Last year only foals, now they are yearlings -- very curious but still a bit shy.
Tuesday, December 31, 2019
Little Ones Are Growing Up!
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Friday, December 27, 2019
Coming Into the Light
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Labels: Arizona, Cochise County, Dos Cabezas, high desert, mountains
Wednesday, December 25, 2019
Tuesday, December 24, 2019
Rainy High Desert Christmas Eve Day
This is our view from the back porch today. I enhanced the color (increased saturation) to highlight the contrast of red hackberry fruit against green mesquite leaves.
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Labels: Christmas Eve, color, high desert, holidays, mountains., rain, trees
Monday, December 23, 2019
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Labels: Arizona, Dos Cabezas, skies, trees
Sunday, December 15, 2019
Experiments with Low and Challenging Light Situations
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Labels: holiday lights, night, sunset
Friday, December 13, 2019
Ready to Welcome You, I'm sure
Volunteers work hard. I'm sure this cowboy earned his little nap in the sun and was ready to jump up and say "Howdy!" the minute someone came in the museum door.
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Labels: small towns, volunteers
Tuesday, December 10, 2019
Our Continuing Beautiful Road
Rain on U.S. 54 Corona, NM, to Tularosa did not dim for us the beauty of mountains and plains, and absence of traffic added to our breathing space.
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Labels: New Mexico, travel, two-lane
Saturday, December 7, 2019
A Tree That Loves Water
Missouri, at least the way we crossed it (south and west from Hannibal), is a watery state. Almost every piece of country property has at least one pond, often more, and the land is criss-crossed by rivers and creeks. Flooding along the legendary Missouri River was stunning and eerily beautiful (as unusual and frightening scenes can be), but I was driving then and could not photograph the scenes. The Artist and I were constantly aware, however, of impressive trees in the landscape, and I couldn't help snapping while he drove (above). Seeing the many sycamores across Missouri and southern Kansas, my mind leapt ahead in anticipation to sycamores along creeks near Chiricahua National Monument in Cochise County, Arizona. Striking bone-white against blue sky, giant sycamores are a sure sign of water, and when we detoured off our two-lane highway onto an unpaved road to get out of the car for a walk, we found the sycamore below with its feet in a creek.
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Friday, December 6, 2019
The Road, the Road, the Open Road!
Wednesday, December 4, 2019
Last Year's Tree
We drove the same long, diagonal two-lane road this year that we traveled last year, and, once again, the prairie's dominant daytime colors were dun, brown, and black. Not a cloud in the sky. And this year no sparkling frost. But once again, after the sun went down below the horizon, the prairie played its ace in the hole, silhouettes, and I recognized several individual trees along the way from last year -- and so, searched out this old photo, as I was at the wheel yesterday and could not be driver and photographer simultaneously. Imagine the tree drawn in blackest ink, every branch faithfully reproduced and presented against a surreal watercolor sky whose rainbow hues fade imperceptibly and seamlessly into one another. I called last year's Books in Northport post "Its Own Kind of Beauty." Other than trees, the prairie offers stark groupings of farm buildings, clean geometrical shapes connected by elaborate systems of chutes and pipes. Farmhouses themselves are often surrounded by sheltering evergreens planted long ago. But it is the lone trees along the highway that speak to me most clearly of beauty, and "I think that I have never seen" a tree until I see it against the evening prairie sky.
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Labels: farms, highways, Illinois, photographs, prairie, silhouettes, travel, trees, two-lane
Monday, December 2, 2019
The Michigan Road Less Traveled
Who wants to fight expressway traffic at 80 miles an hour when Michigan's beauty is so much more richly enjoyed on two-lane blacktop? We drove from Northport to south of Newaygo on Monday, sailing through a magic, sparkling corridor of wonder. We couldn't stop exclaiming, and I couldn't stop lifting my camera to the car windows.
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Saturday, November 23, 2019
East Is East, and West Is West
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Tuesday, November 19, 2019
Fields in Snow with Cable
These fields of corn, with sunflowers in the foreground and a tree-covered hill as backdrop, have been particularly beautiful since our recent (unexpectedly early) snow.
The challenge to photographing these fields is a heavy power cable that interrupts the scene.
This is a situation where I miss Photoshop and vow to return to it. Because to my eye the full effect of the sweep of sunflowers depends on the background trees.
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Labels: editing, fields, photography, snow, winter
Friday, November 15, 2019
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Labels: beech, champion trees, Leelanau Township, Northport, snow, trees, winter
Tuesday, November 12, 2019
Hello, Leland Winter!
We drove through wintry scenes to come into the village of Leland from the north, where more wintry scenes greeted us.
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Labels: Leelanau County, Leland, Michigan. northern Michigan, snow, Up North, winter
Saturday, November 9, 2019
Winter's Simple Lines
There is so little color in our November landscape, and snow has come early, so black and white only makes sense. Besides, I like it.
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Labels: black and white, snow, winter
Tuesday, November 5, 2019
My Favorite Farm, Beautiful in Every Mood and Season
I never drive by without pausing to admire this farm in its neat, productive setting, and this morning the natural lighting was extraordinary.
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Labels: back roads, black and white, farms, Leelanau County, rural roads, rural scenes
Saturday, November 2, 2019
Northern Michigan Traffic Jam
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Labels: birds, Leelanau County, Leelanau Township, M-22, wild turkeys, wildlife
Tuesday, October 29, 2019
Isadore in October
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Labels: back roads, fall color, historic buildings, Leelanau County
Saturday, October 26, 2019
Today's Images NOT Colorful Leaves
Friday, October 25, 2019
Novotny Road, Kovarik Road, and Asparagus
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Labels: asparagus, back roads, fall color, leaves, Leelanau County, Leelanau Township, trees
Thursday, October 24, 2019
When Morning Light Breaks Through
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Labels: fall, fall color, Lake Michigan, Leelanau County, Leelanau Township, Manitou Islands, Manitou Passage, trees
Wednesday, October 23, 2019
Semi-Obligatory Michigan Color Tour Interlude
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Labels: color tour, fall color, leaves, Leelanau County, Leelanau Township, Michigan, trees
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