The Best Shots of 2017

Here is a roundup of favorite pictures I took during this year. Which one do you like best?

1. A rare snow fell on the Verde Valley, Arizona
2. The Sycamore Canyon Wilderness, AZ
3. Madrid delectables
4. Plaza de España bridges in Seville
5. The marriage of curves and lines
6. La Casa de Pilatos
7. The Alcázar of Seville basement
8. Gaudí elevator
9. Toledo
10. Hotel stairs, Barcelona
11. Bodie Lighthouse, North Carolina

12. Late Summer, Hart Prairie, Flagstaff

13. Kayaking at Woods Canyon Lake, Mogollon Rim, AZ

Fifth Anniversary

Woah! WordPress notified me that today my blog is five years old. Thank you, friends, for liking and commenting over the years. You make me happy, and I appreciate the time you’ve taken to comment and share your thoughts. This marker made me wonder–what was my first post on November 25, 2012?

Illinois Slag Pile

Hail to the Litvak, the Pole, and the Italian.

I started looking through the gallery of posts, almost 500, varying from film to photography and other cultural topics like art, books, and music and thought I’d share several that meant something to me for varying reasons.


1. I spent many seasons hiking around this Virginia lake before moving to Arizona.

Hiking Around Lake Laura. Virginia


2. I enjoyed connecting a pair of films and placing them side by side for analysis. I fell away from doing that; it was an activity that attracted traffic and encouraged fun conversations.

Blue Jasmine vs. A Streetcar Named Desire

3. I enjoy sharing my favorite music. The musicianship from these three favorites never grows old. Here’s a preview — start at 3:00 for the Tony Banks solo.


4. When I started the Lucky 13 Film Club 3 years ago–yes, three–this entry wins for the most thought-provoking conversation with 123 comments.

L13FC: The Revenant

5. I spent time creating this pairing between the film and the book with hopes it would be intellectually interesting to those who appreciate history.

In the Heart of the Sea

6. I was in the right place at the right time when the desert cacti exploded into magnificence.

Five Shots: Cacti Blooming


7. Greece. It’s hard to take a bad picture in a beautiful place.


8. Creative Writing–The research behind the writing was fun to post.

Saloons and Theaters in Jerome, Arizona

Two dogs leaped out of a canoe and flipped the boat, and the lady went flying. We thought that funny.

9. “In My Opinion” posts are personal. I’d like my children and grandchildren to get to know me through these posts one day.

Time Passes


Looking forward to 2018. Thanks, everyone! 

Five Shots: Buttes, Valleys, and Canyons

Do you like space? Jim, Bear, and I crossed the quadripoint in the Southwestern United States, commonly called the Four Corners (Utah, AZ, Colorado, New Mexico). Its vastness is scary at times and the closest I’ll get to the surface of Mars. It is a holy ground, the center of the Universe to several Native American tribes like the Navajo and Hopi and the Ute. Up to Colorado, here are shots showcasing the space and grandeur of the Southwest.

1. Monument Valley Butte
2. Dwarfed Telephone Poles
3. Mexican Hat Vista
4. Switchback to Mexican Hat
5. Focusing on a Solitary Butte
6. Sunrise at Six
7.  6:30am
8. Java at Seven
9. Lonely tree talks to a Seamonster
10. A Little Canyon
11. Durango to the Rockies

Which one did you like the best?

Here’s a map of our journey heading North from highway 89 to 160 to 145:


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