Flapjack Ranch & Done Walkin’

Today’s photos play to the Old West theme that sometimes occupies my blog.  The first one is a replica of a board used to announce the old stage lines schedules.  I think I’d go to Flapjack Ranch for some of those good eats, plus the stage is on time 🙂  Apache Pass?  Not so much.

The second one is pretty simple … a boot that has seen many, many miles.  Both photos were taken at Trail Dust Town here in Tucson.  Had a great lunch there at the Dakota restaurant.  I took a lot of photos and will share more later.  Click to enlarge.  Namaste’

Where would YOU go?

 

A “Glad” Surprise Today

Today’s photos actually found me (don’t they all?) while having lunch with my Mom where she lives.  The dining room is very nice there … each table had a vase of fresh gladiolas and yours truly gathered each color and photographed them.  My two fav’s are below.  Click to enlarge.  Namaste’  (I wish I could paint like God does).

My second favorite

The Heart on Fire Award

I have been terribly behind on the awards that my blogger friends have kindly bestowed upon me, so today is the day I begin to catch up.

Thanks to Jeremy for the Heart on Fire Award.  Please visit Jeremy’s blog if you haven’t already.  His photos and descriptions are uniquely inspiring and creative.  To keep this award, I have to share seven facts about myself:

  1. Reading and writing have both been my life-long passions, whether it’s a hard-bound book, a paper-back, reading/writing an article or blog, or reading a book on my Kindle Fire. Thanks to my WS (wonderful spouse) for that beautiful Christmas present.
  2. I worked in the staffing industry for 25 years – started out by being a temp.
  3. I co-authored a book with my WS about how to find a job using staffing services.
  4. I’m a huge fan of Neale Donald Walsh – having read every single Conversations with God book in his series.
  5. I am proud to be “owned” by two wonderful mutts, Foxy and Daisy.
  6. Being a believer that humans simply can’t be the only forms of intelligent life in our universe, I’m a student of anything that points to the truth of that.
  7. Taking pictures has always been a thrill for me and this is the time in my life that it has evolved into a passion.
  8. My uncle taught me the most about taking good photographs with my very first SLR camera, a Pentax K1000.  It was a completely manual film camera which I took on a trip with him, my mom and my kids back in the 70’s.  At one point we were so engrossed in photographing the indoor pool at Hearst Castle that the tour bus almost left without us 🙂  And he held onto my legs while I leaned over a cliff at Big Sur to get just the right shot of the pounding surf at sunset.

OK, you got an extra tidbit thrown in for good measure.  And now I’d like to recommend some blogs for this award (in no particular order).  Please take a look yourself.  They’re pretty cool.  Note to nominees:  don’t feel bad if you don’t have the time to go through the procedure for this award.  Just know that I think highly of your blogs.

Today’s photo is of my favorite mesquite tree, backlit by the sun, illuminating part of the Tortolita Mountains.  Click to enlarge. Namaste’

Stay Thirsty

Maya Angelou is one of my very favorite authors.  She said, “When you learn, teach.  When you get, give.”  I believe she’s right.  I, for one, am learning more than I ever imagined from my fellow bloggers.  Some teach me new recipes, some new photo techniques, and some teach special lessons for living that always seem to “show up” when I need them most.  Maybe I need to give more attention to sharing what I know to be true.  I will endeavor to do that, starting right now.  One of the things I practice daily is Ho’oponopono. If any of you are already practicing it, be sure to let me know in the comments.  I’d love to hear from you!

Today’s photo reminds us to stay thirsty for knowledge.  But remember to stay physically hydrated, too 🙂  Namaste’

Bus Stop

Today’s photos came from a bus stop that I passed and had never really noticed before.  It was so interesting once I got closer and really looked at it.  It tells the story of our summer monsoon season, which normally begins in early July.  We get afternoon thunderstorms that sometimes last well into the evening.  Lots of crazy lightning and thunder and torrential rains at times.  By the time the season rolls around, we’re all so excited because June is normally 100 degrees or above every day and we’re praying for rain.  (Note to Self:  Go somewhere cool this summer).

Click images to enlarge.  Namaste’

The blue mosaic tiles show the water flow:

The close-up here is of the “windows” showing the old adobe homes backed up against the mountains:

This one depicts the lightning strikes, the rain, and the stars, including a falling star on the right:

That Ain’t No Bull!

Yippee! Skippee!  I finally felt well enough to get out of the house today and managed to actually have some quality time when I wasn’t coughing.  I feel so blessed!  Even though there are many more spring flowers popping up everywhere, I felt like I wanted to photograph something else.  So once again, the Universe obliged. Passing by one of our favorite BBQ places, I noticed they had painted the side of the building so I just had to stop and shoot it.  Now that I look at it, I’m getting kind of hungry.  Bubb’s Grub – “That Ain’t No Bull”  Namaste’

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Get Your Kicks on Route 66

Having not left the house again today, I went on an inside search for something to photograph.  Lo and behold, in the garage was the Arizona Route 66 sign that we purchased on a road trip to Las Vegas a few years ago.  For those of you not familiar with Route 66, it has quite a colorful history.  Rather than me write about it and not do it justice, click HERE for more.

This year marks the 100th anniversary of Arizona joining the union.  Yes, we’re a bunch of rebels … the last state of the lower 48 to join back in 1912.

Thanks so much to all of you who have sent your good wishes for me to feel better.  I think I’ve made the turn today!  Oh, and Daisy finally got a lizard today.  Poor little thing didn’t stand a chance.  She was in the right place at the right time and the lizard wasn’t.  Namaste’

The Bloom of Evolution

Still not feeling well today so I didn’t know what I was going to photograph until I saw this prickly pear cactus at the side of our house.  They are beginning to bloom in their rich yellows, peaches and hot pinks now.  I was lucky enough to find this one in peach that shows the evolution of the blooms.  The Universe is so obliging.  I have to admit that doing this 366 project has made me more aware of so many things that I used to take for granted and for that I am so grateful.

Enjoy!  Namaste’

 

She’s Not a Canon …

Today’s photo is of my Olympus E-420, the camera that I use for most of my 366 project photos.  I don’t think this camera is better than any of the others I’ve had, which include Canon, Pentax and Minolta.  And I don’t think it’s inferior to any of them.  For me, photography is not a profession; some days I’m very passionate about it; other days my muse, Photog, takes a mini-vacation.  I’m simply having fun with the creative side of my “self.”  The side of me that, until now, I have hardly explored.  I don’t really worry about the technical aspects of a photograph any more.  I paid a lot more attention to that when I was shooting film years ago.

It’s my belief that we all have our own reasons for doing what we do.  Mine are two-fold:  to bring joy to myself and to bring joy to my readers through my photographs and stringing words together to describe them.  Thank you for being part of my world and part of my 366 project.  Oh, and Happy Birthday to my brother, Mike, who would have been 68 today.  And Happy Earth Day to Gaia!  What if we all just lit one candle today and wished her love?  I think it would raise the vibration of our beautiful planet immensely.  Let me know if you do it.  I’m going to.  Namaste’

 

 

Some Days There are Shadows

I woke up this morning feeling like a truck hit me.  I realized that I could hardly swallow even before my feet hit the floor.  While letting the dogs out, I noticed the shadow of our giant backyard saguaro and got my camera.  This is about as creative as it gets today.

As it turns out, after a visit to the clinic, I have pharyngitis, but I’m really grateful it’s not Strep.  With some bed rest, plenty of liquids, ibuprofen and some honey, I should be just fine and ready for tomorrow. I just don’t like being sick; it truly annoys me.  I don’t have time for this. Namaste’

Shadow of the Sentinel