In Retrospect: Sedona AZ

Cottonwood AZ
November 21, 2010
9:23 am

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
10:10 am

A fine mist of rain started crawling over the cliffs.

Sedona AZ
November 21, 2010
10:24 am

And by the time we drove through Oak Creek Canyon, the snow started to fall.

Oak Creek AZ
November 21, 2010
12:17 pm

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.)




Prompts and Challenges

Mt Charleston NV
February 3, 2017

What a world we live in. Last month it was cold enough to snow in the mountains. This Thursday, one month and 2 days later, the prediction is for 80 degrees, followed by 81 on Friday and 82 on Saturday. It looks like, for the next 10 days at least, we will not drop below 80. So, the theme for this week’s 52 week challenge from “The Girl” is “In The Distance”. Most of my photos are taken of objects in the distance. I’m not sure this is a good trait, though I do like this image. I was standing on the outside patio of a restaurant in the mountains when I spotted this cabin. And I just happen to have my camera and zoom lens with me. I could be very happy living in a place like this, though I expect I’d have to live alone. My wife doesn’t take to the snow all that much.

January at Mt Charleston

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Mt Charleston Las Vegas NV January 21, 2017

Mt Charleston
Las Vegas NV
January 21, 2017

The image above is in response to Cardinal Guzman’s Changing Seasons challenge for 2017. It is not so much a challenge as it is an excuse to get out and shoot- not that I ever really need an excuse. The Cardinal has changed the rules a bit this year so my interpretation will be to visit areas of Las Vegas over the next twelve months that the typical tourist would not normally see unless they had friends or family who live here. Each month a different area. I will probably not shoot The Strip because it has been done to death. But I do expect to visit The Fremont Street Experience as well as the communities of Summerlin and Henderson, Old Las Vegas, Red Rock- my favorite place to hike- and my own community in North Las Vegas.

This January image was taken at Mount Charleston, about 20 miles northwest of The Strip. There is one hotel with a restaurant at the base of the mountain, and separate wooden cabins with a restaurant at the summit. There are numerous trails for hiking and a ski slope open during the winter.

During the summer, the mountain is normally 20 to 25 degrees cooler than the valley.

The Changing Seasons - a monthly photo challenge


Prompts and Challenges

Well, it seems to me that this should be week 13, since last week was the 12th week. But M’s the boss. So until further notice I am going with her numbering system. Oh, wait, I get it. It’s like the 13th floor in an elevator. There isn’t one. OK, no problem. Anyway, my winter image:

Jenny Lake Grand Teton National Park WY November 13, 2012

Jenny Lake
Grand Teton National Park WY
November 13, 2012

I was going to complain about today’s prompt, as winter in Las Vegas looks pretty much like every other season. But I have to thank M because she forced me to go into my archives and find this image (actually 3 images merged together) which I might have otherwise continued to ignore. It was shot with my Canon t2i and the kit lens. Not bad for a beginner’s camera. If anyone is interested in the camera and assorted paraphernalia that goes along with it, let me know. I never use it anymore and I’d love to have someone get some use out of it.

And, as always, if you wish to join in, here’s what to do at The Girl That Dreams Awake:

1.Create a post entitled 52 weeks photo challenge :week (which week)-(the theme for the week)

2.Create a pingback to the challenge that week or leave the link to your post in the comments box of that week’s post

3.Tag the post ’52 weeks’

One Four Challenge 2016 – Feb Wk 4

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Pioche NV week 4

This is week 4 of Robyn’s Captivate Me One Four Challenge which comes to you in a revised and edited format for 2016 (see here for info and rules on how to join in the fun). Since everyone seemed to enjoy the more vintage look of last week’s version (OK, not everyone. But Raewyn and Robyn and Charlie did) I decided to go all out. I found this preset in the On1 Photo 10 program and did not alter it at all. The easiest edit I ever performed. And I love it! I hope you do, too.

Below is a slideshow of all 4 versions.

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One Four Challenge 2016 – Feb Wk 3

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Pioche NV week 3

This is week 3 of Robyn’s Captivate Me One Four Challenge which comes to you in a revised and edited format for 2016 (see here for info and rules on how to join in the fun). I missed week 1 so I posted both weeks 1 and 2 last week. Above is my third iteration (I like that word) of this image; the backside of three deserted buildings in Pioche, Nevada. I added a colored texture to the original image at about 75% so that a bit of the actual color is still present. Below is a slide show of all versions to date. I hope you enjoy!

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Pioche NV


Pioche 5 copy

As promised, the front of the buildings  from Friday’s post. Pioche NV is about 3 hours north of us and neither of us had ever been there even though we have lived in southern Nevada for 10 years.

Oh, and Happy Valentine’s Day to anyone who does not believe the day is only a marketing ploy to sell cards and flowers and chocolate!


One Four Challenge 2016 – Feb Wk 1and 2

Prompts and Challenges
Pioche NV week 1

Pioche NV week 1

So, I have not been keeping up to date with most people I follow online as I have become much more insular of late. I hope to break from this selfishness shortly. But ever since the first of the year we have been mostly consumed with moving and getting our home ready for listing. We still take one day over the weekend each week to enjoy a day trip for photos. Last week we traveled to Pioche NV, about 3 hours north of us. It was a beautiful day and not quite as cold as the photo above would make it seem. And since I just found out that Robyn of Captivate Me has brought back her One Four challenge this year in a revised and edited format (see here for info and rules on how to join in the fun), I decided to join in. I missed week 1 so I am posting both weeks 1 and 2 today. Above is my first attempt at a cold winter’s feel to this image of the back side of three deserted buildings in Pioche. The far right building is the old fire house. The middle building seems to be an old hotel or boarding house. And the third, the brick building on the left, might have been a store. I do have the front of the buildings from another angle and will publish them this Sunday or Monday. Below is version 2. I hope you enjoy!

Pioche NV week 2

Pioche NV week 2

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Prompts and Challenges

Pioche NV February 7, 2016

So, if you’ve followed me for over a week, you know that Cee has a challenge or quiz called Share Your World in which she usually asks only three questions and then a bonus question. I always look forward to it and have fun responding. Since this week she has come up with ten questions, I will attempt to make my answers short and sweet so you can get back to work (if you’re anything like me and are merely pretending to be busy right now). On a side note- when I processed the photo above, it looked more like golden hour, when it was shot. On here it seems to have lost that golden cast. Sorry!

  1. What is your favorite word? I’m not sure I really have one. Wait! I think ambidextrous has a nice ring to it. And, you can put that ring on either hand!
  2. What is your least favorite word? Republican. Followed very closely by Democrat
  3. What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally? Beautiful weather turns me on creatively, be it clear blue skies or torrents of rain. Spiritually it would have to be wide open spaces, nature revives me. Emotionally, my wife (she’s looking over my shoulder right now)!
  4. What turns you off? Any mention of this year’s  candidates for president! Or the drivel that comes out of their mouths!
  5. What is your favorite curse word? I really don’t think I can say it here. Does anyone remember “dagnabbit”? I think I heard someone say it on an old movie or television rerun from before I was born. Anyone use that lately?
  6. What sound or noise do you love? Laughter is right up there. A child’s laughter is the best!
  7. What sound or noise do you hate? The sound of someone blowing their nose or spitting just grosses me out!
  8. What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? I’m not too crazy about my profession. How about travel writer?
  9. What profession would you not like to do? Well, I used to want to be a doctor until I realized I can’t stand the sight of blood. Maybe a theater director.
  10. If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates? We weren’t expecting you so soon

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? I’m sorry but I can’t think of anything worthy of note for this bonus question as most weeks are uneventful. I guess I’m grateful that they are uneventful and that I’m still able to awaken each morning to greet the day. As for looking forward to next week, I’ll be grateful if I’m still here. Not that I have any plans otherwise.

The Space Between

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I haven’t a clue what that title refers to. I asked Janna if she wanted to write another story using one of my photos as inspiration. She said yes. This is the third time we have collaborated – though she does most of the work! The photo I gave her is below. The story she came up with is on her site. I have yet to read it. Go visit her. Now. You might even see me there. She will make it worth your while. I’m sure of it! I will give a quarter to anyone who comes back here and dares to say that their time wasn’t well spent!

My photo:

International truck

Janna’s story:

The Space Between

Also, I contribute to a daily site called Monochromia which is reserved for black and white images only. New images are posted each day at 1 am and 1 pm. Pleas stop by occasionally. We’d love to have you!