Spotlight- It’s No Joke

“Thousands have lived without love, not one without water.”- W. H. Auden

Drought conditions

Drought conditions

It isn’t until you’re faced with a situation that you finally realize that it’s true. Time spent in California has put a face on the water shortage in the state.

While spending time at Lake Oroville Dam, the visual landscape is daunting. To actually see the damage a four-year drought has caused has made me more conscientious about water usage. Before taking a shower, I make it a point to turn on the water right before stepping in. Just like in the days of boot camp, I get in, get it done and get out. If there’s unused water left in my water bottle, I dump it out on plants and not in the street.

Local news stations in parts of Northern California, have television segments called Water Wednesdays, to bring water conservation tips and information to viewers. Homeowners must use mandatory water schedules regarding lawn care or face being fined. Big business are not removed from these restrictions although I have witnessed water meant for grass and gardens being wasted on the sidewalks turning streets into little rivers.

Hopefully water rations are not a part of California’s future. It’s a frightful thought. Imagine, families allowed only so many gallons of liquid blue for drinking, bathing, cooking and washing clothes. What would happen if farmers were given limited water usage for crops? Can you image not eating apples, oranges, grapes, melons or vegetables?

It’s time to take the water shortage seriously. It’s not one group, one race or one families responsiblity. It’s everyone’s responsibility.

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Spotlight-I Thought Spring Had Arrived

“No matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow.”- Proverb

Tree blossoms

Tree blossoms

I just completed another trek across America, west bound to California. Along the way I welcomed the signs of spring as I traveled I-70 until it turned into I-80, one of the longest highways in America. Imagine my surprise when I came across snow-capped mountains and long patches of snow throughout the landscape.

Oh no! Snow!

Oh no! Snow!

When an opportunity presented, I snapped away at any and every sign that spring had arrived. These snapshots of beauty allowed my mind and body to celebrate the joy of things to come. (Photos are those of the author and may not be reproduced without permission.)

Life emerging

Life emerging

Spotlight-Finding Peace

“You cannot find peace by avoiding life.”-Virginia Woolf

On this Good Friday, I’m taking time to not only reflect but to give thanks for so many things. Of course as you all know, my book, The Fat Girls Cub was released last Wednesday and for that I’m pleased. I’m also thankful for the ability to trek across America to find the usual and unusual. I give thanks for my friends, family members and all those whose paths I’ve crossed along my journeys.

Today’s Spotlight feature goes to Oregon and all its wonderful waterfalls that filled my mind, body and spirit. These photos are one of the reasons I love Oregon so much.

Photo101-Graduation

“Work expands so as to fill the time available for its Completion.”-C Northcote Parkinson

It’s so sad to say goodbye but we must. This is the last day of Photography 101 from Blogging University. It has been a great experience and opened the door to some very talented people in my virtual classroom. To the staff, “Thank You.” To those who follow my work or took a peek at my blog, Best To You in your Endeavors. Here’s my last homework page, a wrap-up of my favorites and that of those who commented on my site.

 

 

Photo101-Triumph and Contrast

“The triumph can’t be had without the struggle.”- Wilma Rudolph

Oregon lighthouse lens

Oregon lighthouse lens

Well our Photo 101 class is almost over. Our instructor states, “Triumph denotes drama of some sort whether it’s big or small. Playing with Contrast is a great way to enhance your photos for a more dramatic effect.” So let’s see what happens. (All rights reserved. Photos are that of writer of this article.)