Desert Light.Ā 

“The extreme clarity of the desert light is equaled by the extreme individuation of desert life forms. Love flowers best in openness and freedom.”

-Edward Abbey 

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Morning Walk 05.03.17

I absolutely love walking my dogs. Of course, there’s bound to be at least three highly frustrating moments every. single. time. That would be due to the fact that Juliet is a feisty little firecracker who thinks she can attack mastiffs, boxers, great danes, and other massive dogs with no regard for her own safety. Couple that with the fact that Drake is still a puppy and gets very excited to see other humans or dogs or basically any and everything and you’ve got a recipe for a crazy excited dog fiasco.

Then we’ve got lil old Romeo. He’s the mellow mediator. Whenever Juliet or Drake starts barking and trying to go meet some pup in a yard or otherwise, Romeo is right there nipping at both them as if saying “Hey, you two meatheads! Knock it off! You’re gonna get us all in trouble!”

Aside from those frustrating tidbits, our walks are really great. I like to utilize the time outside to look for inspiration and I always always take my phone, not just for safety purposes but because I take  tons of photos. All the time. One of the only bad things about this is that I have thousands of photos just sitting around waiting to be shown to the world. I’m really bad about going through and organizing the photos afterwards so in an effort to be more proactive in getting my work out there I have decided it might be a good idea to immediately go through them, write a little bit (working on developing my skills), and post it. So here is my first foray into that.

Started off on our walk today around 8am. My favorite times of day to take the dogs out are morning and evening. To me, there is no better or more inspiring light than that of the rising or fading sun.  These are the times when my perspective is keenest. Not to mention the brisk fresh air in the morning gives a perfect jump start to the day, especially for someone like myself who is highly prone to slow starts. I mean reallllll slow starts here. I’ve got lazy, lazy bones.

Anyway, do yourself a favor… go on a walk, take your pup if you’ve got one, go by yourself or a friend, volunteer to walk dogs at the local shelter, anything. Getting outside even for something as small and simple as a walk can do wonders for your state-of-mind and well-being. As you walk, pay attention to the things around you, observe and process, see if anything strikes you… maybe you’ll get a wave of inspiration, and maybe there will be nothing but I promise it will be worth it.
So here’s some photos from today’s stroll.

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LONDON

When I was in high school, I studied German for two years. The teacher of the course, who also taught english and coached for the football, track, and wrestling teams (small towns, eh?), had gone on a mission to Deutschland some years before and thus, every other year, he took a group of students on an EF Tour of Europe. (The link takes you to the exact tour we went on, aside from ending in Prague.) I was seventeen years old.

This was not exactly within my family’s budgetary means but my best friend was going and the travel bug had bitten me many years before, so I was going to make this happen. I got a lot of help from family members (when I’m rich, I’ll pay you all back!), and embarked on my very first international trip. We went to London, Paris, Switzerland, Austria, and Germany. So hey, here’s London.

All of these photos were taken with point-and-shoot Pentax that used to be my Grandma’s.

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Hungerford Cross (Charing Cross Bridge) and Golden Jubilee Pedestrian Bridges over the Thames.

 

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The London Eye and Big Ben across the way.

 

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St. Paul’s Cathedral

Many a historic event has taken place here. Princess Diana got married here, it’s where the queen celebrates her jubilees, where Winston Churchill’s funeral was held… Martin Luther King even preached in this cathedral.

 

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St. Paul’s Cathedral

 

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The Statue of Queen Anne

 

 

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Tower Bridge

 

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Buckingham Palace

If you don’t already know, this is where the Royal Family lives. We were lucky enough to be in London and this particular area on the Queen’s birthday. People were EVERYWHERE, but we snuck in close enough to get some decent glimpses of her wearing the most beautiful baby blue as she glided past in a glamorously bedecked, horse-drawn carriage.

 

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A Royal Guard and his Royal Guard Companion, a great dane.

Notice how the sidewalk is blocked from the street? That’s because, as mentioned above, it was the Queen’s Birthday. I certainly didn’t know there was such a celebration going to be had but we were fortunate to be a small part of that experience. Here is a link to the actual celebration so you can see for yourself what it’s like. It’s called Trooping the Color, and it’s no joke.

 

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I love this quintessential red telephone booth with Big Ben, which is actually the Bell’s name, not the clock or tower, so I should say, with the The Palace of Westminster. Also can’t forget about the cctv. That’s also a quintessential part of London, cameras everywhere.

 

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The cctv cameras seen everywhere play a vital role in staunching and solving crime.  I can’t remember what the show was called but we watched a documentary series on Netflix that followed officers who view the live footage being fed from the cctv cameras in order to apprehend people causing ruckus and committing crimes on the streets. They actively speak to officers on the ground about the situations and can instruct them as to whether they have the right person as well as ensuring a better understanding of the ordeal than would be gained from just chancing upon it.

 

 

Next up: Paris šŸ™‚