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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!

Saturday am walk into town.

L-R Leila, Leila’s husband Dennis, Colleen, my brother Don’s wife and Walid, my sister Ginny’s husband, on our last walk into town before packing up and heading back to Portland.

This was the 2nd morning I got up at 5:40am and took my camera and tripod out into the dark on the beach hoping for some nice morning light. I’m hoping I got some good shots.

I took some panorama shots, overlapping each one in succession by almost 50 percent. The first frame I shot was out in the ocean a hundred yards to the north of my sister’s beach house. I kept panning the camera (on a tripod) inland shooting the beach houses, and moving to th right, including the ocean south, (about 7 frames in total). At home, Adobe Photoshop will do its wonders and photomerge all the photos. After some cropping I’ll hopefully have produced one single panorama for my sister and Dennis.

It’s been fantastic spending this Thanksgiving holiday with all my family. It’s 10pm. Don and Colleen left around 1pm today. My sister Ginny, Walid, and their four kids – Ramsey, Lena, Zane and Dean have just left for the airport. Ray and I have a flight home tomorrow at 11am. Lane stays at Leila’s until Tuesday.

As much as I thoroughly enjoyed our family visit I’m looking forward to getting back home to some moderate eating. Boy, my family eats all day long.

I know my hubby will be happy to get home. We really are happy with and miss are normal routines.

I’ve promised my family I’d put all the photos I shot of everyone up in the Portfolio section of my website. That means I’ll be busy selecting and weeding out keepers from the 600 photos I shot.

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View from the beach house.

I’ll post photos taken with the Canon 40D once I return home.

Posting photos only taken with my cell phone to this blog is possible since Ray convinced me to leave my computer home. (Unhappy face) Sent from my Verizon Wireless BlackBerry

After dinner games.

Seventeen of us for Thanksgiving dinner at Leila’s beach house just north of the town of Manzanita.

Lot’s of catching up, a walk on the beach in light rain and a delicious meal. I opted out of the evening game playing. Hoping to get up and out early with my camera.

Happy Thanksgiving.

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Willamette River (sp?)

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Hours away from flying up to Oregon.

The old drive by shoot on the way home from Joshua Tree the other day.

Setting sun on the I-10 Fwy.

Setting sun on the I-10 Fwy.

Hey Lane, how about if you......

Hey Lane, how about if you......

Hand held, way too little light, lake reflection shot on last night's sunset walk around the neighborhood.

Hand held, way too little light, lake reflection shot on last night's sunset walk around the neighborhood.

If I have cell reception while away I’ll be sending in a few cell phone photos.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Test phone post.

I’m testing sending a photo to this blog from my cell phone.

Shot this photo at Joshua Tree yesterday. Sent from my Verizon Wireless BlackBerry

More photos of Lane from yesterday’s full, fun day.

Shot of Lane the night he arrived while we were trying out the lighting with the Speedlite 580EX11

Shot of Lane the night he arrived while we were trying out the lighting with the Speedlite 580EX11

Morning dip.

Morning dip.

Trying to capture the steam from the jacuzzi.

Trying to capture the steam from the jacuzzi.

Oooh. Great Thai food restaurant in Joshua Tree. Lane knows how to order since he just got back from having spent the last 7 months in Thailand. A #5 “hot” please.

My Thai food fortune cookie fortune.

My Thai food fortune cookie fortune.

Laughs all day.

Laughs all day.

Rock I found and asked Lane to pose with at Joshua Tree.

Rock I found and asked Lane to pose with at Joshua Tree.

Lane headed out around the bend and climbed to take photos from above.

Lane headed out around the bend and climbed to take photos from above.

"Hey Lane, why don't you frame the moon?"

Full, great day with my son Lane in Joshua Tree.

Lane being Lane:-)

Lane being Lane:-)

And who did he get "it" from?

And me being me!

Back to back hikes up Bump & Grind.

Second day Connie and I got up and out for another 7:30am morning hike. I’m on a roll. And it appears others are on a roll too. This is one freeway of a trail. If the hike wasn’t such a good workout I’d find another trail (which I may do anyway). From leaving my home to returning again, doing this hike (at this point, ie my slow pace) requires a 3 hour commitment of time.

Bump & Grind stats:
2+ miles
1000 feet elevation gain.
some good uneven trail tread

Before we even got on the trail, I got the small camera out to snap off these two shots to show just how crowded this trail is.

Lower switchbacks at start of hike.

Lower switchbacks at start of hike.


Bump & Grind is popular.

Bump & Grind is popular.

Lane arrives tonight. My son has been in LA visiting friends and then spending time with my brother Don. Don and Lane went out on my brother’s boat for a couple of days. Don will be flying Lane down here to the desert around 5pm tonight.

I’m excited about spending time with Lane. He is a very good photographer, naturally. I’d give anything to have his eye AND his mind. Maybe he’ll go out for a shoot or two some morning or night.

Wednesday Lane, Ray and I fly up to my sister Leila’s in Portland where the rest of the Sher family will also be. All of our family except my brother, Don, and Colleen. Thursday all of us at Lee’s will drive to Leila’s beach house a couple of hours away for 2 and a half days. Don will fly his plane in to a small local beach side airport and then join up with us. I love when my family gets together. They are my most favorite people in the world to spend time with. We honor our deceased parents’ wishes that we all meet up at least once a year.

I’m already panicking since I won’t be bringing my computer with me. Life without my computer? What an order! But Ray is right, I will be spending most of the time with my family. I know Ray is trying to lighten the load so won’t have much to transport since he still isn’t supposed to carry anything over 15 pounds. What Ray doesn’t know is that I will NOT be leaving my camera gear, flash lights and tripod behind. Well, he doesn’t know until he reads this entry that is. tee hee.

Back to doing the Bump & Grind…finally.

Connie called yesterday and asked if I wanted to hike. I jumped at the invite and we did the Bump & Grind with the rest of the Cochella Valley at 7:30am. Busy.

The Mission Hills CC Hiking Group is starting up again now that the snowbirds are returning and the 100 degree days are over. As the leader of Saturday hikes it’s time I get in shape. Walking around the club for 3 miles, with camera in hand, is not gonna cut it for training.

Bump & Grind - a very crowded trail at 8:00am.

Bump & Grind - a very crowded trail at 8:00am.

At the top of the Bump & Grind I turned to find the thin lines of light on Connie’s arms and head. Out came my camera much to her dislike.

Connie at the top in a breathing break.

Connie at the top in a breathing break.