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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!

San Jacinto Sun Bathed.

Bogurt Trail hike with Jen this morning in Palm Springs near the Indian Canyons.

Bogurt Trail hike with Jen this morning in Palm Springs near the Indian Canyons.

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Finally A Colorful Sunset.

I had a feeling tonight’s clouds might produce a colorful sunset so I parked myself by the lake shore and waited.

When I looked at the sunset shots I’d taken once back home I wasn’t thrilled. So I took this photo into Topaz and jazzed it up a bit with Topaz Adjust 5.

I like the red and black moody look.

Treated this incredible sunset tonight with Topaz Adjust 5.

Treated this incredible sunset tonight with Topaz Adjust 5.

This is what the photo looked like before I took it into Topaz and treated it.

Original file, with mild Lightroom post.

Original file, with minimum Lightroom post editing.

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Halloween Spirit.

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One house in all of MHCC is decorated for Halloween. Ray followed direction to let me take this photo while we were on a walk yesterday morning.

One house in all of MHCC is decorated for Halloween. Ray followed direction to let me take this photo while we were on a walk yesterday morning.

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Sunday Lighting Play.

Jen and I wanted to move forward today on completing Unit 4 of the New York Institute of Photography course we are taking. I was really looking forward to getting back on track with studying, shooting and completing the course. So when JJ was here last week talking about an upcoming photo shoot he had and needed tips on portraiture photography I invited him to join me and Jen today.

Boy did we have fun using the small green guest bedroom for our home studio. It was cramped but we made it work. It was great learning from each other. And did we laugh a lot? Yes we did!

Here's JJ!

Here’s JJ!

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And, here is Jen!

And, here is Jen!

And me. Photo by JJ otherwise known as Jim Keener.

And me. Photo by JJ otherwise known as Jim Keener.

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San Jacinto’s Early Season 1st Snow.

What a surprise to see dawn's surprise snow capped San Jacinto Mountain Range this morning.

What a surprise to see snow capped San Jacinto Mountain Range
this morning.

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Update On My Husband Ray’s Recovery.

Below is an update I just emailed out to some friends and family………..I wanted to let you, my loyal blog followers and FB friends, in on Ray’s recovery.

This morning I was out taking a walk with Ray (yes, a walk!). I shot off the photo of him below knowing I would include the photo in today’s long overdue update on Ray’s health. As most of you know last April Ray was diagnosed with Squamous Cell Carcinoma, Stage 3, throat cancer.

Our home is at the end of the road.

Our home is at the end of the road.

Following 5 weeks of chemotherapy, Ray completed his 7 weeks of radiation four weeks ago. The last few weeks of his 7 week radiation treatment and the 3 weeks following the end of radiation were the most difficult times over the course of Ray’s Chemo and Radiation Cure Treatments.

Ray is currently doing so much better. Ray tires easily and his body is still actively affected by the still burning radiation inside him (even 4 weeks after his last treatment). The affects of this lingering radiation burning are manifested in a disgusting amount of phlegm and mucous that keeps Ray continuously spitting out all the yucka stuff …. sometimes causing him to gag and to vomit too. The doctors and nurses say it will take another two weeks or so before the body’s protection against the radiation burning stops making all the phlegm and mucous (as its protective device to the burning going on, I believe).

But Ray’s attitude is wonderful. He has learned tons about himself over the last 6 months and is excited to experience his world in a new and better way. He is daily walking and even went out and attended a meeting last night!

Weekday hydration infusion visits have been reduced to two times a week. Ray is now stomach feeding only 3-4 times a day as he tolerates eating through his mouth quite well lately since the mouth burn and sores are gone. His favorite meals are Lipton Noodle Soup, Oatmeal with fruit and Mushroom Barley soup. Tonight he has requested a cheese omelet! Yeah.

Things are looking up in the Jeffers home. I’m personally enjoying Ray’s recovery and his desire to help out with so much around the house. I’ve got my hubby back…..and my life!

Thank you, thank you for all your continued love, concern and support. Ray and I have learned a lot from all of you about how important it is to reach out to those in their time of need, and in what ways. I hope you know how important you are in our lives.

Much love and so much gratitude,

Linda

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