27 November 2014


We were up for a weekend of 'casual look around' and to take advantage of the last weekend of Sky Ride at the Arizona Snowbowl.

                              Sunrise....Flagstaff October 18, 2014

                              There's a nip in the air, crisp and clean

                                    .... the trees were gorgeous!

The views from the top of the mountain were spectacular.

        This was not a fire, although the trees seemed to be that way.

                                          Breathtaking vistas.

09 August 2014

Humphrey's Peak and Flagstaff

I've always loved the Flagstaff area. The first time I saw the area it was barely daylight: I was 'trucking' through on my way to LA. My first impression was 'I want to live here'! I literally fell in love.

Mother and I explored the area in, 1998 and 1999 with good intentions of moving to the area. Except for the higher elevation (7700-7900 feet in Flagstaff proper), the entire area reminded us of Gilford, New Hampshire and the Gunstock Ski area.

The ranger (at Snow Bowl Ski area) where we have been delivering 'asphalt millings' to the parking lots, on the west side of Humphrey's Peak answered my questions when I asked. I'd always thought the mountain was three peaks, thus the name: San Francisco Peaks. Not so. The three peaks (you can see from miles away on approach to Flagstaff) form the bowl of Humphrey's Peak; a long quiet volcano (some 200,000 years quiet).

The San Francisco Peaks are a series of four stratovolcanic mountains in the Flagstaff area. Humphrey's is the highest point in Arizona, 12,633 feet above sea level. The native American population of the area consider these peaks/mountains, Humphrey's especially, sacred. I can understand why.

This mountain draws me, always has. Often I've wondered why until the last few weeks I've been working in the area. It's peaceful, calming. The piney odor of the tall Ponderosa Pines is subtle. The quiet, the whispering of the pines as a slight breeze wafts through the branches. Aspen leaves shimmer in the breezes seeming fickle. Shafts of sunlight filter through the trees into tiny meadows of grass where occasionally you will catch a glimpse of mule deer, white tail deer or a 'mama' elk with a new foal.

04 July 2014

The monsoon has arrived!

Each year about this time, the wind shifts from the southwest to the southeast bringing the monsoon (or summer rains). A few years ago, The National Weather Service changed the naming of our summer thunderstorm season from 'monsoon' to 'summer thunderstorm season' which begins June 15 and ends September 30. Typically, the desert sees the first of these storms around July 2. 

Taken just a couple of hours before looking to the northeast of the city....

 This shot captured looking to the southeast...

What a difference a couple of hours makes! As the sun was dipping low onto the horizon, the skies turned orange and the dust arrived.

 Looking across the street.. the wind was howling, there were flying  awnings, and skirting, tree limbs, trash barrels, all manner of debris.  

This storm produced a wall of dust reaching to 3,000 ft. with winds in excess of 40 MPH. The rains followed the dust... and the winds howled. By 10 PM it was over.

14 June 2014

More out of town

Had little time to shoot pics this morning in and around Prescott and Dewey...
These were the cross streets at the job in Dewey, AZ on Thursday AM

I liked the contrast of colors in this shot....

This on the opposite side of the highway ....

A change of .....

I felt like I needed something different for motivation. Of late .... I've been extremely busy, lacking time and motivation to post.... so I'm very sorry and thank you all for having a look ...

29 March 2014

My wine for today…

Okay, (sigh) I’m feeling a little out of sorts today, more than sluggish, little motivation to do stuff normally accomplished on Saturdays and Sundays …

It’s been a long week at work… 56.42 hours/6 days combination days-nights. I get paid by the hour so it’s all good on the pay check after the fact….

I was thinking … sometimes not such a good thing, and my sis would say I over think, but I’m gonna do it anyway!

How many hours in a week? Answer: 128. Now if you work 56.42 hours that leaves: 111.58 hours for other things. Sleep is required;  personally for me, it’s minimally 6 hours a night; I really would like it to be more if I could get it occasionally. Over 7 days; 42 hours …. leaving 69.58 hours. Now lets divide that by 7 leaving about 9.94 hours in a day for other stuff… relaxation, care of household, pets and other persons (if you have them), errands, TV, internet, etc. and the point is? Sometimes stuff just doesn’t get done and you wonder where the time went or think you need to make more time to do stuff,  and put off until tomorrow what didn‘t get done today…. Procrastination!

Time management isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be… sometimes, ‘things’ just get in the way of what appears to be a ‘perfectly’ organized schedule, like extra work on very short notice!

I don’t know about anyone else…but it’s getting harder. I find it more and more difficult to relax and regroup after spending 13 hours in the seat and then having to come home, feed the animals, myself, do other stuff, and then lay down to try and sleep for four or five hours before getting up to go back to work.

Today, when I got home (around 7 AM) and after working what amounted to a double shift with maybe(?) six hours between shifts, my kitchen was (and is) a disaster area. It’s been a disaster area two or three days. Last weekends ‘clean’ dishes are still in the dishwasher… I just keep moving stuff around to make room for other stuff .. just not had the time or inclination to deal with it… it’s time I must!

I need more hours in a day! 
Suggestions, anyone?
It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood!

01 March 2014

Finally! A rainy day!

                                      Of course, he would be standing in the rain!