Wednesday, September 30, 2009


When I took my painting class I wanted to learn how to paint abstracts instead I did some not so good self portraits. Since then I learned how to take abstract pictures instead. The camera is my paintbrush and pixels are my medium.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Ceramic Research center

One corner of the Ceramic research center. Can you imagine being allowed to do this in an art gallery? Clay on the outside and the inside. Looking for something different check it out. ASU Ceramic Research Center.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Bug Feast

40 or 50 little fish surfaced for a morning breakfast of bugs. When we walked too close they would splash down all at once. The water looked like it was boiling in one spot. Amazing. If they are eating the nasty white flies I am all for it.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Almost left my camera home

I had taken so many pictures this week at the ceramic research center, I almost left my camera home. This is what I would have missed.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Cool Stuff

Sorry I missed yesterday. I spent all my free time and some not free time over at the ASU Ceramic research center working with Nora Morse and her daughter Eliza to create amazing clay pods to add to the ongoing Sustainability project. Opening on October 9, 2009.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009


Many mornings I find the ducks on the sidewalk sunning themselves and only hop in the water when a dog threatens them.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009


Montezuma's Castle is a misnomer. Montezuma as far as historians know never made it this far north. The Hohokam and the Sinagua built the pueblos in this area around 700-1125 AD. Ain't college great?

Monday, September 21, 2009

If I'm flat?

We traveled to Montezuma's Castle this afternoon. At the end of our adventure this bright little guy came to check us out. When we got too close he flattened himself against the rocks trying to pretend to be roadkill. He quickly decided that didn't work so scampered away into the bushes. Totally cracked me up.

Sunday, September 20, 2009


I am impressed by the volunteers that come every Thursday morning to prune and care for the roses. I have noticed a real improvement of the roses under their careful care. People amaze me with their goodness.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Creepy Crawlies

Sitting on an ant pile as a child has left me with a strong respect (fear?) for these industrious little bugs. Now I watch them but I make sure I stay out of their path.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Race for the Cure

Time to get ready for the Race for the Cure,

Babies come

Dogs come,

Into a sea of legs ready to march on a Cure for Breast Cancer

A sea of people waiting to start.

Passing the starting line takes about 15-20 minutes.

Welcome to anyone that can move.

Even a car is decked out to bring awareness that early detection raises your chances for survival. I am an 8 year survivor. My dream is someday my grand daughter will ask, "Grandma, what's breast cancer?" Because it won't be around any more.
Join the Race if you can, send your prayers if you can't.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Inside rainbows

I love rainbows. The colors are incredible. I look for them where ever I go and sometimes I find them in the house. Crystal chandeliers are so fun.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

More Patterns

Patterns show up in some of the most unlikely places. When I think of the desert I visualize scruffy vegetation and chaotic cholla. Taking the time to look I noticed the patterns in these cacti. I don't think of organization and patterns in the desert but there they are just waiting to be noticed.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Putting light in a picture

Amazing how a flash can change a picture. Both pictures are taken with in a minute of each other. The first haunting, the second just a gate. Cool.

Monday, September 14, 2009

I'm in every picture

Whether I am enamored by the beauty of the moon when I am surrounded by Chihuly glass while at the Botanical Garden or staring at the patterns of light in the water going down the drain, I am the one that decides what is in the frame.

Sunday, September 13, 2009


Normally zipping and zooming around I can't focus fast enough to catch dragonflies in flight. This one decided to hold very still so I could catch the sunlight off his wings. Just beautiful.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

What do you see?

A fellow hiker was watching me take pictures and was curious as to what I was doing. After a minute he saw what I saw, a tiny little finch pecking away in the rocks. He then asked what type it was. I had no idea. I blithely said I would look it up on the internet. That is not as easy as I thought it would be. Anybody know what type of finch this is?

Friday, September 11, 2009

He's Back

Hiking Squaw Peak and the little ground squirrel came to show off. I was shooting away when suddenly my memory card was full. Oh man. Since I can get about 700 pictures on one card there was really no exuse.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Basket patterns

School is back in full force. Sorry I missed yesterday. In one of my classes I am studying Art history-American Indian Art and culture. Right now we are studying basket weaving. As I walked around the park lake I was astounded to see one of the basket patterns in the water. The article read that they didn't know where some of the patterns came from. The light on the water is similar to one of the patterns they were discussing. I took several pictures and this one looked the most like the basket.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Bad hair day?

Is this the duck's interpretation of a bad hair day? Or a new feather do to out do their country cousins?

Monday, September 7, 2009

Summer sledding

Walking along in the park at over 80 degrees and finding a block of ice is surprising until you realize A. it is at a bottom of a hill, B. the ice is melting and C. you look for the 'path' down the grass where the block of ice had slid. Ice block sledding wrecks havoc on the grass but people enjoy riding the block of ice down the hill.

Sunday, September 6, 2009


Humming birds wings beat so fast that the human eye can not see. I took multiple pictures and was delighted to find this one. Cameras can stop action in a way that the human eye can not.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

I love clouds

These are just a few of the cloud pictures I took today. The clouds were just amazing.

Friday, September 4, 2009


The world is a fascinating place. You look around at everything you see and then you really look and see one thing reminds you of another. I looked at the stop light everyday then one morning I looked at the sun through the pickup window and saw the similarities.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Real close

Looking for a different picture? Take something you always look at and get much, much closer.