Sunday, October 30, 2011

A Walk In The Park



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I wasn’t the only one out for a walk on this Beautiful Day






I love when the leaves are on the trees and on the ground. A beautiful canopy above and a carpet of many colors to walk upon below. I love the sound of leaves crunching underneath my feet as I walk. Autumn is such a Beautiful time of the year.






This tree looked as if it was reaching for the sky, basking in the warmth of the sunlight shining down upon it from above.





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I found this little girl who had climbed up into the tree, her family down below, taking a few pictures as well.






I just loved this tree. It had so much character no matter how you looked at it. These branches looked like some kind of prehistoric creature. At least that is what I saw and imagined it to be, and tried to captured it with my camera.






I took many more pictures in the park that day but will end with this one. To some it may be simple, but I do love the simple things of life. I just loved how the trees seemed to be looking upward. I loved the contrast, and the little white cloud floating by just like the afternoon just seemed to float by. It was a good day, and I forgot about everything accept living in the moment as I walked, and stopped to enjoy the beauty that surrounded me. It was a week ago today that I went for a walk in the park.



Hope to find you all well.

Have a wonderful week and remember there is a God who loves you. Seek Him and He may be found. He is as near as the mention of His Name.


Love and Care

Dianne :)


Friday, October 28, 2011

Nokia Announces The New Dawn With Windows Mobile

Nokia launched two new smartphones from Microsoft Windows, Wednesday, in time for Christmas, the first step in fighting back the mobile phone manufacturer in trouble against Apple and Google.

CEO Stephen Elop introduced two new smartphones, the first fruits of its big bet on Microsoft software for an audience of 3000 in London high, saying they represented the beginning of a new era for the Finnish giant.

"It's a new dawn for Nokia," Elop said when he unveiled the Lumia upscale and midscale 800 710 Lumia, who will go on sale in major European markets next month.

An interview with Reuters, said Elop's largest manufacturer of mobile phones in the world had moved, while at 13 months in office, which has seen the renewal of the leadership and thousands of layoffs.

"It is a different company operating on a different clock speed," he said. "The amount of effort and passion and work that's been accomplished that we were able to show off today is the best evidence of that."

Nokia shares, which have halved in value as high risk Elop announced a partnership with Microsoft, and abandoned the old platform in February rose 3.1 percent for the year 1323 GMT, beating the wider market .

Elop said the design of the new phones "minimalist superior navigation features that make them stand between the rival Windows phones, some of which have been quicker to market with the new mobile platform from Microsoft Mango.

Christian Lindholm, a partner at design agency Fjord, which has already succeeded Classic Nokia S60 and S40 user interface, said the new phone has displayed renewed confidence in the traditional strengths of Nokia.

"They're getting back to their roots -- simplicity," he said. "They've stripped out the noise and focused on what people need to communicate, navigate and socialize."

Analysts were positive for the new phone, even though they said the first results of the Nokia-Microsoft pair stayed away from the iPhone killer.

"These devices are a good start, but the reality is that they are pretty much plain vanilla Windows Phone products,"said Ben Wood, research director at the UK, the overall telecommunications analysis firm CSC.

"A genuine fruit of the labors of Nokia and Microsoft will be next year ... but it is a Herculean task to capture this lucrative market, and Apple (the Google platform) Android."

The Lumia 800, with bright colors and curved black screen features icons Windows Phone Live on the home screen, auto-update news, weather and Facebook feeds.

It also provides a free navigation, and Microsoft's new browser Internet Explorer 9, and sells about 420 € (584 dollars) tax exemption, putting it in the same category as Apple's iPhone and Samsung phones Galaxy tops.

Snow blades are sold by nearly 710 270 euros.

"Lumia phones have some good stores in its own right ... and offer a look that is radically different from anything seen before on a Nokia device," said John Delaney, research director at technology research firm IDC .

Hard work

Nokia has suffered most in recent years, the U.S., where operators have been rejected in favor of offering the iPhone and Android models like the Motorola Droid.

Elop said the company planned a portfolio of new products for the U.S. market early next year and says he has the support of Nokia U.S. carrier.

In Europe, Nokia launched new phones with the support of 31 operators and distributors, helping the phones in the hands of consumers and provides security.

Mobile platform Microsoft has a market share of only 2-3 percent, compared to Android in nearly 50 percent and 15 percent of the smartphone market from Apple.

Analysts and developers say that the Microsoft platform was becoming the third player on a random time when Google planned $ 12.5 billion offer for the uncertainty of Motorola Mobility for other Android phone manufacturers.

"They were really lucky. There is much doubt the Android Marketplace now," said Carolina Milanesi, an analyst at Gartner technology research.

Elop said that it was an open question what the trouble to Google Motorola business would be, but said nothing to indicate problems that should help.

"I think any kind of confusion or doubt in other ecosystems can be something that can be an advantage for Windows Phone," said Elop told Reuters.

The phones will be sold in France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Spain and England in November, and Hong Kong, India, Russia, Singapore and Taiwan before the end of the year.

Nokia also unveiled four new handsets as the basis for emerging markets, where it still has a leading position.

Nokia's third quarter beat expectations low, which bodes well for the company can survive a painful renew, but smartphone sales still fell by 38 percent a year ago.

The annual Nokia World media and industry events in London, where the launch took place on Wednesday, includes speakers from the world's largest providers, China Mobile, Vodafone, Orange and MTN.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

The Last Train

My Dad brought us from our cabin to Virginia City to see what life was back in the day…and no, we didn’t go by trainI have a real obsession with photographic textures as you may know.  This place was chuck full of textureI can’t help but think of John when looking at these pictures…he’s a train man and after seeing this I can see whyJust look at the paint peeling around this window on the train…texture!  I can only imagine the train when it was fully functional…those days may be long gone but in it’s own way I think it’s still beautifulI actually wish I could have taken some pictures of this place at night..I think the shadows would have been interestingThe old iron on these trains had seen better days.  I guess they are raising money to do something with these old trains…I ‘d say they have their work cut out for them.  All aboard?  The local houses looked much like the trainOne of the old barns had some rusted metal attached to the weathered siding…how cool!  Hmm, I had never in my life heard about thisCheap cash?  Isn’t that all we have these daysFaded Glory still flies.  No, I did not walk through these doors and wet my whistle.  We aren’t the lone star state however there was still a lone star here.  I love the look of old rusty hinges on weather buildingsNothing like a groundhog eye view of the railroad tracksThe end of this rail seemed like and exclamation point of sorts.  I found the old structures near the old trains as interesting as the trains themselvesI thought the back door to this train car was really in quite good condition.  Look at this old wagon that carried luggage I would imagineNevada City and Virginia City both are terrific places to visit…this way…Please make yourself comfortable while you wait for the next train.  These red trains were in far better shape then the other ones we sawDoesn’t this make you almost see people coming and going back in the dayI have to say ladies:  I’m already “spoke-en” forThat joke was so bad it about made my nose bleed…ugh.  Some talk about white picket fences…but I like this oneI wonder if these were the last trains out that just never leftThis train reminded me of something that would fit right in on the set of that old Clint Eastwood movie where he painted the whole town redCan you imagine traveling any distance in one of theseThese old hand rails had a style of another age too…I think they’re amazing.  It wouldn’t be right to end this blog without showing you the caboose!  We have some warmer days coming but the leaves are about done in for the year…I’m going to have to get creative.  Next time I will cover a few more pictures from our cabin adventure and a few more from the city center…they even preserved the old items in the stores…stay tuned!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Fall Colors at the Ranch

Well I have so many Fall photos from our place that I decided to post my 1st video slideshow with music that I created.  I just hope this works.  All of the photos were taken on our property.  But first a little collage of some of what you will see.

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 Now onto the video, I hope you enjoy.  Don’t bother enlarging as I always have to reduce the size of anything I upload due to my slow connection.  So enlarging on anything I upload only looses quality.  

Fall at Hidden Spring Ranch by Here I Am/Carrie


Well between taking photos and getting this blog out I have also been busy picking plums, crabapples and pears.  Our apples are next on the list.

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While out picking the last of the pears today I came across a couple blossoms on it. I don’t recall ever seeing that in all the years with our fruit trees.

Well I got the canning done on the pears.  Actually this is the first time we have gotten enough to even can.  I was visiting many of you while peeling these pears.  Sure made the job more enjoyable.  I really hate canning.
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Where ever you are I hope you are enjoying the colors of whatever season it may be
and have a
Good Morning…   Good Afternoon…   Good Night…
What ever it is to you.

Photos, Video and Words
Here I Am/Carrie


Sunday, October 23, 2011

Birds Of A Feather Stick Together




Geese In V Formation

Geese Flying Over The Bay At Sunrise




In Autumn, geese instinctively fly in a V-shaped formation when they travel South for the winter. The flock all work together in unison. As each bird flaps its wings , it reduces the wind resistance of the  bird behind it. Thus , each goose cuts an easier path for the one following it. This allows the geese to cover a greater distance than if each bird flew on its own. Some fly as far north as the Arctic Circle in the spring time and some fly as far south as Mexico for the winter. It is said, that they can soar as high as twenty- nine thousand feet. Wow! That is amazing!

When the lead goose gets weary , it drops back in the formation and allows another goose to fly point. The geese at the back of the formation honk to encourage those in front of them to keep going. The geese stay in perfect V- shaped formation , and not one goose is left behind.

Just as God has prepared geese for their migration , He also takes care of us as we journey through life here on earth. He did not create us to go it alone. He planned for each of us to be in relationship with Him and each other. Through His Grace we find comfort and strength, and He uses other people to love and encourage us along lives journey. We as believers are His arms to give hugs to others. We are His hands and feet and I believe we can make a difference in this world. We can pray but we can also put love and compassion into action. Faith without works is dead but works alone will never get us to where God intended us to be.( James : Chapter 2, Verses 14-25 ).

God shines His Light through His Creation which includes us as we are made in His Image. We can come along side and honk, so to speak , to encourage someone who is feeling the force of turbulence in their life. And when you are feeling the harsh wind on your face and feeling weary, drop back in the formation for a while to receive encouragement from God and others you can rely on , so you can gain the strength  to keep going.

In Summary: God never intended for us to “go it alone” on our journey through life. He designed us to be carriers of His Grace to encourage one another.




Birds Of A Feather

Geese Taking Flight From A Farmer’s Field




Friends Stick Together




Fly Away Home

Goodbye My Feathered Friends… See You In The Spring Time




It has been awhile since I last posted. I guess you could say I have been resting at the back of the formation. I haven’t been feeling quite up to par, but I am doing much better. I was out with my camera for a walk in the park today, and took a few photos of the Fall Colors. This is the first I have been out with my camera in over 3 weeks. It felt wonderful, and it was a Beautiful day with plenty of Sun, and in the low 50’s.

The photos posted in todays blog are from my archives. Some of you may have seen these photos before, and some of you for the first time.

We still have many geese in and around our area and they don’t seem to be in a big hurry to leave. I think they are still waiting on some of their friends to arrive for the long flight south. Also it hasn’t been all that cold yet. We still have not had a frost in the city I live in. I still have a few Geraniums, and Roses in my back yard also.

Well I hope to find you all well, and have a wonderful week.

Sincerely Dianne :)