Cellpic Sunday – 22 October 2017

Buckeye, Arizona.

The desert is calling and it’s not a wrong number! Lynn and I are getting ready to head south. We’ve already processed our mail forwarding order and are setting up appointments for things that need to be done the first week we are back in Arizona. Continue reading


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

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

Cellpic Sunday – 2 April 2017

Buckeye, Arizona.

On March 18, I led my last hike of the season for the Hiking Club of Verrado, a group of neighbors who enjoy hiking. My involvement with hiking when we elected to winter in Arizona came about when the folks at Arizona Tourism came up with the idea of hiking 100 miles in honor of Arizona’s centennial in 2012. We joined the gym at Verrado, one of the many community developments in the city and one of the trainers took up the hiking challenge as part of a regular exercise routine. Continue reading

Cellpic Sunday – 19 March 2017

Waddell, Arizona.

This spring, the desert is blooming much more fully than I’ve seen it in previous years. Only one other year came close, 2013, and it wasn’t quite as prolific for wildflowers as this year. Since moving to Arizona, one of our favorite pastimes is hiking in the nearby mountains. On Thursday this week, I led a hike along the Mesquite Canyon Trail in the White Tanks Mountain Regional Park. Continue reading

Adventuring at Nankoweap; A Grand Canyon Trek – Guest Post

Grand Canyon, Arizona.

This week, we trek to the Grand Canyon. Our virtual hike is led by Mitch Stevens, a Sierra Club hiking leader, writer and photographer. Mitch has graciously accepted an invitation to write a guest post on one of his hiking and backpacking outings. During my own visits to the Grand Canyon, I play the tourist and stay at the top, capturing views of the magnificent beauty of the canyon. I know that I no longer have the stamina to hike down into the canyon… well, maybe the “down” is OK, it’s the “up” I fear most. These days, for me, the term “roughing it” means there is no refrigerator in the hotel room. So come along with me as Mitch guides us virtually into the canyon for a week-long visit. Continue reading

Roxborough State Park -National Natural Landmark


Roxborough, Colorado.

Only a few miles southwest of the Denver metro’s large population center, Roxborough State Park is a great place to visit any time of year. On our way south to Arizona, I accepted the invitation of a Facebook friend and fellow Nikon photographer, Fred Mast, to visit and to share a couple of his favorite photogenic places. The photo above highlights the warm tones of autumn in the grasses and the red rocks and the always verdant evergreens.

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