Last Day

Hopefully you’ve had a relaxing holiday season and are rested before getting back after it tomorrow.

I know, I know.  More time.

Unfortunately, time waits for no one.

And that includes my winter solstice sale.  It ends today, Sunday, January 4, 2015 at midnight Pacific Standard Time.

All products are 20% off (does not apply to shipping costs).  Just enter Winter14 in the coupon field when you are ready to check out.  Click on the coupon below to start browsing or on the photo above to go directly to that image.

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Thank you for your support!

And Happy New Year!!!!

McLoughlin Clear Sunset

The nice thing about having views like this within a quick drive is that we can try and try and try.  Sometimes the scene cooperates, sometimes not.  Sometimes somewhere in-between.

Some five days prior, the scene did not cooperate.  We were in the clouds and it was snowing fairly heavily.  Driving up this day, the scene looked to be cooperating, as there were low clouds hugging the base of Mount McLoughlin as a skirt.

By the time the sun was setting, it was somewhere in-between.  The clouds had dissipated, but the light was nice.

That’s a fair trade.

The time also gave Goddess a chance to check out her new backpack, lightly loaded, as she walked around on the fresh powder.

That made it just about perfect.  A crisp late afternoon, fresh snow, our footprints the only ones to be seen, a fresh cup of hot beverage (water in this case, since Goddess forgot where she put the tea bags; they were promptly found in her pack once we got home), beautiful late afternoon light and only the sound of the eagles screeching in the trees.

Yep, just about perfect.


Just a reminder, through this upcoming weekend I have a 20% off sale going on over at Bill Anders Photography.  Yep, even including the photo above.

All products are 20% off (does not apply to shipping costs).  Just enter Winter14 in the coupon field when you are ready to check out.  Click on the coupon below to start browsing or on the photo above to go directly to that image.

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Upheld

This photo has become a tradition on this blog on Christmas Eve, now on its fourth year running.

Why is that?  There are so many different ways to view this, if you want to look.  So many different meanings, if you wish to look.

However you choose to look at it, just know that my wish for you have a peaceful end of the calendar year, adhering to whatever practices bring you comfort and joy and hopefully a bit of relaxation.

Christmas Eve Globe Lights Ornament by Bill Anders Photography

Globes

GlobesWe are marking the first full day of winter today with a grin.  Yesterday was the kick-off for this year’s Winter Solstice offering over on my photography site and it was a good day (thank you everyone!).

But if you’re following via social media sites, they do a fine job of squashing certain posts that contain certain words, especially words that are a single-word representation of an offering of anything at a reduced level of currency.  Why?  Because they want us to pay them to increase viewership of those specific posts to normal levels.  Or pay even more to increase viewership even higher.

If you are looking for a holiday present, it is too late to get it this week, but if you’re looking for a different look on your wall, now is your chance!  Please click on the picture above and you’ll see the code at the top of my website.

Again, thank you all for your support!!!

Winter Solstice Sale

In a few short hours it will be the official winter solstice for those of us north of the equator.

For some that means it’s now the the beginning of a long, dreary winter.  A season to dread.  But not us.  Winter is another great season to get outside, explore and play.

This past Friday was opening day for our local ski mountain.  Goddess and I were able to get more than a few runs in on uncrowded slopes before school let out for the holidays.  And the rain today.

It’s currently raining up on the mountain, on top of the minimal snow.  Hopefully it doesn’t melt the snow and start another rough winter for the mountain, which never opened last winter for the first time in its 50-year history.

Fingers crossed.


As is tradition here on the solstices and equinoxes, I’m offering a sale on my photography.

All products are 20% off (does not apply to shipping costs).  Just enter Winter14 in the coupon field when you are ready to check out.  Just click on the coupon below to start browsing.

BAP - Winter14Thank you so much for your continued support.  I do appreciate you!

Happy Holidays

I know that today is the last day of school for most school districts as we head into the holidays.

If you’re traveling, please be safe.  If you aren’t, enjoy where you are and who you are with.

And however you spend the holidays, please take a moment to reflect upon how lucky you are.  Because if you have the access and the capability to read this and see the picture below, you have plenty for which to be thankful.

A vendor’s bowl full of choices in a souq (market) in the Muslim quarter of  Jerusalem’s Old City.

Christmas Tree

Goddess and I got rid of our Christmas tree last week.  We hadn’t put it up in years and found someone who needed one.

So it’s set up in another home this season and is decorated beautifully.

So, unbeknownst to Goddess at the time, the other day I adopted this tree when we were out at one of the mountain lakes, hoping for a break in the snow and clouds for some late afternoon mountain pictures.

A bit of a Charlie Brown tree, but that’s OK.  Considering the amount of downed trees around it, it’s doing quite well.

Once again, thanks goes to Goddess, my ever-patient VALS, providing the lighting from camera right.

Oak Ridge

Late afternoon light over the Rogue Valley, helping burn off the fog for a few hours.

Nope, this was not today, but a few weeks back.  The passengers in the car might recognize it now, but I know they were wondering why we pulled off the road so quickly that afternoon.

Today was cloudy and snowy on this same stretch of road.  Still nice, since it meant that Goddess and I were able to get out in the forest with the snow gently falling through the trees.

Nice and quiet.

That was a great thing, especially with our experiences in town today, both leaving and coming back.  I joked with Goddess that I was pretty sure that we were just characters in some video game and that we had a big marker floating over our car that prompted drivers to pull out in front of us, without clearance, and win a prize.

Ever have one of those days?

PCT Thru-Hike Sponsorship

Great news!

Goddess and I have been picked up on a sponsorship for our thru-hike of the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) next year.

The primary sponsor is Yama Mountain Gear, run by Gen Shimizu out in Charlottesville,  Virginia.  Gen makes ultra-light shelters and bags, which will help cut my weight by a couple of pounds.

That’s the deal – I carry the house, Goddess carries the kitchen.

Gen is working hard to get other companies on board, which is nice.  But for us, the most important part of the sponsorship is personal access to mentors, folks that have been doing this for a long time.  It turns out that one of them even lives a few miles away.  It will be good to pick their brains as we prepare.

If you’re wondering why that’s the most important part for us – have you ever asked a question on social media in a group of several hundred people?

There’s your answer.

If you’re curious about our thoughts on this, we both have profile pages on the team site:

Goddess

Bill

Yep, for those of you that don’t know, Goddess’ name is really Jennifer.  But on this page (and in real life) she is and will always be Goddess.

Here we are together:


Part of our responsibility with this sponsorship is to do some fundraising for the Pacific Crest Trail Association (PCTA).  You’ll likely remember several of my posts from this past summer where I was out working on the trail with the PCTA.  Next year we can’t work on the trail, but we can do our part by helping fundraise.

I know it’s a tough time of year for everyone.  Especially since it seems that everyone is putting a hand out.  But this fundraiser will go all the way through 2015, so please don’t feel any pressure to act immediately.

However, if you are looking for another opportunity for a tax write off this year (and again next year), here’s your chance since the PCTA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
Online fundraising for Bill and Jennifer Anders fundraising for the PCTA with mYAMAdventure

As you can see, a couple of folks got a bit antsy (you know who you are), not wanting to wait until the announcement.  That’s awesome!  And Thank You!

I’ll keep you updated as we get closer to the hike.  It’s hard to believe that in just over 100 days we’ll be starting this adventure.

Mossy Snow

We had quite a storm move through the area starting Wednesday.  It really got rolling early Thursday morning.  Here in town, we had winds gusting up into the 70mph range.  The sensor on a nearby mountain top measured 117mph.

Just a tad breezy.

After things settled down Thursday afternoon, I headed out to find some images.  I eventually ended up on Mount Ashland, which received 6″ of snow during the storm.

A good start to the winter.

Here’s a handy tip for you – if you find yourself in the forest without any toilet paper, that green moss is a very good substitute.

Hopefully you’ll have a good weekend, wherever you are, doing whatever brings you joy.