Sunday, March 31, 2013

Wide Open Spaces

Exploring the Southwest, it's these scenes that I've become so fond of. There is no sense of time. No hurried lifestyle, no rush, no push, no shove. Life simply is...It meanders at its own pace. It lingers and languishes. Many times I've pulled over along an empty road to eat or rest and become mesmerized by these visions of "Americana" and the calming effect of the silence of wide open spaces ♥

"You must understand the whole of life, not just one little part of it. That is why you must read, that is why you must look at the skies, that is why you must sing and dance, and write poems and suffer and understand, for all that is life."
Jiddu Krishnamurti

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Warm Breeze

The days are starting to warm and the calendar confirms we must bid farewell to Winter.  This does cast a minor melancholy mood. This passing Winter was no doubt most memorable. I was able to hike and witness the Fall colors around Zion National Park give way to dusty white scenes among spectacular canyon colors, exciting exploratory hiking, frosty farms and frozen rivers.  

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Colorful History

Tucson's Barrio Historico

Most photographers on "assignment" pack up their camera bags and head out. Working on a project with journalist Roger Naylor for the Arizona Republic I needed to head to Tucson for the day. So I had to "unpack" my camera bag.  

Didn't need the bear spray, space blanket, headlamp, snow spikes, dry bags, extra socks, multi-tool. By the time I unpacked, I had a little pile in my room and OH how much lighter my bag was.  No tough landscapes today. (So I thought) 

My assignment: Photograph historic Tucson. First place I headed was the Tucson Art Museum. (Actually first place I headed was Starbucks)  I was pleasantly surprised how easy this part of Tucson was to navigate and how proud the Art District and the locals are of the history here. Rich in Civil War ties and the mighty railroad days of the wild west.  The kind folks of the Tucson Art Museum  handed me a map of the sites and pointed me to a painted line on the sidewalk that guided me to the many points of interest.

Mansion's on Main, Barrio Historico, The Art District, The Wishing Shrine, The Old Courthouse all within walking distance.  For anyone wishing to photograph the way cool painted adobe houses, it's  easy street.  Great restaurants and bakeries on the route.

My fav of course the  funky Art Deco adobe houses sporting front doors that are simply a form of artwork all their own. The detail that goes into the door panels and iron fixtures is unreal. The Presidio was also a must see. 

Looking back, I could have used the second pair of socks. Walking the trail is easy, walking the street all day was killer. 

My special thanks to Jane of Sentinel Carriage Company for being my pal for the day, giving me an awesome tour on her Clydesdale driven carriage. Jane's knowledge of the local history was unbelievable and totally fascinating. Thanks Jane.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Drifting Away

 Watercolor by Valerie Millett

I brought her good news and her face lit up. Her soft blue eyes, slightly closed by the huge grin on her weathered and tired face beamed with measurable warmth.  To see her smile, I felt a sense of relief. Knowing right now, this moment in time that everything was good in her world made everything good in my world.  She was leaving. She steadied herself, legs unsure for a moment and reached out to hug me.  It felt good to hug her.  She held on longer and paused to kiss my cheek.  She held my face in her hands and lovingly looked into my eyes and told me she loved me. I told her, I love you, back.  As she left, she turned around and waved and looked at me as though she'd loved me an eternity. She left me, in tears.

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Come Watch Winter With Me

What I had to say about this Winter, 
I couldn't have said it any better.