Arizona Sonora Museum – Raptors in Flight

az-sonora-desert-museum-13Tucson, Arizona.

Somewhere over the Sonoran Desert, a Harris Hawk is on the hunt. These magnificent raptors hunt in a group. You can see them along with other raptors at the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum’s Raptor Free Flight. But if you’re going to make the trip to one of Tucson’s most popular visitor attractions, you’ll want to do it by April 2, the last day of this season’s performances. A winter attraction, the flights will start again in October and twice a day at 10 AM and 2 PM, audiences will thrill to the sight of these beautiful and graceful hunters. You can visit the museum year round. It is only the raptor flights that are scheduled in the cooler months. Continue reading

Monochrome Monday – Alaska’s Glacier Bay

glacier-bay-1Glacier Bay, Alaska.

I was scrolling through my library looking for a photo for a project, and in the process I was scanning through all the images I captured in Glacier bay. It was a completely overcast day with very low cloud ceilings. I spotted the image above, in full color, unprocessed from my camera’s RAW image format. Continue reading

Cellpic Sunday – 19 February 2017

sundance-sunrise-1Buckeye, Arizona.

On February 6, we had an amazing sunrise going on in our neighborhood. I walked down the street to the nearest intersection and grabbed this image with my Samsung S7 cellphone. There was only minor manipulation in editing the photo. Almost anything I did make the photo look not look as good as it came right out of the camera. Continue reading

Weekly Photo Challenge – Against The Odds

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Santa Fe, New Mexico.

This week, Michelle W. asks us to share an image that reflects “against the odds”. From the challenge post, “Maybe it’s a photo of an unlikely occurrence. Maybe it’s the photo itself that goes against the odds.” You can read the entire challenge post here. Remembering a trip to Santa Fe last spring, I thought of the magnificent spiral staircase in a chapel we visited there and the miracle that surrounds its construction. Continue reading

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum – A Living Tribute to Desert Plants and Animals

park-zoo-2Tucson, Arizona.

I would call it misnamed. The Arizona Sonora Desert Museum. OK, so it’s in Arizona and it’s in the Sonoran Desert. That’s fine. It’s the word “Museum” that I think doesn’t fit. Botanical Garden? Arboretum? Zoo? Wildlife Park? Nature Conservancy? How about all of the above? Continue reading

Weekly Photo Challenge – Shadow

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Bryce Canyon, Utah.

This week, Cheri Lucas Rowlands asks us to consider the shadow. She comments, “The shadow can be the focal point of the image, or simply a detail that adds texture and makes the scene a bit more dynamic.” You can read the entire challenge post here. Continue reading

Guest post – The Ruins: “Taj Mahal” of Negros Island

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Bacolod, Philippines.

Today’s Travel Tuesday is a guest post from author Stephen Bentley. A British expatriate now living in the Philippines, Stephen is a retired cop, and a retired attorney. After retirement, he moved to a beautiful part of the world, Bacolod, (a city of about half-a-million population) on the island of Negros. When not working on several writing projects, he spends his time enjoying the beaches and food of the Philippines. Word slinging is now his full time job, and Stephen has recently published a best selling book about his involvement in one of the world’s largest LSD busts while he lived undercover to infiltrate the criminal manufacturing and distribution network.

For a special feature Travel Tuesday, I invited Stephen to share with us details about an interesting place to visit while touring the Philippine Islands. Without further introduction, I present Mr. Stephen Bentley’s take on The Ruins, Bacolod’s #1 Tourist Attraction.

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