Tuesday, March 24, 2009

The Wall

The Wall (an 80% size) was in Apache Junction for a week. We took the family, including our grand daughters to see it. Fortunately, I don't know anyone on the wall. I was on active duty with the US Army Security Agency during '64~'66. My room mate for a while was just back from a tour in Saigon. He was lucky too, only got shot at once. It's still a moving experience. I recommend you see it whenever it's close.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Lemon Tree

Our lemon tree is 10 years old now. We were really surprised when we got here in January. The tree had so many lemons! This photo was shot on a foggy morning--the same morning I shot the golf course tree shrouded in fog (check the Archives for January). We've had lemonade, lemon desert bars, etc. The tree still looks loaded with lemons and is now budding for the next crop.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

AZ Sunset

Another beautiful sunset this evening! The winds were creating ripples on the bottom of the clouds. It reminded me of waves or whitecaps on a lake. I used a Multiply layer (at 75%) to intensify the natural colors appearing in the sunset. My own action creates the double frame and lets me select the inside color of the frame from the image. That ties it together a bit more. I use this action when I create my note cards.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Walnut Creek Hike

This week's hike was down Walnut Creek. Very high walls and huge, balanced rocks. The water in the stream kept "disappearing." It would then re-appear a few hundred yards further down. Used a modified HDR style on this image.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Mountain Brook Village Friday Hikers

The Mountaineer arrived in the mail box today. Some of my photos are in this issue, so here's the link to more of the Friday Hikes.


Tuesday, March 10, 2009


Another early morning shot, just as the moon is setting over the trees in the distance. I got up at 6:00 and saw this image. So I grabbed a camera and the tripod. Made it just in time. this is one of the first few I took. The others show the moon cut off at the bottom. When the moon (or sun) is almost on the horizon, it moves quickly. Yes, that's a Blue Aguave in the foreground--No, we don't make our own Tequila.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Shooting from the "hip" or chest or anywhere other than in front of your face quite often is the secret to a more natural picture. This shot of our hiking leader was taken as I was talking to him, with the camera held in front of me--but not at eye level! He didn't know I took the photo. And that's why his smile is a natural one. Keeping the subject engaged and unaware of the camera is a great way to get natural looking images. Even his wife likes this one!

Thursday, March 5, 2009

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Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Brittle Bush Blooming

Walked over to and up Silly Mountain this morning. Many of the Brittle Bushes are starting to bloom.
In a week or so, the entire hill side should be yellow--like it was last year.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Mountain Brook Village Friday Hikers

Back in Wyoming there is a road through a bunch of Aspens--it's called "Aspen Alley." On the recent MBV Friday Hike, we went through an area of Saguaros that flanked the trail. So, I named this "Saguaro Alley." Most of the Friday hikes have a slideshow, viewable at: