A Healing Place

“Take her to Arizona,” doctors advised first my parents and then my husband, as if going to the desert was some magic remedy for all that ailed me.  Might as well have told me to go to the moon, the possibility of such a journey always just beyond our reach.  Until my husband found a way, deciding […]

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Lens-Artists: Big Can Be Beautiful

Beautiful are the large rock sculptures of Joshua Tree National Park. The large canyons in Arizona are also beautiful, although I’m too afraid of heights to get any closer than this. This snake bird, or anhinga is quite a remarkable, big bird. My granddaughter and I think big is best when it comes to bubbles. […]

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Photo a Week: From the Back

As the weather turns here, and our aging bodies start to complain, we find ourselves dreaming of warmer climates.  Arizona is the state that calls to me.  I decided to revisit my pictures from last year for this challenge. Horseback riders follow the river’s edge in search of the wild horses. Coon’s Bluff, where these […]

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Photo A Week: Water

Water, I confess, holds me in its spell – I would follow it across the land from the Oregon coast, and ocean swell to the Arizona rivers, oh so grand: Set me by a waterfall and I will swoon, mesmerized by such awesome power, even deafened by its thunderous boom, I could watch the motion […]

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Fences

Fences? My first reaction was that I avoid fences in my photography, and now that we’ve moved into a neighbourhood without them, I will not be able to participate.  Then, I revisited old photographs, and what do you know?  Fences! The featured image is a garden gate at the Butchart Botanical Gardens in Victoria, B.C. The […]

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Bill Williams River

Just outside the visitor centre for Bill Williams River National Wildlife Refuge is a well manicured and paved walkway that leads down to the water with several covered stops along the way.  The day we decided to visit was quite warm, and as I still haven’t quite recovered from Sedona’s excursions, I was happy to […]

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Lake Havasu City, Arizona

Along the Colorado, an hour or so north of Quartzsite, is the city of Lake Havasu, home to the London Bridge (yes, the British one). “I seem to remember a story about this bridge,” I tell Ric.  “Something about how when they bought it they thought they were getting the Tower Bridge.” The London bridge […]

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RV-Able: Quartzsite

“I want to spend a night in the middle of the desert under a blanket of stars.” My husband’s request unnerves me.  I am ok with living in the RV, hooked up to all amenities, but the idea of spending a night off the grid, in the middle of who knows where does not appeal […]

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RV-Able: Packing Up

Today’s a day of putting away and making sure that all lose things are secured – we head out tomorrow, all 61′ of us.  As usual, I am having mixed feelings. For most of my life I dreamed of getting out of the mid-sized Ontario town where I grew up.  I wanted to see the […]

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RV-Able: Boyce Thompson Arboretum

I envy the people who dedicate their lives to nature and spend their days immersed in the beauty of places such as Boyce Thompson Arboretum.  Located on Hwy 60, next to the old mining town of Superior, AZ, this is a lovely way to spend the day. Naturally, we came to see the birds.  Ric, […]

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