Tuesday, June 29, 2010


Another type of danger. I believe the Taming of the Shrew ended with red petticoats.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Meanings of Red

Red implies danger - no swimming, there is danger in swimming here.

Friday, June 25, 2010


Summer heat annihilates all living things in Arizona. 110 degrees sucks the life out of the roses before they have time to finish their bloom cycle. The rose turns to paper without ever falling apart. Amazing to watch.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010


I followed a link suggested by my sister and I came upon this poem. I was so excited to read it and knew I wanted to combine one of my photographs with Deena's poem Permission Granted to Succeed. To get to Deena's follow this link: http://deenar116.wordpress.com/collaborations/ Her poems are listed along the left side. The writing looks really small so you may want to click on the picture which will open it larger in another window. Enjoy.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010


This guy zipped by on his bike and I missed getting the picture of his redshirt. When we hiked around the far side of the lake, there he was resting. Easier to take pictures when the subject is holding still.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Winging it

Keeping up the red theme has me wandering through older files since many of my urban nature pictures contain very little red. No red ducks, ponds, desert scenes, and many other shots have no red. Now after posting something red for a while, I am starting to notice more red. Downloading some other red things tomorrow. Enjoy.

Friday, June 18, 2010


I never meant to start a collection. It just grew. I actually started with the purple angel. My office was a storage closet with a desk for me. I felt depressed every time I went in. I added the purple angel to keep me company. Then I saw another Christmas angel in clearance, it was all alone. I took that one home too. I found angels at thrift stores, clearance isles, and people found out I liked them and then they came as gifts. Soon I had several in my crammed office, more in different rooms at home then I was given a beautiful case to put them in. I was not surprised when I filled the case. I also collect fairies and butterflies. I finally decided that what I really collect is things with wings.

Thursday, June 17, 2010


Ever tried changing your perspective a little. Nothing seems that different. Go to extremes - several stories up or crawling on the ground. http://ruthmower.blogspot.com/2009/12/only-phoenix.html
(side note: Remember if you are laying on the ground taking pictures move around occasionally so people know you are not in need of assistance.)
These extremes give you a new world view. Think about what looks different and what looks the same.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010


Found this bench in down town Tucson. I like that it continues with my red theme and I like the quote "Power of Kindness."

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Turkey in a cage

Turkey in a cage does not look as good as Turkey on the table. I understand why my grandson was not too thrilled about being eye to eye with this tough bird. ~ The Red theme continues.

Monday, June 14, 2010

It's not a fish

Hurray for Judy. She referred to another picture that was not a fish, but it was a piece of palm tree. Yesterday's was disguised further by being in the sprinklers with different lighting.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Abstract in the Park

I wandered through old picture files to find something red. I stumbled on to this picture that took awhile for me to figure out what I took a picture of. I will let you ponder on it and let you know tomorrow.

Saturday, June 12, 2010


These always look like eyes to me. Red eyes - needs clear eyes to get the red out. Not really, photoshop can get the red out too. The dreaded red eye. I learned some nifty photoshop tricks that solve camera red eye. Found out the hard way that setting the camera to get the red out can actually cause a color shift for the entire photo. My grandpa would call it, "5% improvement with 95% complications." He died before computers; how did he know?

Thursday, June 10, 2010


A mixture of flowers and shells keeps the red theme going. This center piece added a delightful mix of natural and artificial.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Abstracted light

Light, sand, and youthful enthusiasm created an abstract in light. Try the Phoenix Children museum.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Forbidden fruit

I think if the Forbidden Fruit had looked like this Adam and Eve would still be in the Garden of Eden.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Bottles and Bows

What do you think? Do you agree this is a pair?

Sunday, June 6, 2010

I have a secret...

And I am not going to tell. Animals seem to have a secret all wrapped up that they won't share with humans. Plus, the orangutan comes across red on the camera. Interesting thing about colors, cameras, eyes, and monitors, we don't all 'see' the same thing. Half the challenge is what I post will look to you like it does to me.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Contiuing with Red

Browsing through my pictures I was looking for something that appealed to me today. I decided to stick with the red theme. This is something I learned from taking Everyday Digital at ASU from Mark Klett. Sometimes you can make a sequence of pictures more interesting by connecting pictures in different ways, such as, similar color, shape, theme, sometimes you are the only one that sees the link between your pictures. So often we arrange things by event, subject, or date. Mix things up a little and try some new combination of your own pictures.

Thursday, June 3, 2010


Everyday I pass hibiscus flowers in my yard, at the park, and at my parents. Today I tackled the challenge of bringing one to my computer. The one on my computer looks much better. Photoshop helped me combine two renderings from a RAW file to have detail in both the shadows and the highlights.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010


in Time.

The top image is a companion to this image of a fountain. Although the water looks frozen, it is only frozen in time by the camera. My eyes see a fountain, my camera created the ice.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Pick me...

....Oh, OH, Please, Please, PRETTY PLEASE....
P I C K M E!!!!!!!!!!!!!