out and about

Autumn Stillness

 

A peaceful scene at Watson Lake . . .

Notice the water lines on the tree!


Falling Leaves

Leaves are falling; though the sun is shining, winter is on its way.


Happy Halloween!

Even in 2020 this beautiful neighborhood creates the most amazing Halloween displays for Prescott and the many, many visitors who come to experience the Halloween wonderfulness. Happy Halloween, everyone! Stay safe and WEAR A MASK!


Happy

Isn’t this a happy scene? This photo pretty much just took itself.

We drove over to Granite Basin Lake a tiny lake at the base of Granite Mountain here in Prescott and walked around for awhile, enjoying the scenery and taking a few photos. We spotted some dragonflies and dozens of butterflies, but only one single bird, a hummingbird. We are talking about going over again and bringing our lunch.

 


Leading the Way

Yes, we took another drive!


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.

 


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.

 


Lit from Within

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


Waterways

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

From a late afternoon visit to Watson Lake.


While Strolling

After last night’s dinner, we drove downtown, parked and took a short walk through an older neighborhood. As we strolled along, we couldn’t help but notice the beautiful flowers in many gardens. The sun was starting to set, so I took a few shots in the pretty light. A nice way to spend an hour!


Sunset Drive . . . and Banana Bread

The light was beautiful as we took a drive by the lakes last evening. We stopped for a few quick iPhone shots of Willow Lake, and then headed home for some banana bread I had baked earlier. Our last instacart order had provided us with 5 bunches of bananas instead of 5 single bananas (I’m not complaining- we’re ALL frazzled…), and yesterday was the day they were ripe enough for baking and freezing. We now have an abundant supply of frozen bananas for smoothies, pancakes, and baking!


Late Winter

Another view from the Peavine Trail at Watson Lake.

 


Muted

Although there were signs of Spring in the blossoming of fruit trees, Winter still had us in its grip last week. Days were cold with a few snow flurries, and the bare branches gave little evidence that it is Spring according to the calendar. The muted colors of this scene off the Peavine trail at Watson Lake reflect our muted lives these days, as we adhere to social distancing and develop new routines in our individual houses.

For me, these days are revolving around connecting with friends and family through phones and internet, planning and eating meals, hand washing (washing everything, it seems), ordering groceries online, editing photos, doing some organizing projects, and streaming and binge-watching TV series. It’s still a good life- it’s just pared down to the basics.  So each day we choose to practice gratitude, appreciate our loved ones, focus on the positive and enjoy life as it is right now.