Weekly Photo Challenge – Wish

Cartagena, Colombia.

This week, Jen H. asks us to share a wish. Her visit to Japan acquainted her to the ema, a Shinto shrine upon which people can share their hopes and dreams. You can read the entire challenge post here. For my entry, I chose a clock tower inside the walled city of Cartagena. Continue reading

Weekly Photo Challenge – Not This Time of Year Without…


Phoenix, Arizona.

This week, Nancy Thanki asks us to focus on the holiday season. For Lynn and I, that has come to mean a late fall in Arizona and a short trip back to Fargo for the holidays with our family. Nancy asks us to share the one thing without which the holiday season could never be complete. You can read the entire challenge post hereContinue reading

Sedona Revisited

sedona-1Sedona, Arizona.

The red rocks of Sedona attract visitors from around the world, and the eclectic city of Sedona offers a wealth of artisans with artistic wares for sale. In late October, 2010, Lynn and I headed to Arizona for a short vacation. We’d bought our winter retirement home in Buckeye in 2009 and would spend the next few years vacationing while we fixed up our home. Continue reading

Weekly Photo Challenge – Optimistic

6-YalapaYelapa, Mexico.

This week, Krista shares her photographic idea about keeping optimistic while enduring a frigid northern winter. You can read her challenge post here. Knowing what cold winters are like after living in Fargo, North Dakota for 35 years, I, too, needed much optimism to get through those bitter cold winters. Continue reading

But I Digress… A Phoenix Icon



Phoenix, Arizona

In the foothills of the Superstition Mountains, just east of Phoenix, is a sign built onto the side of Usery Mountain. The sign, built of large boulders, includes an arrow that is pointed westerly, in the general direction of Phoenix.

I’ve often wondered about the history of that sign. When was it constructed, by whom, and why? I have recently learned the history of the sign. Continue reading

Weekly Photo Challenge – Depth (the sequel)

Sundance Golf Course with logo-1Buckeye, Arizona

It’s been cloudy and rainy in the Phoenix area this week, unusually so. On Friday evening, my wife, Lynn, and I were enjoying dinner at the nearby golf club. As we left the restaurant, I looked to the north to see the dramatic sky and the white tanks in the background. Continue reading