Thursday, May 19, 2011

Sedona in the late 80's

I have been going through some of our old photos that I scanned into the computer last year and have been trying to at least give each of  them a name.. to make it easier to find, if and when I have time to group them into a folder.  I enjoyed some of these that I took sometime in the late 80's (I think)...of Sedona, Arizona when I went to visit a friend that lives in Scottsdale.

At the time I had never been anywhere much... other than our bordering states, and when I first landed in Phoenix and looked around I thought I had landed on Mars or another planet.  I had never seen so much bare earth and large mounds of rocky soil.  No grass...very little color.  It really took me awhile to appreciate this state's beauty.

I had an excellent tour guide, my friend Eva, who not only drove me all around for days, but who also knew so much about each mountain and what it was called along with some history facts.

 I cannot relay that information to you in this post because I have forgotten it all.  When she drove me up to Sedona...the mountains there... took my breath away.  I couldn't believe the beauty I was experiencing.  Through my eyes and deep in my soul.

The red rocks were just stunning to me.

The light that came through and hit certain areas... was unbelievably beautiful.

I have heard that it has become very commercialized since these years.  Something I know the area did not want to happen.  I have not traveled to very many places in my life yet...but so far at 60 years old Sedona is the most beautiful place I have seen.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

More Bird Photos and a Birthday Celebration

My current hobby seems to be watching the cardinals and trying to get a photo of them.  It is a challenge because I have to take the photos from inside the house...through a glass window.  I am surprised I have gotten them to turn out as good as these did considering I am using the zoom, cropping and the dirty glass window to deal with.  Today we celebrated Kayla's first birthday with family and friends.  We had planned on having it at a park...but the weather was pretty cool and rainy so we transferred the location to our house.  It was a lot of fun.  The house was full of little ones and adults.  Here are a few photos.

The Birthday Girl.  She looks so much like our Katy at one year old. 

Caleb sleeping.  I didn't get one of him awake. He is really cute with beautiful light blue eyes.

Fisher and Sawyer.

Grandpa and the Birthday Girl.

Lots of friends and family.

Everyone getting ready to sing Happy Birthday.

It was so nice having everyone over.

Clifford 1994 to 2009

Clifford   1994 to 2009
The Best Dog Ever