In the pre-sunrise morning, I was on my way to meet with some of the members of our hiking club, all getting ready to complete one of our Thursday hikes. Just prior to the sun peeking above the eastern horizon, the sky turned a brilliant orange. With only my cellphone, I pulled over to the side of the road to capture a panoramic series of images. As is often the case, as the sun appeared on the horizon, the complexion of the skies quickly changed to its usual beautiful blue.
About the photo: The image was captured as three images in my Samsung S7 cell phone. It was still plenty dark so there was very little light in the foreground leaving the desert plants to appear quite dim and hazy. I suspect either my Sony or Nikon would have done a better job capturing the lowlight areas, but the camera you use is the one you have with you. I used Adobe Lightroom to join the images into a single panorama and to remove the vestiges of a wire fence that traversed part of the foreground. The rule for Cellpic Sunday is simple. The image must be captured on a mobile device.
Last week, I featured a view of the Willow Canyon Trail in the White Tank Mountains Regional Park. This week features another shot captured by my cell phone on the hike. It was a relatively clear day in the Phoenix Metro. One of the reasons we chose a home on the western edge of the metro is that the inherent haze and smog of the city tends to stay in the valley. Continue reading
My favorite hike in my favorite park is the Mesquite Canyon Trail in the White Tank Mountains Regional Park. It’s not a long drive to get there either, only about 20 minutes or so. In the last few years, I’ve settled into a pattern of 4 miles (6.4 km) or so, not to exceed 5 miles. Continue reading
As this is being written, it’s Friday night and we are leaving for Albuquerque early Saturday to spend family time for Christmas next week. We headed out to pick up some last-minute items. As we rounded the corner heading out of our neighborhood, we heard some Christmas music. Parked on the street was an SUV and trailer both decorated to the nines, music emanating from the trailer. I had to stop and capture a quick cellphone image. I used my Samsung S7 cell phone. The rule for Cellpic Sunday is simple, the image must be captured on a mobile device.
Merry Christmas to all who celebrate the season!
Almost a month ago, I shared an image captured in the Sand Hills of Nebraska and provided some background of the area. A few miles further down the road, I captured a couple of images and created a Sandhill panorama captured just off highway 83 with my Samsung S7 cell phone. In most browsers, you can click on the image to enlarge it for a higher resolution view. Continue reading
On a warm but cloudy day, we ventured out on our first Arizona hike of the 2018-19 season. In late November, I led a short 3.8 mile hike with our hiking club in Buckeye. It was fun to be back with the group again. In the last couple of years, we’ve added some far more experienced hike leaders than I to our group and I expect the group will have a wider variety of difficulty level and length than we’ve previously provided. Continue reading
Taos, New Mexico.
On our way south toward Buckeye, we visited a shrine to a Saint in the Sufi religion. My interest in this building, known as a Dargah, is that one of the principal workmen on the project is my sister’s grandson. The project started in 2016 and, except for the landscaping, was finished a few weeks ago. More on this location and its background will be featured in an upcoming (February) Travel Tuesday. Continue reading