Saturday, December 31, 2011

The Last Hurrah

Phew! Another blogging year down! I posted every day this year, but made liberal use of my free themes in the busy month of December. So glad to have made some new blogging friends and to have kept up with the old. Looking forward to next year's Challenge-52! Happy New Year, everyone!! Thanks for visiting!

Unnamed mountain near Sierra Vista, Arizona.

Friday, December 30, 2011

Free theme: Challenge

I don't know how my DBF Jon does it - photograph birds. I enjoy being out in the fresh air and sunshine, but waiting for a bird to stop and pose for me challenges my patience. I was tracking this hummingbird and managed to catch him in flight.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Free Theme: Unexpected

One would not expect to find a large, glistening lake in the desert climate near Phoenix Arizona, but Saguaro Lake  is an unexpected surprise.

Only two more days to go, folks!!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Free theme: arches

I liked the arches under the bridge that spans Tempe Town Lake near Phoenix.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Free theme: Hefty

Jon and I spent a morning in the Riparian Preserve at Water Ranch in Gilbert, AZ, enjoying the weather and the many species of birds. This fellow was serious about his bird photography, sporting a hefty, camo lens.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Free theme: loyal

This loyal horse waits patiently to head out on the trials in the San Pedro River Nature Conservation Area in southeast Arizona.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Free theme: Woof!

Heidi the dog poses for a photo in her holiday wear. Happy holidays to all my blogger friends!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Free theme: Vast

Early in the week, we were in southeastern Arizona and we drove into the Las Cieneges Natural Conservation Area. I loved the vast expanse of grasslands spread before this range of mountains.

PS: I have no idea why there was a pattern on yesterday's Technology post. Must be the way the phone and the Blogger app compressed the image before upload??

Friday, December 23, 2011

Free theme: Technology

Technology is allowing me to use an app to post to my blog from my phone. The photo was also taken on my phone. I love technology

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Free theme: Spider

We are visiting Arizona and spent the afternoon at the Desert Botanical Gardens, which was hosting an interesting art installation. Throughout the garden were oversized bugs fashioned from cedar, black walnut, and other woods. One of my favorites was this spider and her web.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011


On our visit to Ramsey Canyon in Sierra Vista, Arizona, was saw this beautiful Painted Redstart perched on the roof of the visitor's center. He sat so still I was able to get a nice, sharp photo.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011


Jon and I are in Arizona for the Christmas holiday and we took a drive down to Sierra Vista,  in the southeast corner of the state. Hiking into Ramsey Canyon, we almost missed spotting this deer, who was hiding in plain sight. She seemed completely unconcerned by our presence, and after taking a few photos, we walked on.

PS: yesterday's post, work your way up from the ground line about halfway and you'll see the line of demarcation between the lake and the sky. See it? It's pretty big, for a lake. ;-)

Monday, December 19, 2011

Free Theme

Finals week has been busy - no time to take theme here I come. I took this picture in a lakeside park in Chicago in early November. You can catch a glimpse of Lake Michigan between the trunks.

Sunday, December 18, 2011


This shopper carried a stuffed monkey in a hand-held bag from Eddie Bauer. Some lucky child will enjoy a new toy this holiday season.

Saturday, December 17, 2011


Soon we'll be off to Arizona to visit family. This is Pluto, the family cat, in a photo from a family gathering in June. You'd think the theme was family, but actually, I'm focusing on the softness of Pluto's fur.

Friday, December 16, 2011


Thursday, December 15, 2011


On this gray, dreary day, I decided to post a photo I took back in May. I'm sure this daffodil smells sweet...

Wednesday, December 14, 2011


Members of sailing club on the Charles River in Boston ready their boats for a Sunday morning lesson.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

I love . . .

. . .quotes from literature found in unlikely places, such as on a bridge face. Taken at Brookfield Zoo in Chicago, when fellow blogger and Village member Ellen and I met up for a fun photowalk back in October.

Monday, December 12, 2011


I've never cared for the taste of beer, but Jon enjoys sampling ambers from microbreweries. When he finds one he likes, he keeps the bottle as a reminder. All of these beers were brewed in the US, so they are all domestic, at least to us. Maybe not to Ron.

Sunday, December 11, 2011


...with a little help from Betty Crocker

Saturday, December 10, 2011


As a teacher, one of my obligations at the end of each semester is to write, administer and assess final exams.

Friday, December 9, 2011


The owners of this charming house on Plum Island (Mass) must find their back deck view very soothing. I know I did!

Thursday, December 8, 2011


Remember this post, from back in April? Same house, same tree, different bike, different holiday. Always festive!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011


I think these are Bittersweet (Ellen? Confirm??), but whatever they were, they certainly were thriving out on Plum Island.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011


These two women and their lovely dogs make their way slowly into the mist on a recent early morning walk at a local park.

Monday, December 5, 2011


I took great joy in watching these tiny Sanderlings along the water's edge on Plum Island, Massachusetts. When the water would recede, they would all scurry onto the newly-soaked sand, scrounging for a bite to eat.

When the next wave rolled in, they would turn, almost as a group, and scamper away from the curl of the water.

I managed to also catch them mostly in profile. They were a joy to watch!

Sunday, December 4, 2011


Yesterday's building was also reflected in North Pond, across the street from the LP Zoo. There was enough breeze to ripple the water, making the reflection look almost alive.

Saturday, December 3, 2011


Back to downtown Chicago. I liked how these contemporary apartment buildings were reflected in the tranquil lily pond at Lincoln Park Zoo.

Friday, December 2, 2011


The main floor of this upscale department store might look orderly, but the brown display table nearly in the center of the photo is off-kilter, creating, for me, a sense of disorder.

Thursday, December 1, 2011


I enjoyed this whimsical, square storm drain in place along with walkway beside the Charles River in Boston.

It's December 1st everyone! Just one more month to go!! Let's finish strong!!!!!