Feb 172013

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I saw this man sitting in the sun and reading his book when I was walking back from the Quartzsite Annual Quilt Show (yes, quilt photos are coming!).  This was taken with the Canon SX10IS at 100 mm zoom, and possibly digitally pushing the zoom more .  I also took other photos, backing  off the zoom to show him more in his surrounds, but I liked this one the best.  I doctored it up in Topaz Simplicity and further edited it in Aperture.

Feb 102013

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This elderly man is clearing the sand from a fossil of a prehistoric predecessor to the alligator/crocodile.  My theme refers to the fossil. But as the man put it, he’s almost as old as the fossil.

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As he explained the process of cleaning the fossil… I asked permission to take his picture.  Then I looked around and found an Ammonite pendant that I could afford.  His wife came out of the trailer, slowly, and dug for my change.  I am very impressed that this couple still come back year after year to do the Quartzsite shows.

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Today is the last day of the show.  They intend to stay in Quartzsite for at least another week before they head back to Seligman, AZ… since it is still snowing up there.



Feb 102013

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Update 3-2-13: I bought Topaz B&W when it was on sale. Now I’m seeing what it can do. I know this is not my best photo, but thought I’d see if I’d like it better with some extra processing.

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Backseat driver who gave just one too many directions and it was “off with her head?”

Found in parking lot at grocery store… at least she got out of the Saturday chores.


Feb 072013

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Several years ago, Carl and I drove from NH to Florida looking for blue skies and palm trees.  We spent most of one day driving through the small state of Maryland in a white-out winter storm. (We joked that neither one of us had ever spent so much time in Maryland!)  I recently took a photo of our “winter” as seen through the rear view mirror on our quad… and photoshopped them together.

Feb 032013

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I just have to show one more collection of rock beads… this one a bit more convoluted. It was taken from the heap on the table in this photo:

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This wraps it up for this year’s annual QIA POW WOW Gem & Mineral Show.  In two weeks, there’s a gold show in the same location… a first time show, so I don’t know what to expect.  I hope to find my POT O’ photo during that show.


Feb 022013

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Every year I take at least one photo of this collection of rock beads… they are arranged beautifully by complimentary colors.  I was talking to the booth owner and my eyes kept going back to these colors… so I (actually) asked permission and he said go ahead.  And then he walked me to another booth to show me a rock he liked.  Was he trying to get me out of his booth?  Here are some previous photos:



Feb 012013

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These golden necklaces are made of Baltic Amber found in Lithuania.  Some of the necklaces are made of polished amber and others are rough or unfinished amber.  Apparently, amber offers a lot of healing properties.  As an example, the owner of this booth was telling me how he and his wife made a teething for their daughter who hence has never experienced any discomfort from teething due to these properties.  I had my eye on one of the raw necklaces and still regret that I didn’t buy it.  I liked it for its unusual colors, not sure I was sold on the healing strengths.