A Word A Week Photograph Challenge: Frame

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Scale

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Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado

 

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Warmth

I learned in a physical anthropology class that a baby will become accustomed to whatever temperature they lived in for the first six weeks of life. So if you’re born in the middle of winter you’ll prefer colder climates and if you’re first six is during the heat of a southern summer cold climates will be difficult. If we move to another region we can adapt to 15º either way.

I was born in a warm region and grew up in a region that only has a yearly variation in temperature of about 40º. We rarely saw temps lower than 30º and 80º was considered a heat wave. Most of my adult life I lived in Indiana where daily temperature variations can range 40º or more. That will sure mess you up. And yearly variations of 125º or more, are you kidding me??? A year didn’t go by that I didn’t long to move to Florida.

This natural human phenomena was brought to mind while I was visiting with friends this week from New York. We went to swim in their “heated” pool but it was freezing! They just casually enjoy the nice “warm” water. I’ve learned warmth is relative as is cold. I remember the days when the upper 60s felt so good and now I’m looking for my sweater and fuzzy sox. Where’s the afghan and my coat? Oh yah, I didn’t think I needed them anymore since I now live in Florida. Warmth has taken on new meaning.

There was a time when I was on the road that warmth made a big difference in my physical comfort and more so my mental state. I had just spent October in damp cold New England then drove five days to the sunny southwest for another month. The sunny days and dry heat thawed out my body and soul. This is one of my favorite desert spots. I laid on the warm sand and soaked up the sun. The perfect prescription for a soggy and frost-bitten soul.

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White Sands National Monument, New Mexico

All degrees are in Fahrenheit

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Monochrome Monday: Desert warmth

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Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado

Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge, Week 40

Why in the world would anyone drop off an old bathtub in the middle of the desert? Then I read the sign. “water for radiator only. do not drink”. I guess this is important in a place where average summer temps soar above 110°

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Death Valley National Park, California

 

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Travel Theme: Above

No fences, no guard rails, no safety nets…and I still took this photo from the edge. My great fear of falling couldn’t keep me from capturing this view.

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Canyon de Chelly National Monument, Arizona

 

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Photography 101: Treasure

Our National Treasures…

There are nearly 400 treasured units maintained and preserved by the National Park Service. Among these include national parks, monuments, preserves, recreation areas, lakes and seashores, rivers, trails and parkways. Also included are various historic and archaeological units including landmarks, memorials and battlefields. While national forests are maintained by the US Department of Agriculture I include them in my national park category because I treasure them as such. It has been my goal to visit each of these units both of the National Park Service and forest. I lost count at 56, even so I know I have a very long way to go. Here are just a few samples of our national treasures.

Parks listed in order top to bottom:
Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
White Sands National Monument, New Mexico
Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area, Kentucky & Tennessee
Lassen National Volcanic Park, California
Coronado National Forest, Arizona
Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado
Canyon de Chelly National Monument, Arizona
Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona
Crater Lake National Park, Oregon
Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, New Jersey & Pennsylvania
Castillo de San Marcos National  Monument, Florida
Serpent Mound, National Historic Landmark, Ohio
Colonial National Historic Park, Virginia
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
Death Valley National Park, California
Saguaro National Park, Arizona
Acadia National Park, Maine
Devils Tower National Monument, Wyoming
Badlands National Park, South Dakota
Blue Ridge National Parkway, North Carolina & Virginia

Photography 101: Connect

Connectedness is something everyone needs. The need to belong or be part of something. I moved to a large city a few years ago with little wilderness area near by and with city living comes much noise and chaos. I’m in desperate need of a different type of connection than most might consider. I need to connect with nature, with the peace and quiet of the wilderness.

Look into this desertscape. Dream about where this road leads and what you may find there.

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If you imagined hiking deeper into the wilderness you’re right. It leads deeper into the peace and quiet of a desert wilderness.

Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve, Colorado

Photography 101: Bliss

Ah bliss, that wonderful feeling of overwhelming peace and contentment, a break from the ordinary. A few years ago I drove four days from noisy, frigid and damp New England to Arizona. The warmth of the Arizona deserts dried the dampness from my soul and the complete quiet restored my mind. The result… a state of bliss.

Canyon de Chelly, Arizona

The blissful desert

Texture

Layers of Texture

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White Sands National Monument, New Mexico

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