PL8ATUDES – May 31, 2015


We continue our series of personalized (vanity) license plates in Arizona. To maintain individual privacy, we try to show as little information about particular cars as possible as long as we can reveal the license plate.

NOTE – License plate photos may have been archived for quite some time. The years indicated on the registration stickers DO NOT necessarily reflect the current status of any given plate!

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“Don’t tell me the sky is the limit when there are footprints on the moon!” — Dorothy Parker

“You believe that easily which you hope for earnestly.” — Terence

“If you can’t get rid of the family skeleton, you may as well make it dance.” — George Bernard Shaw

“I love asking kids what they want to be when they grow up because I’m still looking for ideas.” — Unknown

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“I will follow my gut. It might not always be right but it’s my true north.” — Amy Selwyn

“The buried talent is the sunken rock on which most lives strike and founder.” — Frederick William Faber

“Think big thoughts, but relish small pleasures.” — H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

“Gardening: Man’s effort to improve his lot.” — Anonymous

The Beauty of Australian Fungi

Two of my passions are photography and nature. I like hiking and discovering new plants, animals, vistas and I enjoy photographing them along with all the challenges that this entails.

I was excited to see these amazing photographs of fungi posted by PetaPixel.

Beautiful picture of fungi from Australia

Beautiful picture of fungi from Australia

Photographs by Steve Axford via PetaPixel

There are many more beautiful photographs at the link below:

Photographer Captures the Beauty and Diversity of Australian Fungi

Who knew that fungi could be so varied and so beautiful?!

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“Life is a dance between making it happen and letting it happen.” — Arianna Huffington

“Even a small star shines in the darkness.” — Danish Proverb

“He was nearsighted. The future lay before him, inevitable but invisible.” — John Green

“You’ve always had the power … you just had to learn it for yourself.” — Glinda the Good Witch of the North from The Wizard of Oz

Lightroom 6 First Panorama – Las Cruces, NM

Readers of my blog may have noticed that I enjoy the outdoors, hiking, birding, etc. My wife and I were recently hiking in the recently created Organ Mountain-Desert Peaks National Monument in Las Cruces, New Mexico.

There were many excellent sightings that I hope to write about in the future, but for now I want to tell you about my very first attempt at creating a Panorama using Lightroom 6.

I have only been using LR for less than a year and I have been making progress in learning about the various tools. When LR 6 arrived with “built-in” panorama creation tools, I couldn’t wait to try it.

The Organ Mountains are very large and cannot be captured easily in one shot so I decided to create a Panorama.

I took the following seven pictures with hopes of being able to “stitch” them together using LR.

Organ Mountains, Las Cruces, NM - Panorama Picture 1

Organ Mountains, Las Cruces, NM - Panorama Picture 2

Organ Mountains, Las Cruces, NM - Panorama Picture 3

Organ Mountains, Las Cruces, NM - Panorama Picture 4

Organ Mountains, Las Cruces, NM - Panorama Picture 5

Organ Mountains, Las Cruces, NM - Panorama Picture 6

Organ Mountains, Las Cruces, NM - Panorama Picture 7

I wasn’t sure exactly how to accomplish this task so I searched online and found Julieanne Kost’s blog post about it. She is an excellent and gifted instructor. I have used several of her videos before. If you are interested, you can watch her video below:

I heard that when doing a panorama, one should have about a 30% overlap and although I wasn’t too exact about this, I took a guestimation as I captured the various pictures while moving my camera as level as I could across the distant view.

Here is the final result via a thumbnail-ish rendering.

Organ Mountains, Las Cruces, NM - Panorama

You can see a large-sized image here at the link below:

Organ Mountains, Las Cruces, NM

The image needs a bit more editing, perhaps reducing the “noise” in the sky, etc., but I am pleased with my first attempt. Are you encouraged to try creating a panorama?

Learn by Watching the Pros – Dink-A-Dink-A-Do!

The video below has some longish rallies/volleys and I think we can learn a lot about Pickleball strategy when watching some of them.

I believe Matt Staub and Kyle Yates are in the left-hand court as you watch the video. As far as I can tell, Kyle is in the white T-shirt. Both Matt and Kyle have an interesting technique which involves stepping slightly off of the court to hit a ball in the air that appears to be headed for the kitchen. By stepping off of the court to strike a ball that is near the sideline, but in the playing area, they can assume a position close to the net that would be a fault if they were inside the playing boundaries. This happens a few times during the match. You can watch for it at the 2:34-2:37 mark of the video as Kyle slams a ball back at his opponents from the “near net, off court” position.

Also note how much each side relies on the dink shot. The soft game is used extensively in this match and is something I need to focus on more than I do!


In an interview here, Kyle Yates had this to say when asked for any tips or advice:

“People like to complicate the game with all these different techniques and styles, but we tend to forget that the object of the game is to hit the ball IN the court. Pickleball is a game of errors, not winners. All you have to try to do is keep the ball in play longer than your opponents. Strategy is involved only after you understand that concept. Strategy is involved only to make your opponent’s job of keeping the ball in play more difficult. There is a very fine line of demarcation between going for a win, and forcing your opponent to make an error.”

When watching the video, you can see this theory in action. Most of the time, Kyle’s team just tries to keep the ball in play until an opportune moment or the other team makes an error.

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“You want meaning? Well, the meanings are out there. We’re just so damn good at reading them wrong.” — Rachel Cohn

“Even asleep we partake in the becoming of the world.” — Czeslaw Milosz

“When you continue to live in the past, your future is just a memory.” — Maria W.

“Great ideas need landing gear as well as wings.” — C.D. Jackson