” You can cage the singer but not the song.” ~ H Belafonte


I need to figure out how to seamlessly be one with this camera and if I want to keep it so I thought I’d try to get a variety of shots in this afternoon. A still life, more landscapes, a portrait, etc. Well, what I now realize is that I was not as confident shooting with it and hence, I did not feel as comfortable in my own skin taking this portrait (which is paramount when shooting portraits). I rushed and fumbled a bit through it and consequently, I cut off the poor guy’s hand. He’s a guitarist…..he needs it. LOL Oh well! My purpose was to take the camera out for a test drive, not actually hoping for any real keepers. But I think the quality is there in this XE-1, the question becomes: can I make it sing?



Constant togetherness is fine — but only for Siamese twins. ~V Billings

Twin Art Deco Skyscrapers near Central Park
Twin Art Deco Skyscrapers near Central Park.

The very Art Deco nature of both the buildings and the bridge detail screamed out for B&W processing, in my eyes.


” My sun sets to rise again.” ~ E B Browning

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The Sun Sets over The Bay


I spent many an hour here catching crabs and then later, meeting up with friends to do those things teens do 🙂 . It is always fun to go back home but I must say that every trip I return back to LI, I realize more and more that Prescott is now home. Is it because my tastes have changed or because one generally gets more and more used to their environment, whatever that may be?  I am not sure but I suppose it really doesn’t matter. Maybe “home” will change again but I do think it will always be in the West.

But that is the exciting thing about life:everything is subject to change and sometimes without notice.


“I believe that life is chaotic, a jumble of accidents, ambitions, misconceptions, bold intentions, lazy happenstances, and unintended consequences, yet I also believe that there are connections that illuminate our world, revealing its endless mystery and wonder.” ~ D Moranis

Rockefeller Center Tree
Rockefeller Center Tree

I thought I’d post a quick one, the tree at Rockefeller Center. It was a beauty, the tallest Xmas tree I have ever seen.

A visit with family on Long Island (correct use of the preposition”on” is for LIers only), along with a trip into NYC to see the crowds holiday festiveness (it was both, actually) and I am happy to say that certain truths have been illuminated for me, one being that the West is the best (for me, anyway). I’ll elaborate more at another date but this is the first time I have had internet on my laptop.  I thought I’d post a quick one, the tree at Rockefeller Center. It was a beauty, the tallest  AND prettiest Xmas tree I have ever seen. I will catch up soon…..


“A wren in the hand is better than a crane to be caught.” ~ Irish Proverb

Origami  Cranes
Origami Crane

Is it better to be satisfied with what you have or go after what you want? There is no right answer within our human complexity; it depends on too many variables to know definitively. It also depends on the situation and the outcome at stake. But the wren may not always be better to have. Sometimes I think you have to chase the crane and let go of the wren if you want to follow a dream!


“I’m still passionately interested in what my fellow humans are up to. For me, a day spent monitoring the passing parade is a day well-spent”. G Trudeau 

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“Preskit” Christmas Truck

I took my son to the Prescott Christmas Parade the first year I moved to Arizona. We were in the Phoenix area at the time so yesterday’s parade was the first time for me as a Prescott resident. There is nothing like a parade to feel a sense of community. Afterwards, we attended the Courthouse lighting. I find crowds draining so we stuck off to the sidelines….and then proceeded to have a margarita when all was said and done. 🙂 I will head down there and take some Christmas light images before the end of the holiday season  when it is less crowded.

Preskit is how they pronounce “Prescott” here. For years, I refused to call it Preskit.  My reasoning was if the city name was changed to be spelled like biscuit, I’d start calling it Preskit. But things, good and bad, sometimes have a way of seeping into our vernacular and guess what? I now say Preskit most times. Oy.

And that doll on the truck… is an old Whimsies doll. I got one when I was 2. Here is the proof:


She is sitting on the box. They came in various “whimsical” forms. My Mom said I looked at it and said, “I don’t like its face”. LOL  I guess that’s why they were called Whimsies!


Feelings aroused by the touch of someone’s hand, the sound of music, the smell of a flower, a beautiful sunset, a work of art, love, laughter, hope and faith – all work on both the conscious and unconscious aspects of the self.  ~ B Siegel 

Gentle Touch
Gentle Touch. The baby’s skin looks so soft and fragile in comparison to his Mom’s.

Well, my busy selling season is almost at an end and I will start shooting a bit more now that it is curtailing. But for now, another zoo image. Mom Orangutan was actually gently looking over her babies fingers here. I wondered what Mom was thinking as she was quite absorbed in her examinaton of those little digits……



“To be loved but not known is comforting but superficial. To be known and not loved is our greatest fear. But to be fully known and truly loved is, well, a lot like being loved by God. It is what we need more than anything. It liberates us from pretense, humbles us out of our self-righteousness, and fortifies us for any difficulty life can throw at us.” ~ T Keller

Well loved baby orangutan born in September at Phoenix Zoo.
Nappy time! Well loved 11 week old  baby orangutan at the Phoenix Zoo.

Orang ❤ !

My son had to work until 8 PM on Thanksgiving (bah) so I decided to occupy myself with a trip over to Phoenix Zoo. And the above lil’ bundle of sweetness was specifically the reason I went.  I adore orangutans and had never seen a baby one in real life before….what is the word for adorable x 100???

It was not easy finding a “sweet spot” to shoot this from. The orangutans are now behind glass in a new enclosure. Shooting through glass is difficult enough but to add to the glare and reflections was some pretty dirty glass! And of course, you have to wait your turn and not step on people’s toes while trying to follow them around. I was happy that I at least got a few shots of Mom and baby that were workable, even though the sharpness is a bit lacking compared to my normal criteria. Adorableness trumps sharpness any day!

I melt when I look at him!
I melt when I look at him!

Have a ❤ -ly day and don’t mow anyone down at any of the Black Friday sales. 😉