Looking back at October in Prescott- wildflowers and cactus in bloom at Willow Lake!
Lonnie and I went downtown for dinner at our favorite Thai restaurant last night and were presented with this incredible view as we stepped out of our car- a beautiful sunset behind the courthouse. I love downtown Prescott- especially at Christmastime. The only thing missing was snow- and maybe that beautiful full December moon we also saw last night (it was behind me). Photoshop could fix that- hmmm, maybe someday . . .
Spotted at Watson Lake
We were fortunate to be in Flagstaff a couple weeks ago on a beautiful Fall day when the aspens were in all their glory. It made my heart happy to see so many other people up at Snowbowl, late on a weekday afternoon- everyone there just to catch the late afternoon sun hitting the aspens. Unforgettable!
I have taken soooo many photos of Buckey over the years, but I don’t think I’ve ever taken THIS angle. Score one for finding a new viewpoint! Actually TWO new viewpoints, because last week’s photo from the rear was a new angle for me as well.
Another view of Buckey at Courthouse Square
Lonnie and I came upon this wedding party as we were walking around the Courthouse Square. The photographer had the bride posing on the courthouse steps, but as we got closer the happy couple walked away. As we continued our walk, we came upon them posing again and I managed to take three shots, two of the couple and one of the photographer- my lens wasn’t wide enough to get them into one frame. I merged one of the couple and the one of the photographer into a panorama. I liked the combination of the happy bride and groom in the midst of a typical scene at the square- such a contrast!
Our first assignment in this semester’s photo group is to stand somewhere on Prescott’s Courthouse Square and take a photo of ANYTHING! This isn’t the photo I’ll be using, but here is a shot of the statue of one of our hometown heroes, Buckey O’Neill- newspaperman, gambler, sheriff, judge, and Rough Rider who was killed in the Spanish American War.
Here’s my photo for class this week. Somehow, it ended up as a pretend vintage postcard.
Too much time on my hands, I guess. . .
The most exciting part of the fair for both of us was the mounted shooting competition. I had never seen anything like it and instantly loved it (once I figured out the guns shot blanks. . .). The riders compete in riding around the ring shooting at balloons. They have two guns in their holster- 5 shots each. They are timed and scored on how many balloons were popped in the shortest amount of time. The riders and horses were magnificent!
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!
I checked off another item from my Jerome bucket list- we finally stopped on the side of the road so I could get the iconic view of Jerome on the hill!
Another view of Jerome’s Flatiron:
This week I checked off a small photography bucket list item- shooting the Flatiron in Jerome, Arizona!
Although Jerome is only about an hour from home and I’ve been there many, many, MANY times, I had never managed to walk down to this corner to take this photo. This time, we approached Jerome from the Sedona side, so I made a point of telling Lonnie ahead of time that I wanted this shot and to be ready to pull over at the first available parking space. Mission accomplished!
While Lonnie and our friends Kathryn and Scott were walking part of the trail up Sedona’s Bell Rock in April, I amused myself taking photos. I’ve photographed Bell Rock so many times (and never in “good light”) that it was hard to find a new approach- hence this partial view emphasizing the clouds.