SUNDAY STILLS: CAN YOU CAPTURE THE #WIND?

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I love watching wild horses play in Nevada. I took these photos at the Virginia Range, on a very windy day.

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I actually watched these two young ones for a couple hours. They moved around some, but they stayed close to each other the whole time. It was like they were in their own universe, safe from the harsh elements of the outside world.

When God wanted to create the horse, he said to the South Wind, ‘I want to make a creature of you.  Condense.’ And the Wind condensed.

Emir Abd-el-Kader

 

 What are you up to this beautiful Sunday? Maybe you should make your own entry to the Sunday Still Challenge? 😉 Enjoy your day!

 

Love,

Ms Zen

SUNDAY STILLS: #SUMMER = Hiking!

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There’s no joking around, summer’s are made for hiking! You knew that, right? One of my favorite places to go hiking in the summer is in Lassen Volcanic National Park. If you’ve been here before, you knew that as well, since I go there all the time. How can I not? It’s close by, and SO amazing.

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Yesterday we hiked to Mill Creek Falls. At a majestic 70ft, it’s the biggest waterfall in the park. Somehow I have missed this hike. I’ve been thinking of going to this fall more than once, but been persuaded to go on other hikes. Yesterday I finally got to see it. It was amazing. The fall was extraordinary, and so was the hike there. The wild flowers along the trail are exquisite.

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The yellow flower above, is a mule’s ear. The vegetation covering the ground next to the trail below, is all thousands of mule’s ear, growing together. I’m estimating that along 1,5 mile of the trail, the sides were covered with massive amounts of mule’s ear (like in the photo.)

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Mill Creek Falls Trail is another out -and back trail, totaling 3.8 miles. It’s not difficult, I believe it’s rated moderate. It was in the 80’s yesterday, and because of the coming 4th of July holiday, there was lots of tourists visiting, many having some problems with “the heat”. (I live in the valley, one hour away, and it was 107 there..) The trail actually offers plenty of shade, but warm summer temperatures should be considered when you’re planning this hike of course. We did not see any bears, but there are bears in this area. I talked to a girl that had seen one there the day before.

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The fall was even more magnificent than I could of imagined. One of my friends claims that we have 80 waterfall, within 1,5 hour drive. I’m not sure if that’s correct, I could only think about 20, or so. In the end we agreed that we are blessed with many amazing waterfalls. Mill Creek Falls is definitely in my top ten now.

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If you continued a little further on the trail, after the fall, you would see a bridge on the left side of the fall. We walked over, and had a picnic lunch above the fall.

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I cooled my feet in the creek, while eating my salad. It was really nice to sit down in the shade.

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The view from the top of the fall.

It’s impossible to feel anything other than immense gratitude when hiking in this park. The views make you grateful to just be alive, and able to hike these amazing trails.

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The shade in the forested parts of the trail was appreciated.

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I hope you enjoyed my take on Sunday Still; Summer

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Until next time –

Love,

Ms Zen

Bodie Ghost Town

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The theme for the Sunday Stills challenge is Tourist. Your not crazy, it’s not Sunday today 🙂 The challenge is open all week, why don’t you make an entry yourself? I’d love to see it! Sunday Stills, is a growing weekly photo challenge. It’s lots of fun! Why don’t you join us right from the start?

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I love to be a tourist in time, in historical places. A road trip to a Ghost Town, with an exciting past, surrounded by legends, and real life stories is right up my alley.

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The picturesque little town in these photos is Bodie (CA.)

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Bodie is an old ”Ghost Town”. Back in 1880, around 10 000 people called Bodie their home. Their lives circled around gold mining, and the big mill. Nowadays it’s a well maintained historic park.

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If I had to pick one favorite Ghost Town to visit, Bodie would be it. It’s located on the top of a hill. The surrounding nature is spectacular. It’s close to Yosemite, June Lake, and several other out of this world beautiful places.

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The place is a photographers dream. The light is often spectacular. The town looks completely different depending on the season. Many of the houses are in great shape. You can walk around for hours and have a wonderful time. Or just walk through town once, on your way to one of the nearby nature attractions. Have you been there?

I hope you will show us your latest, or favorite tourist attraction. Have an awesome day!

Love,

Ms Zen