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2011

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So here it is now, after Christmas once more! The cards are fluttering in from across the country, as meanwhile, the 2010 ones are
fluttering down off the curtain where I clip them to enjoy, with the birthday cards, throughout the year. The electronic messages
are zinging me from around the world. And most amazing, I'm still here to enjoy it all! Older now than my father was
when he died, now I can wonder if I'll take after my mother's side. Or wonder if I would want to!

So, what are the highlights?

• What about recovering the fairly-full use of my right ankle and foot after falling twice on the same day in early October of last year?
That took about eleven months, and I'm definitely grateful for the range of abilities it has regained.

• Maybe continuing to lead monthly photo safaris, maintaining a rate of over 900 hits a week on my photo website,
having my first photo show, and having a November image chosen as a regional organization's Christmas card?

• Or healing another badly-banged-up knee--never mind the 6 weeks of crazy itching --I'm just happy to be able to kneel again!

• Or FINALLY, in mid-spring, starting a transcription of the internal dictionary my computer-based Scrabble game uses,
which also provides definitions for some, but not all, of the words my ancient Wordzap game claims exist.
I can even use some of them handily…zarfs and zaxes, qats and suqs and qaids and qanats are all floating within reach when I need them!

• Or traveling to Germany to sing with two other choirs there, one of which made a lovely, colorful calendar photo from our
concert picture, and finding 42 different kinds of birds in the cities where we stayed, plus a freeway-speed glimpse
of two flying storks, the one bird I had said I wanted to see.

• Or visiting a friend from some decades ago en route to the family land in California and finding THREE pairs of right-size
pants at the thrift store in his town, plus a different road to use in getting from east to west.

• I can't overlook picking up two or three friends and enjoying the hot pools (and maybe a Thai meal!) a half-hour south of us
every few weeks during the non-warm months. It's not so nice during the summer, but our climate gives us three other seasons
when it is perfectly delightful.

• Or touring Craters of the Moon on a fine summer day to help test a friend couple's new car. Or a mid-week healthy spring day off
with the same friends, visiting the astounding waterfalls of southern Idaho's spring runoff and rambling on the backcountry trails
at another popular park.

• Or picking up the phone and finding at the other end a high school boyfriend, and still being able to talk for hours.
But there's also a sadness there: he won't use computers, and so won't go see my photos!

Sadness is the price we pay for being able to enjoy, I suppose. We mourned the loss of friends from more than one section
of Camerata Singers, our community choir that can number over 125, as well as the director's newborn daughter. And recently,
we filled a church in remembrance of a favorite member of the photography club. It has been COLD here in Pocatello
since the first weekend of November, when it snowed several inches the night before that month's First Saturday Photo Safari,
making for a magical camera outing with one long-time friend and one brand-new one. Like the sadness, the snow and biting cold
are a gift that enlarges our capacity to enjoy the warm times…which, with the sunlight, are on their way back now!

And that, dear friends, is all I've been inspired to say. Maybe the four-page fount is drying down at last!

The rest is just about the photos....

The photo collection for 2011 came mostly from First Saturday Photo Safari outings that I led for the Portneuf Valley
Photographic Society. Should you wish to view them efficiently, go to the top right and ask for a Slideshow. You won't get slowed down
by the captions that way, although I think it lets you see the title, if there is one.

The first First Saturday Photo Safari of 2011 (held on the second Saturday because the first had been New Year's Day,
it had just snowed, and the party I had been invited to was that day instead of NY eve) began with the excitement
of two NEW people joining two regulars. Not being able to decide what direction to take, we followed our noses, which
led us east. Wayne, Roger, and Ruth each gave Julie directions at different junctures, which led us first to
Franklin Junior High School, where Wayne had seen a couple of moose earlier in the week (we didn't, but we thought it was
an excellent place to go again, other times), and then over the hill to Rapid Creek Road and Inkom, and back to Pocatello
via Old Highway 91 and a sumptuous lunch at the Sand Trap.

The second adventure had Wayne, Roger, Tracey, John and Ruth running north and then east into Wolverine Canyon,
away from Blackfoot, Idaho. Wildlife-watching was the order of the day, as we flushed upland game birds, ogled a deer herd
grazing among circle-irrigation equipment, and deciphered tracks in the snow. Lunch at the Homestead Restaurant capped off
a cold, windy afternoon.

In March, the chosen direction was south, and then we opted for a northward jog into Blackrock Canyon, which absorbed
Roger, Tracey, and Ruth for the morning. Roger left, and the ladies lunched at Chili's and moved on to McCammon
via the west side of Marsh Valley, picking up Indian Creek at Inkom.

April's outing had two new folks again, and took Rickie, Traci, and Ruth ultimately to Lava, via the Pocatello landfill,
Indian Creek, Inkom, and McCammon, with many stops and other side-trips along the way. Riokie, head of the porcelain painters'
group, was looking for animals, this month's theme, so we let that be the focus of this trip. Lunch was at Johnny's in Lava.

May was filled with so many obligatory activities that I don't remember if we even had an official outing, but Marijana and I
did go back to Indian Canyon, and Roger, Peggy, and I ventured to Caldron Linn, Twin Falls Park, and Shoshone Falls
for a mid-week health day.

June must have had people working hard to keep up with the weeds overgrowing their yards; nobody came to either outing
that I scheduled. I didn't bring a camera with me on a choir tour to Germany in mid-June, buying postcards instead.

In July, the first weekend included a holiday, so there were complaints heard, but on the appointed 1st Saturday, Judy
and Lorne joined Ruth in scurrying over the countryside at the north end of Pocatello and then up the Green Canyon
for wildflowers, with a fine Jeri's Jumbo brunch between. Then on the second Saturday, Wayne and Ruth made up
new rules and worked with evening light at the north end again, at the city's fine southside rose garden, and at the
start of the AMI Trail.

Nobody came in August or September, even though both trips were specially re-scheduled to the Second Saturday.
The July/August photos here came from Ruth's annual trip west, which included a respite at Wallowa Lake State Park,
where I hadn't been in 30 years. The return leg of that journey gave me a day in Lamoille Canyon and an hour
near Angel Lake, both in northern Nevada. My September contributions were from the Native Plant Society's annual
fall color outing and another delightful stay near Maple Grove Hot Springs.

The first Saturday in October was given to Scott Kelby's World Wide Photo Walk
< http://worldwidephotowalk.com/walk/pocatello-id-united-states/ >; a healthy group from our club took part, wandering
Idaho State University's lower campus area for some fine shots.

November's Safari was the morning following a generous, windless dusting of snow; Kathy, Roger, and Ruth worked with
a log fence, fast-moving clouds, snow-laden shrubs with bright berries peeking out, and distant mountain ranges.
The honeysuckle berries from my back yard were chosen for a holiday greeting card by the Sagebrush Steppe Regional Land Trust.

And December's outing didn't happen either, the temperature hovering around zero degrees F (my semi-Brazilian girlfriend
in Arizona admonishes me to remember that SHE thinks in Celsius now, so I must make the distinction!).

Tree at Franklin Jr.  High
Tree at Franklin Jr. High
t1%2f11%2f419411%2f4%2f131685608.QFkKcAj3.jpg Rock near Rapid Creek
Rock near Rapid Creek
Snow on a Rapid Creek Rock
Snow on a Rapid Creek Rock
Juniper Overlooking Rapid Creek
Juniper Overlooking Rapid Creek
Portneuf River at Ft. Hall Mine Rd., Northward
Portneuf River at Ft. Hall Mine Rd., Northward
South from Ft. Hall Mine Road
South from Ft. Hall Mine Road
Pocatello Range
Pocatello Range
The Blackfoot River is at the Bottom
The Blackfoot River is at the Bottom
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t1%2f11%2f419411%2f4%2f132486375.jMGR8YHF.jpg t1%2f11%2f419411%2f4%2f132486377.BnlfTTIC.jpg t1%2f11%2f419411%2f4%2f132486662.vVvkrTAa.jpg Across the Valley from Blackrock Canyon
Across the Valley from Blackrock Canyon
Toward Fort Hall Mine Road
Toward Fort Hall Mine Road
Marsh Creek
Marsh Creek
Dogwoods and Willows along Portneuf River
Dogwoods and Willows along Portneuf River
Willow on Spinner Farm
Willow on Spinner Farm
Retreating from Spinners' Farm
Retreating from Spinners' Farm
Living on the Edge
Living on the Edge
t4%2f11%2f419411%2f4%2f134404084.qr36jRli.jpg t4%2f11%2f419411%2f4%2f134403949.ko6NDCjg.jpg May, and Still Snowing!
May, and Still Snowing!
Hairy Mullein, Murtaugh
Hairy Mullein, Murtaugh
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Slack Snake River, above the Caldron
Slack Snake River, above the Caldron
Gathering Momentum
Gathering Momentum
Caldron view from above the river
Caldron view from above the river
The Plunge
The Plunge
The little overflow cataract
The little overflow cataract
Snake River Dives into Caldron Linn
Snake River Dives into Caldron Linn
Mist Garden in the Middle
Mist Garden in the Middle
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Falls Park Overview
Falls Park Overview
The WILD Version, early May
The WILD Version, early May
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t4%2f11%2f419411%2f4%2f134681505.qiZlSE9h.jpg t4%2f11%2f419411%2f4%2f134681506.cdbKfByO.jpg Well-used hiking trail around the lake
Well-used hiking trail around the lake
Poison Ivy
Poison Ivy
Irises Tracing Shadows over Watercress
Irises Tracing Shadows over Watercress
t4%2f11%2f419411%2f4%2f134682106.qKHA6g8x.jpg t4%2f11%2f419411%2f4%2f134682107.plH2pSMT.jpg t4%2f11%2f419411%2f4%2f134682108.ZCANvTyB.jpg t4%2f11%2f419411%2f4%2f134682109.3k5Kio2R.jpg Big-leaf Balsamroot
Big-leaf Balsamroot
Penstemon, probably cyaneus
Penstemon, probably cyaneus
Mule's-ear, Wyethia sp.
Mule's-ear, Wyethia sp.
Roots to You
Roots to You
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Windblown Grasses in Ephemeral Pool
Windblown Grasses in Ephemeral Pool
Spent Artemesia by Snowmelt Pool
Spent Artemesia by Snowmelt Pool
Bannock Range
Bannock Range
t4%2f11%2f419411%2f4%2f133154251.rExi1S43.jpg 'Tis the Sweet-smelling Season
'Tis the Sweet-smelling Season
Russian Olive Flowers
Russian Olive Flowers
Prettiest in the Pasture
Prettiest in the Pasture
Phacelia and Rock
Phacelia and Rock
Dusty Maiden, Chaenactis  sp.
Dusty Maiden, Chaenactis sp.
Foxtail Barley
Foxtail Barley
West from the Cinder Cone
West from the Cinder Cone
Northeast from the Cinder Cone
Northeast from the Cinder Cone
Hardy Geraniums
Hardy Geraniums
Clematis and Chimes
Clematis and Chimes
Starlite
Starlite
Summer Sunset, Looking Toward Chinese Peak
Summer Sunset, Looking Toward Chinese Peak
t4%2f11%2f419411%2f4%2f136289862.ITpsoIBC.jpg A Windworn Fencepost
A Windworn Fencepost
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Rock on a Slope
Rock on a Slope
Signposts by the Creek
Signposts by the Creek
Hooker's or Taper-tip Onion
Hooker's or Taper-tip Onion
Allium acuminatum
Allium acuminatum
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Limber Pine Cone
Limber Pine Cone
t4%2f11%2f419411%2f4%2f136347493.ehRnkH3x.jpg Epilobium latifolium alongside Lamoille Creek
Epilobium latifolium alongside Lamoille Creek
Epilobium latifolium
Epilobium latifolium
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Aquilegia formosa
Aquilegia formosa
t4%2f11%2f419411%2f4%2f137110805.y5qSuDrv.jpg Island Creek? cascades into Lamoille Canyon
Island Creek? cascades into Lamoille Canyon
t4%2f11%2f419411%2f4%2f137111182.jVaP9p3Q.jpg Indian Paintbrush Nestles in a Rock
Indian Paintbrush Nestles in a Rock
t4%2f11%2f419411%2f4%2f137111184.kPpb2clr.jpg t4%2f11%2f419411%2f4%2f137111185.A1rRL1Ud.jpg Those Decorated Slopes
Those Decorated Slopes
At Wallowa Lake
At Wallowa Lake
Abert Lake
Abert Lake
Penstemon, Island Lake Trail
Penstemon, Island Lake Trail
Agastache at Angel Lake
Agastache at Angel Lake
Danielson Creek
Danielson Creek
Cottonwood--New Against Old
Cottonwood--New Against Old
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t4%2f11%2f419411%2f4%2f138180592.9gCEPbbx.jpg Mink Creek Valley, Franklin Co
Mink Creek Valley, Franklin Co
Tall Teasels
Tall Teasels
t4%2f11%2f419411%2f4%2f138180595.Wosotdpu.jpg Mist Dances, September Morning
Mist Dances, September Morning
Bigtooth Maple Feeling the Chill
Bigtooth Maple Feeling the Chill
t4%2f11%2f419411%2f4%2f138180598.ScaCbaT7.jpg Bear River coming into Oneida Canyon
Bear River coming into Oneida Canyon
Fifteen Miles South of Grace
Fifteen Miles South of Grace
t4%2f11%2f419411%2f4%2f138180601.kxpcMEev.jpg
t4%2f11%2f419411%2f4%2f138180602.A5imynDk.jpg Blue Elderberry -- Sambucus caerulea
Blue Elderberry -- Sambucus caerulea
t4%2f11%2f419411%2f4%2f138180604.rDJKAlf8.jpg A Creek that Feeds the Bear
A Creek that Feeds the Bear
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A Cascade Splashes
A Cascade Splashes
t4%2f11%2f419411%2f4%2f138180608.Vqrdo1dg.jpg Fish-Ripples Echoed in the Sky--and the Hills
Fish-Ripples Echoed in the Sky--and the Hills
t4%2f11%2f419411%2f4%2f138340615.LmvMz9IO.jpg t4%2f11%2f419411%2f4%2f138340616.TtqYqjVZ.jpg
t4%2f11%2f419411%2f4%2f138340617.ZZD7Gtfs.jpg Bigtooth Maple Forest
Bigtooth Maple Forest
t4%2f11%2f419411%2f4%2f138340619.wzrNWbP9.jpg Bigtooth Maple
Bigtooth Maple
t4%2f11%2f419411%2f4%2f138340621.xX9RnkRK.jpg
t4%2f11%2f419411%2f4%2f138340622.xPIxj20k.jpg t4%2f11%2f419411%2f4%2f138340623.hFmb57E2.jpg t4%2f11%2f419411%2f4%2f138340624.rGasWLmp.jpg Red-Osier Dogwood, Cornus stolonifera
Red-Osier Dogwood, Cornus stolonifera
Hips of  Rosa woodsii
Hips of Rosa woodsii
Marsh Valley and McCammon
Marsh Valley and McCammon
Overlooking Marsh Valley and McCammon
Overlooking Marsh Valley and McCammon
Inky Cap, Early
Inky Cap, Early
Inky Cap, Later
Inky Cap, Later
English Oak
English Oak
Elderberries!
Elderberries!
Morning Crosses Lower Campus
Morning Crosses Lower Campus
t4%2f11%2f419411%2f4%2f139795475.dl5cnRGJ.jpg t4%2f11%2f419411%2f4%2f139795479.384RfGjZ.jpg Honeysuckle Berries
Honeysuckle Berries
Mountains East of Mackay
Mountains East of Mackay