Saturday, October 25, 2003

Dry Canyon Reward

Anyday I can get a little exercise is a good day. If it happens to be on my mountain bike all the better. I might get a decent photo, spend some time with friend or loved one, feel more connected to the changing season, to the earth and sky. All of these things happened last Saturday afternoon when we headed up Dry Creek and were rewarded with this view of Salt Lake City through the October leaves.

Autumn is full of color, but much of it is color of leaves dying. It's end of the story for the leaves as a living part of the vista. Yes, they'll go on to other roles, they'll support other life, but their own lives are spent. I probably wound'nt think quite so much about this stuff if the fall of 1963 had turned out a differently for my dad. Hard to believe it's been four decades since we've enjoyed the seasons together. I'm not quite sure how I'll mark the 40th anniversary of his death on December 9, but I want to do something. What would you do? How do you celebrate a life that has had so much impact upon your own?

If you'd like to share your thoughts on these questions, just drop me an e-mail.

Thursday, October 23, 2003

Salt Lake Sunset

Last night's surprise after work ride took us up past the Hogle Zoo to the Bonneville Shoreline Trail overlooking the Salt Lake valley. It's that time of year when I need to haul a sweatshirt and my light in the old backpack. The ride got pretty dark and cold by the time we headed back. The sunset shot was worth it, but of course I could have gotten the exposure and stayed warm and safe with a little more planning.

Today's quotation:
Diligence is the mother of good luck.
Benjamin Franklin