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The Macro Monday theme for tomorrow, 5/3, is nuts- the edible or the metal kind. Yes, you’re right, I couldn’t resist the blue Ms. Am not sure if this is going to be my posting.

Macro Monday's theme - iSpy "A,E,I,O or U"

 

I love when my husband does his dried apple slices. Terrific in oatmeal and trail mix.

 

Happy Macro Monday

I think trail mix covers both sweet and savory! HMM everyone!

Trail Mix, for C3PO

(available only at TraderJoe's-Mos Eisley, Tatooine)

At my age a sweet treat can't just be sugar, corn syrop and some red dye 40. There needs to be antioxidants and probiotics. Hence my photo of Probiotic Trail Mix. I know most of this picture is of nuts and dried fruit and if it gets kicked out of the group pool, well, so shall it be. The white things are candy coated dried cranberrys. It's called "yogurt flavored confectionary coating with probiotic". The ingredients are listed and it's mostly sugar and powered this and that until it gets to "Bacillus Coagulans GBI-30 6086". OK. Yet, if you google both "red dye 40" and "Bacillus Coagulans GBI-30 6086" and follow the links to healthline.com the Bacillus stuff doesn't seem so bad. At any rate Happy Macro Mondays. As always, thanks to any and all that stop to look, like and maybe leave a comment.

An inviting path through the spring woods full of wildflowers.

One foot out of the nest this little character was born to work tourists for handouts, trail mix was a favourite.

2019-09-04, Day 3

Afternoon clouds glide on the surface of denser air over Donelson Lake and the Beartooth Plateau, Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness, Montana.

 

It required two and a half days to get here from the trailhead, and the scene you see here is effectively the first look we were able to take in of the Beartooth Plateau. The path here required climbing several thousand feet up from the glacier-carved, forested valleys below, and from drainage to drainage with no trails to follow. There is a pass above Sky Pilot Lake that leads to the Plateau and the climb up to the pass was strenuous. The last push involved climbing 500 vertical feet in half a mile up a jumble of car-sized rocks with a full 40 lb backpack. It turns out I did not adequately prepare for that level of continued exertion, and I found myself feeling pretty beat by the time we were finally able to look upon Donelson Lake and take in the cloud parade.

 

I sat here with the camera relaxing for a moment, and eating some trail mix. Eventually, we put on the wool shirts and descended down the tongue of rocks you see to the right of the lake. We discovered that navigating through this broken landscape was slow and required a good deal of attention to foot placement. It felt wild, and like any passage through needed to be thought about and earned.

Macro Mondays - Candy

 

Didn't think I had any candy in the house, then I remembered the bag of Costco Trail Mix in the cupboard... wah lah!

 

HMM

Anthony lives along a river, close to where I live. He is soft spoken, lucid and knows he is seen differently than others. He was taking food to a friend who had none. I gave him several small packages of trail mix and 5 bucks. He did not ask for anything but trash bags to pickup the trash so people would not judge him and others for the messes where they live.

I'm moving this up in my stream because it's responsible for me winning one of the four slots for the Aperture Nature Photography Workshop in Yellowstone at the end of April (over 1800 photos were submitted to the contest). It's a four-day trip to work with professional photographers, plus some really cool swag (like a new Lensbaby and a killer camera bag). Thanks to Scott, Steve and Martin for the chance to learn and play!

 

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Goodness! What a perfect evening. Cold fingers and toes never seem to matter at these places--at least until you're done diving into the sunset with your eyes and soul and camera, and start thinking about more corporeal matters.

 

We arrived to see a large cloud bank shrouding Mt. Washington in a thick mist. Once in awhile, the summit would peek through. Suddenly the clouds all blew off, just in time for the sunset to cover the fresh snow in a rosy glow. The strong purple cast is from the extreme ND filter, and as usual these days, I felt no need to "correct" it.

 

Thanks to Larry for the inspired idea to visit Mt. Washington, and Victor for the companionship (and trail mix).

 

140-second exposure - 9-stop ND filter - Hoya Moose polarizer/warming filter

 

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There were a lot of chipmunks and squirrels trying to steal our trail mix while hiking Johnston Canyon in Banff.

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This spot is Kempton Ledge in Lake Minnewaska State Park in Ulster County New York. An easy two half mile hike for a younger person. Not so easy if you are overweight, over 60 and suffer from arthritis and tendonitis like me. But my way of doing things is to chug down some binary chain amino acids, turmec and extra strength Tylenol and not worry about how much it's going to hurt afterwards later. Still it was a fun hike as I hit the trail and heavy overcast clouds covered the sky even though the morning weather report was sunny skies all day. But luckily for me as I got to this viewpoint the skies opened up and it was good lighting again for about two hours as I set up my tripod and ate my lunch of trail mix and jerky. Now as I write this the next day my body hurts in too many spots but it was worth it especially since I haven't done any new photography in a while. Still as someone who has always enjoyed hiking since I was a teenager it saddens me to know I do not have many years of hiking left as age catches up with me.

I could wax poetic about this place for the length of paragraphs, pages, chapters. It's my place. I hail from a farm in Iowa and didn't see mountains until I was 18... and yet, THIS. This is my place.

 

As I'm driving, halfway through the park up to Paradise, my heart starts racing in anticipation. Doesn't matter what the season or the weather is. Doesn't matter if it's a day trip or a long weekend stay. My eyes widen, my breaths deepen, my heart opens. I get up at 3:20 am to catch sunrise at Sunrise. I stay up for sunset. I live off peanut butter sandwiches and trail mix so that I can spend the entire day on the trail.

 

I hope you all have those places. The ones that make you brim full of wonder and gratefulness.

 

(Oh, and, FIVE seasons... because one of these is clearly winter dumped on top of autumn... wintumn? Auter? Heh.)

 

Image made with my Hasselblad 500 C/M.

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Candid street photography from Glasgow, Scotland. Some striking direct eye contact as this guy digs into his trail mix. Enjoy full screen and thank you for your kind support for my photography.

A few specs here then a little story - the streaks at the bottom of the frame are actually leaves moving through a little side pool. I was jacked to have this come together as I spent a lot of time looking for spots where fall leaves might be moving along the river. I took a bunch of 8-10s exposures at f/22, ISO 64 to capture the streaks. I was using a Nikon D810 and a Tamron 15-30 - shot at 22mm. The light wasn't out of this world, but I wanted to put something together from this night for two reasons...the leaf streaks and the story that follows.

 

So, about an hour before this my fiance and I were at our campsite. We were going to book a Lower Antelope Canyon tour, but I realized that I needed to get somewhere for sunset so we hustled to pack up and drove along the road, stopping about 1/2 mile before The Watchman bridge. I went down to the river and did my thing. I came back to the car at dusk and we were starving, we were going to go to Oscar's (just a classic Zion spot). I told her to grab my wallet and after some looking neither of us could find it anywhere. Well, we had both our IDs, all our cash and credit cards, pretty much everything in there. We were left with some peanut butter, trail mix, and 150 miles in the gas tank. We finally realized that one of us had left my wallet on top of our rental car...and as we were driving we actually heard something hit the car, but we figured it was just a rock or something...it was the wallet. We spent the rest of the night searching along the side of the road with headlamps and we let one of the park rangers know. After giving up, we headed back to the camp site and had a pretty measly campfire...made plans to try and somehow get back to Vegas and find a way to get home - still had about 4 days left on trip :(. Next morning, I took a bus into the park to shoot sunrise and when coming out, I had a voicemail from the park. Someone had found my wallet and turned it in. THANK GOD. I picked it up at the visitor center and everything was there, it looked like it had been run over multiple times..but we were so thankful that we could continue our trip. We got super lucky and I was so happy we were able to make it to the Grand Canyon and Page, AZ so my fiance could see some of the areas of the southwest that I love so much.

Another surprising fact, maple seed pods are edible. Raw seeds have a slight bitter taste to them but cooked and they are sweet. You can find directions on line on how to prepare them. I have never prepared them myself but I have had trail mix that has the cooked seeds in it. Not bad tasting ! ( not found in stores, home made ) Amazing what you can find in nature that would sustain you in a pinch.

I could wax poetic about this place for the length of paragraphs, pages, chapters. It's my place. I hail from a farm in Iowa and didn't see mountains until I was 18... and yet, THIS. This is my place.

 

As I'm driving, halfway through the park up to Paradise, my heart starts racing in anticipation. Doesn't matter what the season or the weather is. Doesn't matter if it's a day trip or a long weekend stay. My eyes widen, my breaths deepen, my heart opens. I get up at 3:20 am to catch sunrise at Sunrise. I stay up for sunset. I live off peanut butter sandwiches and trail mix so that I can spend the entire day on the trail.

 

I hope you all have those places. The ones that make you brim full of wonder and gratefulness.

 

(Oh, and, FIVE seasons... because one of these is clearly winter dumped on top of autumn... wintumn? Auter? Heh.)

 

Image made with my Hasselblad 500 C/M.

A burro near the Lower Saline Valley Warm Springs.

 

The evening before this photo was shot, as We were soaking in the hot springs, a couple of burros got into our ice chest and ate everything inside.

 

We lost everything we needed for the Breakfast Burritos we were going to have the next morning, eggs, sausage, butter, cheese, and some nuts. So breakfast consisted of trail mix & coffee that morning.

 

January 19, 2020

 

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May 24, 2011

 

NASA's Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD): apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap110524.html

 

Featured in National Geographic's Daily Dozen: ngm.nationalgeographic.com/your-shot/daily-dozen

 

EarthShots.org 'Photo of the Day': www.earthshots.org/2011/06/silent-effigy-by-brad-goldpain...

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Double Arch in Southern Utah, was formed differently than most arches in the Arches National Park. It is what is known as a pothole arch, formed by water erosion from above rather than more typical erosion from the side. The larger opening has a span of 148 feet and a height of 104 feet. It lies atop an underground salt bed called the “Paradox Formation” which is responsible for the arches. The visible rock formation is the salmon-colored Entrada Sandstone and the tan-colored Navajo Sandstone. In this picture, color and texture of the stone was achieved by the rock momentarily illuminated by a light source and using a 39 second exposure. Visible in the background is the distant glow of light pollution from nearby Moab, Utah. The dark rock structures in the lower left are eroded monoliths deposited over 300 million years ago when seas flowed into the region and eventually evaporated. Visible in the night sky is the Milky Way Galaxy and its billions of stars and planets. While fending off mice from my trail mix, I framed the arches and the distant galaxy to create a connection between the unearthly landscape and the night sky.

 

Lots more to come from Arches so stay tuned!

 

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Power Up Mega Omega Trail Mix. Macro Mondays "sweet or savoury.

I could wax poetic about this place for the length of paragraphs, pages, chapters. It's my place. I hail from a farm in Iowa and didn't see mountains until I was 18... and yet, THIS. This is my place.

 

As I'm driving, halfway through the park up to Paradise, my heart starts racing in anticipation. Doesn't matter what the season or the weather is. Doesn't matter if it's a day trip or a long weekend stay. My eyes widen, my breaths deepen, my heart opens. I get up at 3:20 am to catch sunrise at Sunrise. I stay up for sunset. I live off peanut butter sandwiches and trail mix so that I can spend the entire day on the trail.

 

I hope you all have those places. The ones that make you brim full of wonder and gratefulness.

 

(Oh, and, FIVE seasons... because one of these is clearly winter dumped on top of autumn... wintumn? Auter? Heh.)

 

Image made with my Hasselblad 500 C/M.

I could wax poetic about this place for the length of paragraphs, pages, chapters. It's my place. I hail from a farm in Iowa and didn't see mountains until I was 18... and yet, THIS. This is my place.

 

As I'm driving, halfway through the park up to Paradise, my heart starts racing in anticipation. Doesn't matter what the season or the weather is. Doesn't matter if it's a day trip or a long weekend stay. My eyes widen, my breaths deepen, my heart opens. I get up at 3:20 am to catch sunrise at Sunrise. I stay up for sunset. I live off peanut butter sandwiches and trail mix so that I can spend the entire day on the trail.

 

I hope you all have those places. The ones that make you brim full of wonder and gratefulness.

 

(Oh, and, FIVE seasons... because one of these is clearly winter dumped on top of autumn... wintumn? Auter? Heh.)

 

Image made with my Hasselblad 500 C/M.

This picture is based on Lya's revelations on the previous picture with Ethan : "What you dont see here is that we left Adam in the last gas station we stopped by because he was not singing the songs out loud in the car with us.... I mean, how can someone resist the urge that much? and you know ... IT'S THE CAR RULES ! voiture

 

So yeah... to give him a bit of a lesson, we took off as he was buying us trail mix and potato chips and went for a little ride just the two of us"

 

And there I was, left alone with my cart and chips. They came back eventually... Since then I can sing all of Britney Spears in 3 languages. You got to love your friends, I swear...

 

Thank you so much to the best of the best set makers : Bambi \o/ you are magic... I am so blessed to have that brilliant creative mind by my side :D

The quiet solitude on this freshly plowed road was disturbed only by the wing beats of a few gray jays. Gray jays love trail mix and will land on your hands and take food from your fingers. We took turns holding food near this fallen branch that we planted in a snowbank. The set up worked perfectly as they would land on the perch then take turns landing on our hands for food.

 

A Canada Jay juvenile cries for handouts turns out unsalted trail mix was a big hit :) The adult in the background was happy to have some help.

 

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Macro Monday Theme: Sweet or Savoury

Fill-the-Frame with Food – Trail Mix

 

For this week’s Macro Mondays theme I have submitted this shot of Trail Mix. I was really struggling to think what food would look good as a macro, and with some colours and textures as well, and this seemed like a fairly good choice, containing dried banana, raisins, apricot and coconut.

 

Happy Macro Mondays everyone!

Trail-mix and good times in teenage wasteland

A Raven coming down for it’s snack of trail mix. Taken in Algonquin Provincial Park Ontario Canada

18:52 bokeh

 

Kitchen tested & approved

Finally found a recipe book that I like

A trail mix muffin.... with all healthy ingredients :D

Next up - chunky monkey !!

 

3/4 cup oat flour

3 tbsp ground flax

2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

3 lg eggs

1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk

6 tbsp almond butter

1/4 honey

1 tsp vanilla

1/4 cup raw sunflower seeds

1/4 cup raw pumpkin seeds

1/2 cup dried fruit (raisins)

1/4 cup mini chocolate chips

 

350F oven for 15-18 mins

 

.....chunky monkeys are in the oven :D

This formation is unnamed on our map, but my son and call it "The Nose." It's the first landmark on the hike up the Tejas Trail, and it's where the trail changes from long traverses to steep switchbacks and traverses. It's a good place for trail mix or lunch.

When I showed the picture of this recipe in a magazine to my 3 year old daughter, where the recipe is based from, she just didn't agree to the name shortbread and instead insisted for it to be called shortcake. Well I kind of agree, this is more closer to cake than bread :)

 

I have self painted the blue background. The wooden board is an antiquated slab.

Part 16

 

Shade here is sparse, for hardly a tree grows and those that do are on the northern slopes far above me. What shade there is clings to the eastern faces of rocks and stones; large boulders shed from the high peaks when glaciers ground these cirques and lake beds out with icy weight. The air is cool but the sunlight is intense especially with the lack of wind compounded with the high elevation (11531) so my first priority is to find one of those boulders so I may seek shelter from the glaring sun. It was with luck that I found a nice shady spot not fifteen steps from my camp and only five steps from the smooth water. I sat here and rested as I enjoyed the beautiful view.

I decided that now was a good time to make my daily meal since all I had eaten so far this morning had been handfuls of homemade trail mix consisting of almonds, pecans, banana chips, and dried blueberries. And so it was that in the shade of this sheltering boulder, on the shores of this beautiful lake perfectly reflecting the majestic Mt. Humphreys and the vibrant blue expanse of High Sierra sky, that I ate my not so great rehydrated meal of chicken and rice. The chicken pieces just as sparse as the shade.

Once the meal was eaten I closed my eyes to rest. When I awoke I noticed that the shade had shifted as the sun journeyed further through the sky. A wind had also begun to blow and had chased away the perfect reflections. Along the crest of Goethe Cirque that rose high behind me, large ominous clouds had arisen and were about to swallow the sun. I got up and thought it was best to set my tent up and prepare for potential rain. As I was doing that the sunlight faded and the lake shore grew dark, enveloped in a growing shadow.

This one was going to wait for more trail mix.

Munchies Trail Mix, featuring peanuts, almonds, and that king of nuts, the cashew. Mmm, cashews....

 

Macro Mondays: Nuts

 

This scene is 2.5 inches across.

Central Oregon Pacific Railroad's Coos Bay-Mapleton turn crosses the long pile trestle across Suislaw River near Cushman, Oregon eastbound on 7/14/1995. Fifty-one cars trail mix locomotives: TNER 3083/MNA 1000/ISRR 3079.

On the trail, San Bernardino Mountain trail.

I started running out of fruit and trail mix so I had to re up on that. I have enough fruit to last me another two to three days depending on how hungry I am. I also kept working on my resume it is close to being finished now. I also began recreating my portfolio website, this is going to take a week to complete if not longer due to me having to be 100% certain that I am happy with the way it turns out, only then can I start coding it so it is fully functional. I haven't ran or played soccer in the last two days so I'm thinking tomorrow might be a good time to do that. Those two weeks I was visiting my family in Germany I gained almost nine pounds. Why must my Oma's cooking taste so good?! It is time to loose it again!

Have a super duper holiday season

Remember your tossed out the door Xmas tree can be used as a bird, squirrel and rodent feeder..leave the strung popcorn on it and add all manner of scraps...stale baguettes, bagelahs, pita chips, lumps of beef fat from the rib roast, dried fruit and nuts (the trail mix yah saw the dog lick when no one was looking). Then sometime in July annoy the trashmen by putting it out for pick up....

 

Dummy says: Everyone ready for the Solstice today? Got the tree up and riddled with dusty ornaments? Cat busy deconstructing the whole thing? The dog farting quietly from eating fruitcake?

 

Wearing:

Cargo Hipster Glasses

Miamai Reka 'hawk

Lode Head Piece

RO - Antlers

DE Design Corset

Miamai Juenesse Pantaloons

Salute Gloves - Coal

DRD Zombie apocalypse Watch

PFC Pauldrons

Blitz Arm Bands

DRD Nerd Neck Wrap

Blindspot - Memory Cable

DRD - Nerd Mesh Goggles

Vicious Clobberin Stick - Wastelands Mfg.

Training Dummy - Sandusky Kayvon

 

Hiker does the quick step to get by a group of Bighorn rams.

Macro Monday theme: Fill the Frame with Food

 

I liked the various colors and textures of trail mix--although I was quite surprised at how much salt is included when you go for a very close macro!

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