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August 18, 2010

Lightning Storm in the Eastern Sky

I’m sitting in The Rams Head Pub at The Timberline Lodge at Mt. Hood. I’m just half way through a beer. The light drizzle which started a little while ago has stopped. Dinner is over . We are talking. I look out the window and see the sun just starting to emerge from the clouds before setting. I say, “Excuse me ,I think the mountain is just about to light up.” I run out to the trail with my camera  and take in the last of the day.

Where there was once lightning

a wildflower

The Mountain

Escape pod

Finishing up

going

going

gone

gone

I walk back to the lodge with another guy with a camera around his neck and I say to him, “Pretty nice.” I told him left my beer to see the sunset. He said he left his dinner half eaten. I go back to the pub and someone says, “Hey, we saved your beer.” I say, “Thanks.” I bring my glass back to my room. It’s a little warm (the beer) so I open my window and put it on the sill to cool while I listen to the wind in the dark.

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November 26, 2008

 

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Shhh, don’t tell anyone. I just planted an oak tree in the parkway in front of our house. It’s city property, we are only the stewards of the land. The sapling is only 5″ tall but it’s still a  act of Guerilla Gardening. The city of Santa Monica plants camphor trees on our stretch of street called “the parkway”. They also suggest grass as a ground cover- boring and an unwise use of water. I get yearly weed abatement notices from the city citing my parkway plantings encroaching on the sidewalk. The tree is so small now, it’s hard to I imagine my boys climbing it or swigging from it’s branches. I meant to plant this “mighty” oak the day after election day to symbolize change, hope and the hard work this country needs to do but you know how things pile up. So let’s just say it went into he earth the day after President Elect Obama named Hillary Clinton Secretary of State. It’s a Canyon Live or Maul Oak tree (Quercus chrysolepis) which I got from Theodore Payne Nursery, one of my favorite nurseries. It specializes in California native plants and has such a great selection of interesting plants. They also have a great selection a wildflower seeds which I’m sowing on city property as well.

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