I think these bushes look like a lick of fire going across the dull summer-in-the-high-desert landscape.
I forgot to post my Skywatch Friday picture yesterday…so here it is:
Our little town’s only swimming pool is a little watering hole fed by a hot springs and maintained by the county. It has slides and diving boards going into it, and for the ten minutes it’s summer up here the kids adore it. This picture is the sky above that pool at the end of a perfect swimming day.
I really do live in the Old West. Right on an old Pony Express trail. I wonder if those riders looked up at a sky like this and felt the biting chill in the air, and dug their spurs into their horses to hurry them ahead of the snow.
There is this road not far from my house that’s called the Success Loop. I have no idea why, or who named it that. It’s basically a road that sort of meanders past a few small ranches, and then through a grove of birch trees, before passing the local lake. It’s only passable in the summer, which is only about three months here, because the snow and then the mud make it iffy even in the spring and fall.
Driving the Success Loop is one of my favorite summer treats. I almost always do it at least once, and almost always alone. It’s 33 miles, and it takes more than two hours due to the windiness. I offer, but usually no one wants to go with me. And that’s okay–because it’s practically a tradition for me to drive this road when the weather turns nice and just think. And bask in beauty.
I brought my camera on my annual trip this summer. Just before I got to the really windy part of the the trip, I looked up and saw this deer cloud hopping across the road in front of me. Amazing. How about you? Do you have any solitary rituals?
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