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small beauties: sunsparkles edition

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[ A view from the ground, looking up through tall Ponderosa pines. The sun barely peeps through a cluster of branches, and many of the needles are brightly lit. ]

I spent some time just laying on the ground, looking up through the trees, & it was … it was just gorgeous. They shimmered as the sun shone on the needles & the wind moved everything around; I tried to catch it on video, but it just didn’t come out right. It was very soothing to lay on the ground & just BE.

Course then Loiosh came over & stuck his butt in my face, because that’s how THAT goes. Continue reading small beauties: sunsparkles edition

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cats: mostly Gallup edition

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[ Loiosh, an orange tabby wearing a green harness, is laying at his ease on a concrete patio. His leash, also green, is draped decoratively around him, and his eyes are mostly squinted shut. ]

Friday the weather was decent & Loiosh was a WIGGLEBUTT, so I took him along to Gallup for a wander. We didn’t run into a lot of people, alas, but he did get some pets, & I got a bunch of pictures of Gallup. Continue reading cats: mostly Gallup edition

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small beauties: trees, water, & poky things edition

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[ A grove of tall Ponderosa pines, rising over ground covered in pine needles. The sun peeks through the trees to the upper right, and sunbeams pierce the air. ]

I don’t know how to express how good it was to be back in the woods. I don’t … have the words for it, for the restful shade of the pines, the resinous scent of the air, the tiny, near-inaudible chuckle of water. The rustle of reeds & needles, the cry of a raven circling above.

… yeah okay I guess that was some words. Continue reading small beauties: trees, water, & poky things edition

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small beauties: fire & ash edition

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[ Loiosh, an orange tabby wearing a green harness, is sniffing at the base of a Ponderosa pine. The bottom three feet or so of the bark is lightly charred. ]

Two days ago I FINALLY managed to do Woods Day. Y’all, I need to prioritize Woods Day more, because I needed that BAD. Spending a day outside working on Tyrava is good, mind you, but Woods Day is, apparently, more necessary.

I found us a new spot again — managed to find a bit of creek that had water in it! — & it turns out there’d been fire on the slope above. I didn’t see any signs of heavy equipment, so it must’ve burned out on its own. There was a whole glade of trees that had burned some but not much — the one in the picture above only lost a layer or two of bark, & is otherwise doing fine. This is why Ponderosa pines have that layered puzzle-piece bark! Continue reading small beauties: fire & ash edition