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Cindy Bruchman

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Five Shots: Waiting for the Milky Way

Plateau Looking NE at the Sycamore Wilderness
Plateau Looking NE at the Sycamore Wilderness

Squeezing in a Friday night escapade, we opted to drive east to the closest plateau which separates the Verde Valley from Sedona. Up on the ridge, the Red Rocks emerge and the sky is free from light pollution. When was the last time I saw the Milky Way? Way too long.

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Lighting a fire and waiting for the sun to set.
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The Sycamore Wilderness to ourselves
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Fall Flowers

 

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Getting ready to roast hot dogs.
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There’s wisdom in a beer bottle around a campfire.
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Stories told and stars explode.
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Burning Embers

I don’t have the equipment to capture the brilliance of the Milky Way as we lay back and pointed out the constellations, but our minds stilled while our eyes drank it all in. It was a perfect evening and way to end the work week.  Which one do you like?

Five Shots: Hiking Shots

It’s been 4.5 years since I moved to Arizona from Virginia. I hungrily hiked and explored the state back then. Now, my camera is broken, and it has been weeks since my last hike. I reminisced through my gallery of hiking shots and pulled out some of my favorites. I love being outdoors–the higher the altitude, the space away from people, and wallowing in the silence is when I feel at peace no matter the season. I wouldn’t be so adventurous without Jim. Bear, my trusty German Shepherd, helps keep me safe, too. So here are a dozen shots from our explorations. Which photo do you like the best? 

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1. Mountain lake
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2. Setting Sun Slaps the Bluff
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3. Sunrise
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4. Cactus Pear
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5. Tuzigoot Monument in the Snow
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6. Fall Maples in Oak Creek Canyon
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7. On top of Mingus Mountain
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8. I caught a lightning bolt!
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9. Wild Mountain Iris
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10. Hart Prairie
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11. Sun Setting on a Mogollon Rim Lake
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12. Hiking through Sycamore Canyon Wilderness

If you had one hike today, if you could jump into a photograph, which one appeals to you? 

L13FC: A Year in Review

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Thanks again, MARK AT MARKEDMOVIES, for co-hosting the final installment of Cindy’s Lucky 13 Film Club. Do you appreciate Al Pacino? Then visit September’s post found here:

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SEPTEMBER: AL PACINO THE MENTOR

L13FC: Al Pacino the Mentor

The best part of the monthly discussions was getting to know the co-hosts as we figured out what to talk about on the 13th, and then the wave of guests who had something to say. Here is a recap with their links if you missed some and want to add to the discussions. Let’s go backward:

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AUGUST: TERRY GILLIAM TRILOGY

COHOST:  JORDAN AT EPILEPTICMOONDANCER

L13FC: Terry Gilliam’s Trilogy

"We make up horrors to help us cope with the real ones."
JULY: AUTHORS WHOSE BOOKS BECOME FILMS

COHOST: MICHAEL, IT RAINS…YOU GET WET

L13FC: Authors Whose Books Become Films

JUNE: MUSICALS
JUNE: MUSICALS

COHOST: ROBIN AT WITLESSDATINGAFTERFIFTY

L13FC: Musicals

1958 psychological thriller
MAY: VERTIGO

COHOST: ERIC AT DIARY OF A MOVIE MANIAC

L13FC: Vertigo

APRIL: JEFF BRIDGES
APRIL: JEFF BRIDGES

COHOST: LLOYD AT LLOYDMARKEN

Jeff Bridges: The Lucky 13 Film Club

MARCH: BLADERUNNER VS. 2001 SPACE ODYSSEY
MARCH: 2001 SPACE ODYSSEY VS. BLADE RUNNER

COHOST: PETE FROM BEETLEYPETE

L13FC: Two Sci-Fi Heavyweights

FEBRUARY: 1930S BRITISH FEMALE PROTAGONISTS

COHOST: RUTH AT FLIXCHATTER

The Lucky 13 Film Club: 1930s British Female Protagonists

JANUARY: THE REVENANT
JANUARY: THE REVENANT

COHOST: TOM AT DIGITAL SHORTBREAD

The Lucky 13 Film Club: The Revenant

DECEMBER: ANG LEE
DECEMBER: ANG LEE

COHOST: STU (POPCORN NIGHTS) IS NOW THE LAST PICTURE BLOG

Ang Lee stars in the Lucky 13 Film Club

NOVEMBER: THE EVOLUTION OF THE FEMME FATALE
NOVEMBER: THE EVOLUTION OF THE FEMME FATALE

COHOST: BILL AT THE CINEMAPENITENTIARY

The Evolution of the Femme Fatale

(Hello, Bill? Let’s talk about the movies.)

OCTOBER: THE LION IN WINTER
OCTOBER: THE LION IN WINTER

COHOST: KATE AT KATELOVETON

Lucky 13 Film Club: The Lion in Winter

It all began with Kate (welcome back from your hiatus) who suggested I run this series as she, and so many of us, enjoy discussing the movies. Should I do this another year? Who would like to cohost? All you have to do is email me with your interest and we’ll come up with a topic: cbruchman@yahoo.com

Thank you, last year’s co-hosts, for contributing your thoughts and time. Want to do it again?

You should pick what you are passionate about, but here are some ideas I was thinking:

The Name of the Rose, A Man for All Seasons, Papillon, Orson Welles, Jack Lemmon, play adaptations, Shirley MacClaine, a Hitchcock film, Ingmar Bergman, Meryl Streep, Elizabeth Taylor, Italian cinema, film noir, The Magnificent Seven, up-and-coming directors, Jackie, La-La Land….

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