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In Praise of the Walker

This looks like a depressing post- it’s not! I had a knee replacement almost a week ago and am doing great. I am very mobile with the help of the much made fun of WALKER. Like most people, I associate walkers with advanced age and decline, but I’m here to tell you that, for me, it is a pretty great little device. I hardly put any weight on it now and basically just roll it around in front of me as I walk. It is such an improvement over the crutches I had for my last surgery! I haven’t figured out yet how to carry dishes while using it, but since I know I will soon be using just a cane, I’m letting Lonnie do the dish carrying (as well as the cooking, pill management, icing, etc. etc. etc.). I am easily able to maneuver with my iPhone under one arm and my kindle under the other- my usual accessories.

What am I watching on TV?, you ask. It’s Hanna, an action/thriller series on Amazon Prime (I think).  It stars Joel Kinnaman and Mireille Enos, the stars of The Killing (I love this duo)- only this time they are trying to kill each other (instead of solving crimes and resisting being in love). Pretty good so far. What am I reading on my kindle? I just finished Wild Game by Adrienne Brodeur. It’s a memoir of the author’s incredible relationship with her pretty narcissistic mother. I first heard of this from a podcast I’ve been listening to- Family Secrets with Dani Shapiro. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. Next up is Suffer A Witch, a novel by my friend, Susan Lanning! Having some accused Salem witches in my family tree, I’m eager to get into this one!

I have several photos scheduled to post here over the next week or so and may also post more, depending on what I feel like doing as I recover. And a big thank you to all for the emails, texts, and phone calls- all much appreciated!


Wupatki in Black and white

and with a lonely cloud drifting overhead. . .



School’s. . . Out … for … Summer!

Yesterday was the last day of the semester for my photo group. I can remember how nervous I was the first day, weeks, even year in this group of advanced photographers, but now I am just one of the group and the people are my friends. Our final this time was a slideshow of our favorite images, and I now felt confident to share more of the photos that are in my own style and also some of my experiments in multiple exposure etc. I have proven myself with sharp images and photoshop skills, so anything goes now (hah!)!  It was nice to get positive feedback!  I’ve uploaded my video here- but have no idea if it will play (it’s a pretty large file). It may take awhile to load. So apologies in advance.


Winter View

It seemed that everyone started to emerge last Sunday from our forced hibernation. Lonnie and I went out to lunch and stopped to admire the view from above. It is definitely Winter- but now with the usual Arizona sunshine that we’ve grown used to.

 


Table for Two

Prescott is ENVELOPED in SNOW!  An unusually severe snowstorm hit Northern Arizona Wednesday night and continued throughout the next day. The snow is falling more lightly as of Thursday evening, but we do have approximately 16 inches (and huge drifts!) where we live. We were all prepared for it, but the reality is pretty awe inspiring! Schools closed and a State of Emergency has been declared (seriously!).   I think we’ll be happy campers here at home as long as the satellite dish continues to operate.

 


We Got Our Kicks

on Route 66. . .


More Sunshine

Here’s some more Arizona sunshine for today!


Merry Christmas!

A very Merry Christmas to you and yours!

Yavapai County Courthouse, Prescott, Arizona 2018


Christmas, Southern California Style

We just returned from a very quick trip to Southern California to do a mini-Christmas celebration with my son and family for Christmas. The Christmas decorations at the mall where we ate dinner were amazing!


HB Surfers

Multiple exposure play with surfers heading into the ocean

 


Kitchen Stars

I’ve been working on a series of wabi-sabi photos for my photo group final, which has to be a series. I may not have enough photos for my series on the beach, so this is my Plan B. Here is one of the photos I am working on- my favorite wooden spoon and some star anise.  I had thought the series would be in black and white, but I really like this one better in color! There is a very slight reflection  and shadow on the cookie sheet background which don’t show up in the black and white.

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Wabi-sabi is a Japanese aethetic based on acceptance of transience and incompleteness. Characteristics include asymmetry, roughness, simplicity, economy, austerity, modesty, intimacy, and appreciation of the ingenuous integrity of natural objects and processes.

 


Alaska Gardening

Ornamental kale from my daughter’s garden- it’s huge and so pretty!


Floats

When we were in Alaska this summer, we went to the street market in Anchorage, and I was captivated by the Japanese fishing floats for sale. I bought just one- this is a shot of a group. The effects are from Topaz Glow.


Blue Two

From another viewpoint at Blue Mesa:

 


Just Passing Through

This guy came through my yard over the weekend and gave me a chance to have some Photoshop fun.

I played with Topaz Studio, which I am determined to actually learn to USE this summer. This preset is called bookbinder and, if I’m understanding this correctly, was one of a zillion filters developed by a “regular” person, someone in the Topaz community. I never ever ever use a filter over my whole image, but this time I did (although reduced opacity). Fun!