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Hiding in Plain Sight

We have been enjoying watching the bunnies that have taken up residence in our yard. We often see them in the early evening scampering in the front yard- and then freezing in place as they realize we are outside.

There is actually a second bunny hiding in the shadows in the flowers behind the first one.

Hey, Good-lookin’ !

We are home a lot these days (no surprise. . .) and have plenty of time to watch the hummingbird drama unfold in our yard! This handsome little guy is one of a group of newcomers to our yard and has the others on their toes, so to speak, as he chases them away from the feeder. I have yet to capture a good photo of him hovering, so here he is just after landing on the feeder.

Chasing Sunset

Since moving to Prescott, we have developed a tradition of going out after dinner to watch the sunset- either from our driveway or getting in the car and driving to a good vantage point. We have become cloud-watchers and predictors of when there will be an especially good sunset display. Last night I thought there was a 50/50 chance of a great one, but I wasn’t convinced that there was enough sky visible- it was overcast in our area of town. But Lonnie had been out and about and pointed out blue sky to the south, so we headed out to find a good view of the Thumb Butte. As we drove in that direction, it was obvious that we had a magnificent sky with great clouds. The photo below was taken before sunset, when a golden glow was just beginning on the Thumb.

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.

 

Standing Tall

This beauty VOLUNTEERED to grow in our garden! I noticed it growing a couple weeks ago in a big pot which holds our spent irises. Each day it grew taller and finally bloomed a few days ago. We didn’t plant it, but we are delighted it chose our yard for its home,

One of Many

I’m very glad we’ve planted rosebushes that we can see from our kitchen window- mostly because they have created a pleasing view, But the other reason, of course, is that they are beautiful subjects for photography!

Leading the Way

Yes, we took another drive!

Dizzy Daisy

Some Photoshop fun with a Gerbera Daisy . . .

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.

 

Blue Truck

Spotted at Bodie

Just Dance!

Today I’m sharing a little bonus photo from my trip back in time to 2014!

Yes, it’s Henry at age THREE- uninhibited as always and expressing his joy in the moment as he dances to the music at the rodeo. He is still a sweet, open-hearted, full of life (and love) boy at age nine!

Small Town Rodeo

Reaching way back to May of 2014 once more for a rodeo photo. . .

I will never forget this young rider and his horse racing around the ring, going faster and faster as the national anthem was playing- a heart-swelling patriotic tribute.

I know this looks like a simple edit- but there was a fence between me and the scene. I worked three days to remove it in Photoshop- definitely an exercise in patience! I am using it for this month’s photo club challenge- “As American as. . .”

At My Feet

Thinking back to our beach walks in February- I spotted this little still life at my feet one day.

BUZZZZZ

We have a large Russian Sage plant at the end of our driveway- and every summer, this means BEES!