Jan 312013

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Another portrait… She looks to be Native American as well with those long beautiful silver braids. This event is called a “Pow Wow” but it is not really an Native American event… but since many Native American’s make jewelry they are vendors. By the way, this event has been held annually since 1967.

Jan 292013

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This year I decided to try more portraits during the QIA show, normally I focus on the the things that don’t move.  When I saw this woman, I knew I had my “red” theme. I meet a lot of people in my job at the bank and I’m ashamed to say that I don’t always remember them… but Sandra is easy to remember with her striking red hair.  You can see some of  her  wares in the background.  Besides the raw rock materials, there are a lot jewelry makers at this event.


Jan 282013

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As one might expect, there are a lot of interesting rocks at the Annual show. This is my fourth year photographing this show and was trying to find new ways of photographing many of the subjects that I’ve done in the past.  In this, I decided the hand added perspective to the rocks.  Sorry, I don’t know the name of this rough rock.



Jan 272013

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Today is the last day of the Annual QIA Pow Wow Gem & Mineral Show, my favorite event of the year.  It rained yesterday or else I would have been taking pictures (and no I didn’t work on the RAIN theme…).  So I parked in the lot near the QIA building and saw this tractor pulling event attendees.


Jan 242013


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# 3 above: I made the changes recommended by Jinxy…  so now what do you think?


hair 1670Last Sunday I went to the the “Big Tent RV” show in Quartzsite.  It was the 2nd day of the show and very crowded. Normally I wait until the 2nd weekend when it is less crowded but since I want to go to a different show next Saturday… well I decided to mix with the crowds.  Turns out, being crowded was the best thing since there were so many more demonstrations going on.  In this booth, he is showing how quickly this curling iron can change a head of hair.  I loved the blue lights in the booth… and the fact that this woman didn’t mind that I take her picture was a real bonus.

Today (1-26-13) I am feeling like I over processed the above photo.  What do you think?  Which do you like better?

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Jan 212013

purple 1668I love old bottles and have a small collection which I mostly found myself years ago. These bottle likely started out as clear color but with exposure to sunlight turned “sun-purpled”  or amethyst. As I look at my own collection, I see that I don’t have any bottles this color.  I may have to buy one the next time I pass this booth, they had hundreds of purple bottles…