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Emergence Into Our Dark World

February 15th, 2016

I am vaguely familiar with the Native American’s stories of their emergence; one of my favorite, the Hopi’s emergence into our world from Ribbon Falls in the Grand Canyon. Recently, Sally and I had visited the V Bar V Heritage Sight and the petroglyp... 

We got to the West Clear Creek trailhead about mid-afternoon. A late start to be certain; however, this was a leisure day for us and so we also spent some time at the V Bar V Heritage Site to see the petroglyph before arriving. Presentation of this w... 

Winter Storm Brewing

February 1st, 2016

A time lapse video from last night as a winter storm brewing unfolded outside our home; with winds, lightning, thunder, and a bit of rain. So I went upstairs, set up my camera in the hopes of photographing a lightning bolt. However, I was disappointe... 


December 26th, 2015

Over the past several weeks I have been working on a documentary short about our six barnyard cats and in so many words how wonderful it was to take care of them. However, Fluffy, the matriarch, huntress, gentle, affectionate, loving, is the last of ... 

Christmas Moon

December 26th, 2015

We had a great time yesterday in North Phoenix celebrating with my eldest, her family, and her siblings. And with the Christmas Moon later in the evening; I took some editing liberties to create this.  

Parking Lot Lights In The Fog

December 24th, 2015

Yesterday was a foggy morning driving to work, as it is this Christmas Eve morning with another cold storm moving in this evening. Having said that, when I parked in the lower lot at work yesterday, I couldn't help but take some photographs of the pa... 


December 20th, 2015

Photography and videography; both a challenge and one where I have a problem balancing. Presently, I am working on a short video I hope I am happy with and enter it into the Prescott Film festival. Working on the video has been a challenge to say the... 

New Gallery

November 8th, 2015

Today at I opened a new gallery titled ‘Convalescent Leave’. This is where between September 2nd and October 14th, 2015, I had taken FLMA from work after a double hernia operation. During the six weeks ... 

Back in the Saddle

October 13th, 2015

It has been an interesting time since last writing and we won’t get into that; instead, I will focus on the most current of events. One the hardest things in my day to day life, is having to work full time, anywhere from 8 to 10 hours a day, in order... 

Grand Canyon Trailer

July 15th, 2014

Just finished editing the trailer of our epic Grand Canyon adventure. At the time of this writing Sally and Rachel are finishing their river run through the Grand Canyon and I hiked out yesterday morning after a four day journey. As of yet, I h... 

Walking Around Lynx Lake

July 4th, 2014

With our upcoming trip to the Grand Canyon; Sally and Rachel will be river running through the canyon on the Colorado River with Wilderness River Adventures and I will be backpacking down to Bright Angel Campground near Phantom Ranch, it is ... 

Yellow Finch

May 18th, 2014

I believe it is a Lesser Goldfinch that fascinates me as I watch it jump around flighty like in the peach tree of our back yard. And I resolve to take a picture of it, hopefully. Thus far, it started yesterday just before sunrise when I set up my cam... 

Beauty Hiding

May 11th, 2014

Coming home from work yesterday morning late, I had spied a yellow rose appearing somewhat hidden in the bush behind a few leaves. I loved how it looked and decided later after sunset I would bring out my camera, tripod, shutter release cable a... 

A Haiku

May 4th, 2014

‘Canyon Solitude Calls alone walking seeing Alone in quiet’  

A Tanka Poem

April 26th, 2014

HUMMINGBIRD Early morning light Stormy weather beyond the window warm inside Looking outside Hummingbird Astounded me looking inside  

A Mouser

April 6th, 2014

Yesterday we had a wonderful late afternoon when we arrived in Jerome for the art walk. Sally went to the Jerome Artist Co-op to help out with setting up the food and refreshments, while Dori and I tour the town, under a cloudy sky and chilly b... 


March 23rd, 2014

I do not like being sick! The plans I had this week-end went by the wayside when a bit of a cold drug me down. Sniffles, well more like snot running out of a tap, my nose, aches, sluggish, just plain moving on impulse power this weekend. So much so, ... 

Today, March 15th, '14 Sally and I took a much needed day hike on trail # 161, the Huckaby Trail. Smack in the Sedona, Red Rock, Oak Creek area of Arizona. And Barney our dog tagged along with us. It was nice, although I did not dress for the oc... 

Goodbye Minerva

March 9th, 2014

No human kindness has ever touched or pet you until today when I picked you up from the street dying from maybe poison And we held you at the vet's one last time stroking your head and ears sad beyond belief of what is happening to you d... 

Late Winter Bloom

March 8th, 2014

In our back yard we have two plum trees and a apricot tree. They are blooming! In Arizona’s late winter. Over the past couple of weeks Sally and I have watched our fruit trees; in addition to, the trees in and around our neighborhood coming out ... 

Arrived Uninvited

March 1st, 2014

They arrived uninvited around Halloween, and at first I ignore them; hopeful they would not set up camp, make their selves at home, just simply move on as a band of nomad's to a better place, and I would forget about their passing through. Th... 

A Haiku

February 27th, 2014

‘Smell of life giving Moisture teasing the dry senses Bringing desert hope’  

Lost Little One

February 23rd, 2014

LOST LITTLE ONE I titled this photograph 'Lost Little One' and she has inspired me to create the gallery 'Pets and Shadows' coming soon to my site at with Her wide eye expr... 

Canon T3i

February 16th, 2014

Finally did it! Step over the edge and purchased my first DSLR camera. After the moon shoot last Friday evening in Jerome, reading Scott Kelby’s digital photography books, working on a photo project soon coming to Fine Art America, and the gener... 

Primary Colors Opening

January 12th, 2014

Last Friday evening, the 10th of January, Sally and I had a great time at the Prescott Center for the Art’s Gallery opening of ‘Primary Colors’. When we arrived the gallery was packed with folks; a bit overwhelming and yet exciting for me as I s... 

From my Facebook, dated January 15th, 2014. Worked with the Prescott Center for the Arts Gallery this afternoon. Setting up for the next show 'Primary Colors' starting tomorrow and ending February 16th. Both Sally and I have a piece in the gallery... 

Sallys Bouquet

December 14th, 2013

There was a time when I would not consider digitally altering a photograph. On occasion I may have touch it up a bit by sharpen it, change a photo to black and white when it calls to me, and maybe even run a high pass. I generally made it a rule “wh... 

Been Awhile

October 26th, 2013 As always life can be both overwhelming and fun.  

Canyon Canvas

July 28th, 2013

Having a great week-end working on my Plateau Point video; which I am about to wrap up, and reviewing photographs from last weeks hike in the 'Canyon'. Several are very beautiful and will soon be in my 'Canyon' Gallery. Just got done with the vid... 


June 4th, 2013

Finally got my 'Canyon' video done. Enjoy. 

Grand Canyon

May 27th, 2013

Hiked the 'Canyon' this last Saturday and have some nice photographs. However, I just don't know if I have any acceptable photos for my site. Having said that, with friend who shall remain nameless per his wishes, it was a challenging hi... 

Broke Camera

May 19th, 2013

Great hike! Broke my camera! Bought a new camera! I have two cameras I use for various outdoors activities and occasions. My main camera and veteran of several Grand Canyon trips is a Canon SX10IS. I've dropped it, smacked it against rock walls,... 

You Tube

May 12th, 2013

Yes. Rather new at this blog thing and thought I would add, please visit my You Tube site at: 


May 6th, 2013

Posted my first picture to set the tone of my gallery. Over time I will review my photo library of my favorite pictures. Learn as I go. 


May 6th, 2013

Trying to learn how this site operates and keep messing it up. But alas, that is how I learn best, much like my photography, hands on.