Sep 082013


This is a beach scene on the Colorado River at Buckskin State Park in Arizona over Labor Day weekend.  Although only an hour north of my desert home, these greens and blues stand in stark contrast to what I normally see.



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 162013

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You can’t imagine how great this feels to us desert rats!  Carl and I took a drive up to Lake Havasu City today and ate our to-go lunch from Panda Express  at Rotary Park… and walked both in the water and on the grass after lunch.  What a treat!



Apr 232013

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This family, especially the young girl, were quite frantic. The boat’s engine had died and the wind was blowing them further and further from the dock. When we first arrived at the boat ramp (in Alamo Lake State Park in AZ), we saw the man pushing the boat along with an oar and we assumed, since they were on the wrong side of the buoys that the were aground. But soon after this thought, we heard the young girl’s blood curdling plea for HEL-L-L-P!!! We were only on shore and couldn’t do much but look around to see if anyone else was noticing this desperate, frantic cry. And yes, suddenly all the men coming into the docks were on their way back out to help this family.

I took this with my new Canon Powershot SX 50Hs which has a super zoom  lens… not the best picture but better than I would have been able to get with the older camera. Can you see the young girl hollering for help? And what about the young boy (furthest to the right) who is looking towards shore, when everyone else is yelling & waving towards the dock.

I don’t think they were ever in danger; they yelled at one point that they were taking on water and I studied the water line but there was no evidence of it sinking.  Still, I find this photo rather humorous, probably because I never thought any harm would happen to them outside of creating some horrible childhood family vacation memories.

Apr 202013

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Took several pictures of the solid field of flowers… but this patch was nearby and just had a sparse few. It reminded me of an impressionist painting and thus I applied the Topaz Buzz Sim (with detail turned up) to it– and it turned exactly as I wanted. This was found outside of Yuma (near the date shake farm).