Archive for January, 2011

Day 26 Happy Birthday, Gregg!!

Sunday, January 23rd, 2011

Wednesday, January 26 – It is Gregg’s birthday today. Hope you have a good one, too. Here are some shots I think you would appreciate. This is an old water wheel for generating electricity and pumping water that we saw down at Red Rock Crossing. I know you like anything historic and this certainly was. Even Shep seemed interested, as you can see. He has been amazingly good on all our hikes and outings.

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Day 25 Moo!!

Sunday, January 23rd, 2011

Tuesday, January 25 – We drove through the desert on our way back from hiking Boynton Canyon yesterday and low and behold, what did we see right along the edge of the road? A black-white faced cow grazing on a nice patch of green grass under a bush. Green grass looks to be hard to come by out there in the desert. I don’t know where her buddies were, as we only saw her. She looked to be close to calving  and in pretty good shape. We had seen a herd of Herefords a couple of days ago that were just skin and bone. Pretty poor pickings where they were, I guess. This was a very quick shot out the pickup window as we sped by.

Day 22(cont.) Cute, Walter!

Saturday, January 22nd, 2011

My birthday – Here are the cards I received from my dear hubby this morning.  If you know me at all you will appreciate them.

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Day 24 I Love Thai Spicy

Friday, January 21st, 2011

Monday, January 24 – We ate at Thai Spicy on Thursday night. I love it. We  first ate there with Billi and Brad in October and just had to go back. I had Pineapple Curry with Chicken and Walter had Pad Thai. He thinks it is the best he has ever eaten.  I brought some home to enjoy later.  YUM!!  We barbecued steaks last night and I made baked pork chops with mushroom gravy tonight. Feeling very at home here. Walter even went to an estate sale this morning. We hiked Bell Rock this afternoon and what an experience I had. It is beautiful there with gorgeous views. It also is the strongest vortex in Sedona. I had taken a couple of shots when my battery went dead. I had just charged it last night. So I switched to my spare which was also just charged. It went dead too after one shot. So we went to the local camera shop to see if they could check out my batteries and camera. I explained that I had been hiking and what had happened. The first thing he asked was where I was hiking. When I said Bell Rock, he laughed and said this has happened before and explained that it was probably the vortex’s energy that did it. He put a new battery in my camera and it worked fine. I bought a car charger for my camera battery and recharged both of them. They work fine tonight. I will have to try it again. I did tell the camera guy that I had no trouble at the airport mesa vortex shooting and he told me that is because it isn’t as strong. Bell Rock has all three kinds of energy; female, male and combo. The things I am learning in Sedona!

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Day 23 Beautiful Red Rock Crossing

Friday, January 21st, 2011

Sunday, January 23 – We took a drive to both sides of Red Rock Crossing. There is no bridge, so we had to drive all the way to west Sedona from the village where we live. From what I have been told, this is one of the most photographed spots here in Sedona. I think it would be awesome in the fall with the turning leaves. I can imagine wading out in Oak Creek to get a reflection shot of Cathedral Rock.  Three mountain bikers did cross while we were there, carrying their bikes and with water almost to the waist and cold. Here are some shots that I did get. Not a good day for reflections, though.  As you can see, someone decided to build a sand castle right here at the crossing with the pretty red sand. I decided to include it in one of my shots. These are all G11 shots.

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Day 22 A Very Sad Day

Friday, January 21st, 2011

Saturday, January 22 – Tiffany’s beloved dog, Bailey, died last night(Thursday). It was not unexpected, as she had been suffering from Lymphoma for several months. It is still so hard when a pet is such a big part of your family. My heart goes out to Tiffany today. I remember how much it hurt when I lost Tripod several years ago. When we welcome a pet into our lives, we know, that more than likely, we will outlive them. It is something all of us who have a big heart for our fur babies will have to face.  Tiffany, my heart aches for you today. I am so glad that you had her for the time you did and that you made the decision to spend these last few months the way you did. You loved her and she knew that.  Here are a couple shots of Shep I took yesterday when he was out with us for a trip to Red Rock Crossing. The picture of Walter and Shep just seemed appropriate somehow today. (Isn’t that red soil something?)  Shep is Bailey’s son and we are so glad that we have him.I wish I had a picture of Bailey to share.

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Day 21 Time For Some Sunsets

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

Friday, January 21 – The sunsets here have been very disappointing so far. Here are a couple that I have shot in the last few days. Both are from right in front of our house. I wish we could get some more color. They come and go so fast, no like at home at all. Hey, Curtis, do you remember where we went to shoot a sunset when we were here before? I know it was out of town and there were lots of trees/bushes and we got some nice golden color. I did read in one of the tourist books that sunrises and sunsets here are not terrific, because the sun is blocked by all the hills here. But the golden light right before makes up for it by the way it illuminates all the red hills.  Don’t know where we are heading today. It is looking like another gorgeous day with temps right at 70. It is supposed to cool down to the 60s this weekend. Brr!! The people in Sedona don’t know what cold is for sure. Found some great things for Tiffany’s twins’ birthday yesterday. Walter ran to the closest bakery this morning for Danish. There are so many bakeries here to choose from. I still think my favorite is The Wildflower Bakery, though.

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Day 20 Off To See Montezuma – Castle and Well, That Is

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

Thursday, January 20 – We went shopping in Cottonwood yesterday which is about 20 miles from here. Stopped in at Montezuma’s Castle and well on the way back. I have been there twice before and thought Walter would enjoy seeing the ancient cliff dwellings. The well is actually a sink hole that is fed by a million and a half gallons of warm(74degree) water a day from underground springs. There are no fish here, but lots of ducks. Shep went along and was, actually, a very good dog.  He was exhausted on the way home, as you can see. The last shot is what you see as you drive into The Village of Oak Creek , where we live. If you click on the photos to enlarge you will see that the sign says just a mile from the village.  Off to shop at Tlaquepaque today as soon as laundry is done.  I think we will eat at Thai Spicy this afternoon. We went there with Billi and Brad and really liked it. I am really tired of eating out and Walter would eat every meal out, so we will see how long it takes him to get tired of it too. I think he plans on trying every place in town.

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Day 19 Bluebird Silhouette

Monday, January 17th, 2011

Wednesday, January 19 – We have a group of blue birds that live in the trees outside our kitchen/living room window. Shep doesn’t make it easy to take photos of them though.  I assume they are blue birds, as they are blue.  Here are a couple of  early morning silhouettes.Off to Cottonwood for some shopping today. It is supposed to be 70 and is absolutely beautiful weather outside.

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Day18 Shep Visits His Oasis

Sunday, January 16th, 2011

Tuesday, January 18 – We took Shep to the Sedona Dog Park for an outing. This was his turn to enjoy a doggie oasis. Is was very nice and very scenic. Not that he cared one bit. He was too busy finding other dogs’ butts to sniff. Here are views from the dog park.  This is in West Sedona. We ate at the Cowboy Club tonight and Walter discovered a great little bakery this morning that is really close to our house in the village. We drove around this afternoon looking at the other houses that I had considered renting. We are both still pleased with our choice.

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