Jun 302013

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With this heat wave, it is hard to get enough exercise… so I decided to walk laps around the park at 6:30 this morning. Of course I have my camera with me and even though my goal is not to stop, sometimes I see things that are worthwhile such as this birdhouse that I’d never noticed before.  It sits on top of a slightly peaked roof shed, so it is a difficult one to straighten.  I chose the fence line for better or worse.

One of my goals for my two week “staycation” is to go through the Topaz Quick Tips and Tutorial.  I used Adjust 5 after watching the Advanced Toning class.

May 052013

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room with a view two 1719

room with a view 3 1720

Stone cabins like this one can be found throughout the desert near Quartzsite, AZ. Many of the settlers were miners. Every time we visit one, it really makes us think about how life must have been for these rugged individuals.

We’ve been to this one a few times… but I never grow tired of it. Yesterday morning when Carl asked which direction to travel on the ATV, I chose this area because I thought the Saguaro cactus would all be in bloom. They weren’t. But, I had in the back of my mind that this would also be where I would concentrate on the theme “room with a view.”

The view in the photo above is of Quartzite. The air was “smoky” from the fires in Southern California and thus not the best view of the Mountains.  The fires are about 100 miles east of us.

The photos below gives a better idea of what the cabin looks like.

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stone cabin 1721