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. 🙂

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’


Just One More

OK, I promise not to bore you anymore with pictures of our snowfall, but for us it’s a big deal.  The Sonoran Desert hardly ever sees this kind of storm.  This is the last one, I promise!!!!

This shot is one of the peaks in the Catalina mountains taken this morning (my favorite range because of their granite characteristics).  The highest peak is Mt. Lemmon, stately rising to 9,157 feet.  No, I wasn’t climbing it, silly … I used a zoom lens.  I’ll probably save mountain climbing for another lifetime – LOL!  Namaste’


Mountain Top

No, I didn’t scale this mountain, which is part of the Santa Catalina range.  As you can see, it’s a lot of rock but I thought the shot came out good because of the light.  I did zoom in to get as close as I could without losing focus.  No tripod; I was in the parking lot of Taco Bell across the street.  Yep, we did the taco thing again 🙂

I’m liking how the late afternoon light is looking these days.  Our sky is going back to being bright blue again.  Less moisture at least for a few days. You can tell that Autumn is in the air (even though it was 101 here today).   Happy Autumn Equinox!  Namaste’


Sometimes you just happen to come across something fun, like this whirligig.  It’s pretty tall and sculpted from bronze but backlit by the morning sun.  I had to stand in some prickly things to get the clouds in the background, but getting this shot was worth it.  I applied a couple of effects just for the fun of it.

Do you remember having a whirligig of any kind when you were a kid?  I do.  I used to love to watch them spin. 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’

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’

Santa Catalina Mountains

Today’s photo is of the Santa Catalina mountains – the view from the parking lot of the supermarket that I inhabit frequently.  Our fair city is surrounded on all four sides by mountain ranges, but these are my personal favorites.  The tallest peak is Mt. Lemmon, standing proud at a little over 9,000 feet.  I think this range is the most majestic, especially late in the day.  Had some fun with some text effects on this one.  Namaste.