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Spanish Broom

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Just starting to poke its blossoms out through chilly raindrops. Seems a mite early but maybe it will work out. These are pretty sturdy.

Cee’s Flower of the day.

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Somewhere out there

I live in a bowl, an often cloudy bowl at that, and rarely see a true horizon. I never really thought about that much but a friend who moved to this area from the prairies of Colorado complained that she sometimes feels claustrophobic because she can’t see to the distance. I may be the other way: I noticed that I rarely take a picture of just the horizon. Here are a few, all taken far from home.

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A sunset somewhere off the coast of Australia.
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Looking out to the ocean from Four Mile Beach, Port Douglas, Australia.
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A land horizon at Masai Mara National Park in Kenya.
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The Rio de la Plata in Buenos Aires, Argentina is so wide you see the horizon not the other side.
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A sunset in the south Atlantic ocean.
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Full moon over the south Atlantic Ocean.

Finally…already

It’s finally New Year’s. 2017, a busy roller coaster of a year for me, is ending. 2018 will start soon…already has in much of the world. I deliberately took the picture with the roses this morning since it has all the stages from bud to rose hip in it. My life is less about new beginnings and more about cycles. “The seasons spin around again, and the years keep rolling by.”

Perhaps this bizarre scene I saw on the same walk would be a better choice:

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The doll has been sitting on the bench for several days now (it’s on my regular morning dog walk route), but someone added a banana blossom bud to it.

You know it’s been quite a year when you are elated to get a letter from Department of Social and Health Services on December 30th confirming your calculations and allowing you to close the books on 2017 with no carry forward.

Because of my grandmother’s situation I don’t necessarily anticipate a grand and glorious 2018. I am, however, confident that it will hold many joys; I fear they may be balanced with sorrows and stress. But so it goes.

I make no resolutions. Too much can’t be predicted and feelings of failure could upset my delicate emotional balance.

As I walked the dogs the wind changed and it went from warm-ish and cloudy to cold and clear-ish.

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Space Needle with Mount Baker in the background.

If you zoom in in the picture above you can read the sign saying “I’m getting a space lift.”

Almost sunset on this almost eerie day, it seemed very quiet and dim, and very chilly.

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and cheers to all for this brand New Year.

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She looks remarkably good for almost 95.

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