animals

Little Bear

One of my favorite series of books for beginning readers (my children and grandchildren as well as my first grade students) is the Little Bear series by Else Holmelund Minarik. There is something about this photo of one of the three little grizzlies at Bearizona that brings those books to mind. It has been two months since I saw those bears, and I’m sure they are a lot bigger (and scarier) these days!

 


Big Horn

The last few days I have finally gotten around to editing more of the photos I took at Bearizona a month or so ago. I had fun playing with textures and some new brushes in photoshop to create somewhat painterly looks.


The Bunny

Another portrait of “my” bunny


In the Country

A peaceful, bucolic scene in Skull Valley with several of my favorite photo elements: a country road, a fence, a cow, and a windmill!


Adorable

We ventured out beyond the confines of Prescott a couple days ago to BEARIZONA, a wildlife park in WIlliams, with the exclusive intention of photographing the three baby grizzlies they acquired a few months ago. Baby animals are always cute, but there was something so adorable about these cuddly little guys who will grow up to be soooo dangerous. We watched their antics for over an hour as they played, bathed, and chased the ravens who hung around their area. Great entertainment!


Hiding in Plain Sight

We have been enjoying watching the bunnies that have taken up residence in our yard. We often see them in the early evening scampering in the front yard- and then freezing in place as they realize we are outside.

There is actually a second bunny hiding in the shadows in the flowers behind the first one.


Leading the Way

Yes, we took another drive!


Just for Fun

I was just in the mood to play in Photoshop . . .

 


Sleepy Burro

We almost thought this burro wasn’t real when we came upon him on our visit to Oatman, Arizona. The other burros were wandering the streets looking for food, but his guy was standing completely still and didn’t move when we approached. We soon realized he was nearly asleep! He made a great still life!


Burro Breakfast

We had to create a fantasy landscape composite for my photo class. This was quite challenging- and for me involved three photos- a sky, mountains, and a Zabriskie Point (Death Valley) scene. I attempted to create early morning light- which everyone interpreted as sunset. And I added a bit of whimsy with the donut truck and burros. Lonnie is in there too, but he’s pretty hard to find. Oh yes- pelicans from Laguna Beach are flying over as well.

 

 


Zzzzzzzzzz

The highlight of last weekend was going to the Yavapai County Fair! As usual, we headed first to the livestock.

This big guy was oblivious to all the noise and confusion and was sound asleep!


Welcome to Arizona!

We pulled onto a side street in Seligman to park and saw these beauties standing by a mural painted on the side of a building. Their owner (in cowboy regalia of course) was across the street by the horse trailer. I asked if I could photograph his horses, and he said yes and asked us where we were from.

“Prescott!” we replied.

He smiled, and said, “Welcome to Arizona!’

Then he laughed, and said no….. but we knew what he meant. We live in the “city” and are not real Arizonans. He might have even figured out we were California transplants (Californians are not too popular with many Arizonans). So I took a couple shots and walked around the corner.



We’re NOT moving!

These two sleepy otters were not the least bit perturbed by the approach of the Anna D. in the harbor at Homer!

 


Toucan!

At the beginning of our visit with our grandboys, we went to Butterfly World and the new OdySea Aquarium in Scottsdale. I fell in love with this toucan (I had never been so close to one) and spent a lot of time watching him watching us. He was in a fairly unreal environment, which I enhanced in post-processing.


Caption this photo!

As I was getting ready to leave the fair, we locked eyes and had a moment. . .20160910-mma_5838_melinda_anderson-edit