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Through the Camera – Wildflowers

A field of blue dicks on the mountain during this year’s local superbloom.  The past two years there might have been 5 or 6 of these flowers in that spot.  

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Through the Camera – A desert day

Moments from a stroll with the camera through a greening desert

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Through the Camera – Remnents of Desert Rain

When rain comes to desert everything seems to be in a rush.  The dry dust on top of the ground seems to absorb the first few drops as fast as it comes, and the plants suck the water out as … Continue reading

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Tucson Travel – Chiricahua National Monument

Every once in a while you you see a roadsign that attracts your interest and decide to make a detour to see it. I had never heard of Chiricahua National Monument until I saw the brown sign on the side … Continue reading

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Tucson Travels – Hiking Rincon Peak

The first mountain I saw in Tucson was Rincon Peak. I was on a flight from Texas and as we descended into Tucson there was a big piece of rock seemingly a bare few feet below the airplane on the … Continue reading

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Through the camera – snow and palms

Today doesn’t feel like Tucson: low 40’s F, rainy, low clouds, and snow on the mountains. If it wasn’t for the palm trees it would seem like a welcome trip to Seattle without the hassle of travel.

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Day Trips from Tokyo – Hiking Mt. Mutsuishi

Today dawned with a perfect hiking outlook so I decided to venture off to Oku-tama and see how well the trails had fared through the winter and early spring. With notably more sunlight to play with than in the autumn … Continue reading

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Seeing Japan from the slow train – part 7: Takayama to Shinagawa

There are three main ways to get from Takayama to Tokyo on the local trains: backtrack to the north along the route I had previously travelled, backtrack part of the way and then take another valley to the east and … Continue reading

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Seeing Japan from the slow train – part 4: Kashiwazaki to Takayama

I wanted to try and maximize daylight in the Takayama area so I took an early train from Kashiwazaki. I had noticed a coffee shop near the station the night before and planned on stopping there for breakfast before departing, … Continue reading

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Seeing Japan from the slow train – part 2: Shinagawa to Kashiwazaki

Early on Saturday morning I grabbed my pack and walked to Shinagawa. The first stage of the route was the usual ride on any of the frequent Tokyo commuter trains to Ueno. Once there, I found the train bound for … Continue reading

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