San Francisco Bay~

#seagullbuttbomb

I immediately thought of +Robin Griggs Wood when this bird bombed my shot ! So, I decided to contriBUTe a little something to the #SeagullButtSaturday silliness for the #FunniestNonthemeOnGplus 😛 Just because, well, I thought it might make Robin smile just a tiny bit brighter 😀

Not only are you the initiator of the #GreatSeagullButtMasters and #SeagullSubversionSect while being a sparkling light amongst the #Gulluminati, you have also proven yourself time & time again, to be a trusted friend, teacher and master of many things. From the +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers to the +The Arcanum and the countless classes you’ve taught – those who’ve crossed your path are always the better for it. Cheers to all that you are & do!

May the flocks be with you!

Gx

#pluspost #sanfrancisco #sanfranciscobayarea #california

The Spirit Bird of Chisos Mountains~

At the heart of Big Bend Notional Park in the South of Far West Texas lies the Chisos Mountain Range. The mountains rise like phantoms to provide respite from the desert heat and shelter to “People of the Forest”.  During recent travels I stayed overnight at the base of this beautiful mountain. "The Window" view opposite was equally (if not more) stunning. I look forward to sharing some of those images with you soon 🙂

It seemed the Turkey Vultures circling overhead were a constant feature in the skies of both Oregon & Texas this year.  Time after time they flew into frame.  Eventually this made me curious about their symbolism, so I did a little research.

Known as the GOLDEN PURIFIER these birds remind us that dirty jobs done in service of Mother Earth bear great gifts. The vulture does not hunt or expend excessive energy. Rather, when needed, it soars above limitation & seizes the resources already available. Patiently riding the wind & sensing the perfect moment to descend from higher awareness this creature is rewarded with sustenance as it purifies it's surroundings.   

Some would say,  when this bird appears "You are being asked to be patient with yourself and think things through. Take your time before making decisions and choose paths that support your higher consciousness and your heart. Use all of your resources combined with your past experience to approach the problem from a different angle…"  Sounds like good advice to me – I'll take it! 

For curious types … 
http://www.spiracanada.com/ravendreamer/totems/turkeyvulture.htm
http://sped2work.tripod.com/totem.html  
http://www.whats-your-sign.com/bird-meaning-vulture.html
#texas   #westtexas   #bigbendnationalpark #chisosmountains #turkeyvultures   #symbolism  

Top of the Dune~

During my recent travels I was fortunate to re-visit a location and pastime from my youth along the Oregonian coastline. While most places seem smaller when you revisit as an adult, I'd have to say, running up and down the 12,000 year old 220 ft Cape Kiwanda Sand Dune felt as epic as ever 😀

Alternate views from the top posted at a later date.
Until then~

Happy Weekend!
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#pacificcity   #capekiwanda   #sanddunes   #oregon   #oregoncoast   #oregonphotography  

The Concert Hall~ 

"It's kind of fun to do the impossible."  ~Walt Disney

I love this Frank Gehry addition to the reinvigorated downtown Los Angeles area, such a fantastically unique design!  20 years ago one wouldn't dream of heading into the heart of the city for anything other than business. Great to see some of the original architecture being brought back to life for a new pulse on the old beat.

#losangeles   #california   #architecture   #waltdisneyconcerthall #downtownla