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#WQWWC #27: Writer’s Choice: Have a Wild Life at Kings Canyon National Park

Since today’s choice of #WQWWC is Writer’s Choice, I’m going to do the same thing I did last time, and tie my post to another challenge or two or three.

This week the four regular Lens Artists are on break and their guest artist is Dianne Milliard with this week’s challenge. Her photography is outstanding AND she’s in the wilderness. I hope she brought some lunch from home because there sure aren’t any restaurants in these pictures. You should see the photo she took from her bedroom window. She’s a park ranger.

The Writer’s Quote’s Wednesday’s original topic for this week was friendship, so if you’d rather write about that, feel free to do so. Because, after all, isn’t forming friendships a big part of what we are trying to do with our blogs?

Maybe you get inspired by photos, like I do, use mine or weave magical tales, real or imaginary, around your own pictures.

The only rule is to use at least one quote in your post.

Kings Canyon National Park

“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine into trees.”

John Muir

Living near the Sequoia National Park and seeing the Sierra Nevada Mountains every day from our home spoiled us. Rarely did we drive up the winding highways, often to fight crowds of soul searchers exploring inside the parks. However, in July, 2017 after the huge spring floods, we wanted to see the consequences of the heavy rains.

Kings Canyon National Park
Don’t you love the frowning granite troll?
summer emerald
pines sway in canyon zephyr
tickling granite's troll
© 2021 Marsha Ingrao

Submitted for #Tanka Tuesday #228: Poet's Choice
nature's summer sluice
pines strewn along river banks
symbolize spring's strength
© 2021 Marsha Ingrao

Submitted for #Tanka Tuesday #228: Poet's Choice
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Now It’s Your Turn

Have fun with the topic of your choice. Don’t kill any birds, but join more than one challenge with one post and a good quote. And visit at least two bloggers in each community.

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“Friendship … is born at the moment when one man says to another “What! You too? I thought that no one but myself . . .”

C.S. Lewis, The Four Loves

Visit at least two or three #WQWWC bloggers and make their day by leaving a comment. Your comments matter.

I two of TJIE’s, and maybe even more because I didn’t see the pingbacks. Maybe I’ve missed yours. If you link to my post, please leave me at least a brief comment so that I know you are there. I don’t want to miss anyone’s wonderful post.

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  1. lol, the troll face is great. I do love the mountains, and that looks like a fabulous park (I’ve been to many but never King’s Canyon – the only time I was in the Sierra Nevadas we crossed at Yosemite). Nice haikus.

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  2. Marsha, Well done with your new blog theme! I enjoyed reading your haiku and viewing your photos at the NP. Good shot of the frowning granite troll. Thank you for linking with #weekendcoffeeshare. Have a great week!

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  3. Oh, those things that troll has witnessed, and the stories in his stone ears 😀
    Yes there is power in any storm. Our latest spring storm knocked down over 70-80 old trees in a local park that had to close to the public for clean up.

    I am indeed spoiled too by my view out of my picture window… and the wildlife nature shares with me.
    Cheers, Jules.

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    • We had, and have here nature fairly close, but not so that it crashes into our windows or anything. In AZ we have bobcats, mountain lions and javelina roaming around in our back yards. So you never see neighborhood cats out loose. Back in CA we had the same things, but you never saw them, but there were tons of cats. 🙂

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  4. Loved your last haiku, Marsha. It really captures the vision of a stroll up a mountain stream. The troll is great! Mountain spirits. I have a whole series of photos from the old film days taken in Hawaii with spirit faces. I didn’t see them when I took the photos, but they were there when the film was developed! Thanks for sharing.

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    • Isn’t that cool. Developing film was such an art. My dad had a darkroom and one f my greatest joys was to help him develop pictures and watch as they magically appeared on the paper. I loved the smell, the red light, the fact that it was something my dad and I both enjoyed doing together, and, of course, the product. Precious times. Thanks for a wonderful challenge. Do you know Dana Kierkes She was stationed in the Sequoia National Park for a while, then moved east to a different National Park. Great lady.


    • I noticed that. I love your quote. Friendship works. I’m going to bring it back either next month or August. I like the idea of writer’s choice once a month.

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  5. Perfect timing again for your writer’s choice quotes for WQW, Marsha! My link will show Sunday when I post for Celestial! I dearly love that quote from John Muir (I love ALL his quotes and have a couple of books where I could just make my own quotes). I will always remember our short drive and photo op date to the south end of Sequoia NP last year. How amazing to have lived so close to inspiring places and spaces. I just got internet back (our satellite was knocked off the beam’s trajectory due to high winds) and was fixed this afternoon. I may be off WP for a couple of days as we prep and take a road trip to Portland for my cousin’s funeral this weekend. Hope you are staying cool in this ridiculous heat–it was 92 here today in the mountains!

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    • I’m so sorry for the loss of your cousin, Terri. How sad. Were you close? Portland is having record heat waves. I know we are both used to heat, but poor Portland, they have yet another issue. I hope they get some rain to cool things down and prevent the fires from starting up.

      It was in the 80s here. It’s 73 right now. We played pickleball this morning before it got too hot. I think I twisted my knee, so I came home, took a Tylenol and slept for an hour or so during the heat of the day.

      You and your internet fiascos. You are going to have to write a short book about the difficulties of internet. We have been so lucky with our internet provider here in Prescott. It is tons faster than what we had in California, and we tried everything.

      Have a safe trip to OR, and I’ll see you on Sunday Stills.

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      • Jeff was my cousin’s husband on my mom’s side. They lived in San Diego then moved to Tigard in the 90s. He felt more like a brother in law than a cousin in law. I’m glad you didn’t get too hot playing. I think the whole west is under a heat advisory. By the weekend the PNW is in the 60s and low 70s.

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  6. Great post Marsha! Loved the images, poem and quotes. Sorry to say but my link isn’t working on your post again. I’m just making my way through the other contributor’s posts now and then I’ll enter mine for this week. KL ❤

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  7. Great post Marsha! Loved the photos, quotes and poems. We were actually going to hike on Monday somewhere but my back was a little sore so we stayed home 😦 Here’s the link to my post. I missed that it changed to readers choice and so I stuck with the original friendship theme…lol. Have a great rest of the week

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    • Sadje, you are truly, “Keeping it alive.” You could replace it with #WQWWC. You have been with me from the beginning and now I don’t have to write to blank air, I have faces, yours one of the very first, to inspire me as I write each post. I’m sure you are the same when you write all of your posts. You have different faces and personalities that you see in your mind as you write. Am I right? I’m Always Write, you know. 🙂 LOL

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Hi, I'm Marsha Ingrao, a retired educator and wife of a retired realtor. My all-consuming hobby is blogging and it has changed my life. My friends live all over the world. In November 2020, we sold everything and retired to the mile-high desert of Prescott, AZ. We live less than five miles from the Granite Dells, four lakes, and hundreds of trails with our dog, Kalev, and two cats, Moji and Nutter Butter. Vince's sister came with us and lives close by. Every day is a new adventure.

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