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dealing with excess water

Before implementing my new landscaping skills, rain water would collect on one side of the house because the grading wasn’t done correctly. My solution was to create a large mound close to the house which would direct water away and then dig a long trench about two feet deep and fill it with medium sized rocks and then smaller rocks on top. The small rocks fell in all the spaces resulting in a nice path for walking. It’s working really well so far so I’m patting myself on my back. Thank you Landscaping School 🙂


Storm update: Tornado warnings last night! Talk about rare! We made it through the night with only one tree half way down but two possible tornadoes touched down in the Valley….about 10 miles from our house. It picked up one of the tents at a popular car auction held every year at this time. Lots of car owners crying over losing million and multimillion dollar collector cars 🙁

a tripod equals sharper images

Still looking at old files, I find an entire folder from a trip in 2004 to the Grand Tetons that I hadn’t processed! When I saw images from Swabacker Landing, that morning became fresh in my mind. It was way below freezing and a layer of frost covered everything. Gorgeous. Here’s one of my favorites from that morning.

Swabacker Landing – Grand Teton National Park
swabacker landing grand teton national park

This image is so incredibly sharp that there’s no doubt I used a tripod. Check out this 100% crop of the reflection:

I should also mention that this image is made up of 5 vertical shots which accounts for the size at 100%.
Yes; I acknowledge the difference tripods can make! They’re just too much of a hassle so I will still rarely carry one 🙂

water and woods

A night and morning in Sedona gave me opportunity to spend a little time shooting reflections in Oak Creek.

First is a3 exposure HDR taken with Canon G10.

Second is a straight shot of current ripples, also taken with Canon G10. I enhanced with Topaz.

On to the Grand Canyon but stop at the Museum of Northern Arizona to hike the wonderful trail there.

Two Infrared shots of Ponderosa Pine along trail at Museum of Northern Arizona. Shot with converted Canon 5D.

Disclaimer: editing on a laptop 🙂

feline friday

It’s time for another adventure with Cleo and Cloe. This time: The Drinking Fountain.
These fountains are great but it didn’t last long. Cloe was determined to figure out where the
water was coming from which lead to turning it over several times a week. She’s a clever one.

Since not everyone likes cats, I’m also including a photo from yesterday. Native barrel cactus are
blooming so keep your eye out this next week for colors ranging from pale yellow to bright orange/red.
Tech info: Hand held, Canon 180mm Macro lens, ISO 400, f/6.7, 1/350th, +.5 exp comp.


And now without further ado….Here’s Cleo and Cloe 🙂