Winter In Arizona – 2021-2022

November – Arizona — April – Campbell River

April 2021 Photo’s

I’m scared to look and see how long it’s been since I’ve posted anything here.. It’s been a few weeks for sure.. It’s not like I’ve been super busy. Well unless you count going for walks and dragging my camera around taking pictures of all the spring things in bloom right now. Not much happening in my life right now. Here’s some spring photo’s:

Fawn Lilly Macro
Fawn Lilly
Daffodil blended with Weeping Willow Tree
Forest Fern
Forest Fern 2
Alder Shoot posterizied in Photoshop
Driftwood Heart
Chocolate Lilly
Chocolate Lilly with added Extrude Filter
Trillium
Chocolate Lilly
Chocolate Lilly in High Key

Winter Photography

Here’s a collection of my photo’s from Fall and Winter. I haven’t been doing much blogging… I guess Covid has silenced a lot of things in our lives. Everything has slowed down over the winter. It is great to see the days getting longer and the weather improving slightly.

Beach Grass with an exclusion hue layer.
A remnant from Fall
A layered photo of a tree and a out of focus shot of our Christmas lights from our tree.
A macro shot of a leaf that I picked off the ground last fall and finally got around to photographing. I edited it in Photoshop with a paint fill to create different holes and textures. Processed in black and white.
Weeds at the Beach in Campbell River. I’m not good with plant identification. So everything is usually called a flower or a weed or grass.. haha.
A layered photo of a doorway and a tree branch. I’m calling this one: Forest Door.
A layered shot of a wood carving and stormy clouds.
Wood Carving down at The Spit in Campbell River. Taken with my 18m wide angle lens.
Wood Carving down at The Spit in Campbell River. Taken with my 18m wide angle lens.
A macro shot of a leaf that I picked off the ground last fall and finally got around to photographing.
A macro shot of a leaf that I picked off the ground last fall and finally got around to photographing. I edited it in Photoshop with a paint fill to create different holes and textures.
A frozen leaf on the ground.
A macro shot of a leaf that I picked off the ground last fall and finally got around to photographing. I edited it in Photoshop with a paint fill to create different holes and textures. Processed to black and white.
A shot up in to the sky on a sunny winter day in January at Elk Falls in Campbell River.

The desert isn’t always Flat and Dry.

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One of many Saguero Cactus near Mesa, Arizona.

We’ve been in the desert now since Christmas.  We’ve been in Mesa where we visited my Uncle Al and Aunt Jean.  We travelled on freeways and other state roads and seen roadrunners, coyotes, and a bobcat.  Different types of cactus appear as you go up in elevation and disappear and change as you descend.

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Along the Salt River near Mesa, Arizona.

 

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Along the Salt River in Arizona.

There are mountains here, more than you would expect.  They have cool names:  The Superstition Mountains (Mesa), Picacho Mountain (Casa Grande), Black Mountains (Oatman) and the Chocolate Mountains (Parker).  There are 194 mountain ranges in the state.  There are lakes created by dams along the Colorado and Salt Rivers.  We’ve seen boats in marina’s along the lakes and rivers and we know there are places to fish in the summer here.

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Mammoth in the rock along Canyon Lake, Arizona.

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Canyon Lake, Arizona.

 

We haven’t done a huge number of tourist attractions (and there are many here).  I guess we are kind of “touristed out” after all our travelling.  We have been to Oatman and seen the burro’s, taken the Dolly boat ride on Canyon Lake, driven to Tortilla Flats and saw the fountain shoot over 500feet in Fountain Hills, and visited The Pima Air & Space Museum all while in Arizona.  There is lots to do here and it sure is nice to be warm and dry.  I miss the green and blues of Campbell River, but I don’t miss the grey winter rain.  We will be home on Vancouver Island in 30 days.  Hard to believe our circle is almost complete!

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at Tortilla Flats, Arizona.

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The Fountain in Fountain Hills, Arizona.

Making a Bee-Line to Arizona

First stop was Biloxi, Mississippi.  It is a beautiful small city that has been hit hard by Hurricane Katrina and is still recovering.  I saw lots of damaged piers and empty lots along the sea shore and beach highway.  I found The Old Brick House and gravitated towards this MASSIVE oak tree in the back yard.  It was amazing.  Majestic.  Historic in it’s own way.  How old it must be.  Who used you for shade?  Who climbed on you?  What conversations took place under your limbs, leaves and branches?

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I parked down by the Visitors Centre, walked the beach, strolled thru Lighthouse Park and listened to the kids playing on the swings.  Watched the traffic on the Beach Highway negotiate around the Lighthouse that was there long before the road was built.

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Lighthouse in the middle of the beach highway in Biloxi.

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Statue of French Canadian Explorer Pierre d’Iberville outside the Visitors Centre in Biloxi.

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A storm damaged pier in Biloxi.

We visited Carlsbad Caverns more than 20 years ago and we were so impressed by it that we decided to stop in for another visit on this trip.  When we walked in I was impressed and in awe all over again.  It is amazing, beautiful, the size of the caverns, the different formations, your eyes travel around, up and over.  You have to go there, you just have to add it to your list of things to see if you are in that corner of New Mexico.  You won’t be disappointed.