Saturday, July 17, 2010


"If the sight of the blue skies fills you with joy, if a blade of grass springing up in the fields has power to move you, if the simple things in nature have a message you understand, rejoice, for your soul is alive." Eleanora Duse

I must say that I feel very lucky. I have the privilege of working from this vehicle every day that I am at work. It has a portable desk located on the passenger side. It has my lunch and water for each day to give me sustenance. There are dog biscuits in a zip-lock bag in case I need to "persuade" a dog to be friendly. Most of all it has the ability to carry me to different locations daily, without the confines of four walls (with or without windows). I used to have an office job: I hated it. Too confining. Too restrictive. This suits me just perfectly!

This was where I was lucky enough to work from on Thursday: Squaw Valley. How many people have the ability to look outside their office and see THIS? For those of you who don't know: Squaw Valley was the site of the Olympics and many Olympians train at this location during the winter. It is a spectacular place. And, it is still lush even though we are in the midst of summer.

This is where I took a five-minute break. I had a sip of water from my Thermos, snapped a picture with my camera, and moved on to my next location. This shot is looking south toward Heavenly Valley and Emerald Bay.

"The clearest way into the universe is through a forest wilderness."
John Muir

I wish that you could smell this photo! There is nothing like the smell of this plant. I believe that people call it Skunk Cabbage (lysichiton americanus) but I might be wrong. The leaves look right but the flowers seem different from what I can find in my Audubon book. My co-worker Rene will know. I will have to ask her. She is like an encyclopedia when it comes to plants and animals. She is my "go-to" person! I love the smell of this plant though. It has a sense memory for me.

A close-up of the flower.

"Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better."
Albert Einstein


  1. wow. you got a mighty pretty office those views...and i can smell that pic behind my closed eyes...

  2. So wonderful, I would love a job like that. Of course I'd probably get lost half the time ;)

  3. gorgeous .... roll on summer (here) ...a nd then i look forward to your winter shots !

    i love all the seasons .. as long as there is no wind ... that is my achiles heel ... enjoying your view >> Gina

  4. Hey girl, it's me your "go-to" for plants and bugs. Those are called Mule Ears or Wyethia mollis. Love them. :) Love your blog too!


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