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Balanced Rocks #3 (Exhaling Rocks)

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Rock & Sky

The interesting character added to a picture by a few clouds never ceases to amaze me. The clouds in this picture appear to be shooting out of the rocks like the rock is exhaling on a cold day and its breath is crystalizing.

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Balanced Rocks #1 (Miniature Delicate Arch)

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Delicate Arch in Miniature

There appears to be a tradition at Peggy’s Cove for people to pile rocks on top of rocks creating rock castle villages. In the US Southwest, the configurations are called Cairns and are frequently used to mark trails and guide people on hikes. This one, in shape and configuration, reminds me of my beloved Delicate Arch at Arches National Park in Moab Utah.

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Loneliness is a Sign

Loneliness is a sign you are in desperate need of yourself. ~Rupi Kaur

It wasn’t until I was alone that I was able to conquer loneliness. Living alone, immersed in extended solitude, allowed me to…forced me to face my fear of being alone. In doing so, the fear vanished. Solitude became a trusted friend. I learned to be with myself. I began to understand myself. I have learned to love solitude, look forward to time being alone, being with myself free of outside influences. It has also helped by be fully present in the presence of other people. I was in desperate need of myself and learned to love humanity.

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Broken Wing

In Belize, I saw a pelican with a broken wing, a pelican earth bound. It was made to soar the open skies. A being made to float on and in the air now glued to the ground. It’s eyes looked skyward longing for the freedom found in flight, tried to ascend but only one wing flapped.

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Summertime

Summertime, and the livin’ is easy. ~Heyward & Gershwin

The year is 1/2 over as is the glorious summer in the Midwest. Yes, it can be sweltering. But life is abundant – birds, flowers, trees, green of all shades, flowers in full light spectrum dazzling the eyes. People are also in full bloom smiles enjoying the respite from Winter.

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Sometimes, The Middle Aged Man Dresses Himself…

Lipstick on a Pig

And His Wife Laughed

…and it makes his wife laugh. To be fair, she gave her blessing to his yellow pants and purple shirt combo.  This was vacation time so he packed just the one coat to keep the luggage light. The black hat was purchased in Canada to keep the sun out of his eyes.

He would have packed his red Canada baseball cap but the wife said it makes him look like a Trumpster. That alone almost made him throw it in a dumpster for, to be associated with the Donald, a man with strong xenophobic tendencies is in antithesis to the Middle Aged Man who views himself as a citizen of the world, not just one country in the world, who understands isolationism is not the answer when the question is a thriving community.

But he has a hard time throwing away good money so it sits…

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Red Rock Blood

When traveling to Southern Utah for the first time, it is fair to ask, if the red rocks were cut would they bleed. And when traveling to Utah’s desert for the second or third time, it is fair to assume that they do, that the blood of the rocks gives life to the country. And then after having made enough pilgrimages to the slick rock to warrant sufficient separation from society’s oughts and shoulds, look again for the novice you once were, who asked if sandstone bleeds. Pull out your pocketknife, open the blade, and run it across your burnished arm. If you draw wet sand that dries quickly, then you will know you have become part of the desert. Not until then can you claim ownership. ~Terry Tempest Williams

As much as I enjoy summer in the city, I am tired of the swelter, the humidity making me feel constantly sticky. Even the early mornings can feel oppressive. How much I would love to be in a dry city, a dry desert city where one can hear the water escaping through the skin’s pores.

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