Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Surprise. . .I loved a sunrise!

I am definitely not a morning person.  I do get up early but don’t function well for a few hours so sunrises generally don’t rate much of my attention. Give me a good ol’ beautiful sunset!  But a few days ago I was jarred out of my morning doldrums by an absolutely gorgeous multi-colored sunrise. I grabbed my camera and, from my deck, over the span of two minutes took these five photos.

I'd like mornings better if they started later. ~Author unknown

Overlooking the paddock at the racetrack.  The colors were brilliant purples, pinks, and magentas.


“Let every dawn be to you the beginning of life, and every setting sun be to you as its close.” -John Ruskin

Within seconds the colors had softened. The trees silhouetted are coast oaks.


From the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same the LORD's name is to be praised. ~Psalms 113:3

One minute later the sky had taken on an orang-ish hue.  The arc over turn seven at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca is silhouetted in this photo.


I can find God in nature, in animals, in birds and the environment. -Pat Buckley

A flock of birds took to the sky just as I was snapping this one.


“With each sunrise,

we start anew” –unknown

Just two minutes after I took the first of the five photos dawn had already started to soften and wash out the vibrant colors.  The curve may have been a contrail from a jet taking off from the Monterey airport – I’m not sure.


“You don’t need someone to interpret for you what a beautiful sunrise it is.”  -Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

I have always wished I could be a morning person but know my internal time clock is not set for mornings.  But I did truly enjoy this particular morning with its special sunrise.

Are you a sunrise or a sunset person?

Saturday, January 21, 2012

A day at the race track. . .just how expensive is expensive?

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When not on the road we are live-on volunteers and are also involved in the track rental events at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in our home base city of Monterey, California.  I am a Course Marshal and do decibel testing. and Gary is Track Rental Supervisor. IMG_0622The track event last week included some very impressive and expensive, cars:  Cobra’s, Porsches, Radicals, Ferrari’s, Jaguar’s, an Astin Martin, a 30’s Ford Deuce coupe (with a very large engine.)  A sad note:  the Deuce coupe lost a wheel at my turn!

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This 1955 Mercedes SLR is apparently VERY VERY valuable because the event organizers advised us to be diligent about assuring that none of the other cars on the track came even close to it!  Rumor had it that this car was raced by the famous racecar driver Stirling Moss in several big competitions.  How expensive is this car? I’m guessing that is falls into the “priceless” range!


IMG_0620My old 3G IPhone doesn’t take very clear action photos so here is a professional photo of the Mercedes SLR.  stirling moss car

And that was my day at the race track, surrounded by VERY VERY expensive automobiles!

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