Photo Friday

In honor of Memorial Day today’s theme is “red, white and blue”.   Just a gentle reminder, Memorial Day is to honor those service members who made the ultimate sacrifice in defending the freedom we enjoy today.


My attempt at a cupcake flag.

One of my many patriotic decorations I display from Memorial Day through 4th of July.
Even at Christmas I like to display my patriotism.
Don’t forget to fly your flag and have a safe holiday weekend.

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Photo Friday

The elementary school art show.

I thought it was really cool the way they used the lunch tables as easels.

My son’s cityscape is the top row middle one (I think).

The 4th grade class recycling project.  The cut milk cartons into strips, colored them with sharpies and weaved them through chicken wire. I want one of these to conceal the a/c unit outside!

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I am hiding out indoors these days due to really bad allergies so I was a bit stumped as to what to do for this week’s Photo post. Since I am in the process of organizing all my digital photos I thought I would see what I could find from the past. How about some zoo photos from 2013?

The elephant is our favorite and a baby elephant?  Score!

Usually the rhino is lying camouflaged in the mud so it was nice to get a shot with a green background.

Yup my son was hatched from an egg 🙂  (I have always let him pick out his own clothes despite his lack of fashion sense.)

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(Above photo, ooh sparkly rock with fern.)

This week I actually went out on an expedition to take pictures. And to keep small child busy since he was out of school for six days with the Arizona teacher walkout. Yikes!  It is always lovely to go up to 8000′ and feel the crisp air and smell the pine.  Added bonus was getting away from the pollen which my sinuses really appreciated.

We didn’t walk far but it was a scenic, if rocky, stroll.

One of the reasons we didn’t stay very long was there was a lot of tree cutting going on by the Forest Service.  We kinda felt like we shouldn’t be in the area though there were no signs or anything forbidding it.

Bridge photos are always good.

Looking up is good too. It was such a beautiful day.

There is a stream here (this is the view off the bridge), not much water which is bad, there should still be some snow melt flowing this time of year. This is more how it looks in early July before the monsoons start.  Hope we get some rain this year.

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A few of my favorite car pics from Laughlin.  I love the license plate above “horseless carriage”!

 

1915 Ford Speedster. I wonder how fast it went.  Twenty mph?

This is my type of Harley!

There was a corvette club having some sort of shindig over the weekend.  That is a lot of corvettes.

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This week’s theme is “for the birds”. As I was sitting in my newly arranged patio area I noticed a number of colorful little birds in the trees. Of course every time I grabbed my camera they disappeared but with patience I was able to get a few shots.

This one sat still for quite awhile (in bird time anyway) and I was able to get a few photos.

Here is one getting a drink from our dripping irrigation pipes. (We have a container underneath to catch the drips and we dump the water into our potted plants.)

And finally a little red number, very pretty.

 

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If you are only planning on going to the Grand Canyon once in your life I would not recommend 2018 be the year to do it. There is a lot of road construction going on. A LOT. This led to crazy crowded buses.  Like so crowded you couldn’t even get on.  We did a lot of walking which we were okay with.  There have also been water issues off and on since last fall. Apparently pipes keep breaking and the park is in various levels of conservation mode at any given time. When we first got there it was dry camping only but when we left a few days later water was restored. Consider yourself warned.

During all my picture taking I found the word “chiaroscuro” bouncing around my head.  I was hoping to get some shots of cloud shadows in the Canyon but it wasn’t meant to be. Still,  I took ~150 photos but don’t worry I am only putting a few in this post.

It was rather hazy most of the time we were there.

The Colorado River.

Every time I see the canyon walls I wish I could knit a sweater capturing the layered shades of red, cream and green. I think it would be cool if they sold yarn in these colors at the GC.

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As I mentioned in this week’s earlier “Week in Review” post apparently I have not used any pictures from our many trips to the Grand Canyon in this blog.  This week (while I am actually at the Grand Canyon!) I thought I would do a theme showing my son and I over the years with the Grand Canyon as the backdrop.  I like being able to see how my son has changed over time.

 

March 2016 (age 8)

April 2014, the snowy year! He looks so much older than six!

April 2013

April 2012, age four was a very cute year!

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I was thinking about how I want to take more photos and realized I needed to expand where and when I thought about taking photos. This week’s theme is the library. I love the library and go at least two or three times a month. I felt a little weird taking photos in a public space that feels so private and was lucky to find some empty stacks to shoot.

Natural light in a library seems rare to me.  

 

How colorful the mystery paperback section is!

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I really wanted to go up into the Catalina Mountains this month but all the pain and mobility issues with my shoulder have been keeping me close to home. I am thinking I need a much more interesting back yard if I have to keep using it for my Photo Fridays. I do have two trips planned for April, both of which should give me some excellent photo ops.

The sky has been so blue lately.

My trimmed back orange tree did blossom!

My son gave me these seeds for Mother’s Day last year and we planted them in the fall. We are surprised at how the flowers just keep on popping up!

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