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Central Valley Sunset

From a couple of summers ago. I was on a drive north from San Diego to the Bay Area on old Hwy 99. It was 110 earlier in the day.

Dow up 500+

Slowly gaining.

Does anyone here have experience with the Luminar editing program?

Thinking about adding it as a plug-in to Lightroom.

...interesting...interpretation of Orff's O Fortuna.

Vincent Niclo, the Red Army Choir, and a woman with a sword (who I think represents Fortune, or Fate).

Also, unfortunate lip synching (and one popup ad blocker at the beginning).


Here are the Latin lyrics for those of you who would like to sing along at home:

O Fortuna
Velut luna
Statu variabilis
Semper crescis
Aut decrescis;
Vita detestabilis
Nunc obdurat
Et tunc curat
Ludo mentis aciem,
Dissolvit ut glaciem.
Sors immanis
Et inanis,
Rota tu volubilis
Status malus,
Vana salus
Semper dissolubilis,
Et velata
Michi quoque niteris;
Nunc per ludum
Dorsum nudum
Fero tui sceleris.
Sors salutis
Et virtutis
Michi nunc contraria,
est affectus
et defectus
semper in angaria.
Hac in hora
Sine mora
Corde pulsum tangite;
Quod per sortem
Sternit fortem,
Mecum omnes plangite!

Translated into English:

O Fortune,
like the moon
you are changeable,
ever waxing,
ever waning,
hateful life
first oppresses
and then soothes
as fancy takes it;
and power
it melts them like ice
fate monstrous
and empty,
you whirling wheel,
you are malevolent,
well-being is vain
and always fades to nothing,
and veiled
you plague me too;
now through the game
I bring my bare back
to your villainy
fate is against me
in health
and virtue,
driven on
and weighted down,
always enslaved.
so at this hour
without delay
pluck the vibrating strings;
since Fate
strikes down the strong man,
everyone weep with me!

Lyrics at: https://www.classicfm.com/discover-music/o-fortuna-carmina-burana-lyrics/

Just wanted to post something.

I haven't posted in awhile, so I dug out some shots I took early last fall on a drive over to Alexander Valley. The Kincade Fire burned through these hills a couple of weeks after I took these.

The drive out there was nice, on a country road with some cool old houses:

I couldn't get out to the vines to shoot across the tops, so I'm stuck with a less than ideal wall of vines in the foreground:

Mt. St. Helena in the background, with commo towers and a fire lookout on top:

Vines and trees starting to show fall colors:

Random terrain shot. You can see how dry our hills get during summer:

That's it. Hope you all are well and maintaining your sanity during these times.

Who's up for a ride?


Foggy Autumn Vineyard

Foggy Autumn Vineyard

For an idea of how strong the winds in NorCal are.

A fire that started in Vallejo has jumped the Carquinez Straits. The bridge is closed for now, according to KCBS.

Lots of spot fires breaking out in the North Bay.

I apologize to you all in advance.

My understanding of economics is very basic.

I read the recent OP by White Tara:
"Opinion: The Federal Reserve is in stealth intervention mode" https://www.democraticunderground.com/111686841

It sounds as if a major disaster is about to hit us, but I don't understand enough about economics to even follow the Opinion piece author's argument. I tried looking up some of the terms used, but the whole thing is about as clear as mud to me.

Is anyone willing to offer a simpler explanation of what is going on and where the danger lies? Or can someone point me to a resource (hopefully not book length) that can explain what all of this means re: the current economy and the Fed?

All I've managed to glean from it so far is that the Fed is doing something in stealth mode to try to fend off a disaster.

Thanks in advance for any help.
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