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Making it to Friday is kind of like climbing a mountain. Get lost in some cool Collections this weekend to celebrate: https://plus.google.com/collection/IpLqR?e #TGIF
 
On the Edge,   Eldorado Peak

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After climbing Eldorado Peak I was able to take this photo of the next team climbing this distinctive ridge. I spent 3 days and 2 nights on an ice cap with various climbs. All of the climbs were exceptional and the views and photography were also great. 

- Randy
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Climbing Junkie Story
At night I would sleep with at least one quart of water so it would not freeze. I was able to make several quarts of water each day using a couple of methods and excluding a stove. Even though this area gets the worlds record of snowfall time and time again. There was no melt-off that was easily accessible to gather.  ....Our record snows; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snow#Records  
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My original photo;
http://www.panoramio.com/photo/81137822
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Link to slide show of this trip; Use arrow key!
Climbing on Eldorado and others on an Ice Cap
http://www.panoramio.com/user/2707898/slideshow?tag=Eldorado%20Trip%20Slide%20Show
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Hero Shot
http://www.panoramio.com/photo/75431873
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My Bivouac
http://www.panoramio.com/photo/75183314
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Congratulations! If you made it this far, there is more good stuff to come. I have included some slide shows that were taken while climbing.

The Ptarmigan Traverse, Washington Cascade Mountains.
http://www.panoramio.com/user/2707898/slideshow?tag=Ptarmigan%20Traverse%20Slide%20Show

The North Ridge of Mt Stuart
http://www.panoramio.com/user/2707898/slideshow?tag=Stuart%20Slide%20Show

Some Personal Favorites
http://www.panoramio.com/user/2707898/slideshow?tag=Personal%20Favorite%20Slide%20Show

Slide show of nameless lakes, un-mapped lakes and others;
http://www.panoramio.com/user/2707898/slideshow?tag=Tarn%20Slide%20Show

Climbing on Eldorado and others on an Ice Cap
http://www.panoramio.com/user/2707898/slideshow?tag=Eldorado%20Trip%20Slide%20Show

Thanks for taking the time to look. It would be nice to hear your thoughts and comments.
- Randy
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Meet Create Member +Dirk Puehl 

"I stand like some lone tower / Of former days remaining", Tennyson once said. I’d like to invite you to the tower, gather around the fireplace, and listen to stories that might begin with “Once upon a time”, about blood and thunder, artsy, weird and wonderful things, curiosities and lots of ships, told with a twinkle in the eye, here on Google+ and my blog."

Check out our favorite Collections by Dirk: Poet's Corner (https://plus.google.com/collection/slP_c) and Boney was a Warrior (https://plus.google.com/collection/ccC_c).

Painting: "The Fighting Temeraire tugged to her last berth to be broken up" by the English artist J. M. W. Turner, in 1838
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Meet Create Member +Raquel Hunter  

"Raquel S. Hunter is a writer, health enthusiast, animal lover, STEM advocate, space exploration kookoo bird, architect of change, and an aspiring vegetarian. An avid gardner, Raquel has harvested hundreds of pounds of food every year from her small urban homestead. As an architect of change Raquel created a health website, planted over 5000 trees with Trees for the Future; and has given away 100s of fruit trees, 1000s of reusable tote bags, and 100s of pounds of fresh produce to friends, family, and strangers. 
Raquel bakes bread every Saturday and Sunday in a cast iron skillet she inherited from her grandmother."

Check out our favorite Collections by Raquel: Living to 100 (https://plus.google.com/u/0/collection/szUuJB) and Explorations in Space (https://plus.google.com/u/0/collection/4AxZf).

This photo was taken on the Urban Homestead. It symbolizes life, amidst necessary, and beautiful messiness.
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Earth Day 2016 - My planet. My part.

Over the years I have connected with local Brazilian communities that are struggling to preserve the botanical ecosystems of their ancestral lands, along with their way of life.

According to Brazilian Institute of Space Research (INPE), five to six thousand square miles of forest are lost every year in the Amazon rainforest alone.

The large-scale destruction of forest ecosystems not only threatens native communities, but also results in the extinction of hundreds of thousands of rainforest species.

Numerous devastating projects are underway in the Amazon, including the construction of the Belo Monte Dam, displacing 18 ethnic groups living near the Xingu River; and the dam at the Tapajós River, displacing 10 ethnic groups.

For the last few years I have been working on a independent documentary film project (http://documentario.com/uprooted/) about the preservation of botanical knowledge among traditional Brazilian societies. I hope to raise awareness about the problems local communities face because of deforestation and the construction of mega structures.

On the occasion of Earth Day 2016, I ask you to join me and sign the petition to stop the construction of the Tapajós Dam. http://goo.gl/EO5ciC

Image: Valdermir Cunha, +Greenpeace Brasil 

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Earth Day 2016 - My planet. My part.

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Happy Earth Day, Folks!
 
For many years, my husband and I have shared a fondness for all that Mother Nature offers us. When we first met nearly 20 years ago, we found much joy in bonding with the Earth, by planting seeds, watching them sprout with great anticipation, and then drinking in the resulting beauty.

We educated ourselves by speaking with local experts, diving into as many gardening books as possible and learning by trial and error, of course! For us, it was critical to seek out not only plants and flowers that would yield beauty, but to also be cognizant of making wise choices when it came to water needs, disease and insect resistance and overall survival capacity within our growing zone. For example, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) rates our particular area in Northern California a hardiness zone of 9. This is a super important factor in deciding which plants we choose, so that they will survive the climate in this zone. In our case, this means plants should survive temperatures as low as 19 degrees Fahrenheit.

That’s only one aspect of gardening efficiently. It would take days to go into all the ways we could help ourselves and the Earth in our gardens. Here are a few more things we’re doing at home. For example, due to the severe drought we are experiencing, two years ago we began the process of an aggressive redesign of our yard and garden. It’s being done in stages, as it is time consuming and requires budgeting. We removed a large portion of grass from our front yard to eliminate wasting water to maintain a beautiful green lawn. It was replaced with the natural beauty of local river rock. Additionally, we painstakingly reviewed and redesigned our yard’s water delivery systems – we checked valves, nozzles and secured the proper placement near the plants. Most everything is now on a drip system. We refer to all of this as xeriscaping. We will soon be considering a newer generation smart controller with sensors.

We will continue to improve upon the efficiency of water use over time. We’ve removed plants that are water hogs ~ some we will miss for their beauty and others for sentimental reasons ~ they’re our children, in a way! There are many varieties of drought tolerant plants in our yard, but I’ve chosen to share two of our personal favorites. I shot these images over the last week to capture the plants in various blooming stages. 
 
First on the list, is the hearty perennial, Spanish Lavender (Lavandula stoechas Purple Ribbon). There are many varieties of lavender to choose from. This plant is a great multi-functional plant. It attracts hundreds of honey bees to our yard, which is perfect for the pollination of our fruit trees. Butterflies like them, too. The flowers blooms profusely from early to late spring and the shrub is a fast grower. When the flowers end their reign, the bush remains an attractive silver-grey, full of texture and vigor. It does require a couple of trim backs during the year to keep it in good shape, but that’s simple to do. They also make wonderfully fragrant cut flowers ~ just cut a bunch, place in water and a pretty vase, and enjoy!

Second, on the list is the Manuka shrub (Leptospermum scoparium) ~ also called Tea Tree, New Zealand Tea Tree, etc.  In spring it is covered in small magenta flowers and bees like them, too. It can get fairly large, five to six feet tall and wide, but we keep it trimmed back to about 5 feet for simpler handling. It’s a real survivor! It tolerates the arid climate and nutrient-poor clay soil. In New Zealand it’s cultivated for essential oils, honey, etc. When the flowers are gone, it remains strong and vibrant with its many textures.

Well, that’s our personal part on Earth Day ~ let’s all unite and make a big splash in saving our planet, folks!

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Earth Day 2016 - My planet. My part.

My planet - full of miracles!

Our planet, what does this mean? Isn't it the planet of all living things : humans, animals, plants!? Even the smallest and most fragile creatures should be seen and respected!
So let's show everyone the miracles of our planet!


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Congratulations to this week's Environment themed #FeatureFriday winner +Luciano Cruz. Time to dive into his Collection: Water! https://plus.google.com/collection/oSvEx
 
#FeatureFriday : Environment

Congratulations, +Luciano Cruz, your Water Collection has been selected by Google+ Users!

Thanks to everyone for sharing their environmentally themed Collections!

You can get a head start on next week's  #FeatureFriday  and submit your favorite Spring Cleaning & Interior Design -themed Collections by filling out the form linked here: http://goo.gl/forms/x4Al76mjcZ

Happy Friday and keep creating!
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This week's #FeatureFriday celebrates our environment. Which of these two Collections speaks to you most? Click to vote.
 
#FeatureFriday   : Environment

This week’s Feature Friday celebrates the world around us, and we are happy to announce our two talented finalists: +Luciano Cruz and +Margaret Tompkins.

Now the decision is up to you! Check out the Collections:

Water - Luciano's Collection's tagline is "Water is what brings Life to our Planet" and it showcases beautiful images of of rivers, waterfalls and oceans (https://plus.google.com/u/0/collection/oSvEx?e).

Wildlife Photography - Margaret's Collection showcases gorgeous wildlife images of birds and other animals in their natural environment (https://plus.google.com/u/0/collection/MIlrDB?e=).

Which Collection inspires you the most? The results will be announced on Friday, based on your choices. 

Vote now!

Thanks to everyone who shared their environmentally themed Collections!

Keep creating!
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Last week, dozens of Create members took to Google+ to celebrate our planet on #EarthDay. What actions are you taking to #CreateABetterEarth? https://plus.google.com/collection/cz5DTB
 
I happened to witness a slice of heaven that fell into mother earth's lap! 
Well.. it didn't have to fall from above. It already is the heaven that we all inhabit, called mother earth. Do we realize it? Yes, we think about it and we do celebrate our mother earth many times a year. But shouldn't we celebrate her every day? Shouldn't we be conscious of each act of ours in realizing how it affects her? It's just like we celebrate out loved ones in every day lives and take care of them. Because she takes care of us every day of our lives.. in fact she provides us each and every one of our breath, from birth to death!
 
Let's remember how precious she is and the great care that we need to apply in anything and everything we do to keep it that way!

This image is taken over the Caribbean islands through an airplane window with my head and neck pushed out (in actually) behind the camera onto my fellow passenger's face who luckily happened to be my husband!
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My Planet. My Part: Exotic Birds, the Black Market/Pet Mills, & Forsaken Pets

Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve always adored birds -- especially parrots. When I was little I chose a green and yellow parakeet from the local mall’s pet shop to be my best friend, and named her Cynthia. I taught that little bird everything! I taught her to step up on my finger, and even how to fly back and forth between my younger brother and myself. She loved preening me, and I loved giving her skritches in return. However, I did not know any better at the time that Cynthia would not live the life expectancy of a normal parakeet. This was due to the fact of her origins -- a pet mill. She lived a short, but happy three years with us.

The black market and pet mills are especially dangerous for exotic birds due to their methods in capturing birds, and smuggling them to various parts of the world. One recent example of this was an article that came out last year of a hawker bust attempting to sell cockatoos transported in soda bottles (http://goo.gl/x4jd67). Other ways that exotic birds are taken for granted are by simply abandoning them in a house, or putting them in cages/containers that are not big enough for them. This NY Times article goes into the details of PTSD in exotic birds, and how war veterans and these birds go through their healing process together: http://goo.gl/VGyGB8.

This Earth Day, I would like to bring attention to animal conservation around the world. Our animal friends are very much an important part of the earth, and we should do our part to make sure we don’t take advantage of them. I actively do my part by volunteering for a non-profit organization called Nubs. Their mission is to promote resiliency in children through the inspirational stories of rescued animals who have bravely given life a second chance. We believe that every child should know they are deserving of a happy life, and that they are strong enough to keep moving forward -- just like Nubs! (http://www.houseofnubs.org/)

I’d like to end this post on a more colorful note by sharing +Chwee Hock Low’s Collection entitled My Feathered Friends (https://plus.google.com/u/0/collection/sil1RB). It’s a beautiful display of just how diverse our “modern dinosaur” friends can look, and their unique moments in the wilderness.

Every animal friend deserves a chance at a wholesome, fulfilling life. We should do our best to reduce the endangerment risk of exotic birds. Adopt birds who are looking for a second chance at living in a “forever home”. If you have a feathered friend, give them a little skritch on my behalf!
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Earth Day 2016 - My planet. My part.

Taking care of the Earth is taking care of yourself.
We live in it.
We ARE part of it.
And it's something we can't choose.

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Earth Day 2016 - My planet. My part.

Oceans are the source of all life on this planet. They cover about 70% of Earth's surface, play an elemental role in our climate, and are the habitat for hundreds of thousands of species. Oceans are also a wonderful place to visit. So there is absolutely no reason to not take care of them now as much as we can.

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