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Random Shots of Beauty; Last Month of the Year

Posted Dec 02 2012 12:00am

With only a few weekends left to post Random Shots of Beauty, I figured it was time to go back into the photo folders and find some of the pics I decided to put away for a rainy day.  And since it’s been raining for almost five straight days around Monterey County, this seemed like a perfect time to open up the rainy day file.

We’ll start with this one from a remote area of Carmel Valley:

A somewhat nondescript oak tree that my son and I encountered on a summertime bike ride; it’s not remarkably different than any other of the thousands of oak trees around here.  It was only upon closer inspection that my son said, “Hey – what do you see on that tree trunk?”

To our eyes, it kind of looked like the tree was looking back at us.  It was very Wizard of Oz-ish.

Continuing on the “slightly surreal” theme is this shot from my 11-year-old daughter’s favorite trail running area in Point Lobos State Reserve :

It’s not very often that you encounter a whale skeleton on your evening run.  At least not that I'm aware of.

One final note from the weekend: my wife and I had the privilege of seeing the Blind Boys of Alabama in concert on Friday night – and if there’s any better way to kick off the Christmas season, I’d be amazed.  They played a set of their gospel classics, plus some gems from , including this tune that may be our family’s unanimous selection for favorite holiday song of all time.

Blind Boys of Alabama, “Last Month of the Year” (click to play):

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