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Winter on the Gulf of Mexico

Gulf of Mexico beach near Fort Morgan, Alabama.

Fort Morgan, Alabama – Mid-day, the end of January. It’s cold, but calm. People come down to the beach for their morning walks, to collect seashells or driftwood, perhaps. Two men at the far right, near the horizon, were fishing from beach chairs while a Great Blue Heron closely monitored their activity.

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The Montague Flood – 2018

Standing water surrounding an ice cream shop in Montague, Michigan.

Standing water in Montague, Michigan after several days of heavy August rain.

After several days of heavy rain, Twisters Ice Cream shop in Montague is bounded by standing water to the south across the bicycle trail.

Butternut Creek rises with the rain, but quickly drains into the White River, which empties into White Lake. The water level in the Lake is 3 to 4 feet higher than it was two years ago. The beach on Lake Michigan, about 7 miles to the west, is almost non-existent.

Evidence of flooding on Butternut Creek in Montague, Michigan.

Buttermilk Creek in Montague, Michigan. Although the water has receded significantly, it is still much above its normal level.

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My Place in the World

Blurred lines on a highway at night.That one place…a place that feels like home…the place I belong?
It’s been the quest of my adult life.
As mysterious as the darkness beyond the reach of the car’s headlights on a pitch-black night
racing to punch through into the light
maybe around the next bend
that one place…
…my place in the world?

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Blossoming Prickly Pear

Despite its incredibly fierce passive/aggressive defense, the Prickly Pear Cactus sprouts a very delicate flower about this time every spring. These are a few growing around the perimeter of the Snow to Sun RV Resort’s leash-free dog park and birding center. Prickly Pear blossoms begin opening in the Rio Grande Valley late March. By the end of June to the middle of July tunas will be ripe for harvest and turned into a delicious wine.

Prickly Pear Cactus blossoms

Prickly Pear blossoms appearing in late March, 2018, in the Rio Grande Valley, Texas. Prickly Pear blossoms appearing in late March, 2018, in the Rio Grande Valley, Texas. Prickly Pear blossoms appearing in late March, 2018, in the Rio Grande Valley, Texas. Prickly Pear blossoms appearing in late March, 2018, in the Rio Grande Valley, Texas. Prickly Pear blossoms appearing in late March, 2018, in the Rio Grande Valley, Texas. Prickly Pear blossoms appearing in late March, 2018, in the Rio Grande Valley, Texas. Prickly Pear blossoms appearing in late March, 2018, in the Rio Grande Valley, Texas.

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Some of My Favorite Places

My favorite place is wherever I am…or, most often, someplace else.

Regardless, those places always include green trees, water, moderately warm temperatures, and frequently – adult beverages.

Man tasting wine in a winery

My brother, Charlie, proprietor of Victor Alexander Winery, Bainbridge Island, WA

Lake Michigan shore near Montague, MI

Lake Michigan shore near Montague, MI

Northwest Plains and Mountains

Northwest Plains and Mountains

Sunset at Orange Beach, Alabama

Sunset at Orange Beach, Alabama

Quinta Mazatlan, McAllen, Texas

Quinta Mazatlan, McAllen, Texas

Wharf and Ferris Wheel at Seattle, Washington.

Wharf and Ferris Wheel at Seattle, Washington.

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