A Tree I Admire

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I’ve always thought olive trees have a special kind of beauty. I think it goes back to the childhood summers I spent in Spain. We had a house in Marbella. This was before it become a tourist attraction. The locals used to stop dead in their tracks, and ask if they could touch our blond hair. My mom loved to explore the countryside, and we often walked through grooves of olive trees. These crooked, small trees, felt unreal. Different from other trees somehow. When I see olive trees I can feel my mothers hand in mine, as we take a walk through an old farming community, admiring these beauties.

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We have a similar climate where I live now, in northern California. There’s plenty of olive trees. One day I’m going to have some that are mine. I did try planting them in containers a couple years ago. It went really well. They thrived, and become huge. I sold them when I could’t move them by myself anymore. I’ll have to plant some new ones.

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Early Saturday morning I was driving home, from Sacramento. I passed these beauties, just before sunrise. Of course I had to stop, and stretch my legs for a bit. The fact that they are older, and not perfectly trimmed, makes them even more beautiful in my eyes. Do you have a favorite tree? Maybe a tree, or plant that brings back wonderful memories? Tell me about it!

Love,

Ms Zen

 

Bodie Ghost Town

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The theme for the Sunday Stills challenge is Tourist. Your not crazy, it’s not Sunday today 🙂 The challenge is open all week, why don’t you make an entry yourself? I’d love to see it! Sunday Stills, is a growing weekly photo challenge. It’s lots of fun! Why don’t you join us right from the start?

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I love to be a tourist in time, in historical places. A road trip to a Ghost Town, with an exciting past, surrounded by legends, and real life stories is right up my alley.

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The picturesque little town in these photos is Bodie (CA.)

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Bodie is an old ”Ghost Town”. Back in 1880, around 10 000 people called Bodie their home. Their lives circled around gold mining, and the big mill. Nowadays it’s a well maintained historic park.

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If I had to pick one favorite Ghost Town to visit, Bodie would be it. It’s located on the top of a hill. The surrounding nature is spectacular. It’s close to Yosemite, June Lake, and several other out of this world beautiful places.

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The place is a photographers dream. The light is often spectacular. The town looks completely different depending on the season. Many of the houses are in great shape. You can walk around for hours and have a wonderful time. Or just walk through town once, on your way to one of the nearby nature attractions. Have you been there?

I hope you will show us your latest, or favorite tourist attraction. Have an awesome day!

Love,

Ms Zen

Red Bluff Round-Up Parade 2018, part 1

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The Red Bluff Round-Up, is the largest three day rodeo in the country, and a big annual party that I don’t like to miss. It’s by far my favorite rodeo. (Reno, and Las Vegas sharing a prestigious second place.)

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I love watching the beautiful horses, of all sizes, breeds, and colors.

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If you see yourself, or someone you know, feel free to share this post. Share buttons after the post. If you’re in one of the photos, and would like a free digital copy, let me know in a comment, and I’ll send one to you.

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Look at all those beautiful colors!

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It’s a big happening for the kids in the area. Many of the grow up participating in the parade and/or rodeo every year.

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This horse looks so much like a horse I used to own! It’s probably not the same horse, but I did start to working on getting him used to a harness, and pulling things behind him. Maybe it’s a relative. I did get my horse only miles from where the parade took place.

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There is going to be a lot of photos, in this longer than usual post. So many talented kids, and happy people.

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That was the last of the beautiful old tractors. (Yes, I have a thing for old tractors. I think they are pretty cool.) I have 36 more photos form the parade to share with you. I’m going to divide them up, into two more posts. I hope you enjoyed these. To be continued..

 

Love,

Ms Zen

 

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