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Leading the Way

Yes, we took another drive!

Dizzy Daisy

Some Photoshop fun with a Gerbera Daisy . . .

Skull Valley

The old depot was moved away from the tracks and now houses the local museum.

Above the Clouds

Stop the presses! We got out of Prescott! The drive was only 17 miles or so, but we did get out of town. The impetus was that my photo group is meeting tomorrow on zoom- and the topic is “How Far Have You Gone”- meaning how far have you travelled during the pandemic. Until this weekend, my answer would have been all the way to the doctor’s office. I’m pretty sure that I’m not the only one in the group who is staying home most of the time- but I just didn’t feel like bringing a still life or flower photo (although I will later on).

So we drove through Skull Valley and Kirkland, and I found three photo ops along the way. Today’s photo is one I took on the way home- I’ll post the one I am using for class later on.

 

Blue Truck

Spotted at Bodie

Just Dance!

Today I’m sharing a little bonus photo from my trip back in time to 2014!

Yes, it’s Henry at age THREE- uninhibited as always and expressing his joy in the moment as he dances to the music at the rodeo. He is still a sweet, open-hearted, full of life (and love) boy at age nine!

Small Town Rodeo

Reaching way back to May of 2014 once more for a rodeo photo. . .

I will never forget this young rider and his horse racing around the ring, going faster and faster as the national anthem was playing- a heart-swelling patriotic tribute.

I know this looks like a simple edit- but there was a fence between me and the scene. I worked three days to remove it in Photoshop- definitely an exercise in patience! I am using it for this month’s photo club challenge- “As American as. . .”

At My Feet

Thinking back to our beach walks in February- I spotted this little still life at my feet one day.

BUZZZZZ

We have a large Russian Sage plant at the end of our driveway- and every summer, this means BEES!

Gardiner Rodeo 2014

Yes, I’ve gone back 6 years to find a photo for today! This was one of my most favorite photography days- being with family, staying at Yellowstone- and seeing my first rodeo since I was a very little girl! I haven’t been to a rodeo since then, even living in Prescott where rodeo is BIG. So here’s one of my 2014 rodeo shots in a 2020 painterly style:

 

Yet Another Rose

More backyard photography! My new rosebushes and digital frames are making me happy despite all the Covid worries!

Vintage Rose

To give ourselves something to focus on beside the virus, we planted six rosebushes this year. I can see them out the kitchen window, and they cheer me up! I have always loved roses (doesn’t everyone?), but I have never wanted them in my yard until now. Good timing.

Backyard Birds

I confess I haven’t spent much time on photography since this whole thing started. But thank God for birds! I’ve been emerging from my office lately to sit in the yard with my camera and watch the goings-on. We’ve noticed less bird activity than I can remember from previous summers here (despite feeders and fountain), but I was happy to see that the mourning doves are back. So today’s bird portrait is of one of those quiet beauties.

Gold and Green

Goldfinch- stopping for a drink in the late afternoon light

Bill in the Wild

Since I’ve lived here, I’ve had fun taking photos of Bill, the statue atop the Elks Theatre in town. A few weeks ago, we were walking on a street behind and uphill from the theatre when I spotted Bill. It was sunset, and the angle of my shot had Bill silhouetted atop Granite Mountain in the background- as if Bill was in the wild. I darkened the already dark foreground to eliminate the lines of the building- and then went wild with textures. Not my usual colors and style- but it does have part of a circle. Pandemic Photoshop Play. . .