Foto Friday Fun 87

 Posted by on November 28, 2014  Foto Friday Fun
Nov 282014
 

This week’s Foto Friday Fun features 5 images chosen by readers from my photo archives.  Our meme number for this week is 1195.  Please join in by digging into your archives and sharing a story.  And check out the other posts linked to the Foto Friday Fun meme.

Two mallards in the river along Colorado River frontage road North of Bullhead City ArizonaYogi let random dot org choose #1195 which ends up being these mallards on the Colorado River.  Yet this portion of the river is not in Grand Canyon.  Instead there was a sweet little frontage road along the river before crossing the bridge to Laughlin, Nevada where Berta and I were headed in February, 2012, not to gamble.

White Elephant curve State Route 89 down Yarnell Hill ArizonaSherry chose #108, an interesting roadside attraction along State Route 89’s Yarnell Hill.  It’s a steep drop of 2500 feet in four miles, a bear when in an RV.  Twice almost burnt the brakes going down. This elephant has been repainted numerous times and the story of why it’s there varies.

Hyena tracks Kruger National Park South AfricaBibi chose #5000 for the number of Serbian Dinars it will take to get her computer out of hock.  Maybe the hyenas who left these tracks could scare her up a discount.

Clouds in canyon & Widforss Plateau from Bright Angel Point North Rim Grand Canyon National Park Arizona

Clouds in canyon & temples & Widforss Plateau from from Bright Angel Point North Rim Grand Canyon National Park ArizonaDiane chose #1777 which is one of four from a panorama taken July 2010 during monsoon season at Grand Canyon so I give you the entire picture as well.  Two great combinations for me as I love when it rains with the clouds settled like this and have been taking panoramas since childhood when I had to tape them together.  Ever do that?

Stained glass Unicorn under the quarter moon Hanover Park IllinoisJonker chose #13, “because it’s my fave number.”  I am self taught at most of the crafts I’ve done over the years.  This was an early work in 1980 when I was still trying to create detail with small pieces of glass which is not easy.  And I was really into unicorns.  Although this piece is long gone it’s still one of my favorites.

Morning light on desert Freeman Road BLM ArizonaMy choice this week from my recent jaunt into the southern Arizona desert in the new camper.  Something very special about the light.

Please share your own #1195 photo and story by using Mr Linky below for your post’s URL and linking back to Foto Friday Fun 87.  You can also leave a number between 01 and 9000 in a comment for next week’s Foto Friday Fun.

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Remembering past Thanksgivings

 Posted by on November 27, 2014  holiday
Nov 272014
 

Now days, Thanksgiving is just another day.  Yada yada yada.  I truly am thankful for so much.  But really, Columbus and the Indians, that whole thing just doesn’t sit right with me knowing our country’s history.  Yet I’m remembering past Thanksgivings, and this day, as it should be every day, I remember people.  The most important part of my life.

As a child Thanksgiving was always a small family affair–Mom, Dad, my brother and me.  That’s it.  And I didn’t even really like any of them.  Sad to say I know.  Mom spent the day cooking which was not her usual thing, Dad read either the newspaper or a book which wasn’t unusual for a winter day at home.  My brother, well he never changed behavior no matter the day, and did everything in this power to tease me to tears as usual.  Best memory was getting to have a half glass of champagne with dinner.  We always ate duck and drank Cold Duck.  Whatever.

Married, I went through the same kind of processes as Mom.  Spending the day in the kitchen preparing way too much food for our family of four.

Best Thanksgiving memory was spent with a long ago friend in her tiny trailer along the Washington coast during a wild storm when the power went out.  But we were OK because she had a propane stove which we cooked and heated with.  In fact it got so hot in that trailer we sat in our underwear eating dinner.  Couldn’t open any windows as the high winds would have blown us away.

After marriage, Thanksgiving became just another day of the year, sometimes with friends depending on where I was at the time.  I’ve spent holidays alone and that’s just fine by me.

Today, as for the past nine years, I will enjoy a meal with local friends who are single like me and far from family.

Having said all this, I hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving with your family and friends.

Foto Friday Fun 86

 Posted by on November 21, 2014  Foto Friday Fun
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This week’s Foto Friday Fun features 8 images chosen by readers from my photo archives.  Our meme number for this week is 1207.  Please join in by digging into your archives and sharing a story.  And check out the other posts linked to the Foto Friday Fun meme.  It’s a randomly Fun way to share.

Cottonwood Creek Cottonwood Canyon Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument UtahSherry chose #1207, a place I’m sure she’d like to visit but not in Ruby.  The Cottonwood Canyon road can be a challenge, especially under wet conditions.   Roads are few and mostly in poor condition in the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument.  Yet with a jeep we explored along this creek filled canyon with towering sandstone cliffs and little side canyons.

Drakensburg hike KwaZulu-Natal South AfricaDiane chose #1888 for a view of the Drakensburg Mountains during a 2010 hike in South Africa.  I was thrilled to be backpacking into this majestic landscape with a bonus having John as a guide, son to fellow blogger Jo.

Donkey in minivan Quartzsite ArizonaSallie chose #02, “Cuz I’m earlier than usual in commenting.”  Talk about getting comments, how could you not.  Yet the “Big Q”, as some call Quartzsite, Arizona, is full of characters worthy of comment.  In 2005 I was selling at a flea market in nearby Vicksburg and did a double take at this while visiting Q.  And yes, there really is a bull sticking his head out the other window.

Demonstration for Grand Opening Second store The Yarn Shop Tonasket WashingtonElaine chose #56, a poor quality photo from my 1983 Grand Opening after buying the yarn shop in Tonasket, Washington.  This gal demonstrated her art of hot spun glass, one of the many arts and crafts sold on consignment in the store.  I practiced stained glass while learning to crochet and knit.  Fun times.

Seagull on roof Tsitsikamma National Park South AfricaYogi had random dot org choose #6036.  Although Tsitsikamma National Park offers plenty of hiking opportunities, a few I’ve followed, I seem to spend a lot of time just sitting and watching the waves.  Plus whatever else flies into view.

Blacksmith Plover & Egyptian Goose Kruger National Park South AfricaBibi chose #3630, “the amount of dinars I spent yesterday on meds for this blasted cold. (about $40)”  She needs to get someplace warm like summer in Kruger National Park where I saw these Blacksmith Plovers and Egyptian Geese during my February 2014 visit to South Africa.  Hope you’re feeling better.

Mated pair of Lions Kruger National Park South AfricaJonker chose #4567.  Last week he helped me identify what I had called Meerkats in his back yard Addo Elephant National Park when they were actually Yellow Mongoose.  Thank you.  This week, I’m sure he gets two lions.  A mated pair in fact.  They were resting between time.  And I have video to prove it.

Deva temple & Oza Butte from Widforss trail North Rim Grand Canyon National Park ArizonaMelissa also used random dot org to choose #1613.  I think this particular view across Grand Canyon helps put distances in perspective.  From the Widforss Trail on the North Rim the distant San Francisco Peaks stand over 60 miles away, the South Rim about 11 miles, the Deva Temple in the middle maybe 4 miles, Oza Butte to the right about 2 miles, and I live on top to the left.  All guestimates as the raven flies.  BTW, Widforss Trail is a spectacular 10 mile round trip hike to yet another view of the canyon.

Fall leaves along Historic Columbia River Scenic Highway OregonMy choice this week just didn’t seem to get into yesterday’s post about the Columbia River Gorge.  I think these are Big Leaf Maple leaves.  Makes a nice carpet.

Please share your own #1207 photo and story by using Mr Linky below for your post’s URL.  Then please link back to Foto Friday Fun 86.  You can also leave a number between 01 and 9000 in a comment for next week’s Foto Friday Fun.

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