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


El Morro – San Juan’s Centuries-old Defense

San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Our family cruise brought us to San Juan, the second port on our itinerary. There was really only one place we wanted to visit on the island, Castillo San Felipe del Morro, known these days simply as El Morro. Strategically placed at the northeast entrance to the Bay of San Juan, this massive fort has protected the city for nearly 500 years. Continue reading

Cellpic Sunday – 22 April 2018

Somewhere in Wyoming.

On our way back to Fargo this year, we made a scheduled stop in Deadwood for the North Central Region Civil Air Patrol Annual Conference. On the way, we passed this interesting butte that is reminiscent of Arizona and New Mexico. I happened to be riding shotgun as Lynn drove on Highway 85. I rolled the window down and grabbed a couple of images. Continue reading

Monument Valley – A Retrospective With New Photo Tools

Monument Valley, Navajo Nation.

First off, a word of warning… this post is more about photography than about Monument Valley. After our first winter in Arizona in 2012, we headed back to Fargo. On the way back, we made side trips to Page and to Monument Valley. Back then, I was just learning how to use my new digital camera and I was using Photoshop Elements to do basic digital processing. Since then, I’ve moved from the Nikon D5100 to the D7000, and now to the D500. Fortunately, back then, even though I didn’t know why, I captured both RAW and JPG files of my images. Continue reading

Cellpic Sunday – 1 April 2018

Peoria, Arizona.

A few weeks ago, we visited a new (to us) location to hike. The Sunset Mountain Trail in Peoria winds its way around a mountain preserve in the confines of the city. The trail is only about 4 miles (6.4 km) long, but it presents natural views and some interesting glimpses of the city that surrounds the mountain. Continue reading

Rocky Mountain National Park – Like You’re On Top of the World

Estes Park, Colorado.

In mid-November, we headed south for our annual trip to Arizona. On the way through Denver, we visited our photographer friend, Fred, and his wife, Ellen. Of course, we included some sites to feature here on Journeys. Last week, I shared our visit to Estes Park and the Stanley Hotel. Just outside of town is the entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park. Continue reading

Weekly Photo Challenge – Out of This World

Waddell, Arizona.

For this week’s photo challenge, Ben Huberman asks us to look at a place we’ve visited and “make it look and feel like something out of this world.” You can read the entire challenge post here. One of my favorite parks here in Arizona is the White Tank Mountain Regional Park just a few minutes north of our winter home. I like to think that I know it pretty well. Something I did recently made me look at the park in a different way, a way that happened to fit this week’s theme. Continue reading