The gr8ful grind: May 2010

Let go of anger; It's an acid that eats away the delicate layers of your happiness

The reverse side has also its reverse side

Monday, May 31, 2010

When Cirque du Soleil goes on the road to perform, they do it under a Very. Big. Top. Portland, Oregon; May, 2010.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Spending time in the Jerome Grand Hotel is akin to going back to the 1930s. The feeling is quite real. This photo shows part of the hotel's restaurant, The Asylum. The name of the restaurant probably reflects the craziness of the menu (our food was very good, btw), and the fun attitude of the waitpersons--our's was exceptionally fun, sharp, and attentive for a 20something; I gave her a 30% tip because she could keep up with me. Jerome, Arizona; May, 2010.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

An example of the Pre-digital Age; not as ancient as the Paleolithic Age, but probably close. This well-preserved display is the out-front artwork of a small coffee shop in a converted gas station. Good thing it's small, since the red rig takes up one of the very few parking spaces on the property. Cottonwood, Arizona; May, 2010.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

A sunlit Cathedral Rock can be seen through the trunks of a juniper tree. (click on the thumbnail for more detail) Sedona, Arizona; May, 2010.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

A delicate tree branch blows in the wind among its colleagues. (click the thumbnail to see which leaves have been eaten) Scottsdale, Arizona; May, 2010.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Although I was in a different part of town, I still looked around for Jack the Ripper as I walked among revelers along the Thames and looked up at these ancient street lights during the Mayor's Festival. London, UK; September, 2009.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

There's still snow in the high Cascades, even though it's almost June. Rural Linn County, Oregon; May, 2010.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Mt. Washington in the Oregon high Cascades, with remnants of a lightning-caused fire in the foreground. Rural Linn County, OR; May, 2010.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Suttle Lake. Rural Jefferson County, Oregon; May, 2010.

Friday, May 14, 2010

The Cathedral Notre Dame de Paris, with its spectacular facade, reaches for the clouds. (Click on the thumbnail to zoom in on the gargoyles) Paris, France; September, 2009.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Moss grows thick on trees in the Columbia River Gorge Scenic Area. Rural Hood River County, Oregon; April, 2010.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Trees framed by gate. Near Redmond, Oregon; May, 2010.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

This was so weird, we were forced to pull over and take a photo. One cloud with 2 rainstorms perfectly framing Mt. Jefferson. Strange. But we had a camera! Taken from Madras, Oregon; May, 2010.

Monday, May 10, 2010

A barn on a clear Spring morning. Redmond, Oregon; May, 2010.

Friday, May 07, 2010

The setting sun shines through a tree growing from one of the bucolic pastures along the Canal du Nivernais. (Click on the thumbnail to see the chateau on the hill). Burgundy region of France; September, 2009.

Thursday, May 06, 2010

Sahalie Falls tumbles 140 feet into the McKenzie River. High Cascades mountains in rural Linn County, Oregon; April, 2010.

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Clematis blossom. Vancouver, BC; May, 2010.

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

I traveled north this weekend to attend a meditation retreat at the Asian Centre on the campus of the University of British Columbian. This is one of the areas used for walking meditation. The azaleas were blooming. (Click on the thumbnail to see the face at the peak of the roofline) Vancouver, BC, Canada; May, 2010.

Monday, May 03, 2010

It's Springtime in the Pacific Northwest of the US and the bees are back, hard at work. This one digs around in an azalea bush after (during) a rainstorm. (click on the thumbnail to see even more captured pollen) Clackamas, Oregon; April, 2010.