out and about

Bits of Autumn

from Watson Woods


HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

We get no trick or treaters at our house- maybe if we had a gate decorated like this we would!


Skeleton Transportation

Here’s a closer view of part of the display at my favorite Halloween house- the skeleton in a buggy!


Fall Color in Black and White

I went out with Lonnie for a walk in Watson Woods in order to take photos for an assignment for my photo group. The fall colors were beautiful- just what I was looking for in my image. I’ve been limiting my computer (and iPhone) time due to symptoms in my arm, elbow, and shoulder from overuse, so I decided to limit my editing time to 10-20 minute blocks, rather than my usual several hours to several days per image (that combined with genealogy is what caused this problem in the first place). I did a lot in Lightroom, including using my Camera Vivid preset (thank you, Carol!), so that it was already quite saturated when I went to Photoshop. The edits I did after that seemed to increase the saturation even more, so then I applied an inverted image layer at low opacity (thanks to what I’ve learned in my photo group and to Blake Rudis, who developed this color correction process) to take out some of the yellows and oranges. When I brought it brought it back into Lightroom, I wondered what it would look like in black and white- and I found I liked that version even better! I think I must have been inspired by my friend, Carol again, who also turned a fall color photo to black and white. Rule breakers!

I took the photo to begin with because the girl reminded me of Caitlin, my daughter. And now in black and white it seems to haveĀ  a spooky feeling- which makes me think of Stranger Things, which we have been binge-watching on Netflix. Scary!


It’s that time of year. . .

We did our annual photo pilgrimage to Mount Vernon St. here in Prescott. I always love how this particular house is decorated- and this year’s decorations did not disappoint!


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Happy Fourth!


Happy 3rd of July!

Bystanders at Prescott’s Hose Cart races yesterday:

I love living in this small town1


The 19

Four years ago today the nineteen Granite Mountain Hot Shots (mostly from Prescott) lost their lives fighting the Yarnell fire. I remember that day well, because we were on our way to Prescott to buy a house- and all during that time the town was in shock and mourning. As this date approaches every year, tributes appear all over town. And in Yarnell, there are constant reminders. When we were there a few weeks ago, I spotted this door with nineteen purple ribbons.

Good news- the Goodwin Fire outside Prescott is about half contained, and today Highway 69 opened. We will be driving to Phoenix today to pick up my friend, Carol as she returns from another Moose Peterson trip (hummingbirds in the Tucson area), and will be so glad to take a direct route to the valley.


Skull Valley Shooting

A few more photos from our road trip with Joan and Rudy- this time we were shooting the Skull Valley gas station.


Choo Choo

Tracks and Train Station in Skull Valley


I think his name was John. . .

When we visited Yarnell with Joan and Rudy last week, Rudy spent some time talking to and photographing this delightful gentleman outside a local eatery. I snapped a quick shot and went inside, because I was hungry. Rudy ended up with a wonderful portrait, and I got this candid shot.


I’m a little bit country. . .

There’s nothing I like better than a windmill, a silo, or a grain elevator as a photo subject!

Our longtime friends, Joan and Rudy have been here for a visit and to celebrate Joan and my birthdays. On Friday, we took a drive over to Skull Valley and Yarnell so that Rudy and I could do a little photography. You will see a few of my photos in the coming week.


Traditions

Over the weekend, we spent some time at ‘Tis, the gallery where my show took place. Yes, the Fourth Friday reception was wonderful, but the seemingly endless self-promotion part is finally done- so enough said about that! The main gallery had the annual Native American show- arguably the best show of the year- and it was phenomenal. On Sunday there was an exhibition of dances by an Apache family featuring their children, who are learning the hundreds of years old traditions of their people.

This image is a closeup of the dad playing one of several flutes he demonstrated .

iPhone image, edited in Photoshop and Topaz Impression


And to the right we have. . .

Another shot at Red Rock Crossing in Sedona- a little tranquil oasis.


Another View

It’s all about the reflection.