Challenge of the month, October 2020: Vanishing Points

Vanishing point: the point at which receding parallel lines viewed in perspective appear to converge. This month’s theme was inspired by this striking photo from Suzanne’s latest post: I especially like this example because it shows both horizontal and vertical convergence.  There are a couple of other examples below.  Note that the lines don’t actually … Continue reading "Challenge of the month, October 2020: Vanishing Points"

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An arch, or at least something arch-like

Did a mostly gravel ride today, and noticed that these downed trees on the trail form something of a natural arch. And, I even remembered to include the bike in the photo. On another note, smoke from the fires out west have reached the east coast. We’ve been having some really bizarre looking sunrises and … Continue reading "An arch, or at least something arch-like"

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There has to be an invisible sun

Quick science lesson: Smoke from distant fires rises high into the atmosphere, flattens into thick layer. Wind pushes layer of smoke hundreds of miles away above Santa Rosa and the Bay Area. High, thick layer of smoke completely blots out the sun. At lower elevations, marine layer pushes in from the Pacific Ocean and forms … Continue reading "There has to be an invisible sun"

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Challenge of the month, September 2020: Arches

I’ll bet you thought I’d forget about posing this month’s Challenge, enjoying myself cruising around over here in Croatia with Rocky and pretending that the world isn’t falling apart before our eyes.  Nope. Let’s stick with shapes again for another month, and look at another versatile shape: arches.  Lots of possibilities here, natural and un: … Continue reading "Challenge of the month, September 2020: Arches"

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Challenge of the Month: Neither Rhyme nor Reason

Following Greg’s example, I am offering a potpourri of themes. To add an individual note, I am accompanying them with rhymes – and not to be taken too seriously! The limmerick first: What do you know A blue Garceau Blue on the outside - haven't been inside -That's all I have to show. Now for … Continue reading "Challenge of the Month: Neither Rhyme nor Reason"

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June Challenge – Blue bike sign

Here’s a bike. On a blue sign. Challenge complete. These signs direct you on road segments between rail trails in the area. Here is a link to the rest of the ride: https://rambleoutyonder.org/2020/07/07/shifting-july-ride-1-independence/ And here is an album for the times… the new one by J.S. Ondara. This song is my favourite because I love … Continue reading "June Challenge – Blue bike sign"

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Independence Day, Whatcom County

There’s just enough blue here that I can claim this as a submission for both the July and Holiday challenges.  Today’s loop along the Nooksack River made the best of a generally grey Independence Day. No big sights, just a mostly quiet, peaceful fifty miler (one for each state!).  Perfect. Video sound track: Fanfare for … Continue reading "Independence Day, Whatcom County"

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June Challenge – to Jekyll Island, then and now

Alrighty, here we go with my first attempt at a challenge. After much searching, I really wasn’t able to come with then and now photographs that showed both me and a bike. So, this is going to be mostly a story, with a couple photos that hopefully capture the time vibe, and of course keep … Continue reading "June Challenge – to Jekyll Island, then and now"

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May challenge: The current situation – Changes, changes

I didn’t really see what the May challenge was supposed to entail, so I have come up with my own challenge that reflects what we call ‘the current situation’ at work. We are not allowed to say anything like coronavirus or COVID-19 or ‘the virus’ in ANY of our work communications (including the many emails … Continue reading "May challenge: The current situation – Changes, changes"

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Challenge of the month: MAY I go outside now, please?

It’s difficult thinking of an appropriate theme for the month at this unprecedented time.  We’re all stuck to one degree or another, some of us really severely – unable to make meaningful plans, unable to tour, unable to leave our home, or unable even to get home.  I’m thinking especially of folks like Mike and … Continue reading "Challenge of the month: MAY I go outside now, please?"

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