We are at sis&bro-in-law’s house and they have hummingbirds…or maybe better said, the hummingbirds have them!! Beautiful flowers and nine feeders make for hummer heaven as what appears to be dozens of these little critters zooming in and out for food and companionship. Yep, companionship. I swear the birds enjoy having us humans watching them. Once in a while, they will fly within a couple of feet from us and look us over as if to say, “Hmmmmm, I guess you’re okay, so go about your business.” But most of the time they are in the flowers or the feeders buzzing about making us smile. Did I mention the fountains? These little birds apparently also enjoy an occasional dip in the water and of course, there are fountains here for them. Lots of fun. I have lots of pictures. Of course, the biggest issue is trying to get them to pose. Which they don’t or won’t. When they fly up close to check us out, they don’t mind me looking but when I raise the camera…they get bashful as in zoooooom. I am shooting f/2.8 at 1/8000 to see if I can’t freeze their wings. Here’s one from just a few minutes ago; I don’t have any real software to adjust anything so this is pretty much right out of the camera. The temperature here now is quite pleasant…but the forecast is for 108…and I don’t care if it is a dry heat. That’s hot.

Hummingbird

Hummingbird

 

Hummingbird Buffet

Hummingbird Buffet

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I am in the high desert of Hesperia, CA and was walking in their Farmers Market and “Lo and Behold an Angel Appeared!”  It was Mama Laurie and her Rockin’ Roca ! We chatted for a while about her business and of course, I had to have a sample. And then, I had to buy a package because it is truly very delicious. Now, I know most of my readers probably won’t ever visit Hesperia but if you do, try to come the Thursday Farmers Market and get ready to be amazed by Mama Laurie’s Roca! Kelsey wanted a frozen lemonade from the “Lemon Stand.” What fun. Did I mention the heat? I think it will be cooler today…only 100.

Mama Laurie's Rock'n Roca

Mama Laurie’s Rock’n Roca

 

Frozen Lemonade

Frozen Lemonade

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I could not watch Episode 1 of the American Circus of the Absurd last night, nor, will I be able to watch Episode 2 that starts next week in Pennsylvania. A columnist wrote that it’s like watching the beginning of the Fall of the Roman Empire. All I can do is duck and run for cover.

Duck!

Duck!

 

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Hate is apparently the fastest growing family value, even more pervasive than Pokemon Go. I see hate examples in mall parking lots, little league ball games, walking in the streets, and well, lots of places where adults encourage their children to be bullies and to create fear in others–by parental example! Road ragers, dance moms, sports dads, all teaching their kids that obnoxious, hateful behavior is not only the norm, but, should be fine tuned into something suitable for a reality TV show. Overlay an economic and/or social level without hope onto that foundation of hate, and soon the violence begins. Inevitably the talking heads point to religion, politics or the economy to explain why…and those may all be factors. However, none of those problematic issues can be solved by killing our way out. None. There is a basic set of human values that many have put behind them to further their economic status or their political power or their social dominance. Those people are broken. The majority of the people are NOT broken, why are we letting this happen?

Terror

Terror

 

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I mourn for the dead, the innocent victims in Louisiana, Minnesota, Texas. But there are others, in most states, in most of America.  We as a country seem to be imploding or eroding or exploding or something…none of it good. All of us have prayed, ranted, posted posts and tweeted tweets. And still, the country is turning into a real-life first person shooter video game. It’s all about the hate, the “respect me or else,” and, “I am more righteous than you.”  It starts at the top. It starts at the bottom. It clashes in the middle. Everywhere.

Congress…what a fail and they continue to fail. Everyday.  The presidential election is like a sideshow on a reality TV circus. Any moment now, I expect Jerry Springer to come leaping out and manage a presidential debate. However, I think this is really all our fault. Like history’s Roman games and today’s football matches, we thirst for the violence and the spectacle. We will tailgate to it, drink to it, and make TV series from it…the violence and the spectacle. We somehow managed to nominate two of the most despised-despicable people in our country to lead us out of this mess we are in and be the face of America. How sad.

But for now…remember the families left behind from these madman murderers and try to imagine where they find hope. We are disillusioned and we should be…perhaps the generation that is leaving college and high school now will figure it out. If they can get out of debt long enough to imagine a better way.

Dante's Inferno

Dante’s Inferno

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