Coming Home

I’m a big fan of K. D. Lang. My favorite song of hers is Coming Home.

When I hear it, I get a lump in my throat because it makes me think of coming home to Tucson. I do love that place! It has always felt like home.

The warm weather, the Catalina mountains, the sentinels of the desert known as Saguaros, the friendly people, the streets I used to drive to see my Mom, the high-drama sunsets, monsoon season … all combined to make it my home.

 

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Be good to yourself and each other. Namaste’

Maybe She is Crazy

I attended a wonderful brunch yesterday that a dear friend hosted.¬† Had a lovely time and ate waaaaaaay too much, but c’est la vie. ūüôā

When I left her house and walked outside I noticed these clouds in the sky over the Catalina mountains.¬† Now I’m no weather or cloud formation expert, but I found them to be something that I’ve only seen once before.¬† I’m not sure that the image (taken with my phone) even does them justice.¬† Seeing them with my own eyes was one of those moments that takes your breath away.

People think I’m crazy when I express that I think we have visitors from space.¬† So if that’s what YOU think, hey, that’s fine with me.¬† I just happen to personally believe that we are not alone in this beautiful universe and that our little blue planet is not the only one with life.¬† I don’t believe in aliens (the kind that Hollywood depicts as being malicious).¬† But I do believe that our star brothers and sisters exist and that they are benevolent in nature.¬† Namaste’

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My Scenery

Most people think of southern Arizona as a dry desert with hardly any green at all.¬† But that’s if you haven’t been here.¬† There are a lot of things that make it green in places.¬† Like the monsoon rains that we have in the summer.¬† They’re now over, but the plants and trees are still loving the effects of our rain, as you¬†can see in the foreground of this image.

I took this shot from the passenger side of the car as hubby was speeding down the interstate.  I like it because it has the Santa Rita mountains in the background, the cloudy sky and the foreground of green.  Added a slight watercolor effect to give it a dreamy look.

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No, I can’t just sit idly by in the car, especially when I have my camera, so here’s an image that I took as we came upon this semi-truck hauling coffee to those Pilot travel centers.¬† I love coffee, so of course I had to share this image with all of you.¬† But I have to say, this is the first time ever in my life that I’ve seen a coffee truck rolling down the freeway.¬† Namaste’

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The Eyes of the Future

I’ve been trying to get a shot of this stone statue for quite a while but each time I want to stop, there’s usually a lot of cars behind me.¬† (Busy road).¬† No place to pull off.

So yesterday, I set out from home with the intention of getting a shot.  I specifically put it out to the universe that there would be no cars behind me and I would be able to pull over.  Lo and behold!  No cars, and I even spied a driveway that I never noticed before.  Pulling in was a breeze and no worries about getting hit from behind.

I added a slight illustration effect so that the writing under the wings would be visible.¬† Click on the image to enlarge but if you can’t for some reason, it says: “The eyes of the future are looking back at us. To protect what is wild is to protect what is gentle.”

The palm tree shot was taken right across the street in stark contrast to the desert scene.¬† Namaste’

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Desert Critter?

This is what happens to cactus as it dies and petrifies. ¬†My mom used to take pieces of these and put flowers in them to make planters. ¬†Not my idea of fun after picking one of them up once and finding several scorpions underneath. ¬†This particular one looks like some kind of lizard-type creature. ¬†We didn’t prop it up or move it in any way.

So do you think I should give it a name and make it a pet? ¬†(It will probably be there long after I’m gone). ¬†Namaste’

Purple Mountain Majesty

Coming in from walking the dogs, I saw the mountains and realized that a scene similar to this is where the phrase “purple mountain majesty” probably came from. ¬†Of course, one of our desert cotton tails posed for me in the foreground. ¬†(One that Foxy and Daisy would like to chase down, I’m sure). Click to enlarge. Namaste’

Filled With Glory

LOOK AT EVERYTHING AS IF YOU WERE SEEING IT FOR THE FIRST OR LAST TIME. THEN YOUR TIME ON EARTH WILL BE FILLED WITH GLORY~ Betty Smith

What would change in your life if you looked at things as if seeing them for the very first time? ¬†Or what if you looked at them as if it were the last time? ¬†We never know what’s going to happen in the next minute, let alone tomorrow. ¬†Lately I’ve been more aware of my surroundings, the things I see, and wondering why I hadn’t noticed certain things before. ¬†Have they been there all the time and I just didn’t notice? ¬†Or is our planet changing and I’m just noticing THAT now? ¬†I feel like a kid in a candy store. ¬†Really!

Today’s photo was taken as I was heading out this morning. ¬†The cloud caught my eye because it was so intriguing as I faced it head on, driving down the road and it was the only one I could see. ¬†I found myself thinking, “Either pull over and take the picture or keep your eyes on the road.” ¬†As soon as I got to a place I could pull over, this is what I got. ¬†Namaste’

Jumpin’ Jack Flash Got Beamed Up

Today’s photo is one of the Santa Catalina mountain range just east of where I live.¬† They have always held a great fascination for me so today I decided to play with them a little.¬† I was thinking of what or who might be “out there” as we look into our skies.¬† Do you ever wonder about that? Have you ever seen a UFO?¬† Do you think we’re the only intelligent life in our universe?

When the TV show Star Trek was popular, my son was a huge Trekkie.¬† He regularly recorded the show’s episodes on VCR tapes.¬† He also recorded one of my all-time favorite movies, JUMPIN’ JACK FLASH with Whoopi Goldberg.¬† If you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend that you do.

One day I really wanted to watch a feel-good movie so I decided to watch my favorite.¬† I put it into the VCR and hit Play.¬† What???????¬† Whoopi Goldberg had been beamed up by Scotty!¬† I couldn’t believe that my son had taped over my favorite movie with a Star Trek episode!!!¬† I was so ticked off.¬† But years later, he bought me the DVD version, which put him back at the top of my Nice List.

There are some days I just wish I could get on the “launch pad” and give the order, “Beam me up, Scotty!”¬† Notice the hand print in the photo?¬† That’s me beaming lots of love and light to you. Namaste’

About Tomorrow …

 Yeah we all shine on, like the moon, and the stars, and the sun.~ John Lennon

Tomorrow is World Liberation Day and the super moon of 2012. ¬†So what exactly is World Liberation Day? ¬†Millions of people around the world will gather and visualize the liberation of our planet and her inhabitants … healed ecosystems, abundance, and freedom from every kind of oppression for all of humanity. ¬†I plan to be outside tomorrow night and do the same thing. ¬†Something else that I’m going to visualize is how I would like my own life to be from this point on. ¬†The key to this whole visualization thing for me is to not only see it in my mind, but to feel the feelings associated with it.

I think it’s pretty cool that there will be a lot of us watching the super moon tomorrow night at the same time around the world. ¬†How’s that for a connection? ¬†Might be the perfect time to take a few deep breaths and just BE.¬†The moon will officially turn full on Saturday, May 5, at 11:35 p.m. EDT. And only 25 minutes later the moon will also arrive at perigee, its closest approach to Earth ‚ÄĒ a distance of 221,802 miles (356,955 kilometers) away. ¬†The effect of this coincidence is a stunning skywatching sight called the “super moon.”

In fact,¬†this month’s perigee¬†is the closest of any perigee in 2012 (they vary by about 3 percent, because the moon’s orbit is not perfectly circular). The result will be a 16 percent¬†brighter-than-average full moon¬†accompanied by unusually high and low tides this weekend and into the new week. ¬†In contrast, later this year, on Nov. 28, the full moon will closely coincide with apogee, the moon’s farthest point from Earth. [Amazing Supermoon Photos from 2011] ¬†I think I’ll be setting up my tripod early tomorrow night to see what kind of an image I can get as it comes up over the Catalina mountains.

As for today’s photo, if I could post one of me doing the happy dance, I would, but instead you’re getting this box of tissues. ¬†Why? ¬†Because my imagination took a mini-vacation to the moon, and this is what came to me when I realized that I no longer have to tote this box around to catch my runny nose. ¬†All gone. ¬†Color me happy! ¬† Namaste’

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 ūüôā¬† 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’

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