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!

Finally got a chance to use my new Lightning Trigger/LT3 tonight.

I was on my way to bed. I was tired. But I've been wanting an opportunity to use the Lightning Trigger I'd purchased 6 months ago. So I got out all the gear and had a blast.

If you’d like to buy a Lightning Trigger, here is the info: (There is no website.)
Stepping Stone Products, LLC
28665 Road P8
Dolores, CO 81323

Cost: $329 (includes a five-year guarantee.


So brief a moment, but what a moment.

A brief moment of light in the stormy early morning sky.

Later this morning.

Why does a stormy dark day like this make me happy? A day like this is a guilt free, stay inside, “get organized and putter” kinda day. Felt good (stronger) about my morning workout with Dr. Mark. Steaming acorn squash and brussel sprouts. And, I’m on day 2 of doing Artist Way morning pages again! (Thanks to Trish for her example:-))

Re-entry in action, finally!



Do you ever take airplane photos?

I read this guest post on Scott Kelby’s blog today, Sept 29, 2010. I’ve followed Julieanne Kost for a couple of years now. If you read down into the middle of her blog she lists the first of three ways she has for staying creative with photography. She relates how and why she started shooting photos during air travel.

I always shoot photos during my flights, not for the same reasons as Julieanne but as an exercise to learn more about what works and what doesn’t.

Here are some photos I shot on the way home from Sacramento:


Missing dedicated photography time.

Phone calls.
Meeting with sponsee.
Movie: Wall Street. (Really enjoyed the entertainment)
Costco and Clark’s food shopping………Today’s schedule left little time for much else to include in the day after making dinner and grains cooked in the rice cooker…..until at 6:45pm I ran outside with my camera and shot some skyline color so I’d have a photo for this blog.

Tonight's sky over the distinct Antsell Rock in the San Jacinto range.


Home from the weekend Aldhawest Gathering in Big Bear, CA.

Aldhawest is the American Long Distance Hiking Association (in the west). We were a smaller group of attendees than in previous years. However there were six long distance hikers in attendance awaiting the award ceremony where they would be handed their plaques. Each trail: PCT, AT and CDT is a dedicated Long Distance National Scenic Trail. My goal was to complete all three trails but who knows if that will ever happen.

2010 Group shot of all who attended the Aldhawest Gathering in Big Bear, CA at Camp Morning Star.

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2010 Triple Crowners Congrats!
Shane Wohlken (The Gimp (Shane), Michelle Champion (Northern Light), Andy Linger (Sky God), Ted Derloshon (ted d. bear), Jonathan Rose (Jon), Buck – 30 (Brian Tanzman).

Six Triple Crown long distance backpackers accepting their awards for having hiked the Appalachian Trail, The Pacific Crest Trail, and the Continental Divide Trail.


Off to Aldhawest, a long distance backpacking weekend in Big Bear.

Looking forward to seeing friends:

Andrea - Just Sit and Yogi

JJ and Donna

Katy goslowgofar

Billy Goat and Meadow Ed



We have a highway named Palms to Pines.

Taken on an early morning walk to the fitness center the other day.

Taken driving back from having seen the wonderful movie, Mao's Last Dancer.

I’m missing time in the pines with my friends Tailwinds and Fred.

Tailwinds and Fred.

Missing Liz too.


Cleaning out my old unwanted backpacking gear.

This weekend is the long distance backpacking weekend in Big Bear called Aldhawest. I’m bringing some old gear to the event for the swap meet. Parting with backpacking gear I used when I began backpacking (age 53!) was made easier by Melissa and Stacy taking home some of the gear for themselves.

It was probably 100 degrees in the garage while we were sorting/cleaning out the gear but the heat didn’t deter us from having a fun time as evidenced by the following photos.

Stacy wanted a beginning photo showing just how much gear I have (in these two closets).

Stacy trying out one of the two of the thermarest seats she bought. Great legs.

Can you believe Stacy didn’t want me to post this photo because she thought her legs looked too big? I convinced her that she has a disease of perception.

Stacy modeling an old poncho I never used that she had to have.

Melissa packing back up the Room at the Top tent she is borrowing for her weekend camping trip.

Stacy is an ever-willing model and great sport as she tests out the z-rest.


Sadly, Leila’s last day here.

Mission Hills CC fitness center where Leila and I took a 5:50am exercizer class with Dr. Mark.

Lee trying to find a grapefruit that wasn't over-ripe.

Yesterday I had to buy an I Pad because Leila had one.

Lunch at Native Foods with Melissa.


Fun unplanned morning until noon.

Well, our bump & grind hike was planned. Thought it would be easier after having backpacked in the Sierra.

Ray with Mary Kay and my shadows.

Jen and Leila had tons of energy and had to wait for the rest of us.

Sandi was invited for breakfast and a two hour chat following the hike.

We laughed.....

We enjoyed morning visitors.

It’s noon and I’m so tired. Lee and I showered hoping we’d find some energy and desire to visit the art galleries on Paseo and have Ray give golf lessons (in the 100+ degree temps.)

The rest of the day is tbd.