the ascent to greatness

Ascending Steps to Greatness

The weekly photo challenge asks us to show  our interpretation of upward movement with the theme Ascend. This was my last week of teaching classes for the semester. As I graded my last online final, I recalled how, the week before, I asked students in my classes to stand and be acknowledged for their achievement…

-...it still seems above all others the Range of Light.- john muir

The Glow from “The Range of Light”

Alpenglow is an optical phenomenon in which a horizontal reddish glow is observed on the horizon opposite to the sun. Tuolumne Meadows, in the Eastern Sierra Nevada’s high country of Yosemite National Park, is the place to witness the amazing alpenglow at sunset. The phenomenon often lingers for several minutes after the sun has completely…

Students hanging out in the trees

Playing in the Trees

Mid-October finds me longing for trees decked out in Autumn splendor. Here in Northern California, as the nights get cooler and the day time temps hover in the upper 70s, the leaves have a couple more weeks to go before we see significant color changes. For now, as I post for Sunday Trees hosted by…

Layers of Yellow Leaves

Layers of Autumn

As the autumnal equinox makes its mark today on the Northern Hemisphere, (Fall is here), I’m sharing these photos of layers of leaves. Fall is my favorite time of year, and this week the unseasonably cool weather brought a hint of Autumn to Northern California. I am so ready. I got some good news this…

Sunflower and worm love a summer day

I Stare at Naked Ladies… and Other Flowers!

Nothing is more distracting on my walks with the dogs than the lovely flowers I see all around me. Even in my somewhat mundane neighborhood, many folks plant some wonderful flowers. Intent on walking a large number of steps, I have to STOP for several photo ops. The Weekly photo challenge theme is Ooh, Shiny! “Diversions,…

How far will walking take you?

How Far Will Walking Take You?

In the world of physical activity and exercise, how far will walking take you? This quote by Ellen DeGeneres, all kidding aside, implies people who walk daily will reap a host of health benefits. Sources agree that walking boosts memory and battles obesity. In addition, walking helps address other health concerns like diabetes, high blood…