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On one of our spontaneous day trips when neither of us have a clue where we are going or where we might end up, Lynn and I came upon this rock house named, coincidentally, Rock House, out in the middle of the Mojave National Preserve in California.

Rock House
Mojave National Preserve
July 2, 2017


Maybe too easy for The Daily Post Photo Challenge: Textures.

But, whatever works!


Rock House
Mojave National Preserve
July 2, 2017


If you were wondering how anyone could-or would want to-live in the remote desert that is now Mojave National Preserve, take a walk along the Rock Spring Loop to find some answers.

The Rock House was constructed by Bert Smith in 1929. He came to this area to recover from poison gas exposure suffered during World War I. Doctors told him he didn’t have long to live, but the dry desert air proved so beneficial to Smith’s health that he lived here for 25 more years! The second long-term resident was artist Carl Faber, who lived and worked at the rock house in the 1980s, selling his artwork to passing travelers.

Christina Mills
Park Ranger 





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Nipton CA October 1, 2016

Nipton CA
October 1, 2016

It should be obvious by the title of this post that the theme for this week’s 52 week challenge is ‘patterns’. It’s amazing to me how much these monster machines remind me of dinosaurs. Well, not really dinosaurs, but mastodons. Don’t ask me to explain it.

Please go visit The Girl That Dreams Awake‘s post for links to more patterns.


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The first Cadillac Elvis Presley ever bought was a 1954 Pink Cadillac Fleetwood Series 60 Special Sedan. I’m not sure this is a ’54, a Special Sedan, a Series 60, or a Fleetwood. That would be for my friend Joe Giordano to tell us. What I can say with all certainty is that it is a Cadillac, and it is pink. Actually I remember it as being white, but the sunset made it look pink. Therefore, this is my pink submission to The Girl That Dreams Awake’s 52 Weeks Photo Challenge!

Back To The Future

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Here is my entry for this week’s Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge with the topic of Future.

Goldfield High School built in 1907

Goldfield High School built in 1907

“Study the past, if you would divine the future.” ~~ Confucius

When I complained to Cee (of Cee’s Photography) that I had gone through all my photos and none spoke to me about the future because I think I’m too ensconced in the past…, she replied with, “You could do a ‘back to the future’ type post😀“! So here it is, the Goldfield High School, built in 1907 and currently going through renovation. And my thanks to Cee for inspiring me to think about the box I’m in. And about the future!

Which Way?

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I keep telling myself, and anyone who will listen, that I have to slow down a bit on posting and pay more attention to commenting on others blogs. And yet, I couldn’t resist Cee’s Which Way Challenge this week.

We were visiting Balboa Park Gardens. Well, my wife was visiting the bathroom. I was sitting waiting for her and just had the idea to focus on the multi-colored tile pavement and catch people’s feet as they passed by.  And from such moments, history is made!

Or not!

Which way?

Weekly Photo Challenge: Between

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Why this image? I know it’s not the most exciting. My wife even said “It’s OK, I just feel like I’ve seen it before!” But for me it was a breakthrough, of sorts. We were in Encinitas for a few days for my niece’s high school graduation. I decided to take the day off from family and explore. This was not the ideal spot to take photos- no interesting foreground, no pier- but you work with what you’ve got. So I parked myself there and set up the tripod and camera. I waited almost two hours for the sunset. That’s when I noticed the fog bank across the horizon. When the sun first dipped behind it, there was nothing to see. I almost packed everything up and left. But I remembered one of the many blog posts I read stating you never know what the weather will do. So I sat some more. And waited. And at the last minute, the setting sun peeked through the fog, and as quickly disappeared below the horizon. The epiphany?

“It ain’t over till the fat lady sings!”– (attributed to both sportscaster Dan Cook and sports journalist Ralph Carpenter)

Oh, and the challenge for this week? Well, we’re between day and night in this shot. (I know, It’s a stretch!)