Monthly Archives: January 2016

end of a cycle


… each day the earth revolves on its axis presenting a daily treat of sunrise and sunset and time to appreciate the beauty of the natural world … and every once in a while there is a special display we get to enjoy and savor. I took this shot of the sun setting behind Kendrick Peak from the parking lot at Snow Bowl in June of 2013. Fun to go through folders and relive those moments … and merge them with the moments we are currently living … life is good.

A quiet day around here … final coat of spackle … texture … and getting stuff packaged and listed for sale on eBay. Every time I do the eBay thing I swear it will be the last time I do it, but it is kind of fun to sit back and see how many people look at and after a while begin to bid on stuff that you no longer want. Five items up and another ten or so to go … then I’ll swear I’ll never do it again, at least until the next time.

We’re into the weekend so enjoy the time off … have fun and enjoy the company of those you choose to spend your time with and be glad that they want to spend it with you too, and as you think about it, smile.



…I yield myself to the thousand enchantments of sky and field and wood,

and play again like a child on the soft green of the earth.

And as the God of the universe has made thee to bloom in tenderness,

so also may my heart be made to bloom again.

Max Ehrmann


Turquoise water


… I love this place and it has been a while since I have been there, but a return will occur soon. The turquoise color comes from Blue Springs around 8 miles upstream from here which produces about 225 cubic feet per second and is a highly mineralized water with copper and calcium carbonates and other minerals; the copper gives the water the blue color. Currently there is a very minimal flow of water at Cameron about thirty miles upstream from here (the confluence of the Little Colorado and Colorado rivers) so it is likely I’ll get the color now. After rains, the Little Colorado flows with very muddy water and obliterates the blue and you see a chocolate colored water merging with the deep green (possibly muddy) of the Colorado river which is currently flowing at a rate of about 12,000 cubic feet per second at the confluence.

The confluence marks the beginning of the Grand Canyon and the end of Marble Canyon. For now, the plans to build a resort dubbed Escalade and a tramway down to the confluence is at a halt; the developers have an idea to bring about 4,000 people a day down to this pristine place … lovely! My suggestion is to make sure they have large neon signs on either side of the river. One would be Welcome to the Grand Canyon from Coke and on the other side a Welcome to the Grand Canyon from Pepsi and maybe a banner stretching across the water with a welcome from Red Bull with daily base jumpers performing.

Presently, it remains a quiet place and hard to get to … on the ground. I shot this image from roughly two miles above the water … not much around there and not many tour planes or helicopters go there. It is maybe 10 miles upstream from Desert View? Solitude Point is below the photo and of course much higher up; it is about 4,000’ down to the water from the rim.

Have a beautiful day … I am planning a pretty quiet one with One … sorry, couldn’t resist. She is enjoying her outings and her timidity remains intact. She prefers the inside kingdom. Share a smile with someone today … more if you like.



But from the brooding beauty of the night, and daily dancing shafts of golden sun …

The mystery and wonder of the world … that play the soundless music of the soul

And fill the heart with memory’s olden dreams … From these will come at last your faith in God.


Max Ehrmann

What I miss



… so, Rick was up here this morning to determine what all needed to be done to and for Mariah and he added 4 new exhaust manifolds to the list as three of the four were cracked (quite obvious) and the fourth had burned a hole through the metal next to the oil filter, fuel pumps and more and it is looking good in that it is likely next week I’ll be back up at the peaks shooting photo’s like this one. This is what I miss, a beautiful seat viewing the world below … and sometimes next to me when mountain flying.

The peak on the left is Humphreys Peak and on the right Agassiz Peak and the upper reaches of Snow Bowl ski area which currently has a snow pack of 62”. Open daily too. Flagstaff is beyond Agassiz and you can see the Flagstaff airport just above and to the left of Agassiz. One thing that so little flying lately has done is make me appreciate the rich experience that flying/soaring adds to my life and thoughts of selling her is being rethunk … likely it will be with me for some time to come. I can always rent a motorhome or condo somewhere.

Russ flew over from Payson and we all had breakfast at the Wildflower Bakery … have never seen cinnamon rolls that big before. Yum! Thence to the Walmart Eye Center in Cottonwood and home for a nice outing with One.

Have a wonderful day and smile




Give me a few friends who will love me for what I am;

and keep ever burning before my vagrant steps the kindly light of hope.

And though age and infirmity overtake me, and I come not within

sight of the castle of my dreams, teach me still to be thankful for life;

and for time’s olden memories that are good and sweet; and may

the evenings twilight find me gentle still.

Max Ehrmann

Missing it

missing it

… flight and the solitude of the sky and so I shoot creatures who inspire the beauty of flying and soon enough I will return to the sky too. Have a top Rotax specialist coming in the morning to begin the process of finishing the work on my engine and other items to get me back chasing the beauty seen only from above. In the interim I can visualize the view that this heron and other birds have as they ply the gaseous oceans of the sky. It is good!

Getting totally burned out on Netflix series; watching series such as Breaking Bad, Criminal Minds, Dexter et al can give you a very warped view of life … time for some comedies and general feel good stuff.

Quiet day with some long delayed drywall repairs, tomorrow is texture time and Wednesday paint day. Also the stack of stuff to sell on eBay has grown to overflow proportions so time to spend a day sitting down, photographing the items and getting it all packed and listed. Lots of neat stuff including computer and camera parts.

Have a fabulous day and look for and expect beauty wherever you are … it is there.



So each one to his wish, and as for me,

I sit tonight and wait

To find the answers to my soul in me,

And in the beauty of the sky and sea.


Max Ehrmann

May I please

May I
… have your attention … or so it seems this hen mallard is saying to those around her. A fun weekend, Friday evening with friends at the Botanical Gardens in Phoenix; the light show was absolutely phenomenal and I need to head back down there this week to get shots of the displays with something better than my cell phone. I renewed my membership so am good to go for another year. Took this shot at the ponds this afternoon; stopped on the way home from Walmart after buying new fabric to line the display cases which with the new LED lighting I installed this weekend makes everything look very good. No more changes in displays for a while now.
A pair of otters is wreaking havoc with the round tail chubs in one of the ponds at Page Springs; otters can eat half their body weight every day and the one breeding pond down there is only estimated to have a couple of hundred of the chubs left in it. The otters are proving to be very elusive and resistant to the idea of being caught and released somewhere far away from the hatchery. Something about hatcheries that critters find appealing; an open buffet to all who would partake of free food … eagles, hawks, otters, raccoon, grebes, cormorants and so much more … even photographers.
Another busy week underway … enjoy it … spend time with family and friends and smile … you are breathing.
Whatever else you do or forbear;
Impose upon yourself the task of happiness;
And now and then abandon yourself
To the joy of laughter.
Max Ehrmann

The future


… is now and medical procedures that were not yet dreamed of when I was young are here now and even more are in the works and surely will be here before long. Yesterday afternoon I stopped in to see my friend Jonathan and he confirmed what I already suspected and that is that both of my knees are bone on bone … whoops … hasn’t really slowed me down much as my makeup is to just push forward and ignore things. Still doing calisthenics, weights, treadmill and walks on a daily basis. In addition to being great with surgical tools and techniques, Jonathan has been involved in adult stem cell research for quite a few years now and there are some remarkable things happening.

Check the website out at: and Jonathan out at: . Really fascinating stuff and hope you take the time to read up on it. On the website there is a link where you can download a pdf file of a new book “The Stem Cell Revolution” and it is free.

So week after next it is back over to SoCal to harvest, culture and then re-inject my own stem cells back into me … I do like the thought of the use of needles and iv lines as opposed to the use of scalpels and saws and blood and all that stuff for knee transplants, but that is always an option if the stem cells don’t work. Half the stem cells will be injected into my knees and the other half goes IV into the blood stream where they scour the body repairing lots of other things … how cool is that!!!

The treatment is not yet covered by insurance, but well worth the price to avoid being taken apart and put back together again. I’ll keep you posted on the treatment and results. Very exciting stuff and there are a lot of other conditions that these adult stem cells can be used to treat and they are also to be found on the website. They have centers all over the country.

Didn’t get home until 3:30 in the morning, bed about 4:15 so didn’t get a n email out last night … sorry. Had a pretty quiet day catching up on a lot of business items; later this afternoon it is down to Scottsdale to spend time with friends in from the east coast and home late evening. Saturday I will be jumping back into the book project and more review of and deletion of photos. Life goes on with the thought that there will be another day, but today and this moment is all we are certain of … so wear a smile … don’t flip anyone off; can you imagine if that were to be the last memory anyone had of you? Geez. Better watch it myself.

Not sure where I took this photo, but I like it … late summer 2014 and it is a place I would like to go back to and just sit, relax and ponder the beauty of life and all that is.

Have a beautiful day and weekend … back Monday morning … live now just in case, and




Thou. Great God, uphold me also in the lonely hour; and though I fall in the din and the dust of the world, resurrect Thou me.

Even to the last, turn my hands to kindly service, and part my lips in gleeful songs of love.

And in the softly falling dark, when all grows strangely still,

May I be glad to have trod the sweet green earth, and know the tender touch of love.

Yet may I depart with joy, as one who journeys home at evening.

Max Ehrmann



There is no place like the beach and the forever views looking out to sea. The outer waves were about 8 to 10 feet and the surfers were having a great time. After a very full day at museums in Balboa Park we stopped by The Chart House for a light meal, followed by lava chocolate cake before heading to the Cinepolis in La Costa and seeing Star Wars VII in 3D. Really enjoyed the movie and earlier this woman walking her dog.

Off on the morning to see a cousin and a few more stops as I work my way back to Sedona and home. Not sure if I can get a missive out tomorrow night as I won’t be getting home very early.

Have a terrific day and embrace life.




O Passer-by, O passer-by!

Have you good words of me

Upon your lips as I draw nigh

To you each day?

If so, I ask

That you’d them say,

For soon I’m gone and cannot hear,

So speak the kindly word

I beg, and smile while I’m yet near …

Max Ehrmann




… mostly how my day was spent and it is fun to be back in SoCal for a couple of days. No new photos today so sending out one of my favorite Iris shots tonight. Iris has long been at or near the top of my favorite flower list and in just a few months they will again explode with a burst of beauty that invites you to dwell in a special place … lost in a sea of color, shapes and patterns … and then they leave again and we are left with sweet memories of life and beauty … just as we hope to be and be remembered.

We watched Star Wars 6 tonight as a prep for the 3D new one tomorrow night, but before that, museums, light dinner at Chart House in Cardiff by the Sea around sunset as the surf is supposed to be big photo ops should be fantastic and thence to the theater. Fun day and Wednesday see some friends in OC and then the drive back home with stops in Banning and Indio.

Have a beautiful day and live it to the fullest … the only day you have … for the moment.



At nightfall…though I know I shall sometime no more

Open my eyes to the light or day, I am one who looks at stars when

Unchained from the work-bench at Nightfall.

They are a sign that I am not ephemeral,

Not you, nor you, whoever you are.

The dawn comes and the dark and the sign sparkling in the brooding night,

Forever and forever.


Max Ehrmann


freat blue

… hitting the road for Encinitas a little later this morning for a few days of fun in SoCal with a friend so will make this missive a bit on the short side. Star Wars in 3D plus the Space Museum and a photography display are on tap … plus seeing a few friends going and coming. I love short trips like this.

Drove to Flagstaff early afternoon to get the photo that Jogi sent me via Greyhound … it is large and is an air to air photograph of a Boeing Clipper that was taken in the 1930s over San Francisco Bay with the Golden Gate Bridge well below. If I recall, the photo was owned by a person affiliated with Boeing or? And it has been in his family ever since … but now it is in my collection … Thank you Jogi.

A bunch of other stuff, but need to wrap the day so I can get out of here early. Plan to send missives and photos out each night I am gone … see how it goes.

Have a fabulous day and share a few smiles


Whatever else you do or forbear;

Impose upon yourself the task of happiness;

And now and then abandon yourself

To the joy of laughter.


Max Ehrmann



… and between … one of those days of transitions when you leave comfortable patterns and head out into new realms … like this little guy hopping between lily pads in his search for food as he continues life, leaving the known and comfortable behind. Also a very good day with a lot of tasks taken care of and a few more opals finished. A good day all in all.

Down to Phoenix tomorrow … see some friends and take care of a little business and then it is into the weekend. Have a beautiful weekend and enjoy the company of friends and family … nothing gives more meaning to life … and smile … back Monday morning.



A bird flies through the sky, and I fly with it. I am each pearl of moisture sparkling in the sun.

I lie lazy on the clouds. And I acknowledge my kinship with each winged thing.

I see all as one, and nothing repels me, as this new day climbs noiselessly out of the valley of the night.

Peace lies over the world and over the world of my soul.


Max Ehrmann