… starting down on the shoreline of Watson Lake in Prescott we have a great blue heron who has just made contact with a large boulder on the shore of the lake as he comes in for a landing … maybe a little hot as he is taking another step before he is done with the flight. From here it is up to the Flagstaff area and a shot of Mt. Elden and the incredible lobes that cascade down the sides. Like all other mountains and would be mountains up on the plateau, it was formed by volcanic eruptions …. the lava had a high viscosity and kinda of slumped on the way down … the opposite of what we have with House Mountain in the Sedona area …. it is called a shield volcano as the lava was a very low viscosity and flowed outward rather than upward … kind of like a very heavy motor oil. In this shot you also are looking back in time nearly four million years. On the left horizon is Bill Williams Mountain which erupted about 3.8 million years ago and is the first of the volcanoes in the San Francisco Volcanic Field. To the right of it is Sitgreaves Mountain, to the right of it is Kendrick Peak and the upslope right of that is the San Francisco Peaks.
A terrific day largely spent working on the boat and more of the same tomorrow … and some opal cutting will round out the afternoon. The boat work was precipitated by a crushed cable from the sensor beneath the hull to the Garmin depth finder and lakebed display … very much needed when operating in the shallow waters I navigate! It came loose from the transom and in one of the up and down cycles of the engine it got crushed … cut the section out of the cable and reconnected each of 9 wires and mechanically affixed it to the transom so it doesn’t happen again …
Into the weekend and hope you have a wonderful one … smile and keep breathing, life is great, and we get to choose whether we have a good day (or not) each and every day!
PS a friend says he is going to write a chapter in his new book about me and title it “Keep Breathing!” Should be pretty funny.
I ponder o’er myself, indifferently just,
Breathless in the roaring sea of time—
Let me forgive much, forget more;
Let me close my eyes and fall half asleep,
And the life. O thou God! again grow gentle.
excerpt from I Ponder O’er Love by Max Ehrmann
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