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IMG_7445I took a spontaneous road trip today to check out an abandoned town I just learned of that’s way out in the desert about an hour west of the California/Arizona border. It was a very long day but, as tired as I was, I couldn’t resist pulling over to snap this abandoned gas station on my way home. More to come soon. Sweet dreams!

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ducksjWe’re born alone, we live alone, we die alone. Only through our love and friendship can we create the illusion for the moment that we’re not alone. ~ Orson Welles

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IMG_2700Another shot of Lake Hemet this one taken at dusk with my DSLR. I think I like it because it looks so artificial and highly processed when, in fact, it’s pretty much straight out of the camera the only editing being a few tweaks in iPhoto.

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treekI thought I’d pop in to say hello and wish you all a belated Happy New Year. I should probably also explain what’s up with the new way I’ve decided to number my posts. I’ve realized that, however much I may believe in the discipline of blogging on a daily basis, I’m simply not up to it this year. The truth is, I’m just now emerging from the aftermath of the shocking event I mentioned here a couple of weeks ago and my year is getting off to a very slow start.

All that being said, I do hope that your year is going well so far. I’ll be back soon!

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cageia2The warm glow pictured here might, at first glance, resemble a fireplace but it’s actually an extremely large, illuminated Christmas ornament in a birdcage of all things. Either way, it’s just the thing for what has turned out to be an extremely cold, dark, and quiet afternoon here in the mountains. For another perspective, in monochrome, check out yesterday’s post here.