Tuesday, February 11, 2014
After we had such a potent storm system come in and after so long a dry period, the Russian River came alive. I took a loop drive out the river and southward along the coast, taking video of all the water. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BjxaKxrg9II
Saturday, January 18, 2014
This is a Cappella group from UC Santa Cruz. They are performing on a street corner of downtown Santa Cruz. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=60ZEG6lZ3yM&feature=youtu.be I'm experiencing a problem here with links, and I apologize for that.
Friday, January 17, 2014
A changing of views. I experienced a great deal of negativity in my life about eight months ago, which led to a "life event". What those negative experiences were is not at all important here, so I won't go into detail. What's important is how I processed them. I could have grown bitter, angry or hurt, but I knew to survive...better yet, to thrive, I had to face them in a different manner. I chose the karma of Big Sur, California as a place to heal. I spent months contemplating what happened, how it affected me and how I needed to make changes in who I am to prevent anything similiar from happening again. I have gone deep within myself, explored, and started developing a new set of values that are leading me down this new path. These values are about me, not so much others. I have finally understood the meaning of being true to ones self. In a nutshell, it's ALL ABOUT RESPECT. I feel that I have always practiced respect towards others, but cheated myself by allowing others to be disrespectful towards me! I have now set up "House Rules", a set of values that I expect from others if they want to be welcome within my space. And, I am rigid about them. If someone does not respect my values in my space, I will distance myself from them in one manner or another. My "House Rules" NO DISRESPECT NO CONFLICT NO ANGER NO HATE TOWARDS ME OR ANYONE ELSE WITHIN MY CIRCLE. PERIOD. IT IS SO DRAINING! Follow those rules and You will not only be welcome in my space, you will be appreciated, and will recieve the same courtesy's I have just outlined. Eight months ago, I was empty, spent, had lost my karma. Now, I am whole, full of positive energy and am recrafting my reality to be exactly what I want in life. The late, great Zig Ziglar loved to talk about how what you allow into your life manifests into your reality. I fully believe this. The more that I practice positive energy/karma the more it becomes my reality. By rejecting those things noted in my house rules, more harmony comes to me each and every day. My outlook on the future is exceptional and I am excited by what each day brings. I share the positive on my facebook page and if you practice similiar values, you are welcome to join me there. Facebook Hank Springer 7. Peace, Love and Karma to you. Hank
Friday, December 20, 2013
The fire is now over 90 % contained. Some of the evacuees were to be allowed back today. There have been at least two reports of thefts from fire victims vehicles. That is pretty low. Karma will catch up with thise responsible! Here are two links to keep abreast of things. Kate has a great blog on Big Sur and has tirelessly kept current with the fire status. A community venture to raise funds, support and awareness for the Pfeiffer Ridge fire. This page is a celebration of an incredible community, which is facing immense adversity. This page will disseminate information, raise funds, coordinate efforts, and share the stories of those affected by the fire on Pfeiffer Ridge. Please use this as a source to be in touch with all relief efforts. Our Wild Coast... Wild and Lonely, but never alone. We are in this together. . The Big Sur Volunteer Fire Brigade's page. Thanks you to all of its members. There is a long road ahead for those who have lost property to the fire. One of the beauties of Big Sur is its community. I have read accounts of those who did lose property, spending their time and efforts helping neighbors defend their homes instead of just grieving their own loss. To all of Big Sur, the firefighters especially, all of you who have jumped in to help those affected, and who will continue to support others through the process of rebuilding and cleanup and everything that come, a BIG THANK YOU.
Monday, December 16, 2013
A fire started on Pfeifer ridge last night. I've posted pictures to my FaceBook page https://www.facebook.com/HanksNatureArt and also recommend you look in at Big Sure Kates blog http://bigsurkate.wordpress.com/2013/12/16/fire-on-pfeiffer-ridge/ Godspeed to all those affected, and to the firefighters.
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Greetings from South County Big Sur (Jade Country). It has been as cold here the last week as the rest of the central coast. Cold and windy. 12/11/13 Just got notification from Parks Management that fire restrictions have been lifted for camp fires at the developed campgrounds. No mention about other fire restrictions outside developed camping. I checked the forest service website and nothing new there at all. I have been noticing Gray Whales making their southern journey in the last week. The upper vista parking lot at Willow Creek is an awesome spot for whale watching. The Grays seem to move in close to shore here, possibly to feed. Look for them at the northernmost "stack" (rock). They seem to come in right around this point and then work their way around Cape San Martin and along the coastline past Gorda, and the Whale Watcher Cafe. Treebones resort will open again on Saturday 12/14 after their annual closure for general maintenance. I haven't heard of any great scores of Jade. We need the storm window to fully open and give us some good seas to stir things up. A friend did find a nice chunk of clear blue. I got to see it before he lost it out of his pocket! Big time Bummer. All for now. Time to head back off the grid and into Jade Country. Peace, Love and karma to all. Hank