Cellpic Sunday – 8 December 2019

Buckeye, Arizona.

Hiking season has started for me in Arizona. My first hike for the year is at nearby Skyline Park. Pyrite Trail and Pyrite Summit are two of the most recent trails constructed in the park. On December 5, our hiking club’s Thursday hike brought us to the peak that features commanding views to the west. Continue reading

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – Abstract

This week, Patti Moed takes a look at expressing the abstract in photography. She writes, “…we invite you to break the rules and go beyond the traditional realistic image of an object, scene, or element.” You can check out her examples here. A few weeks ago in a Facebook photo group, I completed a similar challenge preparing some images using photo manipulation to give the images an abstract impressionistic look. Continue reading

National Buffalo Museum – The Story of the American Bison

Jamestown, North Dakota.

A year ago in October, I published a couple of stories about a frontier village in Jamestown and a 60-ton statue that is the world’s largest buffalo sculpture. In recent weeks the frontier village came into some political controversy and the artifacts and buildings were almost given away to a similar pioneer museum in Perham, Minnesota. Fortunately for local fans of the village, the buildings and artifacts will remain in Jamestown as the City Council voted 3-2 to accept ownership of the village and its contents. The controversy started when the Frontier Village Association, owner of the artifacts, was in talks with the city to renew the land lease upon which the village is located. That dispute nearly closed down the attraction which would be a great loss to the community. Continue reading

Cellpic Sunday – 1 December 2019

Baltimore, Maryland.

The Marriott Hotel in the Inner Harbor area is built on the banks of the Jones Falls River. In the river across from the hotel is a strange moored vessel known informally as Mr. Trash Wheel. In the photo above, the river flows from right to left and not far behind Mr. Trash Wheel the river flows into the larger Inner Harbor area. Continue reading

Weekly Photo Challenge – Cold

This week it’s Tina Schell’s turn to challenge us with our camera’s take on “cold.” She’s got a few snow covered images captured when her normally warm climate rarely presents them with a white landscape. Having gone through over 40 years of winters in Minnesota and North Dakota, I can speak with expertise on the subject of cold. I don’t like it. >grin< Continue reading

Pioneer Auto Show – 65 Years in Murdo SD

Murdo, South Dakota.

On our trips to Arizona, our usual route takes us via I-90 from Sioux Falls, South Dakota to Murdo where we pick up U.S. Highway 83 and from there we head south to North Platte, Nebraska for our end of the first day stop. Being the classic car nut that I am, you’d think before this year we’d have stopped at the Pioneer Auto Museum by now. At our travel pace, it’s a 10-hour drive and we simply aren’t feeling a stop along the way. Continue reading

Dronie Sunday – 24 November 2019

Howard, Colorado.

During this summer’s travels, we stopped on our way to Antonito, Colorado at Pleasant Valley Campground near the small town of Howard. The summer getaway place of our friends Fred and Ellen became a good place to show off the Mavic Air. We walked over to a part of the campground with open skies and launched. Located next to the Arkansas River, the view of an abandoned railroad track and gravel road made for a decent composition. Continue reading