Aug 102013

fire 1764

Caught this when Carl picked me up for lunch yesterday… this town is mostly RVs, park models and other prefabricated homes and buildings.  So when you see a black column of smoke, it always makes your heart skip a beat.  When they burn, they burn fast and hot.  The gray is the steam from the fireman’s hose.

This wasn’t the only excitement for the day.  Just as I was heading back from lunch, the power went out and stayed out for the next 2 hours.  It came back on and then went out again a couple hours later.  Afternoons are the hottest time of day… and when temps are over 100 degrees, we really miss the air conditioner.  No, I didn’t get the afternoon off… we stay open even when the power is out.


Jul 212013

Kuehn Road Closed 1756

Carl and I went to Blythe for a cup of coffee yesterday… needed the caffeine after the previous nights thunder boomers… on the way back we got off the highway at Dome Rock Road and then after talking about some new rumored development going on, we stayed straight on Kuehn Road to check it out. Well… we weren’t thinking about the wash flowing… and we came across this road block. Isn’t it pretty? This was taken at 3:15pm.

Jul 142013

wet 1750

Monsoon season eventually brings buckets of rain… at least for a few hours. This was taken on Thursday… no chance to go out and play in the desert on this day!

Even though we have an awning over the front and side of our home, everything gets wet when it rains this hard, including our front windows.

I have been working on thinning out old photos within Aperture (goal is delete 5000 photos before I return to work on Monday) and also doing a better job of organizing the photos, including adding keywords.  There is a lot of personal history being unearthed and was surprised to learn that it was  approximately one year ago when the washes last filled. For some reason I thought it occurred in August each year, but photos reveal that had I looked at my photos before taking my vacation I would have know that this two week period is the time of record highs and record deluge.

Jun 202013

ascend 1734

We watched this man ascend this new cell relay tower being installed in Quartzsite.  When he got to the top he started to rock the pole back and forth trying to get the straps free from the tower.   The zoom on my camera captured this perfectly, I think.


Mar 172013


lunch 1694

This is the woman who made the man in the canoe (see previous photo). I don’t know either of them, but they do represent the general population here in this small town, which is mostly senior citizens.  This photo is taken in the Mountain Quail Restaurant and from her signature on the canoe, her name is Mary Seely.

Mar 102013

Laundromat 1690

I’ve been caught up in reading my book all weekend and thus not really working on the themes… but I did go to the laundromat and snuck in some photos while waiting for my wash.

What strikes me about this photo is that this could be my own laundry… I have a towel similar to the one hanging here and sock that looks exactly like one of Carl’s. When Carl glanced over my shoulder he thought it was a picture of our own laundry. I guess laundry can be fairly universal.

Below is my laundry in the washer, for what its worth (so now back to reading my book!):

Laundromat 2 1691

Mar 022013

honky tonk blues 1690


Everyone has a favorite place to take photos. One of mine is Celia’s Garden in Quartzsite, especially when everything is in bloom and the birds are at the feeders.  This time of year it is rather barren… and this year more so than ever due to the especially cold winter in which we actually had a killing frost a few nights in a row.

Anyway, Celia’s Garden is a memorial for people who have lived in this town and the place is named after a girl who died too young, but had a vision for this place… brought to life my her parents.