Beach Grass 2

Grass, flowers, and ice plant at the entrance to Doran beach

Beach Grass

We took a very quick drive over to Bodega Bay while in California and stopped at Doran Beach, where the beach grass caught my eye.

Alley Adventure

Last week I accompanied my husband on a business trip to the Bay Area (California). We took time to stay in two of the towns where we used to live and were able to visit with many of our close friends and my teaching colleagues. It was a last minute decision to go, and it was so wonderful to be able to see so many friends on short notice.

I did not do much photography while there (no time!), but when we arrived in Petaluma, our first stop, we took a short walk in the RAIN before meeting dear friends for dinner. I only had my iPhone, but had a great time photographing this alley.


Cool Morning, Hot Air

Another early morning shot in Albuquerque


Country Store Window

taken at the lavender farm in Albuquerque


I’ve discovered that having an orthopedist a couple hours away in Flagstaff seems inconvenient, but it has turned out to be a great opportunity for exploring the area with my camera. Wupatki National Monument is only about a half hour from Flagstaff and is an easy way to see pueblos without having to hike miles in the desert. This one is the Wupatki Pueblo itself, but we were also able to drive to several others within the area. It was a great way to spend part of an afternoon!

Far in the distance you can see a bit of the Painted Desert!

Morning Balloon

When we were staying at the lavender farm, I rose with the sun and managed to get a shot of a hot air balloon as it sailed over the barn. The reward of being an early riser!


Farm View

The lavender farm

To the Edge and Beyond

One of the assignments that we’ve been given in our photo class is to create an image with “tension.”  An example that our instructor has used constantly over the years is that when we have an element in the photo that leads us OUT of the photo. it creates tension. And this is not a good thing. Another example would be when two elements meet in the photo in a perhaps uncomfortable way (think of “merges”, where a tree seems to grow out of the top of someone’s head). He has himself created a series of photos that deliberately have tension (called “In Tension”, which is a play on words), which include several different kinds of tension that somehow works. I must confess to being confused by the concept.

Tension was on my mind in Albuquerque, so I deliberately set out to create some photos which have tension, but yet somehow “work” for me. This was probably the easiest to do- all those branches perhaps leading out of and into the photo.




It was cloudy during our stay in Albuquerque, but the early morning light was visible as the sun came up. Glad I got up early to capture some color in the sky!

Between the Silos

Spotted at Los Poblanos Farm, Albuquerque


The last night of our New Mexico trip was spent on a lavender farm, which Lonnie found online. It was fantastic in many ways- lavender growing right outside our room (which looked like it was decorated by Martha Stewart or Joanna Gaines), peacocks, and a fantastic restaurant to name a few.

I was sold the minute I saw SILOS!

San Felipe de Neri

The centerpiece of Old Town Plaza in Albuquerque is San Felipe de Neri Church- built in 1793 (replacing an older church built in 1709) during the Spanish colonial period. We didn’t get to go in, but I took lots of photos outside.

Done for the Day

Another Albuquerque jewelry seller

There is something this that reminds me of Whistler’s Mother!

Local Color

Colorful Albuquerque street scenes