Nature, photo, Photography, Photos, Quotes

“Some of us think holding on makes us strong; but sometimes it is letting go.” – Hermann Hesse

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Cicada Holding On

The fine art of holding on or letting go……..which one and when is a delicate balance of needs and wants.

I tagged this cicada, katydid, grasshopper and cricket and as far as I know, they are all one and the same.  But then I am no Entomologist. They are kind of cute little buggers :), in a strange sort of way. Somehow, I can see why Walt Disney conjured up Jiminy Cricket as a likable and wise character.


Animals, Arizona, photo, Photography, Photos, Quotes

“It takes in reality only one to make a quarrel. It is useless for the sheep to pass resolutions in favor of vegetarianism, while the wolf remains of a different opinion.” ~W Inge

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Sheep or Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing?

I think they thought I might be the wolf…..

Do you know those contacts that make people’s eyes look wonky, scary like Marilyn Manson-type eyes? Well, after seeing this guy in the foreground up close through my lens, I decided that he must have been the original model for them!

The flock was having a good old time lazing in their comfy bed of grass, graciously provided by the profuse rain we had here for a few weeks. They were alarmed at first when I walked up with my telephoto and ran further away down their pasture but then decided it was just too nice of a day not to chill out in all that green.

So, be like a sheep (and not a wolf) and have a green and chill weekend!


flowers, photo, Photography, Photos, Quotes

“We may pass violets looking for roses,

we may pass contentment looking for victory.”~ B Williams

You cannot change reality because there is not a word to rhyme with it.

Roses Are Red, Violets Are PURPLE…..Can one really change reality just to suit ones needs?

I was never a rose kind of girl (woman). Give me peonies, anemones, hydrangeas, ranunculus, violets. There is a whole big world of choices out there and sometimes society tries to feed you certain ones, things that work better for them than you. I say go for the choices that speak to your heart instead of what is expected of you.

We cannot always do that but when you have the option, pick the violet over the rose.


Arizona, flowers, Nature, Photography, Photos, Quotes

“Pictures have a lot more power than text. Text is just a bunch of little symbols. You have to actually read it and imagine it, and even that can be censored. With pictures, it’s a lot more immediate.”~R Crumb 

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I think both words and pictures are equally powerful, pictures more instantly powerful, words more of a slow burn. For all the rain we have received, these sunflowers, which normally are quite prolific and all over the lake areas here, are pretty meager in comparison to the last few year’s show. I guess they require more sun than rain, just as their name would imply. Happy Hump Day!



Arizona, landscape, Nature, photo, Photography, Photos, Quotes

“Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.”~Maya Angelou


A Double Treat, A Full Moon Rising And A Rainbow.

A Double Treat, A Full Moon Rising And A Rainbow.

I try to be the rainbow……but once in a while, I can also be the storm cloud itself. I am multi-faceted like that. :) 

Hearing the rumbling of thunder late yesterday afternoon, I decided I’d go and see what the sky would produce and it turned out that I got the usual clouds but also a rainbow AND the moon as it was rising in the early evening sky. That is something I had not yet seen in my lifetime so I was quite happy that I ran out when I did. I have said this many times but photography has given me numerous gifts of seeing things and being aware of things that I never would have if not for my hobby/passion.  Sometimes the image is secondary to the event, as was so in this case. 


Arizona, photo, Photography, Photos, Quotes

‘If a billowy white cloud exploded, that’d be close to what my love looks like. The only difference is my love has more precipitation. ‘- J Kintz


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Billowy Clouds over The High Desert Landscape

This is what epitomizes the Western US for me: vast open land, mountains and clouds as far as the eye can see. It is one thing that I love about the West.  And anyone who knows the landscape here in AZ knows just how green it looks right now, it might not seem to green to others but the grasses here are almost always predominantly yellow. Even the shrubby “trees”look greener due to all the rain.

I drove down to Phoenix yesterday and took this on my way back home. I saw my Dr. down there and found out this intermittent pain I am having in my torso, which can be pretty painful under certain circumstances, is most likely due to a rib that popped out of my ribcage. I did not know a rib could “pop out”! Now I have to go down again next week to have another Dr. pop it back in.  That doesn’t sound very scientific, does it? :)


Automobile, photo, Photography, Photos, Quotes, Vintage



The golden moments in the stream of life rush past us, and we see nothing but sand; the angels come to visit us, and we only know them when they are gone. ~ G Eliot


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An old tractor emblem

I have taken a ton of vintage auto logo images but this is my first tractor emblem. The whole vehicle was in pristine condition but it was surrounded by lots of stuff so I had no chance of getting a clean comp of it. So I did what I always do: isolate something.  In this case that something was a no brainer; the design, the red color, the fact that it is fairly old and unique. And on top of that, it’s cute!

And here’s a filler image as I am feeling this is a pitifully short post.  :) 

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These 2 images really have nothing to do with each other except that they both relate to gold in some way.