Cellpic Sunday – 8 July 2018

Waddell, Arizona.

I have been lax at taking pictures lately due to a heavier than normal workload at my volunteer Civil Air Patrol job. It’s Friday as I’m writing this post, and I want to have it publish automatically on Sunday, a typical scheduled Cellpic Sunday. Looking through my library of cellular phone photos, I discovered I’d taken two images of the same trail, just slightly offset. Using Lightroom, I created a panoramic image of this view of the Goat Camp Trail in White Tank Mountain Regional Park. Last March, our hiking club traveled for a couple of miles down the trail and then returned for a total of just over five miles (8.5 km).

We are looking forward to returning to Arizona, but we’ll wait until November when it cools off a bit from their record heat. For all my friends who live in Arizona year around, keep cool! In most browsers, you can click on the image to enlarge it for a closer view.

John Steiner


The Clydesdales – Budweiser’s 85-year Tradition

Goodyear, Arizona.

Somewhere I heard that the Clydesdales were coming to one of the Spring Training fields in the Phoenix metro, and I was disappointed to find out that I would be out of town that week. I would soon discover that the beer company giants make several appearances every year during Cactus League baseball season each.  A quick glance at their online schedule showed me that I was in luck. Their last appearance in the Phoenix area would be at our nearby stadium in Goodyear… and we would be in town. Not sure of the size of the crowd that might show up to view the horses, we got there early. So early, we beat the caravan of semi-trucks. We weren’t sure where they would be unloading and we didn’t know how close we could get to the teams as they worked. Continue reading

White Tank Mountain Park – A Gallery in Black and White

Waddell, Arizona.

One of our first discoveries in Arizona is a favorite hiking place for me. The White Tank Mountain Regional Park is about 20 minutes from our house in Buckeye. Last spring, I saw an announcement of a blsck-and-white photo contest with the prizes being displays of the photographs at the nature center. I quickly put together a collection of black-and-white images. Though I didn’t win the first prize, the three images featured were all selected to be printed and displayed in the White Tank Mountain Nature Center. Continue reading

Cellpic Sunday – 10 June 2018

Morristown, Arizona.

On those hot summer days, one of the best places to cool off is at Lake Pleasant or one of the other man made lakes created as water holding reservoirs near Phoenix. During the winter, the hiking trails in Lake Pleasant Regional Park present a moderate challenge and their shorter length leaves plenty of day left at the end of a morning hike. Probably my favorite trail is Pipeline Canyon. There is a parking area at each end and modern restroom facilities. The trail is a short two miles (3.2 km) long and has a moderate elevation change. At the end of the two miles, take a break at the nearby benches, grab a drink of water and maybe a snack, then head back to your car in the parking area at your starting point. Continue reading

Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show

Scottsdale, Arizona.

Every February since wintering in Arizona, I’ve seen posters and advertisements for the Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show. I don’t know the first thing about equestrian competitions, least of all, this breed-specific show. In an earlier century, Lynn and I were into dog shows so I imagined the horse show is something similar. I think basically that I was correct. While we didn’t learn much about the show’s judging, we did get to see a large number of beautiful animals and their well-dressed handlers.  Continue reading

Cellpic Sunday – 27 May 2018

Waddell, Arizona.

Three years ago, we were hiking the Old Saddle Trail section off the Mule Deer Trail in the White Tank Mountain Regional Park. At a trail intersection, we met Chuck and his horse. He stopped to allow us to cross in front of him. We stopped and visited for a few minutes. I asked if I could take a photo of him and he obliged. Continue reading

Weekly Photo Challenge – Twisted

Buckeye, Arizona.

This week, Jen H. asks to “show us something twisted.” Details of the challenge post can be found here. Looking through my gallery, I realized that there are many desert plants and trees that exhibit some form of twisting. I normally think of the mighty saguaro with a single trunk and maybe multiple arms all pointing skyward. In reality, though, life has a way of twisting things out of shape. Among other desert plants, I’ve included a few examples of saguaros “doin’ the twist.” Continue reading