I observed miles upon miles of flooded farmland through the Amtrak window during the 24 hour ride between Seattle and San Francisco

reality for the farmers of Washington, December 2008: I observed miles upon miles of flooded farmland through the Amtrak window during the 24 hour ride between Seattle and San Francisco

First car I'd seen in almost an hour.

Sunset over northern Oregon: First car I'd seen in almost an hour.

Bernal Heights, San Francisco

Obstacle of Beauty: Bernal Heights, San Francisco

Bernal Heights Park - This San Francisco climate is heaven for succulents, unlike the chills of Seattle.

getting my nose in the greenery: Bernal Heights Park - This San Francisco climate is heaven for succulents, unlike the chills of Seattle.

A determined old rootball witness during my first-ever trip to Yosemite.

Roots, Knotty Roots: A determined old rootball witnessed during my first-ever trip to Yosemite.

He greeted us as we reached the second floor of the San Francisco Asian Art Museum, an appropriate location for him, so I made a small gift.

Ganesh - Remover of obstacles: He greeted us as we reached the second floor of the San Francisco Asian Art Museum, an appropriate location for him, so I made a small gift.

Imagination robed in wood.  Gorgeous.  As seen at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.  This room made me want to build forts and climb trees and spin around till I got dizzy.

Thank you, Martin Puryear!: Imagination robed in wood. Gorgeous. As seen at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. This room made me want to build forts and climb trees and spin around till I got dizzy.

This muscular tree was glowing above me during a mid-afternoon jaunt, and looked ripe for monkey business, but it was the living fence of a gated community where no such activity occurs.

Where are the monkeys?: This muscular tree was glowing above me during a mid-afternoon jaunt, and looked ripe for monkey business, but it was the living fence of a gated community where no such activity occurs.

My bare foot is still wounded from stepping to close to this sharp star. - Laguna Woods Wilderness Park, California

Star: My right foot is still wounded from stepping to close to this sharp star. - Laguna Woods Wilderness Park, California

This one, with its many metal twins, ruled the hilltops of the entire Laguna area.  I could feel his electricity.

Neighbor: This one, with its many metal siblings, ruled the hilltops of the entire Laguna area. I could feel his electricity.

This snail shell captivated me, sitting along the trail where only pointy, tough plants grew.  So gentle and ancient. - Laguna Woods, CA

Shell-f: This snail shell captivated me, sitting along the trail where only pointy, tough plants grew. So gentle and ancient. - Laguna Woods, CA