragged myself out of bed (still in the dark – I miss the long days of summer -sigh) at 6:15 and rushed like a crazy person getting ready to get to work on time. Forgot to comb my hair (again) so I tried to braid it while warming up the car. Drive too fast to get to work on time. Barely make it – don’t know why I worry, since no one cares and I always work late anyway. Oh yeah another day at work. Blah. Stay late. Drive home. Eat. Get on-line and read my dear friend Gottago’s interesting and wonderful blog. Shower. Go to bed. Repeat above all week. Weekend: sleep in! Laundry. food shop. get things ready for the next week. My life is too exciting…

Anyway Linda –
I’m really delighted to see that the CDT is happening again!!! Hooray!!! Do I get to transcribe for you?????
I had a really good hike in the Grand Canyon. I felt strong and hiked well (for me). I think it marked my return as a hiker again…it feels good to be back.

Katy in the Grand Canyon (Katy’s trail name-Goslowgofar)