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"something intimate in the remote"

Happy belated birthday to cookiefleck, and best wishes for many happy returns of the day!

Grateful thanks to tuilelindowen, agentxpndble, bouncybabylemur, and The Sage in Bloom for the lovely Valentine's Day wishes!


I've just returned from a very successful and enjoyable conference, which just happened to be held at one of my very favorite places. I managed to take a few pictures while I was there in Tucson:

White Stallion Ranch in Tucson

Cacti in Tucson


All of my Tucson photos are here.


In other news, I recently discovered a new group blog by authors who talk about writing speculative fiction for teens and pre-teens: The Spectacle (syndicated for LJ as thespectacleya). I thought some of my friends might also find this of interest, as well.


What draws us into the desert is the search for something intimate in the remote.
-Edward Abbey

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ithildyn
Feb. 16th, 2009 08:19 pm (UTC)
Lovely photos! Glad you had a good trip.
eldritchhobbit
Feb. 17th, 2009 10:17 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! It was wonderful: productive and fun, which is a nice combination.
vonjunzt
Feb. 16th, 2009 08:38 pm (UTC)
Beautiful! And I hope the conference went well, too.
eldritchhobbit
Feb. 17th, 2009 10:22 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I really love cacti (bet you couldn't tell), so I was in heaven. I grow some here, but of course it's more prevalent out in your neck of the woods. The conference focused on four main political texts by leaders of the Social Gospel movement: Josiah Strong's Our Country (1885), Richard T. Ely's Social Aspects of Christianity (1889), Washington Gladden's Social Salvation (1902), and Walter Rauschenbusch's Christianizing the Social Order (1912). It was a very thought-provoking and unexpectedly timely discussion, and I came away with a lot of new insights from my colleagues, especially since the other participants all represented different specialties and disciplines from mine. Interesting stuff.

Edited at 2009-02-17 10:35 pm (UTC)
lizziebelle
Feb. 16th, 2009 09:44 pm (UTC)
Ooh, I love the one of the cacti! I've always been fascinated by the desert, and one of these days I'll get to see the Southwest. :)
eldritchhobbit
Feb. 17th, 2009 10:24 pm (UTC)
I love cacti, too! I grow some here in North Carolina, but of course it's a very different thing to see so much growing naturally in its home environment. A number of films and TV westerns were filmed on the ranch where I stayed, and it's easy to see why. It's a breathtakingly beautiful place!
the_cornettist
Feb. 16th, 2009 10:43 pm (UTC)
The pictures are absolutely fabulous. It looks so lovely. But spiky ;)
eldritchhobbit
Feb. 17th, 2009 10:25 pm (UTC)
Thank you! It was indeed lovely. I looked 'til my heart was content at the beautiful cacti, but I resisted the urge to touch. *wink*
randomalia
Feb. 16th, 2009 11:00 pm (UTC)
Lovely photos!
eldritchhobbit
Feb. 17th, 2009 10:26 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! It's a gorgeous place.
Abbie [wordpress.com]
Feb. 17th, 2009 12:19 am (UTC)
Ah, you're welcome. :)

Nice photos! I'm glad the conference went well.
eldritchhobbit
Feb. 17th, 2009 10:28 pm (UTC)
That was all kinds of awesome. :)

I'm so glad you like the pictures! Thanks. And the conference was fascinating. It focused on four main political texts by leaders of the Social Gospel movement: Josiah Strong's Our Country (1885), Richard T. Ely's Social Aspects of Christianity (1889), Washington Gladden's Social Salvation (1902), and Walter Rauschenbusch's Christianizing the Social Order (1912). Interesting stuff - and still relevant today.

Edited at 2009-02-17 10:35 pm (UTC)
estellye
Feb. 17th, 2009 12:33 am (UTC)
The southwest always makes me want to paint. What a beautiful pallet! I am so glad your trip went well!
eldritchhobbit
Feb. 17th, 2009 10:28 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much!

The colors there are amazing. I wasn't able to capture the brilliant sunrises or sunsets, but those were the best of all.
gilda_elise
Feb. 17th, 2009 12:18 pm (UTC)
Your pictures make me homesick. I love living where there are actual seasons now, but from time to time I still get a yearning for the desert.
eldritchhobbit
Feb. 17th, 2009 10:32 pm (UTC)
Aw! Where did you live? The desert has such a stark and bewitching kind of beauty - and so many colors. It just amazes me. I'm going back to Tucson in May for a few days, and I'm already looking forward to it.
gilda_elise
Feb. 18th, 2009 12:09 pm (UTC)
Aw! Where did you live?

I lived in Phoenix for most of my life. I was born there and only left about a year and a half ago.

The desert has such a stark and bewitching kind of beauty - and so many colors. It just amazes me. I'm going back to Tucson in May for a few days, and I'm already looking forward to it.

Spring is an especially beautiful time of the year there. Years ago my husband and I would go out in the desert in his Bronco and spend the night. It was so quiet, with no one around for miles. It got harder and harder to do as more and more people moved into the Valley, though.
eldritchhobbit
Feb. 21st, 2009 09:06 pm (UTC)
Years ago my husband and I would go out in the desert in his Bronco and spend the night. It was so quiet, with no one around for miles.

How wonderful! I bet you saw some breathtaking sunrises.
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