Monthly Archives: June 2013

SkyWatch at Mountain Zebra National Park South Africa

Mt Zebra National Park Eastern Cape South Africa

The morning sky was as exiting to watch as the wildlife at Mountain Zebra National Park in South Africa.

Mountain Zebra at Mountain Zebra National Park Eastern Cape South Africa

The zebras take on a golden glow.

Springboks Mountain Zebra National Park Eastern Cape South Africa

Springboks munch away the morning.

Kudu Mountain Zebra National Park Eastern Cape South Africa

Kudu wander off to do what kudu do.

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Happy Father’s Day to my dearly departed Dad

Happy Father’s Day Dad, I miss you.

Gail & Ray Jan 1956 Spring Rd Hinsdale IL

You spoiled me like only a Dad can do.  I was your little angel.  I rode on your shoulders which gave me a different perspective of the world.

Ray & Gail June 1956 Chicago IL

You took me to work on Saturdays when the shop wasn’t open to work on the family car.  Then we’d stop for ice cream on the way home.  Just you and me.

boat on the Illinois River

You loved cars and boats so on summer weekends the family would go boating on nearby lakes or rivers.  You taught me to water ski, and when to let go of the rope.  You took us camping and showed me a beautiful natural world.

1968 Mercury Cyclone Cobra Jet

You bought my first, second and third car.  The last a muscle-car, 1968 Mercury Cyclone Cobra jet, I think fulfilled your desire for a race car.  I had the fastest girl-car in High School.  You taught me how to fix most things on my vehicles.

Gail & Ray April 1956 Spring Rd Hinsdale Illinois

You didn’t know how to say, “I love you” any other way than buy things.  Probably because you had never heard that said when growing up and didn’t have money for things.

Ray & Gail wedding Morton Arboretum Lisle Illinois

You gave me away at my wedding and told my husband not to bring me back but you always welcomed me home when I needed you.

Dad at my birthday in Texas

You were a quiet man, rarely raising your voice but when you did I knew to listen.  You taught me to be self sufficient and independent while also knowing when to ask for help.

Dad at Atrium Nursing home San Benito Texas

Thank you.  I know you loved me and I miss you every day.

Beginning of the season at the North Rim Grand Canyon National Park

It’s been almost a month since the beginning of the season at the North Rim Grand Canyon which opened May 15th.

Park Ranger greets visitors at entrance station North Rim Grand Canyon National Park Arizona

What little snow there was is gone, the forest is very dry, the temperatures feel like summer and the visitors have arrived.

Ralph the ranger dog in Visitor Center North Rim Grand Canyon National Park Arizona

Ralph the Ranger Dog

All the Ranger programs are running and Junior Rangers are earning their badges.

Northern Flicker Cliff Spring trail North Rim Grand Canyon National Park Arizona

Northern Flicker

The birds are out and about…

Rock squirrel North Rim Grand Canyon National Park Arizona

Rock squirrel

…along with the squirrels.

Claretcup Hedgehog cactus Cliff Spring trail North Rim Grand Canyon National Park Arizona

Claretcup Hedgehog cactus

Flowers bloom.

Cliff Spring trail North Rim Grand Canyon National Park Arizona

Cliff Spring trail

A wonderful time to go for a hike.

Sunset from Grand Lodge North Rim Grand Canyon National Park Arizona

Watch sunset from the Grand Lodge.

Late light on temples from Grand Lodge North Rim Grand Canyon National Park Arizona

Hope you’ll come for a visit.

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SWF-Camdeboo National Park sunset in South Africa

We rushed up to the overlook for a highly recommended Camdeboo National Park sunset over the Valley of Desolation but had to be out of the gate before it barely began.

Sunset over Valley of Desolation Camdeboo National Park Eastern Cape Graaff-Reinet South Africa

Such a shame we couldn’t have watched more of the sunset from the overlook.

Sunset Camdeboo National Park Eastern Cape Graaff-Reinet South Africa

Because it was glorious.

Sunset Camdeboo National Park Eastern Cape Graaff-Reinet South Africa

But that didn’t stop me from shooting as Joan drove back down towards camp.

Sunset Camdeboo National Park Eastern Cape Graaff-Reinet South Africa

Even made a few stops along the way.

Sunset Camdeboo National Park Eastern Cape Graaff-Reinet South Africa

And made it out the gate just in time.

Sunset Camdeboo National Park Eastern Cape Graaff-Reinet South Africa

Still enjoying the colors.

Sunset and moon Camdeboo National Park Eastern Cape Graaff-Reinet South Africa

Then the crescent moon showed to say goodnight.

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