Weekly Photo Challenge – Rise/Set

Buckeye, Arizona.

After a four-day road trip to Las Vegas where I captured over a thousand images, I sat down this morning and remembered I haven’t yet entered this week’s photo challenge. This week, Erica V. asks us to share our favorite sunrises and sunsets. You can read her entire challenge post here. Regular readers know that I have a favorite sunset spot in the Arizona desert near our house. Though I’m sure most of you are bored with seeing my favorite sunsets, a challenge is a challenge. Continue reading

Weekly Photo Challenge – I’d Rather Be…

This week’s photo challenge by Krista Stevens allows me to present a gallery of images, all reflecting the hobbies in which this lucky retired guy is able to participate. You can read her entire challenge post here.

First and foremost, I’d rather be flying. In the opening shot, two colleagues of mine in Civil Air Patrol are preparing for a photo mission. Casey, in the foreground, holds the rating of aerial photographer. Continue reading

Weekly Photo Challenge – Story

Rollag, Minnesota.

This week, Jen H asks us to use our cameras to tell a story. Even a single image can convey the essence of a story. Jen writes, “A single image can encompass what would otherwise require a long written narrative – the characters, the setting, even the plot.” She goes on to challenge us to do some visual storytelling. You can read the entire challenge post here. 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

Weekly Photo Challenge – A Face in the Crowd

This week, Erica V. suggests we try our hand at a different kind of portrait. She writes in part, …”Explore the use of anonymity to express both that which is common to all of us and the uniqueness that stands out even when the most obvious parts of us are hidden.” You can read her entire challenge post here. Thinking about the challenge, I was reminded of my trips to a couple of Native American Powwows and what, to this citizen of European heritage, uniqueness is found in these displays of Native American culture and heritage.  Continue reading

Weekly Photo Challenge – Sweet (Rides)

Scottsdale, Arizona.

This week, Cheri Lucas Rowlands asks to show something {or someone} sweet, no doubt in honor of Valentine’s Day. You can read her entire challenge post here. Having just returned from a Carnival Cruise, I missed my opportunity to photograph any number of luscious sweet desserts. I prefer instead to wrap myself around such morsels of goodness and follow that old adage, “No pictures, no videos, deny, deny, deny!” No, honey, I don’t know what happened to that last piece of pie.” “Out of cookies, again? How could that be?” Continue reading

Weekly Photo Challenge – Tour Guide

 

Fargo, North Dakota.

This week, Krista Stevens asks us to share what we love about where we live. In her challenge post, she shares images of her home city of Winnipeg, Canada. She comments about not having many tourists come to her city. You can read her entire challenge post here. My wife, Lynn, and I live only about four hours south of Krista’s home town. Like Winnipeg, Fargo isn’t a tourist mecca, though there are plenty of interesting things to see and do in the city where I worked for over three decades. When I retired we had the chance to move, but elected to stay living in the community that we’ve called home since 1978. OK, so we got a bit tired of the cold and now spend our winters in the great Southwest, but we always return to our home each spring. Continue reading

Weekly Photo Challenge – Beloved

First off, please accept this note of apology for my tardiness. My Photo Challenge post is late this week as I have been away on a family cruise. I purposely bought the most minimal Internet package and had no access to web browsing or email until I returned last weekend. Even though I had my photo gallery with me, I took a break from the daily grind of Internet access, except for social posts on my personal Facebook page. Now, on to my challenge response.

This week, Jen H. asks us to share a photo of something that is dearly loved. She shared an image of an old teddy bear, now a family heirloom. You can read the entire challenge post here. I have always enjoyed the architectural beauty of our nation’s churches but only lately have included some of these beloved houses of worship in my photographic itinerary. In the opening photo, the dual spires of the parish at the Richardton Abbey in North Dakota is my focus. Continue reading

Weekly Photo Challenge – Variations on a Theme

Buckeye, Arizona.

This week, Ben Huberman asks us to “show the same thing – an object, place, or person – presented in several different ways. You can read the entire challenge post here.  This challenge was easy. Lynn and I winter in a small house in a development that’s near some public desert land. It’s less than a two-mile drive to “leave the city” and be alone in the desert. It’s a great place to view Arizona’s magnificent sunsets. Continue reading

Weekly Photo Challenge – Silence

Arlington, Virginia.

This week, Cheri Lucas Rowlands challenges us to “capture silence in a photograph.” I immediately thought of one place, a place where silence is eternal. Arlington National Cemetery, the resting place of hundreds of thousands of those who served their country in their lifetime. You can read her entire challenge post here. Continue reading