Month: October 2015

One Man's Journey

One Man’s Journey

The simple austerity of White Sands, New Mexico can take your breath away! Brilliant white dunes of gypsum sand against an endless clear azure sky feels surreal. “One Man’s Journey” is a basic, uncomplicated stock photo. Yet elevate it to metaphor and the image is symbolic of hope, spiritual seeking, travel and life’s pathway. Image title: One Man’s Journey This stock photo is available in various sizes at: Dreamstime

Coral Beach in Maui

Coral Beach

As winter winds begin to blow, a get-a-way to the Hawaiian islands seems mighty enticing. Maui has always been a favorite place for my husband and I. Beautiful beaches, spectacular hiking, warm ocean breezes in January! Last year, during our escape to Maui, we decided to hike the lava fields on the south end of the island. As we meandered along the coastline, in route to the brick-hard no-man’s land that makes up the Hoapili Trail, a confusing path that snakes through the lava fields, we came across a black beach. Created of crushed lava rock and dark coral, the beach was a small, isolated alcove on the edge of the desolate fields. And there on the beach someone had taken the time to gather white coral from the surf, carefully spelling out “Maui” for the amusement of other passersby. It was the perfect stock image, yearning to be photographed before high tide stole it away. Image title: Coral Beach This stock image is available in various sizes through: Dreamstime

Pile of Pumpkins

Pile of Pumpkins

OK – I had to sneak another pumpkin photo into the blog! This perfect little display was set up outside of our Whole Foods grocery store. Yep, I’ll snap a nice stock image wherever and whenever I see it – even at the supermarket! It always pays to have your camera along for the ride. Image title: Pile of Pumpkins Stock image can be purchased in various sizes at: Dreamstime

Pumpkin Patch

Pumpkin Patch

Since it is the season of ghosts and goblins, I had to post a few pumpkin pics to celebrate October. We have a church in Santa Fe that has a huge pumpkin fundraiser every year. They fill the grounds around the church and part of the parking lot with pumpkins of all shapes and sizes. It’s a family tradition to stop at St. John’s each year and select just the right pumpkin for your front porch. If my camera is in the car, I have to pull over and snap a few quickies. It’s a beautiful site to see piles of pumpkins in all of their orange glory! Image title: Pumpkin Patch Stock image is available in various sizes at: Dreamstime  

Lonely Cow on the Prairie

Lonely Cow on the Prairie

I love hiking. To be outside under the magnificent New Mexican blue sky, drinking in brilliant sunshine … it’s intoxicating. One of my favorite hiking jaunts is the BLM (Bureau of Land Management) area around the Galisteo Dam near the Cochiti Pueblo south of Santa Fe. It’s an arid, cacti-studded prairie with rarely a drop of water in the deep arroyos that slice through the land. And yes, laughably, there is a huge earthen dam built right in the middle of this desert. It’s a multi-million dollar boondoggle from some 1960’s bureaucracy created to control flood waters (???). Anyway … this is where we hike during the Spring and Autumn months. Driving back one afternoon from an exhilarating trek, our backpack filled with interesting rocks and petrified wood, we spotted a lonesome cow beside the deserted road. She was obviously curious about us and why we were disturbing her domain. Lowering the window, I waved howdy and snapped her picture. Like a pro, she stood very still – almost posing for her portrait. I like to think that “Lonely Cow on the Prairie” captures the true southwest when you get off the …