Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Our Little Corner of the World...Wrapping up Arizona!





Southern California gardens have been going more native...
...fortunately I haven't seen much of this cactus!


You really don't want to get too near it...
...it drops little babies on the ground around it...
and those little babies like to grab onto whatever is near!!! 
Ouch!!!


Cactus is not exactly a friendly plant...
but it sure is interesting to shoot!!!


 This one is definitely the friendliest of the bunch...


Sooo...in my first post about our little trip to Arizona
 I mentioned our friends had bought a house and just moved in...

...yep...

I'm jealous too!
Beautiful home...but this view and the backyard is what I think they really bought it for!!!




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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

A Pleasant Day at Lake Pleasant, Arizona...






So when the others went golfing...
I headed to Lake Pleasant!


 One of the things that makes Arizona terrain so interesting is the
Saguaro Cactus.


It was a rainy weekend in general...
and I managed to go out to the marina in between intermittent bouts of drizzle!!!


 Lot's of people heading out to their boats to fish...


It definitely was a bit of a dark day...
but then clouds always make for more interesting photos...
and of course...me being me...
I had to play around a bit...


Which do you like better?  
Natural color or B&W?


Just because I barely passed Geometry...
doesn't mean I don't appreciate right angles and parallel lines!!!





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Thursday, February 23, 2017

A Weekend of Fun and Frolic in Arizona...





Welcome to Blackstone Country Club in Vistancia Arizona!!!

This past weekend we visited friends who moved to Peoria, Arizona...
They purchased their home in a David Weekly development that is adjacent to 
Blackstone Country Club...
Sooo...of course...it became a golf weekend too!!!


The Golfers:   TheChief and Mike...


...Connie and Linda...


...and Art bringing up the rear!!!


The Country Club is quite a beautiful location and building...this shot doesn't do it justice...
but this is the view from the driving range.


Since I wasn't one of the golfers...and I just happened to have my camera with me...


...I wandered around the facility, taking random shots...


...my favorite, by far, was this one of the drunk donkeys!!!
The Vistancia area has quite a number of wild burros that roam the area.
So the country club adopted the idea of the wild burros and have a wild donkey
tournament every year...and of course...the painting!
This is a little sitting area just outside the men's and women's locker rooms...
nice, eh?


The first day we went to the country club they were setting up for a wedding.
Unfortunately, it was a rainy day... but oh what beautiful flower arrangements there were!
The next day, when the golfers were golfing and I was wondering the grounds,
I spotted a few bouquets that were left out in the garden...aren't they beautiful?!!!


On a dreary, rainy day...these little flowers were a burst of sunshine!!!


Just outside of the main building was this lovely walk to the pools...




I was pretty entranced by these trees!


A few more random shots around the grounds...





M-i-c...k-e-y....M.o.u.s.e!!!!

We thought we were going to escape the rain that was pounding Southern California...
...but no...it was raining in Arizona too!
Though not the grand storm we left behind, thank goodness!


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Monday, January 30, 2017

A slightly different perspective...






A slightly different perspective of the view in the last post...

taken from another spot...hand held with my 70-200mm lens...



I've not been out and about for awhile...
but soon I'll be out and about finding new things to photograph!!! 



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Saturday, December 31, 2016

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!





What says SoCal more than an LA area freeway???




Perhaps a long distance view of LA at sunset???

I took this with my new Nikon d750 and new Nikkor 70-200mm lens!
Santa and TheChief were very good to me for my birthday and Christmas this year!!!



Happy New Year!!! 

2017

 May your new year be filled with 
love and laughter...
and if you've got a camera...
may you enjoy every click of the shutter!!!



*Update*


News Flash!!!  Santa is heading back to the North Pole!!!



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Sunday, December 25, 2016

Good Wishes to All!!!





Merry Christmas and Happy Hannakah to all!!!
May Peace and Sanity reign in our world this New Year!