Cindy Bruchman

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Three Seasons: Best Shots of 2015

Snow in Sedona
Snow in Sedona

I have a camping trip planned next week to the Colorado Rockies. I’m hoping to capture fall colors and crisp shots. In anticipation, I looked back over the year and pulled out my favorite shots of the year so far. Can you help me decide which is the best one?

Snow Clinging to a Prickly Pear Cactus
Snow Clinging to a Prickly Pear Cactus
Spring Sprigs
Flowering Century Plant
Arizona Lilac and Monarch
Devil’s Bridge, Sedona, Arizona
Amelia’s Summer Bubbles
The Mogollon Rim, Arizona
Red Cacti Blossoms on a Sunny Ledge
Bear Canyon Reflection
Peony Poppies
Beam Me Up
Mushroom Cloud
Butter-finger Bluff

Cindy’s Lucky 13 Film Club


Just a friendly reminder that in ten days we will discussing the period drama The Lion in Winter. With a fresh pair of eyes, re-watch or try out for the first time this highly-acclaimed classic starring Katharine Hepburn and Peter O’Toole.


On October thirteenth, join my guest speaker Kate Loveton and I as we begin the conversation starter. All are welcome to contribute.

See you on the thirteenth!



The word challenge is DOORS. The ocean comes to mind and the natural doors I’ve seen. What doors have you seen?

Lulworth Cove, in Dorchester County, England is a favorite spot. I took a graduate class at ISU and studied Thomas Hardy (the author, the sea captain, and the winery) for 6 weeks in Dorset. One excursion was hiking and swimming at Lulworth Cove which features Durdle Door.

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Durdle Door

The sand at Horseshoe Bay, Bermuda is like pink powdered sugar. The lava rocks are great for exploring doors and strange looking flowers.

Horseshoe Bay, Bermuda
Warm waters, rainfall, abundant sunshine make for fantastic variety of flora.

The Cyclades Islands have fantastic doors. Beside the violet water framing plastered homes built into the hills and on the shore, I am a fan of the contrasts–the white next to the multi-colored doors .

From chalk-blue to bursting-red to canary-yellow, the colors on the islands like Santorini and Mykonos are blind-blowing. I wish I could island hop for a year.

Another favorite place for colorful doors is Ireland. Maybe it’s the gray skies that instill a desire to jazz up the world with colorful doors or it’s the open doors that welcome in the chilled for a dram, but it’s why I loved hiking around the streets of Dublin just to take stock of the doors.

Door County, a dozen light houses

Door County, Wisconsin is a great summer getaway. Approximately 75 miles long and 10 miles across, the Door Peninsula points like a thumb off the northeast coast of Wisconsin into Lake Michigan. There’s a lot to do like exploring 300 miles of shoreline, wine tasting, fine arts, and quaint village life. The county is famous for fishing, water sports, and lighthouses.


Films about DOORS

When I say “doors” what films come to mind? Either opening or closing, doors symbolically open worlds, start points for a journey, and reveal or hide things.

What are your favorite doors?

Here’s a final thought by Helen Keller:

“When one door closes, another opens. But we often look so regretfully upon the closed door that we don’t see the one that has opened for us.”

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