This blog is really taking shape, becoming exactly I'd hoped it be. A reflection of my story.

I've always been a bit obsessed with my own story. I suppose it comes with being a more internalized person, nonetheless it has unfortunately made it difficult to find color in others' minutae. Selfish, yes, but not by choice; it's a sort of inherent thing. I'm actively pulling myself out of ...myself, little by little. I enjoy talking with all people by challenging myself to remove the built-up environmental bias - minimal in some areas, rough in others. It's a fun balance. Effectively living is, too.

Still, I prefer to express myself remotely:
Tumbled Boulder in a Field (from Clayton & Lime Ridge this weekend)

Summer Hills Rolling In

Aureate California Path

Empty Nests

Bright Sunny Day (Perfect For Leaving the Sprawl)

Next project is tentatively called Patterns. It came about after we had set a parameter: to think conceptually before writing a story. Lately, I have been thinking of the use patterns in animals and humans. The brain being able to interpret broken pattern as say, an enemy in the brush or a colorful fruit in foliage.

It's really silly to say much more without sounding like a joke.

Here are a couple photos from the weekend in SF:

Pillars of Concrete Foundation

Emerging from Beneath the City

Foundational Geometry

We finally took a morning and absconded to the mountain. It's the highest peak next to Shasta, and overlooks all of the bay, from the Golden Gate to Silicon Valley, the Central Valley to the Delta. Mt Tamalpais was languescent in confluence with the haze, and the Pacific winds reminded me of a morning after snow, though the day was glowing under a fiery umbrage of cirrus and sun.
Here are some photos:

Beacon Window at the top of Mount Diablo

Burned Bushes on Mount Diablo

Me overlooking the Livermore Valley in the distance

Mount Diablo Beacon

Above the tower, a light beacon. Inside, history and lighthouse windows. Through the Window at the top of the Tower

Making a wish - Coins at the top of Mount Diablo

A teen waited for his picture to be taken, so I took it. Lonely Mountain

Tower atop Mount Diablo, SF Bay Area

An abundance of poppies and dandelions. It's all high desert up there. Dandelions on Mount Diablo

Facing more desert: View towards the Central Valley from Mt Diablo

The Academy of Sciences was the wisest choice for re-igniting internal wonder and creative inspiration. Not only through the observation of the life we disconnected around us when we focus on our phones or close our blinds, but also vicariously through the works of the scientists and creatives. They blended academic worlds; a mix of intricate ecosystem knowledge and precedent-setting engineering, to create a balanced rainforest that filters light from the living roof down to the aquarium at the bottom floor.

If you have a chance, go & re-up your awe.

In these photos, I tried focusing on specific components, but with all the wonder to enjoy, it was hard to keep the camera in my hands...

Especially if there's a butterfly on one:
Butterfly & the tourist photo bar code that I should have photoshopped out

Francis Scott Key Monument peering through the trees in Golden Gate

Morning light in Golden Gate

Living Painting at the Academy of Sciences

Futureproof roof at the Academy of Sciences

Small Postman Butterfly

Blue Morpho Butterfly

Rooftop Garden at Academy of Sciences