Monthly Archives: October 2007

Happy Halloween!!

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I Dream of Grey Cheeks

This is the lobby of the Four Seasons in Whistler, Colorado. A little Photoshop magic by Colleen made the addition of her bird Forest possible. I know lots of people out there who want a Grey Cheek who would LOVE to see this for real!

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Not a bank robber…

As I ventured outside in the smoky atmosphere, I noticed the Post Office truck parked at a mailbox…the mailman came out of the truck wearing a white bandanna tied around his head to protect his breathing.  Smart…but doesn’t the Postal Service have masks they could give their employees???

Wish I had a photo of  him. For once I didn’t have my camera with me.

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Smoke

Here are some pictures I took while I was driving (carefully) today. Anysmudges are from my car window, but I think you’ll get the truth of the photos anyway.

Photos of the Santiago Fire, about 8 miles from my house. My friend Alice lives in Modjeska Canyon which is at the heart of the fire. She has been evacuated as well as her 25 animals (horses, donkey, and sheep).

Below: Eerie sunshine in my neighborhood.

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California Burnin’

Associated Press photo / Denis Puroy

It’s true, where there’s smoke, there’s fire and smoke DOES get in your eyes.

We sat indoors all day with all the windows tightly shut so the horrible ash and smoke of California on fire could not get into our house. People with lung problems are hurting.

Our house is about 8 miles from the nearest fire and when the wind blows our way we get the full impact of fire by-products. The skies are an eerie shade that I can’t even describe, kind of between a vanilla and a peach. The Santa Ana winds are blowing steadily; I just heard our rolling garbage bins blow over in the night (I believe at their worst today they were blowing at 60 to 80 mph according to what I heard on tv). Plus it was 87 degrees today, humidity in the low teens. The fire trifecta. Add a smidgen of sociopaths and you get purposely-lit fires that kill people and destroy property.

Some of the fires were a result of power lines blown down by the high-velocity winds.

It was reported that there were at least 14 fires burning in 7 California counties today.

People from all walks of life, including the likes of Mel Gibson, Kelsey Grammer and Victoria Principal were among the people forced to evacuate their homes.

My heart goes out to all the people and animals who have lost their homes and to the firefighters who risk everything to quench the flames; to the people sickened by the air they breathe, and to the volunteers who help ease the misfortune of strangers. I will pray for them all tonight.

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It’s a…

The answer to yesterday’s photo question is –

“It’s a CT scan, revealing the delicate structures of a human nose and face, as seen from the top of the head, down! The multicolored pockets are human paranasal sinuses – the air-filled spaces in your skull.

The image was captured by Kai-hung Fung of Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital in Hong Kong, the co-winner in the photography category of the 2007 International Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge.”

borrowed from Mercola.com

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Mystery Photo

Can anyone figure out what this is??

I will post the answer on Saturday’s entry!

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