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Sunday

“Man is the only animal for whom his own existence is a problem which he has to solve.”

~Erich Fromm

giraffe hide

The last three weeks have not left much time for fun, time with my husband or time for my photography practice. So on Sunday, when my love suggested an afternoon at the Sacramento Zoo, I answered with an eager “yes.”

Sacramento’s zoo is a modest place, but it doesn’t lack in opportunities to get rich, interesting photos. When we went last spring, I was reduced to the camera on my iPhone; this time around I was excited to have my Nikon and its family of different lenses to work with. My only problem in situations like this is the battle to silence my inner critic, and remind myself that photography and the skill it demands is a gradually acquired thing. So we went, and I hoped for the best, and promised to give myself a break if my results were less than stellar. Because really that isn’t what the afternoon was about. This time was meant for loving company, and a chance to see some of the world’s beautiful creatures.

flamingo

orangutan

African Bongo

boar

tigress

kangaroo

river otter

lioness

giraffe

giraffe

giraffe hide

giraffe

The four giraffes we saw were clearly the stars of the show. While I had to take most of my photos from a significant distance and through thick wire fencing or glass, the Sacramento Zoo’s giraffe habitat has a beautiful redwood viewing platform and the lower asphalt walkway is separated from these beauties by only a modest wall and low fence. A wonderful opportunity for even the most novice smart phone user to get beautiful, vibrant shots.

It was a fantastic afternoon~mild weather with pops of sunshine through thick, grey clouds, stunning animals and the man I love.

Perfection.

Enjoy your week, everyone.

A Celebration

Last month, in celebration of my husband’s 51st birthday, we enjoyed a four day escape to our state’s gorgeous coast. The Fort Bragg~Mendocino area is about a four hour drive from our home, and holds a special place in our collective heart. We spent many random long weekends and holidays in this splendid place prior to our wedding nearly seven years ago. We really haven’t had a chance to visit as much as we used to in the last few years-illness, our home, responsibilities, expenses and other needs have stood in the way of wants. Such is life. But that is what made this time away all the more special.

My husband, overlooking the Pacific

My husband, overlooking the Pacific

The ocean view at Glass Beach~Fort Bragg

The ocean view at Glass Beach~Fort Bragg

The bounty of Glass Beach, Fort Bragg. A famous and favorite spot for gorgeous, authentic sea glass.

The bounty of Glass Beach, Fort Bragg. A famous and favorite spot for gorgeous, authentic sea glass.

The cliffs of Mendocino

The cliffs of Mendocino

Mendocino sunset

Mendocino sunset

Stretch of coast between Fort Bragg and Mendocino

Stretch of coast between Fort Bragg and Mendocino

Mackerricher State Park, north of Fort Bragg

Mackerricher State Park, north of Fort Bragg

Path to the coast~MacKerricher State Park

Path to the coast~MacKerricher State Park

MacKerricher State Park

MacKerricher State Park

Ocean waves, MacKerricher State Park

Ocean waves, MacKerricher State Park

MacKerricher State Park

MacKerricher State Park

My husband on his birthday~MacKerricher State Park

My husband on his birthday~MacKerricher State Park

Sunset view from our room~Fort Bragg

Sunset view from our room~Fort Bragg

My husband's birthday sunset~Fort Bragg

My husband’s birthday sunset~Fort Bragg

This amazing time together was the perfect way to celebrate my husband’s next trip around the sun~a good and loving man who deserves everything he dreams of. This time with him also returned me to a fundamental truth~travel, this earth, beauty and love, all of it reminds me that I am meant to be here. Alive, happy and aware.

Have a gorgeous week.

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