Carnival Magic – A Family Cruise

Somewhere in the Caribbean Sea.

In late January, we departed for Florida on a family cruise arranged by one of my nephews and his wife. They have been on a few Carnival cruises and put together the ship with an itinerary. We would find ourselves on the Carnival Magic headed for the eastern Caribbean ports at Amber Cove, Charlotte Amalie, San Juan, and Grand Turk. Lynn and I have also enjoyed cruises over the years and though we prefer Norwegian Cruise Lines, we found little to complain about on the Magic. The opening image features the Magic and a British cruiser docked at Grand Turk. The ship, however, never made it to Amber Cove. Continue reading


Cellpic Sunday – 22 April 2018

Somewhere in Wyoming.

On our way back to Fargo this year, we made a scheduled stop in Deadwood for the North Central Region Civil Air Patrol Annual Conference. On the way, we passed this interesting butte that is reminiscent of Arizona and New Mexico. I happened to be riding shotgun as Lynn drove on Highway 85. I rolled the window down and grabbed a couple of images. Continue reading

Weekly Photo Challenge – Prolific

Buckeye, Arizona.

This week, Krista Stevens’ visit to the Johnny Cash Museum caused her to reflect on the prolific works of that iconic musician. That visit was her inspiration for this week’s challenge, “…show us your interpretation of prolific.” You can read the entire challenge post here. Though the usual thought about a desert is that it is anything but prolific, except for sand and wind. My visits to the desert around Phoenix have proven that concept of the desert to be inaccurate, at least for the Sonoran Desert. Continue reading

Joshua Forest Parkway – The Saguaro of the Mojave

Wikieup, Arizona.

US Route 93 is a major highway between Phoenix and Las Vegas, Nevada’s gambling mecca. A stretch of highway, some 54 miles (87 km) between Wickenburg and Wikieup features a forest of Joshua Trees. Don’t confuse this forest with California’s Joshua Tree National Park. In fact, Arizona happens to feature a total of three Joshua Tree forests. Continue reading

Cellpic Sunday – 15 April 2018

Albuquerque, New Mexico.

A regular stop on our travels between Arizona and North Dakota is at my sister’s house in New Mexico. This year was no exception. In her back yard, she has two ornamental crab apple trees and as luck would have it, the day we were there, they were in full bloom. Before long, I was outside in her back yard snapping some pictures with my cellphone camera. Continue reading

Weekly Photo Challenge – Awakening

Buckeye, Arizona.

Having just left Buckeye for the season, Jen H. reminds us that it’s springtime. As I write this in Deadwood, South Dakota, there is a late season snow storm raging. Spring around here? Not so much… In any case, Jen asks us to share photos of renewal, awakening. In the desert, I am always amazed at the amount of colorful plant life, so I will feature some of my favorite desert plants in bloom. You can review Jen’s post here. Continue reading

Monument Valley – A Retrospective With New Photo Tools

Monument Valley, Navajo Nation.

First off, a word of warning… this post is more about photography than about Monument Valley. After our first winter in Arizona in 2012, we headed back to Fargo. On the way back, we made side trips to Page and to Monument Valley. Back then, I was just learning how to use my new digital camera and I was using Photoshop Elements to do basic digital processing. Since then, I’ve moved from the Nikon D5100 to the D7000, and now to the D500. Fortunately, back then, even though I didn’t know why, I captured both RAW and JPG files of my images. Continue reading