Arizona Feelings 2020

We are hiding out in AZ.. escaping the wet winter weather from the coast of BC.  Here’s a few photo’s from the winter.  I find that I’ve been drawn to create more black and white desaturated photo’s on this trip.  Is it because I miss the blue and greens of home?  Is it because there’s so many shades of brown down here?  Whatever the reason.. here they are!

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Rain on an Arizona sidewalk

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Column Cactus

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Cactus Abstract

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Mesquite Tree

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Desert Tree

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Lots of interesting cloud shapes

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1956 Thunderbird – Lots of car shows here in the winter

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1970’s inspired hood paint job

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Playing with Feathers

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What are you looking at?

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Joshua Tree

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.

Having an OLD day in Bathurst, New Brunswick. Aug-2017.

Bathurst is a beautiful city in New Brunswick. For some reason the day I was out shooting I only shot pictures of OLD STUFF.

Maybe it was the St. Famille Church Graveyard dating back to the 1700’s that stands on top of the hill?

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Ste Famille Church graveyard from the 1700’s at the top of the hill in Bathurst, New Brunswick.

Or the Old Post Office Customs Building from 1884?

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1884 Post Office and Customs Building in Bathurst.

Or the dilapidated buildings on Bridge and Joan of Arc Streets?

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Crumbling down near Bridge Street in Bathurst.

Or the 1836 Church with it’s red doors?

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1836 Church with red doors.

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1836 Church with red doors

Or the old Corvette bootlegging it on the main street downtown Bathurst?

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Old Corvette bootlegging it in Bathurst!

I can’t say for sure.  It wasn’t particularly sunny the morning I chose to go out.  I went to  Youghall Beach and walked from the launch around to the Marina and along the boardwalks of the beach there.  The mosquitoes had breakfast, lunch and dinner with me as the main entrée.  I watched people fishing and boats going out for the day.  I wandered down town around the post office and saw people going to the art market and shopping at the little shops along the streets.  I drove along bridge street and an old industrial area that’s being decommissioned and along the highway thru the marsh and bird watching sanctuary and out along a spit of land with magnificent houses.

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ok, maybe it’s not old but it was abandoned on the beach in Bathurst.

Rimouski – Metis sur Mer July 29-2017

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Point-Au-Pere Lighthouse in Rimouski, Quebec.

After leaving Quebec City we headed for the Gaspe Peninsula.  We are not travelling far in a day so we made plans to stay at Camping Annie at Metis Sur-Mer just outside of Rimouski, Quebec.  We were only there for a day so we drove in to Rimouski and visited Point-Au-Pere historical site.  The lighthouse is 108 feet tall and is the 2nd tallest in Canada.  The HMCS Onondaga submarine has been brought up on shore, it is the only sub open to public viewing in Canada.  We didn’t go inside as we are both a tich claustrophobic and everyone knows subs are notoriously small.  Also part of the property is a pavilion dedicated to the RMS Empress of Ireland which sank in May 1914 in the St Lawrence River in 140 feet of water.  1012 people died of the 1477 who were on board.  Next part of the journey is:  Around The Gaspe Peninsula!

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RMS Empress of Ireland Pavillion and the Point-Au-Pere Lighthouse

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Onondaga Submarine at Point-Au-Pere in Rimouski, Quebec.

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Lighthouse off in the distance at Camping Annie campground in Metis-Sur-Mer, Quebec.

Body Scanned, Patted Down, and minus a Pair of Scissors!

Well folks, the Thailand Travel Adventure of 2014 begins!

the first security checkpoint at Campbell River – no problems!

the second checkpoint in Vancouver…

them: ‘Ma’am, you’ve been randomly chosen for a body scan, please step over here.  Take your jacket off, here, let me fluff your collar,  are you wearing jewellry?’

me: ‘um no, no jewellry, but I have a watch’

them: ‘no, a watch is ok’

me thinking: there’s a difference between a watch and jewellery? 😳

them: ‘place your feet on these marks, raise your hands, DONT MOVE!!’

me: do exactly as told 😳

them: ‘wait a minute, step out, I need to calibrate, the machine’

me: do exactly as told 😳

me: back to the scanner

them: ‘place your feet on these marks, raise your hands, DONT MOVE!!’

me: do exactly as told 😳

the machine does it’s thing, and as I’m standing there I realize my zipper is down, but I can’t move to fix it.. 😳 The scan is complete in a few seconds, I step out and can see that the scan is showing two highlighted areas on each side of my legs! O o ..

them: ‘step over here, we need to pat you down’

them: pat pat pat and of course there’s nothing there and I’m free to go.

me: off I go

11 hours later we arrive in Taiwan and proceed directly thru another checkpoint. A nice young lad pulls me aside and in some dialect that vaguely sounds like English is speaking to me and pointing at my backpack.

me: ‘pardon me?’

young man vaguely speaking English: ‘&$€>£’

me: ‘pardon me?’

As we obviously can not, at this point, converse in English, we revert to the international language of sign, i realize he feels the need to search my bag for some reason.

me: gesture ok 👍

him: poke, move some clothes, (but not socks or underwear), as they are on the very bottom of the bag, and VOILA, there is the pointy sharp culprit… the scissor component of my new manicure set that I got at Christmas is just not going to survive this trip, as sharp pointy objects are not allowed in Taiwan!  I know this, because he has removed them from the container and is gently pointing at the tip of the very teeny weenie point and pantomiming a sharp dangerous object.

Me: waive my hands in acknowledgement that, yes indeed, they are very pointy and must be confiscated!!😳

me: then proceed to sign a form which I can only assume was the great SCISSOR release of 2014 and now we continue on our way to Bangkok.

One more checkpoint to go!  I hope my socks make it thru ok!!