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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. . .

Circles

I’ve always been in love with little bokeh circles (created by shooting into the light with a large lens aperture)- and still am! I recently glanced at my instagram gallery and noticed how many photos have curves or circles in them. An insight into my soul! Hmmmm…..

Streetside

I always admire the streetside planting along one particular sidewalk near downtown. Every summer there is a wonderful collection of flowers blooming- and this year I took some photos.

 

Beach Patrol

I’m reaching back into the archives for another beach photo. This one is from our 2018 trip to Homer, Alaska. Really sad to miss seeing our Alaska family this summer. . .

Lit from Within

Another trip to my photo archives- a fun edit of a barrel cactus.

Untouchable

Another photo for my AAUW photo group- this time a barrel cactus!

Red Rocks at Sunset

The assignment for my AAUW photo group this month is Arizona rocks, trees, and plants. I’m reaching back to February for this one- a view from the top of Airport Road in Sedona.

A New Day

Each day is a new day. Happy Tuesday, everyone!

Waterways

Reflections in water are often prettier than what is being reflected. Does that make sense?

From a late afternoon visit to Watson Lake.

Moon Watch

Time spent gazing at the night sky can be as calming as watching the rhythm of ocean waves. Last night I went outside for a half hour or so before the International Space Station was due to fly over and spent time looking at the moon as it appeared and disappeared behind fast moving clouds.

And then we watched the space station as it made its arc over our driveway- looking like a bright star zooming across the night sky. A few moments of excitement on that dark night.

I missed blackout Tuesday- I hadn’t realized it was happening until late yesterday. But I add my voice to those crying for justice for all Black Americans. These are dark times- but I have hope for better days ahead.