Freedom Made America
Hotel Beale Mural
February 11, 2017
It’s difficult not to make some kind of political comment about such a well meaning mural and slogan. All I will say is that it was well done, well crafted. It caught my eye and made me think.
Have a safe and sane 4th. Try not to overeat or drink too much.
- Cottonwood AZ
November 21, 2010
We had spent a couple of days at a bed and breakfast in Cottonwood AZ, about a half hour outside of Sedona. It had been lightly raining all night and as we started for home, we came upon this rainbow arch. Why did we stay in Cottonwood? Just check out the prices for a week’s stay anywhere in Sedona proper. I don’t even make that much money in a month!
We were on Route 89A, headed northeast towards Red Rock State Park. On the outskirts, the trees were singing in color.
- Red Rock State Park AZ
November 11, 2010
A fine mist of rain started crawling over the cliffs.
- Sedona AZ
November 21, 2010
And by the time we drove through Oak Creek Canyon, the snow started to fall.
- Oak Creek AZ
November 21, 2010
I used to tell everyone that Sedona is my most favorite place in the world. But it’s actually Red Rock State Park. Up until now, that is. I mean, maybe tomorrow (no, probably not tomorrow but one day, maybe soon) I’ll get to Machu Pichu and that will replace Red Rock State Park as my most favorite place in the entire world. Truth is, too many rich people have moved into the area of Red Rock for it to be my most favorite place much longer! Maybe rich people have moved into the area surrounding Machu Pichu, too. Maybe there are coffee shops and candy stores and souvenirs being hawked on street corners right now in Machu Pichu. Maybe there’s a huge cut-out of Harrison Ford in his Indiana Jones get-up that you can take selfies with for only 500 pesos.
But I like saying Machu Pichu. I always think I’m going to accidentally spit on someone when I say it. Not like Sedona. Sedona slides off the tongue like butter in your mouth. It’s a very polite sound. You can’t be polite saying Machu Pichu!
(This post was originally published in a slightly different form on October 25, 2014 under the tile Silent Saturday.)
“For this week’s photo challenge, share a picture that symbolizes transitions, change, and the passing of time.”
Golden Valley AZ
December 11, 2016
“How strange this fear of death is! We are never frightened at a sunset.”
May 8, 2017
When you’re alone at home, do you wear shoes, socks, slippers, or go barefoot? The first thing I do when I get home is take off my shoes. If I’m alone, I take off all my clothes and dance around the room in just my socks. We have wood floors and it’s the only way to get them really clean. The only problem is that it can get a bit embarrassing when Lynn’s daughter, who is staying with us, comes home unexpectedly.
What was your favorite food when you were a child? Bread. Specifically, a salt bagel. it’s like a giant pretzel with salt. They are still my favorite, but Lynn wants me to stay away from carbs. I don’t know why she’s so concerned with my health!
Are you a listener or talker? You can’t guess? I’ll give you a hint: I’m married! All I get to do is listen and make encouraging grunts every so often.
Favorite thing to (pick one): Photograph? Write? Or Cook? My favorite things to photograph are those things that have been left to the elements to corrode and decay. The quote up there right under the title of my blog pretty much sums it up for me: “The undiscovered places that are interesting to me are these places that contain bits of our disappearing history, like a ghost town.” ~~ Ransom Riggs
Optional Bonus question: What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? We had a great mini vacation at Zion and then Canyonlands. Photos will follow but the shot above is a sample I was playing with last night. I’m not too crazy about the processing but getting the shot was definitely an experience. Next week? I’m looking forward to sifting through about 500 or more shots I took to find one or two to post!
Thanks, Cee, for the fun!
Across The Colorado River
Canon EOS Rebel T21
October 26, 2010
The Mike O’Callaghan–Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge spans the Colorado River between the states of Arizona and Nevada. Construction of the bridge approaches began in 2003, and construction of the bridge itself began in February 2005. The bridge was completed in 2010 and the entire bypass route opened to vehicle traffic on October 19, 2010. This photo was taken just one week later, when traffic was still pretty much non-existent. The bridge was the first concrete-steel composite arch bridge built in the United States, and incorporates the widest concrete arch in the Western Hemisphere. At 900 feet (270 m) above the Colorado River, it is the second highest bridge in the United States after the Royal Gorge Bridge, and is the world’s highest concrete arch bridge.
(On January 7, 2017 I had the brilliant idea to start a second blog called In Retrospect to highlight some of my older images. That idea was actually not so smart because I found there was no real need for a second blog. It just took additional time and the theme I chose never worked properly. So after one month, I shut it down. I will continue with my bright idea here, and will post every
Saturday Friday. The images will be from 2009 through 2015. But no later. For now.)
June 17, 2015
We had passed the sign for Chloride many times while on our way to other places. But this time we had no particular place to go. We were exploring. So we took the turnoff and ended up in one of the better episodes of The Twilight Zone. We had stepped back in time, where everyone had older cars and trucks and the front lawns of their homes were decorated with artwork of their own making. The people were cordial and the food in the local diner was substantial. It was a late Sunday afternoon and we had missed the last staged gunfight of the day in their western town setup. Of course, I couldn’t help but take a shot of where the weekly shoot-out takes place and then processing it to look somewhat like a western movie.
(Let me explain what In Retrospect is. Or will be. On January 7, 2017 I had the brilliant idea to start a second blog called In Retrospect to highlight some of my older images. That idea was actually not so smart because I found there was no real need for a second blog. It just took additional time and the theme I chose never worked properly. So after one month, I shut it down. I will continue with my bright idea here, and will post every Saturday. The images will be from 2009 through 2015. But no later. For now.)
aka Santa Claus Acres
December 19, 2016
OK, maybe Santa really isn’t dead. But judging from the condition of the town that bears his name, he might be on life support. Either that or, due to the “war on Christmas”, he found he could no longer sustain more than one home and chose the North Pole over this one.
Santa’s Land Office
December 19, 2016
Santa Claus (also known as Santa Claus Acres)[ is an uninhabited desert town in Mohave County, Arizona. Originating in 1937, the popularity of Santa Claus went into decline in the 1970s. In July 1983, owner Tony Wilcox unsuccessfully offered to sell Santa Claus for $95,000, which was reduced to $52,500 by 1988. All remaining operating businesses in the town closed in 1995. Today, only two vandalized homes remain and the area has been fenced off.
Santa Claus AZ 86401
December 19, 2016
Hopefully, Santa himself can still afford to visit you this holiday season. I have it on good authority that he is still healthy and still very much alive – to those who believe.
Unfortunately, Elvis has left the building!
For further, very interesting, reading please check out the Wikipedia link here.
Merry Christmas to all.
And to all a good night!
The View from old Route 66
Golden Valley AZ
November 26, 2016
So The Girl That Dreams Awake chose “Freedom” for this week’s word prompt. She chose to show birds- as in “free as a bird”. I chose the open road, since I hate to fly.
Now, let’s go see what other people think of when they think of freedom.
The American flag, anyone?
Somewhere outside of Kingman AZ off old Rte 66
I have to start taking better notes as to where we are whenever I take out my camera. My wife doesn’t even remember ever seeing this house. Maybe I went alone? But, to be fair, this WAS shot over 10 months ago. And we’re old!
So, this is my entry to Norm’s Thursday Doors. And to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Entrances and Doors. Please visit both sites and and take your mind off what has transpired this week.
March 17, 2016
The above image is in response to the challenge that The Girl That Dreams Awake posts every Monday. I look forward to them.
All I can add to this shot is that it must be love. My wife had to be at the airport by 3 am for a flight to China. I wasn’t invited but I did take her to the airport. And since I was awake, I drove out from there to take some morning photos.
Good morning to you all, no matter when you see this!