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Thursday, September 2, 2010

Life & Death (& The Valley)

Desert Rainbow ©Nina Buesing Corvallo

Back to blogging.
We flew out to Vegas to attend the wedding of our friends Pete & Nancy.
I love weddings. To me it is a celebration of life.
After we drove through Death Valley to Los Angeles. The desert was amazing. Really hot. We hit almost 121 degrees Fahrenheit while we were there.

Salt Flats ©Corvallo

Death Valley. The name is apt. Walking out to the Badwater salt flats nearly made me faint. Maybe I should not have carried so much gear. My 5D could not handle the heat at all and just gave me error signs. The metal on my Pentax and Hasselblad almost seared my skin.
We stayed one night at Furnace Creek Ranch (The Stovepipe Wells looked more photogenic but was full) in Death Valley.

Storm Passing ©Nina Buesing Corvallo

On or drive out of the desert, we encountered a rare thunderstorm. It was an awesome spectacle, and nature flexed its muscles a bit.
We had to pull over and manged to do so away from hills, safe from rock slides.
After things cleared up and we drove on, we encountered German tourists cleaning the road. Mind you not just in their direction, but also in the other direction. Hubby joined in, and I took pictures.
Next time we plan on covering such terrain we will spring for the SUV.
We barely made through the post storm landscape of Death Valley in our rented Chevy Malibu (otherwise very comfy car). And we were glad we had that rented Satellite phone with us.
When we finally exited Death Valley National Park we planned to drive on to LA directly, but nature had other plans. Mud slides closed down 395. Thus wee spent a night in tiny picturesque Lone Pine in front of Mt. Whitney.
After our delay, we didn't have much time in Los Angeles but we did get to hang with Anita and with Emily & Isac and everyone's dogs.

L.A. Doggies. Love the Outdoor Space. ©Nina Buesing Corvallo

We considered extending our trip so that we could drive up the coast to San Francisco, but decided against it. Good thing we did, because we returned home to a sick cat.

Sweetheart at the Vet. Dr. Frucht Rules. ©Nina Buesing Corvallo

Our kitties are all in their late teens, which is amazing. But any illness is very serious. Of course this is part of life, but it is still painful. It makes me think about beginnings and ends and the time in between.

Don't worry too much. Things will be ok. ©Nina Buesing Corvallo

I came across an affecting article about Roger Ebert who is living with the effects of cancer (in the New York Times written by Kim Severson). You can read at: www.nytimes.com. Roger Ebert has said we "spent too much time hiding from illness". He is right.
As Hank once said to me when my dad was sick, don't fight the wave, just ride it.
Terry Richardson also posted a touching video of his elderly and partially disabled mom. Find it at: www.terrysdiary.com.
Life is tough, but you have to keep at it.
You know what else is tough? Pigeons, we even saw them in Death Valley.