Cellpic Sunday – 3 February 2019

Buckeye, Arizona.

In early January, our hiking club’s weekly hike found us on a steady uphill from the nearby neighborhood known as Verrado through open desert and over a couple of ridges into Skyline Park. This popular park is only a few years old, but it has become very busy especially on winter weekends. In fact, as this is being written, I am only a couple of hours from heading to Skyline Park for a Saturday morning hike. Continue reading

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – Unexpected

Waddell, Arizona.

Yes, that’s a field of roses… almost as far as the eye can see… In Arizona… In the Sonoran Desert. Who’da thunk?!? This week, Ann-Christine asks us to show the unexpected. What’s more unexpected than a field of roses in a desert? OK, maybe a lot of things. She writes in part, “Did something totally unexpected happen today? Did you meet someone unexpected at the grocery store, or did you find something in an unexpected place …or, maybe You are up to something unexpected?” You can read her entire challenge post here. Continue reading

Cellpic Sunday – 27 January 2019

Cave Creek, Arizona.

Over the years, one of my favorite places to hike is the Spur Cross Ranch near the community of Cave Creek. Though it’s about an hour’s drive from our house in Buckeye, we find ourselves hiking there at least a couple of times each year. in wetter years, Cottonwood Creek flows freely through the park and even in dry years, there is always some flow from the spring-fed stream. Continue reading

Cellpic Sunday – 13 January 2019

Buckeye, Arizona.

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. Continue reading

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – My Travels

This week for the photo challenge, Amy asks us to share something about our travels and featured a collection of photos from a trip she made to Peru. You can read her entire challenge post here. Regular readers know that Tuesday of each week I share photo story about a different place or event I’ve visited, the well-known as well as the not-so-well known places are included, but I really enjoy sharing the lesser known places. In response to the challenge, I will share with you just a few selected images from some of those lesser known events and places in the United States. Continue reading

Beaver Lake Bird Sanctuary – Wildlife Oasis in the City

Asheville, North Carolina.

Regular readers of this attempt at a travel blog will recognize that I like to stop at places where there might be birds to photograph. Careful viewers of my images will note that in many of these posts, there are few photographs of birds. I am not a birder and claim no expertise at identifying the many species of winged aviators (and non-aviators) in the world of birds. Nor do I know the best times of the year to visit these sites. In most cases, we are traveling near the area and decide to stop and see what we can find. Continue reading