Author: Paul

Anita’s backyard Every once in a while, I’ll call my friend and fellow blogger, Anita Jesse. Today was one of those days. I decided to lead in with a bit of a prank phone call. I dialed her number, waited for her to answer and then I said in my most orotund, cheery voice: Good morning, Mrs. Jesse. I’m glad that I caught you on this fine morning. As a fellow patron of the arts, I’m calling to have you…

At least I included a windmill! I had been to Arizona before, northern Arizona, near the Utah and Nevada borders. All that one has to do is a quick search in Google images to see what is the favorite, or most cliche┬┤ image around – that of the stately Saguaro (pronounced suh-Wah-rho) cactus in the setting sun. I was determined not to come back with even one of these shots. Ha! Well, I found that in order for me to…

Tombstone, AZ As I review my photos, I get a laugh sometimes. Before I went to Arizona, I got into the same ‘conversation’ in my head about which camera to take. Finally, I squashed all of that chatter and decided to take the Nikon P-510 and my Olympus 35 LC, a circa 1967 film rangefinder and that’s what I did. The main reason was because of portability and the low hassle factor. At no point did I regret the decision…

Woman, sitting on the edge of The Grand Canyon, near the above view: “Yeah. You’re not missing anything. It’s just a big hole in the ground with lots of rocks in it.” I will admit that I prefer John Wesley Powell’s take on it. I found that quite clear while trying to capture the essence of such a place: The wonders of the Grand Canyon cannot be adequately represented in symbols of speech, nor by speech itself. The resources of…

This trip, I’ve been more of a tourist rather than a photographer. We’ve been all over the place including into the town of Nogales, Sonora, Mexico. Deb has been a good sport. On Saturday, we took the 45 or so minute ride from Tucson, AZ to Nogales, AZ. Nogales, AZ is the U.S. side of the border. We parked, and walked across the border into Mexico. Deb had never been to Mexico and therefore didn’t know what to expect. I…

I’ve done a fair amount of traveling this year. At the end of August, I was very tired of traveling. I was glad to stay at home. During that time, I just rested, photographed around home, and had a good time. About early November, I had to put my remaining vacation days onto the calendar. I called up Deb, asked her if she’d like to go on vacation with me, she agreed. We decided on Tucson, AZ. As we were…

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