Village of the Tin Man

When we were driving across Kansas a few months ago, I was taking iPhone photos out the window as usual when I spotted this row of silos. I get excited for any silo or grain elevator- but to see a whole ROW- wow! I snapped a few shots and told my husband it looked like the Tin Man’s village (we were in Oz country after all…).

We stopped at Liberal to walk around and photograph the grain elevator and saw signs for an Oz museum. It was closed, but I took some shots of a giant tin man statue. And thus an idea was born.

My photo group always comes up with ideas for topics for the assignments. I suggested FANTASY for the final- and used my Tin Man composite to create the book cover below. So much fun!

And now back to real life!

It’s All in the Details (part 3)

Under the Square

This is the last post in my Downtown Details series. We always take photos of Courthouse Square in Prescott. Above is a view of what is UNDER the square!

I’ve also taken many photos of Whiskey Row over the years, so I wanted to do something different. Below is a multiple exposure composite- Whiskey Row Impressions. I didn’t use this for my photo group, but used photos shot for this topic to create the image.

Whiskey Row Impressions


We have been to see Chihuly glass exhibits at the Desert Botanical Garden at least three times since we’ve lived here. We visited the gardens again in May, and I’m still going through my photographs. I had fun this time creating a multiple exposure image of an agave layered with Chihuly glass.

Monsoon Clouds

I can happily report that we are having a good monsoon season this summer. We have had many days where we got some rain, and have had several big storms. Today’s storm was dramatic and beautiful. We were awakened in the night by LOUD cracks of thunder, lightning, and lots of rain. In the morning it was clear and beautiful with white puffy clouds. We drove up to a good vantage point to see the beautiful sky over Prescott, and I took the upper left photo of Prescott, with the veteran’s hospital in the foreground, and the darkening sky over the Thumb Butte in the background. As I stood there, it began to thunder, and lightning bolts shot down from the clouds (no, I couldn’t manage to snag any shots of the lightning). We went downtown for lunch on the patio of one of our favorite lunch places, and the thunderstorm continued. The rest of the photos are from home. In the last photo, you can see the sky was darkening enough in the early afternoon that our driveway light came on. Later, heavy rain began, the storm continued, and flash flood warnings kept coming on my iPhone. I love the drama of a great monsoon storm!

This was Winter. . .

Yes, this was winter- but not THIS winter. This was taken in 2018, which, as I remember, was a pretty average winter here. There were several significant snowfalls, which provided lots of opportunities for photographing snow against the red rocks. We are still waiting for winter this year; we’ve had several dustings but nothing to write home about- or blog about. I’m already thinking about spring!

Thanksgiving Day

Over the river, and through the wood,
To Grandmother’s house we go;
The horse knows the way to carry the sleigh
through the white and drifted snow.

Over the river, and through the wood,
to Grandmother’s house away!
We would not stop for doll or top,
for ’tis Thanksgiving Day.

We have something to be very grateful for this Thanksgiving- for the first time in at least four years we will have family with us on Thanksgiving Day! Our son’s family will be driving- not through the snow, but through the DESERT and over the MOUNTAINS to spend the Thanksgiving holiday with us! And of course we will be zooming with our Alaska family also. I hope your day is full of Thanksgiving blessings as well!