Archives for the month of: July, 2013

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Sadly, the strange yellow flower (posted in an earlier dated entry of mine titled ‘Perseverance’ from July 16th) which had defied the odds and grew itself through the sidewalk cracks of a frequented community street, as I feared, no longer stands. I do not know if it had been removed and replanted by another who may have been just as fascinated by its growth as I was or, if it had been destroyed by nature, children, or someone who believed it to be nothing more than a weed or nuisance. This photo was taken 1 week after my initial entry and just a few days after, the flower had disappeared.

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Our cat Tobie being his sly handsome self.

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A selective colored view of our valley trails, city, and hills of the Mojave desert far beyond on a bright & clear blue day!

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Using a ‘cool colors’ setting on my camera and having sharper focus on the bushes in front of me, really seems to give the sun, clouds, and land in the background of this shot a very painted look and feel.

CuriousVogel 25th street storm

Street view of what looks like possible stormy weather moving in, as dark and sinister formations appear to force their way through, eating up the last bits of blue sky.

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View from atop Vasquez Canyon Road Ca.
Layers of old hills with a portion of Santa Clarita Valley followed by more layers of hills beyond.

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While sitting on the benches waiting for my daughters riding lessons, I couldn’t help but be distracted by some ants playing tug-of-war over a beetle’s dead carcass. At first, there were 3 two-toned ants against 1 red ant. The red ant was very persistent and took on multiple attacks and bites from the other 3 ants and went in to retreat mode several times, only to come back again and again for more. Finally, after several minutes of vicious attacks from the two-tones, the red ant waited for the rival ants to believe they were victorious until finally allowing the hauling duty of the dead beetle to be given to only one ant. After a clear path had been established by the hauler, away from the pack, the red ant finally came back once again to fight in a one on one tug-of-war. Another few minutes had passed with one taking control of the beetle back and forth until at last, the red ant had finally taken control and had gained enough ground away from the two toned ant group to give chase and they had ultimately given up.