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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.

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Nap Or Out With The Camera?

After a morning and early afternoon up in Hemit I got home and couldn’t keep my eyes open. I went to lie down for a nap when I noticed a butterfly on the newly budding yellow flowers outside. The butterfly wasn’t around when I went out with my camera but the sun and balmy day felt so good I lingered outside looking for photo ops.

Ron Cukier's sand shot a couple hundred yards from our back door.

Ron Cukier’s sand shot a couple hundred yards from our back door.

Watching Ron on the 17th hole on this incredibly beautiful 80 degree afternoon.

Watching Ron on the 17th hole on this incredibly beautiful 80 degree afternoon.

And here come Keenan and Carol walking the course by our home.

And here come Keenan and Carol walking the course by our home.

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Speedlighting.

Stacy and I spent time this afternoon practicing with our Speedlights and Pocket Wizard Plus III’s. I’m so lucky I have such beautiful and willing models to practice on.

Stacy Jacob.

Stacy Jacob.

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No Call Tuesday. NOT!

A big bag of spinach put in the disposal clogged both sinks. Aaron, the greatest plumber ever, came to the rescue.

Aaron previously fixed a toilet 3 other plumbers said couldn't be fixed!

Aaron previously fixed a toilet 3 other plumbers said couldn’t be fixed!

Cynthia came by with Noah to pick up the turkey soup I made for her Dad and her family.

Cynthia and Dusty's youngest, Noah!

Cynthia and Dusty’s youngest, Noah!

Four o’clock seems to be the time I’m drawn outside for the remaining 1/2 hour of light. I look outside and think there is nothing to shoot that I haven’t already shot. Ignoring my thoughts, and outside with my eye up against the view finder, something interesting always appears.

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Western Bluebird???

For over three weeks this bird and others of the same species have been flying up to our windows, tapping the windows repeatedly, apparently trying to find a secure place to build a nest inside our house.

For over three weeks this bird and others of the same species have been flying up to our windows, tapping the windows repeatedly, apparently trying to find a secure place to build a nest inside our house.

So I just googled bluebirds striking windows behavior……..
“Window & Mirror Strikes

At the beginning of breeding season, bluebirds sometimes territorially strike at their own reflection in windows or car mirrors. They are attempting to defend their territory from a perceived rival bluebird. And since the “intruding” bluebird does not go away, the aggressive behavior continues to be stimulated. The best way to stop the behavior is to cover the window or mirror. Bird netting or shade cloth can temporarily be placed over outside windows, and socks can be placed over side-mirrors on parked cars. The behavior usually abates once the nest is well underway.”

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Birthday Girl.

Happy Birthday Jen.

Happy Birthday Jen.

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Lesson Four Practice.

Jen and I decided to work on some of our NYIP Lesson Four assignments today. This assignment calls for natural lighting. Today’s shots were just practice. Next week we hope to use lots of makeup and be dressed for the assignment shots. Jen doesn’t look like she needs to do much with herself in this practice shot though.

Jen reading our NYIP, Unit 4 Lesson book on portraiture.

Jen reading our NYIP, Unit 4 Lesson book on portraiture.

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Saturday Lyken Trail Hike.

On the Lyken Trail, looking down on Palm Springs.

On the Lyken Trail, looking down on Palm Springs.

The turnaround spot where Jen's Dad says a prayer in honor of the mountain.

The turnaround spot where Jen’s Dad says something in honor of the mountain.

Following our backpack we (Melissa, Jen and I) made a commitment to stay fit for a next backpack by continuing to hike with full packs. I shamed Jen into adding a large rock to her mostly empty backpack.

Following our backpack we (Melissa, Jen and I) made a commitment to stay fit for a next backpack by continuing to hike with full packs. I shamed Jen into adding a large rock to her mostly empty backpack.

Mary Kay and Jen.

Mary Kay and Jen.

Jen and Mary Kay.

Jen and Mary Kay.

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A Special Celebratory Evening in Cabezon.

Meeting Bob as he arrived at the restaurant.

Meeting Bob as he arrived at the restaurant.

The birthday boy Bob and, Pat in Cabezon.

The birthday boy Bob and, Pat in Cabezon.

More diners, our friends Matt and Cat.

More diners, our friends Matt and Cat.

Jerry and Sandi too.

Jerry and Sandi too.

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Our Last Morning On The PCT (for a while:-)).

Just Kidding and Happy Pants on the PCT around mile 140 (10.5 miles south of Palms to Pines Hwy 74.

Just Kidding and Happy Pants on the PCT around mile 140 (10.5 miles south of Palms to Pines Hwy 74.

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Palms to Snow Covered Pines.

This morning atop the San Jacinto Range. Thank goodness we didn't get caught on our backpack in this storm that dropped snow down to the 2,500 foot level.

This morning atop the San Jacinto Range. Thank goodness we didn’t get caught on our backpack in this storm that dropped snow down to the 2,500 foot level.

A homeowner's pool on the side of our condo. Welcome to Palm Springs!

A homeowner’s pool on the side of our condo. Welcome to Palm Springs!

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