Ass Kickin’ Car Show – Our First with the Orange Pony

ass-kickin-1Goodyear, Arizona.

Since Lynn and I started wintering in Arizona, I’ve been looking for an older, (read inexpensive) convertible for us to explore Arizona on those warmer winter days. This summer, in Fargo, I finally found one that was not only affordable for me, but is in excellent condition, and at 13 years old, is well on its way to becoming a classic.  Continue reading

Weekly Photo Challenge – Surprise

Buckeye, Arizona.

For this week’s challenge, Jen H. suggests that “Much of photography is about discovery, and with discovery may come a surprise.” Her challenge is to share a surprise, as seen through the camera lens. You can read the entire challenge post here. It only took me a moment to realize that my share would require a gallery. Of course, I chose specific images to prove my point, and I can’t say my surprise was of a 100% consistency, but I had enough evidence to ask an expert, and my surprise was confirmed.  Continue reading

Hellzapoppin Rodeo – Buckeye Days Old West Experience

hellzapoppin-saturday-1Buckeye, Arizona.

In January each year, Buckeye celebrates their cowboy heritage with Buckeye Days. The two-day celebration features a parade, a cattle drive down main street Buckeye and among other attractions, a professional rodeo. As the proud owner of a new D500 Nikon camera, I needed an excuse to try sports photography, a class of photography that reviews of the D500 said the camera excels at capturing. I was not to be disappointed in either the rodeo or the camera’s operation. 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

Weekly Photo Challenge – The Road Taken


Buckeye, Arizona.

This week, Krista asks us to share something that surprised or delighted on “The Road Taken.” You can read Krista’s challenge post here. Now you might ask, what might be so surprising about a desert landscape. To this native of the North Dakota plains, the surprise took six decades to discover.  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