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Highway Dreams

Adventures in Kevin's World

Leave work a little early to drive to Fairbanks.  Relaxation and time away from work and Denali is vital.  On the agenda – a workout in a real gym, dinner at my favorite Alaskan Thai restaurant, soak in the in-room hot tub at a recently renovated Best Western.  Then pick up my friend Camilla at the airport.  

Camilla arrives at 11pm from the Netherlands (via a detour in Vancouver).  We agree to meet at 8am and happily crash in our rooms.

On the road at 9am.  Later than planned.  Camilla slept in.  That’s OK – sleep is vital.  I’m jealous I didn’t do the same.  Fill the gas tank.  Gas stations are unlikely for the next 200 miles.  Also, we find out, pretty much anything but the empty road and nature.

Driving out of town I apologize for Fairbanks’ ugliness.  Fairbanks is a great example of urban sprawl gone…

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Binlerce Fantasy Art

Kafalardan Seken Top

Fantasy temalı binlerce artwork tek linkte toplanınca içinde gezinmekten başınıza ağrı girebiliyor. Son anda silkelenerek kurtardım kendimi. Size de dikkatli olmanızı tavsiye ediyorum.

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Ever Upward

The Wanderlust Gene

Am I late?  I worked on these last week, thinking they would be an interesting collection for Sonel’s Upward in Black and White Challenge, and then forgot I hadn’t posted them!

There are so many photographs taken of strangler figs enveloping temples at Angkor – all beautiful and extraordinarily romantic.  Here’s a quite recent invader in a destroyed temple near Jaffna, growing up through the centre, taking shortcuts across the outside walls, and whichever route it takes, scrambling ever upward toward the sun. Strangler Fig Upward Staying up north, there was such a flurry of gopurams building going on, that it paid to remember to look upward:

The first time I saw a flight of stairs leading up to the ‘mountain’ spires of a Khmer temple (in Southern Laos) my mind boggled, imagining how the king would manage the climb with any shred of dignity intact.  Then I laughed to imagine myself…

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The Enchantment of Green

The Wanderlust Gene

Drinking greedily of every eyeful – and capture – I can cram into these last few weeks here in Paradise, I was ravished ( 🙂 ), as always, by the lushness of this tropical isle.  Just three shots, taken gliding down one of the old Dutch canals north of Negombo the other day, will, I think, illustrate the enchantment of green, especially for a ‘girl’ raised on the wide brown plains of Oz.

Let the symphony begin:

Symphony 1

Symphony 2

Don’t forget to look up:

Symphony 3My (unaccustomed) restraint was inspired by a Daily Post challenge I noticed a couple of days ago.  I’ve so much to do all of a sudden there’s no way I can concentrate to write about the green eyed monster (a beast I’ve seen in action and marvelled at!) but I couldn’t resist the fallback prompt for photographers, simply “green”.

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Susan Among the Zen Monks in the Gorge

Squirrel nap time

Why Evolution Is True

The juvenile squirrels I’ve been feeding have become quite tame, and let me watch them from my office window with the blinds open. I can also watch them eating from only a few inches away without the slightest apprehension on their part (I have to stay behind the windowpane, though).

The mother squirrel, apparently pregnant again, occasionally visits for a ration of peanuts. (I’ve learned that gray squirrels have two broods per year, with the second remaining with mom in the nest over the winter.)

Anyway, after a big meal of peanuts, sunflower seeds, Virginia creeper buds, and water, this pair of siblings is taking a nap on my windowsill. I can literally lean sideways two feet to watch them as I write.

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Tails make handy umbrellas when the sun is high:

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Whiteman Park.

R e d t e r r a i n

TToday we went and enjoyed the animals at Whiteman Park.  We were meant to go hiking but I couldn’t help but check out the animal park.  Take a look!  I was “that hog” in the koala exhibit taking as many photographs of the marsupials as I could.  I am pretty sure I embarrassed Mike.

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The little one is a year old.  He was very active!Screen Shot 2013-06-22 at 6.15.13 PM

I went to the beach when we got home so I could see if the tide was out…I love looking in rock pools.Screen Shot 2013-06-22 at 6.15.26 PMScreen Shot 2013-06-22 at 6.15.35 PMScreen Shot 2013-06-22 at 6.15.43 PMScreen Shot 2013-06-22 at 6.15.51 PM

These scare the poop out of us both!
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There must have been about 200 very docile kangaroo that you could pet.  We even saw a couple mating…  Screen Shot 2013-06-22 at 6.16.29 PMScreen Shot 2013-06-22 at 6.16.36 PMScreen Shot 2013-06-22 at 6.16.49 PM

My first wombat!  They are not native to Western Australia…the closest place would be South Australia.
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Possum, beloved here….hated in New Zealand.Screen Shot 2013-06-22 at 6.17.22 PMHe is a very beautiful kookaburra.

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