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Travel Theme: WHITE

Friday is the UN’s International Day of Peace, so in honor of that, Ailsa at Where’s My Backpack?  chose this Travel Theme.  And for those who believe in putting peace into practice, remember that peace begins on your plate–go vegan! (It’s easy, fun, gratifying and healthy–check out Vegan Outreach and The Perfect Formula Diet)

Fun fact:  All these pictures come from one road trip I took in January of 2009; from the San Gabriel Mountains of southern California through the Mojave Desert and Death Valley, west out to Highway 395, then north through the Owens Valley and Mono Basin  past Mammoth Lakes, and finally west through the El Dorado National Forest to San Francisco; all of this in a mere two and a half days, close to 700 miles.  I hope you enjoy a few of the scenes from my wintery eastern California adventures!

Death Valley’s Badwater Basin salt flats, lowest point in North America at 282 feet below sea level; in the background, stark white clouds are poised above the 10,000-plus-foot snowcapped peaks of the Panamint Mountains.

The stark beauty of the Owens Valley and its nearly sheer wall of the eastern Sierra Nevadas.

Snow and volcanic dirt walking up the side of Panum Crater next to Mono Lake.

My little rescued polar bear travelin buddy, Fatty the rattie aka Ronnie Lee ❤

Sugar Pine, lichen and snow in the El Dorado National Forest.

Travel Theme: RED

Red–passion, blood, iron oxide, a lack of chlorophyll in the case of the Snow Plant, and this week’s travel theme from Ailsa’s Where’s My Backpack? blog.

Death Valley.

The magnificent ocotillo plant, this individual flowering in Joshua Tree National Park.

Stunning geology and iron oxide and sedimentary stratification in Red Rock Canyon State Park, in the northern Mojave Desert of California.

Snow Plant in Yosemite National Park; they apparently “supplement [their] nutrient intake by at least partially parasitizing the roots of pine trees by means of a shared mycorrhizal fungus.” (Info found HERE)

Seqoiadendron Giganteum individual in Sequoia National Park, with me for frame of reference. The most voluminous trees in the world.

Travel Theme: CURVES

Ailsa at the lovely blog Where’s My Backpack does a weekly photography theme, and whenever her theme goes well with my nature photography and my general pro-Earth/Animal(/and in this case Woman) worldview, I’m going to post a contribution of my own….

Mmmmm, curves!  What man (and woman who loves women!) doesn’t love curves?

The loving curve of a baby redwood and his mother?

Any real man, that is.  Women have curves.  Don’t feel desert-ed if you do.

Nothern Death Valley, the Eureka Valley Dunes.

You are in good company.  Women of all colors–brown, white, auburn, beige, ebony–have curves.

Turkey Tail mushrooms.

It’s nothing to be ashamed of.  Curves inspire the flamy passion of the red-blooded.

Claret cup cactus flower in the White Moutains of eastern California.

Curves inspire awe and wonder…

Sitka spruce at Praire Creek Redwood State Park.

And are things of quiet, shapely beauty.

So join me in celebrating the wonderful, natural beauty of curves!!