Airplanes and Ostriches.

Saturday saw us on the road, again. This time we awoke to particularly overcast and not very promising outdoor weather in Scottsdale, AZ. We were headed for the  PIMA Air and Space Museum. As we drove farther south, the sun became a bit more determined to force it’s way through the clouds. We were left with wind, but gorgeous blue sky and white clouds, rather than the threatening gray of the morning.

I know NOTHING about planes. I can identify very few. But I do enjoy taking photos of them. Timmy was enjoying himself immensely.

20150228-IMG_4732Originally added to our itinerary because of the airplane graveyard, we had determined

we weren’t going to arrive in time for tickets. So, we actually went

on a Saturday and didn’t take the tour.

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They have a number of planes from the graveyard on the museum grounds.

They have been painted by local artists.

 

 

 

 

 

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  More airplane photos.

 

Sperm whale or guppy?
I’ll let you decide. I believe that Douglas Adams may have seen this, and then a bowl of petunias…… because that is all I can say. Laughing out loud

 

 

 

 

And, then, OSTRICHS.

On the way down to Pima, we saw a roadside attraction that caught Timmy’s imagination. After the museum, we were debating our next move. South to Tombstone? Start back to Vegas? Timmy thought that the ostrich ranch sound too funny to pass up. Besides the silliness of that, they were giving monster truck rides. So, of course, we had to go.

As we were driving, I decided to Google Rooster Cogburn’s Ostrich Ranch. I came across some Yelp! reviews that had us laughing out loud.  It’s worth your time to read some! (We visited on 2/28/15, so reviews before then)

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20150228-IMG_4901 There’s one in every group that just can’t keep it together, isn’t there?  The rest of the visit to the ostrich ranch is here.

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Hoover Dam and more Vacation photos

Vacation, part two. Day one of vacation brought us to Lake Mead, Nevada, on the way to Hoover Dam. The day was beautiful. What an oasis!

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Hoover Dam, one of the wonders of the world… Astonishing.  Because of time constraints, we agreed we would walk along the bridge on the return trip, hoping for a lovely early morning or late afternoon, low in the sky sun to really show some color. Little did we know that this moment was about the sunniest, calmest weather we would find.

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On our return trip, we had company. This little black cloud had followed us all the way from Vegas. The second photo is showing you the Arizona side of the river. The storm hadn’t reached there yet.

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After the Grand Canyon, everything else paled. But we had an amazing time and found some incredible things to do.  We stopped on the way to Sedona at a state park called Slide Rock.

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The weather looked ominous and the forecasts even worse, so we didn’t end up staying in or exploring Sedona. NEXT TIME! These are all on the road toward Sedona.

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To see the rest of Lake Mead and Hoover Dam, follow this link.

To see the rest of Slide Rock Park and traveling shots, follow this link.

PART THREE coming soon!

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Photos of the Week, CY 365 W/E 3-14-15

8. Green
9. Lime
10. Stems
11. Turf
12. Pokey
13. On the Edge
14. Pi

11031951_10206714294159944_1051643603_o9. Lime—the color, not the food ….
11064498_10206720875004461_148272150_o10. Stems—sometimes, I CAN get creative!
11068137_10206729695504968_1696722658_o11. Turf
11063988_10206733633123406_1441825020_o12. Pokey—My babiest brudders nickname is….
10390289_10206744594917444_297187807591868260_n13. On the Edge—LAST minute thought…
11073953_10206752196347475_1260065971_n14. Pi—and Grandma Elaine’s pie server
11045758_10206729579102058_1897737124_o Sometimes, you are just amused, and shoot. Painting around something on wheels? But I kind of like the composition…

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Grand Canyon National Park

The first in a series of blog posts about our trip.  The main focus of the trip was The Grand Canyon. We will go photo heavy and word light for the moment! Enjoy!!!

First, we will deal with Waldo. He believed himself young and invincible, and therefore lost his nose. 20150226-IMG_3534

20150226-IMG_353520150226-IMG_359020150226-IMG_3589 These girls may be next. Open-mouthed smile (at least they weren’t using a selfie stick. OR streaking.)

 

20150225-IMG_337920150225-IMG_3383 Sunset just as we arrived at the park. Then, it was apparently dinner time for the mule deer, because they came out as the sun set.

 

20150226-IMG_3408  We stayed at Bright Angel Lodge and had a 1.5 minute walking commute to the edge of the canyon. Unfortunately, this was as much sunrise as we got. We didn’t see the sun again until after 3pm.

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Overcast skies do have advantages…

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But when it came out, it was glorious!

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After the sunset on our second (last) day.

I took a LOT more photos! These look best larger, so visit my website to see them! —>>>>  To see the entire album of Grand Canyon photos, or to purchase any, go here.

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Photos of the Week, CY365 w/e 3/7/15

BACK from vacation, and I actually DID take a photo on each of my non-vacation days…but they were pretty sad. So, instead, a weeks worth of traveling photos.

1. My Heritage
2. Vignettes
3. Where I Stand
4. Your 365
5. Legacy

6. Loved
7. An Heirloom

11020386_10206655080519640_855541210_n1. My Heritage—My grandmother bought this turquoise ring in California in 1927. She gave it to my aunt Sis and she gave it to me, against Grandma’s wishes because she thought I was too young at 12 to not lose it… I will be 50 on Tuesday… And have only lost it once! Daddy gave me the foot ring when I was about 20… I see it and always think of the poem FootPrints ….he is always with me….
11051631_10206666874574484_1073295768_n3. Where I Stand— In the Hershey Store at NYNY in Vegas with my middle baby brudder… ( ok so my DH took this, but how many more vacay photos do you want to see?)
11039353_10206668600457630_127991924_n4. Your 365—My 365 is about LOOKING with eyes that see… and recording MY year…. so. I am totally against the popular selfie photo that is taken in a public restroom… it just creeps me out…. I mean, yeah, you look GOOD! tonight, and so, to record for posterity, we can see some dirty bathroom stall behind you…. but I could not RESIST this … the mirror is hung on the ceiling! (actually at a 45 degree angle…)
11040066_10206683436068511_2005487857_n5. Legacy  -the Memories we make! My 50th birthday, on the “Grand Canal” of Venice, Las Vegas style!
11045819_10206675135661006_1094188547_o I believe there had been some “shoot from the hip” type of prompt in the expanded emails… This feels like there must be a great saying attached, along the lines of geriatric bikers…. Cool dude wouldn’t take off his shades to read his phone, so he stuck his reading glasses OVER them!

11046105_10206675137181044_1928892650_o Read it out loud. Cat owners DEFINITELY run this place.

11045627_10206652906385288_2062308350_o Actually a screen shot of the sunset we saw one night in AZ….

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Photos of the week, CY365 W/E 2/28/15

Late again, because I was away from my computer, taking millions of photos on vacation! A few will end yup here, and the rest? Well, the rest will be the subject of another blog post, later. Don’t worry, you wont miss them if you are subscribed to this blog or follow my Facebook page!

22. Looking Forward
23. Potential
24. Jump
25. Future Investment
26. Engaged
27. The Season
28. Anticipation

1544301_10206622754031498_3335721332972256861_n22. Looking Forward –Second leg of our flight they moved us to a 767 and we got bulkhead seats….
11035502_10206639565731780_5350541029508661405_n23. Potential—SUNRISE!!!! Our only morning at Grand Canyon, and the clouds were heavy.  But just as the sun climbed over the canyon wall and hit this rock, it showed us the potential (realized) for a glorious day.
10402062_10206612301690196_9049908280449028416_n (1)24. Jump—who will jump down first? Who jumped UP second? This just made me smile, it looks like American Gothic.
11005992_10206618293159979_1693276734_n25. Future Investment—Future quilt…almost finished!
10407863_10206639163881734_8441538135067724437_n26. Engaged—Waldo needed coffee ASAP so he would be able to focus on the day ahead!
1554439_10206628932025944_6026194755215808440_n27. The Season—the sun had just set and we were walking to our car the first night we arrived at Grand Canyon…. Look at who had come out to eat!
11026617_10206635954281496_2031700203_n28. Anticipation—In an effort to not overwhelm others with vacation photos, I decided to take this photo while waiting for the ketchup to pour.  Surprise! It was actually one of the prompts for the week!

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Bicycle Races

Because all quilts should be inspected before display by a cat,    20150108-IMG_2646

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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“I WANT TO RIDE MY BICYCLE”

Lyrics by Queen are free-motion quilted onto batik squares. And yes, those are real bike tread marks, with acrylic paint and a bicycle tire. 20150108-IMG_2649                  I had NO idea what to do for this challenge. I don’t really bike, and I didn’t really like the challenge fabric—(used as the bike frames, seat and handle bars) The Challenge dictated the size and I was a day or so to the deadline of saying. “Take my name off of the list,” when I woke up with the entire quilt planned and plotted in my head! Construction of it changed things slightly, and as I was quilting it, I was just not quite satisfied.   Suddenly, the appearance of tire tracks seemed absolutely essential, and thanks to a husband who was able to come up with a tire at 12:30 in the morning, I was able to finish this 36 hours before it was required to be handed in. (Hey, that’s pretty good for me!)

Machine pieced and quilted by Trish Casey-Green, 2015  Richmond Quilters Guild Exhibit at MAQF, February 26-March 1, 2015 The Bike Race is in RVA in September of 2015. I am missing MAQF for the first year since 2003, this is being auto-published while I am off enjoying the Grand Canyon!