Monthly Archives: May 2013

SWF–Rise of the full moon over Grand Canyon

Last week marked the rise of the full moon and the first Supermoon of the year.  I knew just where I wanted to go for photos of the moon rise over Grand Canyon.

View from Cape Royal trail NR GRCA NP AZ

So I got an nice early start and drove out to Cape Royal.  The sky was a typical Arizona blue when I first arrived.

View from Cape Royal NR GRCA NP AZ

I set up the tripod and focused in on the spot where the moon would rise.  Even brought a compass along.

View from Cape Royal NR GRCA NP AZ

Played with the camera settings a bit.

Wotans Throne from Cape Royal NR GRCA NP AZ

Plus took a moment to capture the brilliant light reflecting off Wotans Throne.

Full moon rise over Cedar Mt from Cape Royal NR GRCA NP AZ

Moonrise was to occur at 7:15pm, and I was ready.  But had to wait a few minutes more because of the height of Cedar Mountain.

Full moon over Cedar Mt from Cape Royal NR GRCA NP AZ

I wasn’t disappointed when that golden moon shone down.

Sunset from Cape Royal NR GRCA NP AZ

And the bonus was a colorful sunset as well.

Full moon from Cape Royal NR GRCA NP AZ

That big full moon smiled down on me.

Moon shadows at Cape Royal NR GRCA NP AZ

And was so bright as to cast almost daylight shadows.

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Things I’ve learned from Mom

Mom wasn’t perfect but did the best she could.  She taught me the usual things like please and thank you, showing respect to others and not lying. The last I learned the hard way.  Actually, I learned a lot of things the hard way.

June & Gail Olmsted June 1956

We didn’t really get along since childhood and even as an adult she treated me like a child.  Until one visit in my early 50s when I put my foot down and wouldn’t allow that any more.

June, Francis & Helen Loomis 1935

I’ve always wondered what her Mother was like when she was growing up.  Probably very different than the Grandma I knew.

I grew up thinking there were way too many rules but now I know that children need boundaries.

As a child I learned not to make waves around the family.  My brother was very good at causing trouble and I didn’t want to be like him. So instead I learned from my mostly emotionless family to stuff it.  Thank goodness I went to therapy later as a young woman and relearned that emotions are OK, that I have the choice how to react emotionally.

Mom’s emotional reactions always seemed to include anger.  I lived like that also for a while and my brother still does.  But I decided to move away from anger and embrace happiness, love and a passion for life.

June Loomis High School gradution 1940s

Mom always seemed like an unhappy person and I tried for years to figure out why.  Ultimately, I will never know for sure but suspect she never realized her own personal dreams.  That’s enough to make anybody unhappy.  So in reverse, I learned to follow my dreams.

I didn’t grow up with encouragement to follow my heart but I guess she didn’t really know how to do that herself.  I was born in the 50s, when little girls were still expected to just get married and raise children.  And although I did eventually marry and become a step-Mom that wasn’t my dream.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad I had those opportunities to learn and love and share.  Yet I’m sure I’d be a better Mom in my 50s than I was in my 20s.  Not that I want to start over.

June in car Padre Island TX

Only in the last of Mom’s life did I understand that she considered herself a slave.  And maybe by her earlier actions I learned not to be a slave to anyone, including myself.

I may have learned more from my Mom since she passed away simply by reflecting.  Most of the time I didn’t like my mother for the seemingly mean and angry personality she demonstrated.  But I love her, and I thank her every day for the lessons she taught me.

June 1970s

June Francis Loomis Olmsted 1927 – 2011

Happy Mother’s Day!

Our World: Tentative Spring in Northern Arizona

All four seasons can and will happen in one day during the attempt towards a tentative Spring in Northern Arizona.

Morning came with a tentative sun between the clouds.  Yet rain came on the way off the Kaibab Plateau heading to St. George in Southern Utah.  No photos as I was driving a work truck with spider-web cracks across the windshield taking it in to be replaced.  Had a couple hours to walk around so my co-worker and I had a nice lunch at Olive Garden.  Although the clouds threatened rain all around us we wore only a light jacket which was almost too warm when the sun shone.

Rain clouds over S UT

On the way home he drove, first through intermittent heavy rain.

Storm clouds over Kaibab Plateau AZ

As we headed towards the Kaibab Plateau obvious precipitation of some kind awaited and threw at us more rain, hail, sleet and even some snow.  But the sun did peak out once or twice and I searched for a non existent rainbow.

Mule deer on meadows Kaibab NF AZ

Instead we saw this small herd of mule deer browsing on the meadows near a shrinking pool of snow melt.

We need this rain and more.  The forest floor is dry.  Hopefully the tentative Spring brings more moisture to Northern Arizona.

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