Cellpic Sunday – 24 September 2017

Lake Pleasant, Arizona.

On this first week of Autumn in North Dakota, it’s been nice weather, so far. However, thoughts of our Arizona winters are creeping into consciousness and those desert hikes are calling. I even have a new camera, a mirrorless Sony with a very small footprint and weight factor. It will replace the much larger and heavier Nikon on our hikes. Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Structure

“Nature will bear the closest inspection. She invites us to lay our eye level with her smallest leaf, and take an insect view of its plain.” — Henry David Thoreau

The opening quote is featured in this week’s photo challenge. In that challenge, Jen H. asks us to look at the “structure of something wonderful.” You can read the entire challenge post here. Continue reading

Cellpic Sunday – World Photo Day

Spur Cross Ranch, Arizona.

I am writing this on Saturday, which happens to be World Photo Day. As a result, the cellular picture captured above is less about the story behind the photo and more about the technology that created the photo. In 2009, Korske Ara, an Australian photographer with a passion for his craft and a desire to use that craft to inspire positive change started an annual celebration of the technology. From simple beginnings, an audience of 500 million have committed to share their stories. Continue reading

Wildflower Hike – White Tank Mountain Regional Park

Waddell, Arizona.

As we wind down to the last few days of the spring of 2017, sitting here in Fargo on a rainy Tuesday morning, I recall those last few days in Buckeye in late March.  This spring, the wildflower season is the best I’ve seen since wintering in Arizona. Prior to this year, 2013 was my go-to year for showing off wildflowers. This year far surpasses 2013 in coverage. Continue reading

Scottsdale’s Old Town

Scottsdale, Arizona.

I was first introduced to Old Town Scottsdale by friends who said we absolutely MUST have dinner at Frank and Lupe’s Restaurant. We make it there at least once every winter, even though it’s a 45-minute drive from our house in Buckeye. Either before or after lunch, we would walk north of the restaurant and check out the upscale shops and stores that Scottsdale is known for. Continue reading

Tortilla Flat – An Arizona Legend

Tortilla Flat, Arizona.

Nestled in a small valley at what my father would have called “a wide spot in the road,” Tortilla Flat has a history that is mostly of legend. Tales of settlements go back to the prospectors and Native Americans of the 18th and 19th centuries. Historians, however, tell a different story. Continue reading