Uncle Joe is such an inspiration to everyone here at the Ranch. When he’s here on the weekends, he likes to walk up around the pond for exercise. He’s got two hiking sticks, and it takes him awhile, but sometime he’ll go two laps around.

I asked him if he knew what a “cairn” was, and he said, “No.” I explained that a cairn was a pile of rocks, made over many years by adding a single rock to stack every time you pass by. Some cairns are huge, but then they are very old. I suggested to Joe that he might want to create a cairn at the top of the hill by adding a rock every time he hikes up to the pond.

Hearing this, Joe’s face lit up and he got very excited about the idea. On his very next trip up the hill, he carried his first rock. Sue and I have been adding rocks, too, when we walk up the hill, and the cairn is beginning to take on form and substance.

Uncle Joe turned 95 years old in July. It’s amazing and humbling that he is eager to tackle a project with the time-span of a cairn at his age.

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  2. Aperture: f/2.8
  3. Exposure: 1/1250th
  4. Focal Length: 24mm
"Rules need to be written as an expression of desired end-states, and NOT as restrictions of behavior."
— Alan Cooper

I made a bunch of hardwood sticks for a project in the shop: Putting blackout curtains on the windows so we can watch movies earlier in the summertime.

  1. Camera: Canon PowerShot S110
  2. Aperture: f/3.5
  3. Exposure: 1/30th
  4. Focal Length: 24mm

Sunflowers and barns.

  1. Camera: Canon PowerShot S110
  2. Aperture: f/5.9
  3. Exposure: 1/125th
  4. Focal Length: 122mm

Summertime Saturday lunch: Bacon, Lettuce, Onion, Avocado, and Tomato sandwich bar; the BLOAT Bar. Mmmmmm.

  1. Camera: Canon PowerShot S110
  2. Aperture: f/2
  3. Exposure: 1/30th
  4. Focal Length: 24mm
"There is “healthcare” and then there is the “healthcare business.” They are NOT the same things."
— Alan Cooper

The Easy Leaves arrive to play the wedding.

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  2. Aperture: f/4
  3. Exposure: 1/400th
  4. Focal Length: 24mm

Hombre_McSteez at work. He’s doing a commercial for a car company to air on the Web during the World Cup.

  1. Camera: Canon PowerShot S110
  2. Aperture: f/4
  3. Exposure: 1/800th
  4. Focal Length: 35mm

Marty does everything differently.

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  2. Aperture: f/4
  3. Exposure: 1/1000th
  4. Focal Length: 50mm
"I love being a writer. What I can’t stand is the paperwork."
— Peter De Vries

An inquisitive chick.

  1. Camera: Canon PowerShot S110
  2. Aperture: f/2.8
  3. Exposure: 1/30th
  4. Focal Length: 24mm

Just outside the Tall Barn, the tables are set for the wedding reception. Dancing will be inside the barn later.

  1. Camera: Canon PowerShot S110
  2. Aperture: f/4
  3. Exposure: 1/160th
  4. Focal Length: 24mm

We hosted a wedding at Monkey Ranch on the Summer Solstice. Here you can see the Father of the Bride walking her down the aisle towards her waiting groom.

  1. Camera: Canon PowerShot S110
  2. Aperture: f/5.9
  3. Exposure: 1/500th
  4. Focal Length: 122mm
"One of the great disadvantages of hurry is that it takes such a long time."
— G. K. Chesterton

Eggs in a basket.

  1. Camera: Canon PowerShot S110
  2. Aperture: f/2.5
  3. Exposure: 1/30th
  4. Focal Length: 24mm