Sometimes when I get bored sitting at a long stoplight, I’ll think of ways to keep myself entertained.  (Can’t meditate – cars behind me wouldn’t like that when the light turns green).

While cleaning out the photo archives, I came across this selfie.  Doesn’t take much to entertain me!  Ha!  I took this last year and thought it was funny so I did some crazy edits.  Could it be I’m just a time traveling tourist from another place in the universe, like my friend, Zannyro?  Beam me up, Scotty!


FotoSketcher - Sunglasses2.pixelator AvatarRegina (Gina) Arnold is the author of Uncomplicated Ways to Find Your Financial Freedom, a “flunked retirement” entrepreneur, co-author of The Art & Science of Recruiting, an award-winning photographic artist,  and photo blogger.

San Augustin Presidio

I mentioned in a previous post that I would publish some of the images I got from the San Augustin Presidio so here they are.  I really like the contrast in the first image of then and now.  A new parking structure sits in the background of the old presidio.  The image below that is a collage of several that I took that day.  As usual, click to enlarge.  Namaste’

Then and Now

Presidio Collage

Burning Question

While on my trip and just being a tourist, I decided to do a little street photography and this is one of the images.  The background was somewhat busy and we were being bustled along by a crowd, so I didn’t have a lot of time to take the shot.

What struck me was that this Rabbi looked like the kind of person you could ask your most burning question to and he would be happy to engage with you.

What would YOUR question be?  Namaste’



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’

I Called Shotgun!

Took the girls for a ride today just for the heck of it and Daisy called shotgun.  Sometimes it’s nice to take them in the car without going to the vet or the groomer. I like how they live in the moment and even though we travel the same roads, they look like they’re tourists for the first time – taking in all the sights and smells.  I wish they could talk.  Namaste.

Driving Miss Daisy 🙂
Once in a while Foxy likes to look out the front window if Daisy gets out of her way 🙂

Photog Was Framed

Framed Photog

I’m pretty sure you all recognize “Photog” by now if you read my blog.  I decided to frame him and hang him up.  He’s my buddy, you know.  Such an inspiration.  Some call him the Tin Man but to me he’s Photog … the eternal tourist; always taking pictures and seeing life through the lens.

The photo of the photo didn’t come out as well as I wanted, but hey, even “Photog” isn’t perfect. Below is one that I use for my greeting cards.  Another shot of “Photog.”  Look closely at his lens.



Angel of the Highway

Our Highway Angel

I’m going to keep this short and sweet.  I’m extremely grateful for all of my blessings today.  For love, family, good friends, my faithful blog readers, protection, abundance … and the list goes on and on.  I am finding myself particularly grateful today for being protected in traffic.

Southern Arizona in the winter time is one of the U.S. locations that draws a lot of winter visitors.  And I’m going to be gentle here and only say that some of them could use some better road etiquette.  So, thank you, dear Angel of the Highways for your protection today and always.

We’ve had this medallion in our car for a long time and it reminds me that there are angels all around, protecting us not just from crazy drivers, but from a myriad of unforeseen mishaps.

Thanks, angels, for all you do.

As always, click the image to enlarge it.  Namaste.



From the Archives

Old Sacramento - Jan. '05

I decided to take a photo out of my archives for today’s post. Something about this picture just takes me back in time, though I took it on a busy street in Old Sacramento.  When I look at it, it doesn’t take much for me to imagine living back in the day when horse-drawn carriages were the mode of transportation.

I was with my daughter and grandchildren that cold day in January … seven years ago.  Wow!  It seems like yesterday.  I was behaving like such a tourist and we had such a good time even though the January wind was blowing off the Sacramento River.  I remember we tried to stay out in the sun as much as possible.  (That is, when we weren’t inside finding some hot chocolate or something good to eat).

Over the years I’ve applied several different special effects to this photograph.  This is the first time I’ve used a cartoon effect and I think it really emphasizes the long winter afternoon shadows. This is one of the last photographs I shot with my Canon film camera.  I much prefer my DSLR now.

Have a great rest of your weekend.  Namaste.


Biosphere 2

Some of the Biosphere 2 Buildings

The Biosphere 2 is located just north of us in Oracle, AZ.  After living here for 16 years, we decided it would be a grand adventure to finally take the tour of this remarkable project, which is now owned by the University of Arizona.

Apparently this project started back in the 80’s and for two years, several people lived inside the Biosphere conducting experiments.  Many thought it was a failure but not according to the folks who lived it.

Check out the three-minute video tour.  As you can see, it was a bit cloudy today, so my photos don’t even come close to what it really looks like.

One of the parts we were in that simulates a rain forest was so humid that my camera lens fogged up and I couldn’t take any pictures until we moved on to the next module, which was the savannah.

Very interesting place.  Thank God for scientists and what they discover for the sake of humanity.

Photog Dude

There’s a shopping center where I live that has the coolest sculptures, all made from sheet metal. Every now and then I go visit my favorite one, whom I have nicknamed “Photog Dude.”  What else could I call him? I mean, really, he’s all duded up in a hat and bow tie and never takes that camera down from his face.  I just love “Photog Dude.”

My husband took this particular photo last Sunday and I applied a couple of edits. Kudos to him – a great angle for this shot.

More photos of this guy can be found at my gallery.

"Photog Dude" © Regina Arnold



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