Winter In Arizona – 2021-2022

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November – Arizona — April – Campbell River

Was it really 5 months ago that travel to the USA opened and we packed up and made a midnight run for the border? Well yes it was.. We showed up at midnight and after 20 minutes or so we were on our way and free to move about the country.

Abstract Palm trees created using intentional camera movement.

Not much changed since we last travelled the Interstate highways. Trucks of all sorts and colors filled with supplies. Cars, trucks, buses, RV’s busily navigating the lanes and lines. Sun. Rain. Clouds. Gas prices were a tad higher, but beer and wine were not and are still available at gas stations and drug stores. Makes us laugh everytime we see a drugstore advertising prescriptions, alcohol and cigarettes. They got you covered either way!

8 Photo’s taken at Sky Dive Arizona in Eloy, Arizona and layered together.

Arizona was still there. They survived without us. A lot of the cotton fields have a new crop. What is it? Well its not edible, and you don’t have to water it or weed it, although you do have to clean the dust off them occasionally. Solar Panels. Rows and rows of them.

Broken Leaf I found on the ground.

What was our winter like there people ask? It was sunny and dry. It was windier than usual but didn’t rain as much as last time. It seemed cooler at nights even into April when we left. Were they excited to have us back? It seemed like it. We were happy to be there for sure!

You learn to be very aware of your surroundings while in the desert.

What do I like about the States?

You can buy alcohol at the grocery store (and it’s cheap).

They sell bacon in packages that reseal ( I don’t know why that excites me so much).

An abandoned Pecan Farm near Coolidge, Arizona

What do I miss about Canada?

Yogurt, Butter, Eggs and Bread that taste like they should.

My friends.

Yuma Prison State Park, Yuma, Arizona

We’ve been home for a week. The ground is green and the ocean is blue. The air smells so fresh.

Street Scene from Tombstone, Arizona

Our two countries are different from each other, but come fall we sure hope to be back there under a warm sun!

Slow shutter speed photo of a Ferris Wheel at Casa Grande, Arizona
Decommissioned Cotton Gin at 11 Mile Corner in Casa Grande, Arizona

April 2021 Photo’s

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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 in Black and White
Trillium
Chocolate Lilly
Chocolate Lilly in High Key
Lilac Vase
Lilac processed with Plastic Wrap

Winter Photography

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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.

Grass with a luminosity layer.

Beach Grass with an exclusion hue layer.
Beach Grass with an added 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 high key processed shot of a tree in front of other trees.
A macro shot of a leaf that I picked off the ground last fall and finally got around to photographing.
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 double exposure and layered shot of two apartment buildings in Campbell River.
A frozen leaf on the ground.
Another layered photo of a truck against the texture and grunginess of an old metal storage container.
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 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 shot up in to the sky on a sunny winter day in January at Elk Falls in Campbell River.
Added a layer of sparkle texture from an old truck that was parked in the same lot as this old cadillac in Campbell River.

Neglect

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What have you been neglecting the last 4 Covid months?

Family texts or phone calls?

Keeping in touch with your friends?

Personal grooming? It seems pointless to wear a bra if you aren’t going out anywhere. And that messy hair? No one’s going to see me looking scruffy today or tomorrow even. And a shower every other day is probably sufficient, I’m not doing anything but sitting on the couch watching NetFlix or playing Ipad puzzles and games. I do wander in to the kitchen lots, (does that count as exercise?).

Housework? Dusting and vacuuming? You remember you didn’t do those chores before Covid because you were too busy having a life and they could always wait? Now you realize that they didn’t get done because they are boring to do and watching NetFlix, playing with your IPad and opening the fridge door just takes up so much of your spare time now.

Laughing? Has the joy gone out of your soul? It’s pretty hard to be amused when we are surrounded by so much fear, doom and gloom. If and when we take the time to watch network tv or read news articles, you wonder if there is any happiness in the world right now!

Hobbies? Can you still participate and pursue your hobby?

Sports? That’s a slippery slope right now. Team sports are complicated for sure.

ME? I’ve been phoning my family and friends and more than I was a few months ago. I have a cousin who has phoned me a couple of times and we haven’t been in contact for a few years. I will admit that some days I don’t get out of my pj’s until noon and showering days can alternate. I’ve done a good job of not eating my way thru the pandemic. Funny enough the housework and dusting is still a neglected chore. I have been able to pursue my photography hobby. I have been out a few times. I’m learning new skills thru online tutorials and applying those to my photo’s. I find it very creative and satisfying. I really really really miss watching professional sports competition. Hockey in particular. I wish and hope that there is some way to bring the game back safely. Time will tell.

I have been neglecting my blog. Maybe today will be the start of more regular posts? I’m glad I don’t have to write daily for a living. That would be a tough gig.

Gotta run now, my phone is ringing!!

 

 

Hornby Island – May 10-12, 2019

I finally made it over to Hornby Island with my camera after all these years of living on Vancouver Island.  My sister and I were there probably 20 years ago.  We did a quick trip over to Tribune Bay on Hornby, a quick stop at some pottery shops on Denman Island and called it a day.

This trip was different.  Our camera club members stayed at Hornby Island Dive Lodge for 2 nights and spent 3 days photographing the Island.  We photographed Ford Cove & Marina.  Helliwell Provincial Park.  Grassy Point.  Tribune Bay.  Jeffrey Rubinoff Sculpture Park.  Tim Biggins Anvil.  Heron Rocks.  There were spots we missed of course, but these are the ones we made it to.  The weather was dry and sunny, the weekend was awesome!  Here are my photo’s.

Heron Rocks 9415
Heron Rocks 9415