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Beautiful Minnesota

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Despite how much this looks like a summer photo, this was taken not long ago. Minnesota: before the snow, still freezing, still beautiful. You can’t tell me you wouldn’t like to pull up a chair by a cozy fire and take in this view. Okay, maybe you can. But I don’t know why you would.

I’ve been trying to take more walks, mainly for health purposes, but also to just get out of the house. Of course I bring a camera. So be prepared for a ton of pics.

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Posted by on December 10, 2012 in My Inspiration and Motivation

 

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Walks and Talks

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Take a walk with me. If you hold my hand, I will hold my breath. Shh, don’t say a word, or you may wake me from this dream.

 
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Posted by on October 26, 2012 in Photographic Memory

 

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Home On The Range

 

I think I am on a Yellowstone kick. I forgot how many lovely pictures I took my time there, and am just as excited today to go through them as I was when I first went through my camera.

I’m pretty darn positive this big guy was just waiting for me to take his picture. I could almost see the postcard frame around him and the Yellowstone National Park written in the corner.

I’m lucky to have gotten the snapshot before my near-death experience. You see, going up this side of Yellowstone there are little mountains, which means that you not only are going up and down nice gradient slopes but you also have a wall of hillside over your head to one side of the car and a drop off on the other. My friend was already being quite a tense driver for this reason, as she had never driven in the mountains. Me, being the tourist, am excited for the view and not worried at all about the drive. That’s when all-of-the-sudden-out-of-nowhere this HUGE bull moose comes bolting down the steep slope from above our car onto the road right in front of us. It saw us just as fast as we saw it; we slammed on our brakes just as he slammed on his. Luckily for us, he had enough momentum to carry him down the drop off on the other side and she had excellent reflexes in combination with good enough brakes to stop on a dime. Still, less than 12 inches away is far too close to be next to a giant moose. To add to our fear induced scream, neither of us were wearing seatbelts due to our extremely painful sunburn we acquired the first 12 hours of direct sunlight walking through the park. Let me tell you, we more than happily buckled up after we stopped screaming.

That wasn’t a story I called home to mom about, either. She got to see all the lovely Yellowstone pictures without having to worry about the disappearance of her daughter.

 
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Posted by on September 19, 2012 in My Inspiration and Motivation

 

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Foggy Mornings

I’m positive I have told you all before that I love fog. It isn’t only because the smell of it, but also there is so much mystery and peace and stuff hidden all over in it. I can honestly say it is my favourite time to go for a nice long run.

Anyway, this is a pic taken from a foggy morning up in Yellowstone National Park. I love it, and have to say the second time I went to YNP and there wasn’t fog, I was slightly (very) disappointed.

 

 
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Posted by on September 18, 2012 in My Inspiration and Motivation

 

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Peace

I have found that I quite like cardiology. I would like to think it is not all the little hearts I get to draw throughout my notes, but more how far common sense can make me sound like I know what I am talking about. The hearts truly do help, though.

Because of this, I have been able to breathe. I haven’t been losing hair at the normal “stressed out school rate.” I have found balance. Peace.

It is the type of peace that I haven’t found other than when I am hiking in nature or lying in my bed, my safety zone. The picture above was taken during one of those peaceful nature hikes I went on with my sister. I’m hoping I can make it back to this spot this fall when the leaves are just a bit more fall-like with the little bit of extra time this class is giving me. It’s a perfectly beautiful spot, and I’m hoping I can manage to sneak a few more pictures to share with you all.

 

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The View

I can no longer contain my excitement; I finally have to share. Here is another glance at where my life has taken me that, once again, calls for my return.

Welcome to the gorgeous view from Lewis and Clark Caverns in Montana. Stay a while and enjoy the view, why don’t you? I can’t imagine being explorers and accidentally stumbling across a breathtaking view like this. I can’t imagine wanting to move on to anywhere else.

(Sadly, I can’t find the original photo file in this computer, so you are going to have to deal with a Facebook copy until I have time to relocate the hard copy.)

 
 

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To The Real Weekends

With Immunology, Hematology, and Oncology out of the way, I am sure to catch up on sleep, a social life, exercise, and house cleaning. That is, until Monday when we complete our last week of Social and Behavioural Medicine. I have noticed that somewhere in the past six weeks, summer has snuck up on me while I have been hiding away in a dark corner of this med school. I’m crossing my fingers that the weather will cooperate this weekend and next week so I can go fill my camera, once again, with all the beautiful things in God’s Country up here. Until then, you will continue to see glimpses of flowers from the botanical garden.

 
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Posted by on June 8, 2012 in Photographic Memory

 

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