dragoness_e: Me in the pink straw cowboy hat (Pink Hat)
I'm finally getting off my lazy butt and posting some photos I took of autumn in rural Tennessee, and friendly dogs out for a walk with us, taken during our Thanksgiving up there.

Here be pictures! )
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Sorry for the huge delay in posting these pictures. Things have been hectic since getting home. So, on our 6th day of travel, Thursday, March 20th, we crossed New Mexico. Starting from Gallup, NM in the morning, we diverted up to Santa Fe to take in the ancient mission churches and modern art galleries there, then cut down the back roads across eastern New Mexico ranch lands to Tucumcari, where we stopped for the night.

Santa Fe to Tucumcari )
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Wednesday, we visited the Grand Canyon (awesome!), Meteor Crater (big hole in the ground), and raced the sun to see the Petrified National Forest and got there a bit too late, so we didn't see that. We also stopped and took pictures of various things along the way.

Pictures! )
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We crossed the Mojave desert after Bakersfield and headed into Arizona. The Mojave Desert pretty much bored everyone, though I snapped a few pictures of yucca trees.

Look, mountains! )
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Monday, we checked out of the hotel I'd been living in for the last 8 months and departed San Jose, heading southwest to Big Bend Redwood State Park. I've posted previously about my first visit to the big trees; this time, I took Becky & Steve to see them.

They were muchly impressed )
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Everyone arrived Friday night, dead tired, and collapsed. Saturday, the weather was a bit gray, so we went downtown to the Rosicrucian Egyptian Park. I've visited there before, and had fun showing it to Steve and Becky. I took a bunch more pictures, too.

Here's some more )
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Japanese Tea Garden, part 1 - Entrance photos from back in late December 2007.
Japanese Tea Garden, part 2

Continuing my photogenic visit to the Japanese Garden in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco. (Which actually isn't very close to the Golden Gate Bridge; Presidio Park is actually at the foot of the bridge).

Along the backside of the garden )
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As mentioned recently, I finally thought to bring cash for the admission fee and was able to see the Japanese Tea Garden in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. Here starts a jillion pictures or so. You'll see a lot of people in the background of these pictures; this Japanese garden is a very popular place.

Japanese Tea Garden, part 1 - Entrance photos from back in late December 2007.

Japanese Tea Garden: Entrance and beyond )
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While I was visiting the Japanese Tea Garden at San Francisco's Golden Gate Park, (for which I brought the admission fee, this time), I took close-ups of some of the early spring flowers.

Flowers )
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During the visit to the Japanese Tea Garden at Golden Gate Park (more about that in future posts), I took pictures of the regional jaybird, the Western Scrub-Jay, Aphelocoma californica.

Bird pictures )
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Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum, part 1
Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum, part 2
Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum, part 3
Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum, part 4
Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum, part 5
Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum, part 6
Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum, part 7

Welcome to the last installment of my visit to the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum. This time, we visit the museum's small Babylonian collection. At one time, this museum was called the Rosicrucian Oriental Museum, back in the day when 'oriental' meant 'Middle Eastern' more than "East Asian', and a Babylonian/Sumerian section would have been perfectly normal to have in a museum otherwise full of Egyptian artifacts. Now, the Babylonian section has quite a few educational displays tying it into the Egyptian theme of the museum, mostly as an Egyptian trade partner. Egypt has imported Sumerian and Babylonian goods since before recorded history, and exported raw materials to the rest of the Middle East. It has also suffered the attacks of Assyria and Persia.

On to Babylon! )
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Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum, part 1
Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum, part 2
Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum, part 3
Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum, part 4
Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum, part 5
Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum, part 6

In this, the next-to-last installment of my visit to the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum, I show off some photos of dioramas that I forgot to fit in previously, and a variety of those wooden boat models the ancient Egyptians were fond of.

Boats and Dioramas )
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Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum, part 1
Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum, part 2
Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum, part 3
Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum, part 4

This installment has photos related to agriculture, fishing and food preparation. It's quite a few disparate subjects unified under the topic of "It's about food, somehow".

It's about food, somehow )
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Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum, part 1
Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum, part 2
Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum, part 3

Welcome to the fourth installment of my photos from the Egyptian Museum. The next few installments will be about items relevant to daily life. Quotes are from museum placards; the rest is my own.

Beauty and Hygiene )
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Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum, part 1
Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum, part 2

This installment continues with items of religious significance or from other elite professions, like scribes. Quotes are from museum display placards.

Priests and Scribes )
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Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum, part 1

This installment continues with funerary offerings, mostly. Quotes are from museum display placards.

Funerary Offerings )

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