My dream since high school has been to go to Spain, home of Don Quixote. It was a delightful journey, filled with good food and wine, beautiful scenery and architecture and lovely people. This trip was cancelled twice due to Covid, but so happy to be traveling again. Enjoy the photos and a huge thank you to Udee (Judy), Juanjo and Maria for being such wonderful guides on this journey.
After one cancellation in 2020 of this trip due to Covid-19 I was fortunate enough to travel to Italy in October this year. Granted travel has changed. Covid test before leaving US, test before being allowed onto Sicily and test prior to returning to the states. Plus an EU locator form as to my whereabouts during the visit. It was a small price to pay for the glorious, happy, educational and delicious first foray to Europe. I had three trip leaders for each region. I would adopt any of them. Wonderfully informative and helpful every step of the trip. Thanks to Angelo, Davide and Raimondo for the experiences I had. Enjoy the photos
2019 presented some pretty interesting situations. First we sold our trailer, PULTOY2, as we were no longer doing much traveling in her. We decided with that money we would take a tour of Alaska on land & sea. The land portion was amazing. We saw all manner of creature and met some lovely people along the way. The sea portion not so great, we decided we didn't like this mode of touring then Roger wound up getting pneumonia and the flu and had to be evacuated in Ketchikan for a night in their hospital. So ended our trip. Oh well. Roger has since decided not travel beyond our community anymore, but has encouraged me to start seeing the world. So in November I went to the farthest place you can imagine, Australia, New Zealand & Fiji. (see those galleries for pix)
A country I had never thought about travelling to, but part of the journey to Australia/New Zealand with Grand Circle Tours. I want to go back....it was wonderful....the people, the food and the scenery. Growing up in Maspeth, New York, we had a neighbor, Mrs. Stenach, who was an RN and served in Fiji during WWII.
All but one of the images in this file were taken handheld with a Canon G3X Point & Shoot camera with a viewfinder attachment. One image, the train "489" was taken with a Canon 5DII with a 100-400 lens on a tripod.
My mistake was using auto iso on many of the images. With a small sensor that is not the best way to shoot....unless you want a grainy looking photo reminescent of Tri-x 400 which had lots of grain.
This Solo Show was presented on April 29th thru May 12th. 24 of the images will be in the RH JOHNSON LIBRARY in Sun City West for an undetermined amount of time. There were 220 pictures in contention for this show. It was very hard to narrow it down to 33. I'll post some of the "losers" when time permits under another gallery. Many of the photos from our return back to the States are not in this show. Perhaps another one is in the making.....Summer of 2015, Part II. This was an amazing trip, 12,000 miles in all. I hope you all enjoy this Gallery!
This was a long ten week trip across the US into the Maritime Provinces of Canada & Newfoundland. Stops going to the East were made in Dayton, Ohio, Niagara Falls, NY and Acadia National Park in Maine. The first Province will be New Brunswick, then Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, and Prince Edward Island. Heading West we made a brief stop in Montreal, on to St. Ignace, Michigan; Oshkosh, Wisconsin and three cities in South Dakota. The Wild Horse Sanctuary outside of Hot Springs was wonderful! On to Santa Fe, then home. I hope you enjoy the photos from this Odyssey done in Pultoy2.
On June 6th, 2012 we picked up our new 17 foot Casita Travel Trailer in Rice Texas. Let the adventures begin! We traveled through Texas and New Mexico with a brief stay in Show Low before heading home to place our new PULTOY1 in her storage compound for just a few weeks.
I heard a club member say that he didn't think Digital Black & White Photos would ever be as good as film Black& White processed in the darkroom. This was a challenge for me....could I make my digital images as lovely in Black & White as if they had been shot with film? For the entire show I printed on Epson Exhibition Fiber Paper....I enjoyed the challenge....I hope you enjoy the show!
This year's title was "ROCKS, WIND, WATER and TIME" .... I had the good fortune to visit National Parks not yet traversed.....what a thrill....Grand Teton, Yellowstone, Rocky Mountain, Great Sand Dunes, White Sands and the Padre Island National Seashore. I also was introduced to the Alabama Hills in Lone Pine, CA. Hopefully that area will be preserved as a National Monument or Park (see Outdoor Photography's June 2010 issue). The photographs are my best attempt to capture their beauty through my eyes, but definitely seeing the "real thing" is the joy....photos are the brain teasers to bring back the memory of their beauty & majesty. Thank you again to my dear friend, traveling companion & husband, Roger Brewer for being my personal Sherpa and supporter -
Photography West is the photo club I belong to in my community of Sun City West, AZ. There are many talented photographers in the club so it was a bit daunting to put together this show, as it was my very first. In the end, I was delighted with the reception and joy I had exhibiting my work. The show ran from December 14th 2007 through January 3rd 2008.
A wonderful weekend of music and dance from India. Beautiful performances by dancers of bharata-natyam form of dance. The teacher and her students performed....enchanting!!! Dr. H.S. Anasuya Kulkarni performed Carnatic music from her native Bangalore on the custom built angklung that she designed and built.
Animals, Birds, Reptiles, Butterflies and other variety of Insects......which were captured photographically in their own environment and not in a zoo or enclosed sanctuary. It is always a very special occasion to be allowed to see our fellow travelers on this planet up close & personal.
Celebrating my birthday down at Phantom Ranch was a wish that was fulfilled by a wonderful Xanterra employee named Patrick. These photos are snapshots of that trip. Looking at the Canyon from the bottom up is quite inspirational.....met many wonderful travellers along the way.....wish I had more of their photos.....
I usually find myself here on Sunday mornings. It's a beautiful park part of the Maricopa County Park System, about 30 minutes from my home. Many Saguaro and other species of cactii. When we're lucky enough to have winter rain the wildflowers are wonderful. During seasonal heavy rainfall, accumulated water tends to rush rapidly through the steep canyons, over time scouring out a number of depressions or "tanks" in the white granite near the base of the mountains. These white "tanks" are the source of the park's name.
Any photographs or cards purchased through this Gallery, 20% will be donated to "Friends of the White Tank" a non-profit organization to raise funds for park related items and programs for visitors.
A fellow Photography West Club member had several photographs in his solo show taken in the Alabama Hills. I had never heard of them, but the location was beautiful. So I inquired and learned that they were not far from Death Valley and south of Mono Lake....A little treasure at the foothills of the Eastern Sierra Mountains....
On this trip we encountered rain & fog coming up the valley and across the mesa. As we were walking to Mesa Arch everyone coming from the arch encouraged us to turn around, "that you can't see a thing". I had never been to this Arch & since we were there might as well continue just to see what we could see....well the fog cleared and there it was, Mesa Arch. In the background you can see Washerwoman Mesa in profile.
Recently I joined our community's Lapidary Club. A lapidary is (or lapidarist) is an artist or artisan who forms stone, mineral, gemstones into decorative items such as engraved gems which include cameos, cabochons and faceted designs. These do not include diamonds. Cutting diamonds, sapphires, rubies, etc. into a faceted gemstone is a different art and that artist/artisan is usually referred to as a gem-cutter. All I know is that working with rocks is a lot of fun and very challenging. The examples in this collection are from two artists I have met: Bob Dyer, lapardist and Karen Dyer, jewelry artist. They work as a team creating these beautiful pieces of jewelry.
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