Jul 142013

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Monsoon Season is here… the water comes down hard… and the water evaporates almost as quickly.  Yup, you guessed it.  Our temperatures are down (low100s F) but the humidity is up.

I caught this on my way back from photographing a fallen Saguaro. I like the abstractness of the image.


Jul 072013

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An old Cadillac on a truck frame. We were sitting outside at Starbuck’s in Lake Havasu City and heard this story. An old guy in his ’80s bought his wife a Cadillac. She really didn’t want it. So he said to her, if you don’t want it, then I’m going to do something really silly with it. So he rebuilt the whole car and put it on this truck frame.

Jun 072013

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Imperial Sand Dunes in Glamis, California.

We took a drive on Sunday to visit the Desert Tower Museum on US-8.  The Desert Tower Museum commemorates the completion of the original road over the mountain pass.  Part of building the road was figuring out a way to cross the Imperial Sand Dunes given the constant shifting sands.  The original road was a plank road.  If you are interested, here is the full story: http://www.desertusa.com/sandhills/plankrd.html

Sep 042010

ISO 80; f/8; 1/640; 7.7mm; 5:15pm (Canon Powershot SD950IS in M mode)

This was taken through the new windshield.  Too bad it won’t stay this clean and clear for very long!  Anyway, payback for the down side of having to write a  check for insurance deductible; the upside is that it makes the car feel new.  Considering that we just made the last payment on our 5-year loan, it’s not a bad birthday present for “Ms. Prius.”

Apr 202010

Taken at 9:11 AM. ISO 80; f/8; 1/320; 7.7mm.  Adjusted levels.

Actually took the bottom one before the top photo — but realized that you don’t know much about this abandoned beverage without seeing the landscape.

Taken at 9:09 AM. ISO 80; f/5.8; 1/500; 28.5mm.  Cropped.  Used Blue Desert Preset to adjust exposure, enhance vibrancy and adjust levels.

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Leaves in rain.

Leaves in rain.

November 3, 2008 — We got up this rainy, cool morning, had breakfast, packed the car and drove south down I-5.


It pretty much rained the whole day — sometimes heavier than others.  Thus, we really didn’t really see what we should have seen. Still, Oregon is a very pretty state, even in the rain.  And, most of what we saw on I-5 in Oregon, we had just seen days before when we drove up to the Portland area.

We did see more accidents than normal today — one accident happened in the time that we left I-5 to get a cup of coffee and some stuff for lunch for later in the day.  We came back to I-5 and there were firemen lighting torches to guide people away from the accident.  This was a bit unsettling to the propane tank driver in front of us — he was hugging the edge of the highway, keeping away from the flames. Carl decided to hang back a bit from him.  The car that had the accident was very badly damaged, but the driver seemed o.k.

Later, a blue Prius looked to have rolled several times. That was disconcerting.  As I say, it was very rainy.

Oh, one funny thing.  As I mentioned, we picked up lunch earlier but saved it to eat later in the day.  When we crossed into California, we realized there was a chance that our lunch might be confiscated by the California Border Control Fruit Fly inspector.  So we pulled over to turnout just miles from the inspection station, and ate everything in our cooler — fruit flys and all. (just kidding)

It always amazes us when we cross a border and the state looks different. Oregon is all green.  California is gold. And you can see this when you drive down I-5. I wish it was a better day for photographs.

We are going to have to do this trip again. We really could not see much of  Mount Shasta –just the base, still, that was impressive. We were a bit over 4,000 feet up when we were passing Mt. Shasta (a 14,000ft  volcanic mountain) — the rain hinted at being snow for a fleeting second.

We couldn’t see much of Shasta Lake either, but we could see how beautiful it would be on a nice day. Actually it looked a bit low, so it was good it was raining.

We are staying in Corning, California tonight and will get up and keep going south on I-5 tomorrow.  We want to get back to Arizona.

Sep 132008

September 13, 2008 –Today, we left Barkeyville and hit the Ohio border by 9:36am continuing along Interstate 80. This brought us through Akron, where we got on 71; then to Columbus and 70, and through Springfield around Dayton and we reached the Indiana Border by 3:30. And the Illinois border two hours later. Didn’t take photos but probably should have.  Our impression of Ohio, Indiana and Illinois — the “heartland” of America — is that these states really do something besides cater to tourists and small businesses. They grow lots of food — for one thing — and the cities seem to host quite a few large corporations.  Anyway, it is a much different feel than New England.  Carl and I like to watch the corn grow in Hollis, NH — one of the reasons we drive out to get an ice cream on weekends.  The farms that we saw today make Hollis look so quaint and inefficient!  

Spent the night in Troy, Illinois after traveling nearly 600 miles.  I don’t see that I wrote the exact mileage down!