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Guardian Deities

The jizo and the hebi

This (2017) is not the year of the snake, or the horse, but this photo was my random, desktop image of the day. These guardian deities, and I’m guessing there were twelve, each had one of the zodiac animals with them. The blurry one to the far right probably had a sheep.

2017 is the year of the rooster. The next year of the snake will be 2025.

Högalid Church (Högalidskyrkan)

Högalid Church

When I was in the airport on my way to Scandinavia last summer I noticed that someone had left The Girl in the Spider’s Web at the gate. I picked it up and started reading. A few weeks later I found myself in several of the exact locations mentioned in the book when I visited Stockholm.

The Girl in the Spider’s Web is the fourth book in the Millennium series so I went back and read book one (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) when I got back to the USA in August. Currently I’m reading book two (The Girl Who Played with Fire).

During my reading a couple nights ago, a scene is described in which Lisbeth Salander is chased up a hill in a park-like setting to get to a church. I thought, “hmmmm…, that sounds like the church I climbed a hill to get to when I was killing time before my bike tour of Stockholm a few months ago”. Sure enough, they are one in the same place. With a little more research I found out that the place I ate my lunch next to (across the street from this church) is where Lisbeth’s first apartment was and the author, Stieg Larsson, is buried at Högalidskyrkan. Small world or something…

Bend in autumn

Bend in autumn

Another photo from our trip up to Bend a couple weeks ago. Rain began a bit after this photo was taken. This is a very calm part of the Deschutes River.

Autumn comes to Sheep Rock and the John Day River

Sheep Rock and the John Day River

A week ago this was my view while on the River Trail in the Sheep Rock Unit of the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument in Central Oregon.

Waterfall Wednesday

clearwater falls oregon

Clearwater Falls (Oregon)

Phantom Ship @ Crater Lake

Phantom Ship

On our way back from Bend this past weekend we stopped at Crater Lake. Although it was completely cloudy and raining moments before we arrived, 80% of the sky was blue soon after our arrival. The views were spectacular. More to come…

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