August 1-15, 2009

Dear Family and Friends, It's that time of the month to send my well wishes to all once again. I guess we all go about our own lives and I do understand when people do not get in touch. I did get a few e-mails from some old classmates from University days and that was really nice. I got to see some updates and few photos on facebook and friendster of people from my university years whom I have had the pleasure of becoming acquainted with. To all of you I give thanks.

(Thanks to Paul Ellison for the photo he took of me from his last visit to Elko. This is me 35 lbs lighter. Current weight: 135 lbs. I do feel so much better)






I took this on one of those lovely afternoons in Fernie, while I was having coffee and reading an inspiring book from Harv Eker. Did I ever tell you that I have realized that I really love coffee. I drink my coffee black. No sugar added. Just by itself. I love the strong dark roast.






One of these days, I will be able to hang out with any one of you and we could spend some time catching up with our usual intelligent conversations. This time we will have coffee instead of alcohol (like I did with friends and family when I was younger). hahaha.

There is something about these bricks that I find so attractive. Humble, strong, no pretensions or arrogance, beautiful, and present.







Paul took this photo when we went on our 5-hour hiking last Saturday (August 8, 2009). It was a beautiful sunny afternoon in Elko, British Columbia.







Here is another one of those photos from our friend Paul. That's Ron and myself during our hike. Ron's left arm is still bothering him. It's been 5 weeks since his left arm has been giving him some aches and pains.







We found this huge tree. Ron thinks the tree is more than a hundred years old. He loves that tree!







On our summer walks, It's hard to not appreciate all the beautiful flowers that come out at this time of the year. They come in all sorts of colors - just so beautiful.







The pine cone. Today it had caught my eye.







One evening, I had gone to Surveyors Lake (which is only about 10 minutes away from home) and decided to read my book there. It was an inspiring delight to become a spectator to laughing children and their parents and to feel in the air the contentment and joy they all shared. It is quite contagious - a beautiful energy.







One afternoon, while I was inside the car on the parking lot waiting for Ron to come back from the store, I noticed this metal artwork from one of the business establishment close-by.







Fill in the blank: ______eguard. hahaha. I like the "sound" of Eguard - sounds a bit like my name. That's the only reason why I took this photo.









The Elko Bridge. It was actually very hot that day I took this shot.







The Orange Butterfly. I remember trying to hurry-up getting my camera out of my bag and doing it as quietly as I could so as not to scare the butterfly away. It gave me a few seconds to photograph before it decided to leave me be. Thank you butterfly for teaching me to be calm when I need to. It was a very serene moment in my mind.








The flying machine.







The Trees and The Cliff. There is a river that runs below.







Red, Orange, Yellow







Little Wild Daisy. I see them all the time. Catching the sun. Don't they look happy?







This would belong to a bear! Yes! A BEAR! Just the thought of ever encountering one (again) is a bit alarming. But, we kept on. Luckily, we didn't encounter a bear on that afternoon walk!






Inside you would find the local ads. This one was right next to some post boxes.







Interesting handwriting. It looked a bit artsy on this ordinary rock.







Wild Flowers Galore







And more flowers...







Smile back at you!







Little White Flower....







Purple, Orange and Red....


These are some of my photos for now. I hope you enjoyed them. I send my love to all of you! Big Hugs, Edgar

July 1-31, 2009

Flowers in Cranbrook





Tiny Bird Looking at me!






Tiny Bird looking up to the sky






Hail ...






The Bird and the Bird Feeder - Elko, BC







Here's Winking at you! - Cranbrook, BC, Canada






Yellow Butterfly - Cranbrook, BC, Canada






Lil' Croc in Summer Heaven






Photo taken by Ron Fisher.






I took his photo this time.







Fernie City Hall






Lest We Forget ..






Rainbow in Fernie, BC, Canada





July 3, 2009 Friday, Having Dinner with Ron and Frank.






July 3, 2009 Friday - Dinner in Fernie






Ron washing his Car.






July 3, 2009 - Downtown Fernie, BC







Can you find Ron?






July 4, 2009, Saturday - Ron and I went to the Jaffray Post Office so he could get his package from DELL (A battery for his PC), On the way there, I saw a van that must have hit a large animal - perhaps an elk or something.









July 4, 2009, Saturday - I asked Ron to take me to the Tai Lake and Rosen Lake which were within the local area.






July 4, 2009, Saturday. Tai Lake. It had a reasonable parking area for the public, about 4 picnic tables. There were plenty of huge private homes all around the lake. You can tell, that people who have built there homes around the lake have lots of money. It did not seem to be a fun place. I was quite disappointed. It lacked that peaceful, quiet, sunny and bright feeling. I know of one lake that had a lot of that - It was Wasa Lake. Tai Lake and Rosen Lake just didn't do anything for me. It felt as if people who lived there actually didn't want outsiders coming in. You can almost feel it in the air. I didn't like both Lakes.








Found this dog relaxing at Tai Lake. Cute.





July 4, 2009 - Saturday. Having beer and Chips at the deck. Nice and warm today. That ashtray looks awful. It's been cleaned since.






July 4, 2009, Saturday - To keep the mosquitoes away.






July 21, 2009 - Tuesday. Yesterday, Ron wasn't able to go to work because of extreme pain on his left shoulder and arm so he had to take time off work. This morning, he couldn't sleep from the aches and pains at 5:00 AM , so I suggested we go out for a walk (we've never had early morning walks in Elko before). These were some photos I took that morning.





July 21, 2009 - Tuesday. The Railways of Elko at 5:15 AM






July 21, 2009 - Tuesday.







I was very happy that morning. The lighting was just perfect! It felt like early morning in the Philippines. Plus it wasn't even cold outside! It felt like an early morning in Baguio, Philippines where I grew up.





We even got to watch the Train pass by.





Ron thinks that these flowers may be classified as "Invasive" - not natural to the region.






The Rockies on our early morning walk.





Good Morning World!




A bike path.





Ron and Fox





Daisies just getting ready to spread their petals. Wake up Daisies!





An old abandoned house.





The local view





Foxy and Me.





Fresh Air, Nice and quiet. I love mornings like this.





I decided to take a photo of my "Enchanted" ring in the forest. hahah.





That walk took us 2 hours. It was a wonderful way to start the day.





The Cabin in Elko.





Foxy seems very happy too!





The view we see from the dirt road is the main highway.





Me and the Mountains






Good Morning Ron!





July 22, 2009 Wednesday in Fernie, BC. Zooming in on "The Three Sisters" Mountain from the man-made lake on a really hot summer day!






July 21, 2009 - Tuesday. Today, I have been alive in this world for 12,303 days. It doesn't seem that much but I feel I have lived so much more. Thank you God.







Coffee after the walk.





Turning on the Water Sprinkler, Eric and Tim's Deck, Ron in front of the Cabin






July 24, 2009 - Today I met a woman who owned a Living Fur Ball for a dog! oh it was sooo cute!






July 24, 2009 - Hung out with Eric and Tim today in Cranbrook.





July 24, 2009 - A little bird in Cranbrook.





I took this photo while having coffee at a local shop in Cranbrook. I love that bird.







Morning with Eric and Tim





July 27, 2009 Monday. We had a rainstorm that afternoon, and a storm of heavy hail. I took this photo in a local restaurant in Fernie. You see the hail?






After the storm, after the rain comes the rainbow! So Happy!






The Bird and the Bird Feeder







August 1, 2009 Saturday. Ron and I had been looking for a Futon Sofa-bed, and looking at other things I needed for my small rental room in Cranbrook, coming this September. School starts in a Month! OMG!





July 31, 2009 Friday - I asked Ron to take this shot for me, as I noticed the natural lighting was reflecting beautifully on the bricks.





A monument for fallen soldiers. This monument can be found in front of the Fernie City hall.






I see Rainbows!







After the rain ....


Those are my photos for the month! Thanks so much for dropping in! I hope you enjoyed them! Have a great Summer everyone! I send my love to all of you! Big Hugs, Edgar