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Some more spring pictures

Monday, March 26th, 2007

The Bradford Pears have shed their blossoms.  They are blowing around the ground in drifts like this.

But new blooms are coming out.  The Dogwood and Japanese Maples are pretty colorful.

The Japanese Maple’s leaves wont get much bigger and they maintain a lot of this red.

The Dogwood blossoms won’t be here long.

I have no idea what these are.  I’m just going to enjoy them while the’re here.

Spring in my step.

Tuesday, March 13th, 2007

When I opened the door this morning, the neighbor’s tree said hello in a colorful way.

My enormous Bradford pear is also full of blossoms and new leaves.

The Red Oak is waking up.

So is the big Ash.

Japanese Maples are sprouting new growth.

Look. A dogwood bud.

And so it is time to bud and blossom and turn over those new leaves. Happy spring friends.

Jerome

Monday, June 26th, 2006

Some places on the road really surprise you. Jerome is an old copper mining town. It also became a spot for hippies to hang out. At first it was just a spot on the map to me. Then I saw it off the map. The town sits on the side of Cleopatra Hill. It is interesting to say the least.

I saw a few Model A Fords. These are a favorite. My fathers fist car is a 1931 Town Sedan. He still owns it. I took this picture just for him. Either of us would arm wrestle a pro ball player to get this 1930 pickup.

I should feel right at home in Jerome. I’m not the only fella there wearing a big white hat. And apparently I own an ice-cream shop there.

The American Dream is Prehistoric

Thursday, June 22nd, 2006

Montezuma Castle is quite a sight. It is not a castle and it has nothing to do with Montezuma. It was most likely a single family home.

It is especially remarkable when you consider the lack of technology the builders (Sinagua) had at their disposal. This was a major undertaking. Not much is left of the other homes in this village. But this one is still a monument to the American Dream.

When I first laid eyes on this place, I thought, “Somebody had some serious enemies.” The anthropologist on staff at the monument said that was not the case. There wasn’t even a single weapon to be found.

My theory, the American dream has existed for as long as there have been Americans.

I am amazed by the little things.

Tuesday, June 20th, 2006

Often times I am distracted by the details. I can miss the forest for the trees. But, sometimes the opposite is true. I can also miss the details.

The details are important. If for no other reason, they are important because somebody took great effort to make them right.

I am convicted that all of nature was made for my own personal enjoyment. I view creation as a place for me to commune with the Creator. He is all about the details. Nature is full of tiny things that make all the difference.

This post is devoted to some of those little things that I saw along my way through Arizona.

These are the smallest Holly leaves I have ever seen. Their size amazes me.

This little worker would be easy to overlook. This is probably her only portrait.

A blossom’s sole purpose in life is to be noticed. So I think we should.

One could say this is a tree with a few blossoms. But this little worker noticed each one.

Lord, I stand amazed. You are the Master of the details. You must love me a great deal to make them. Thank you for making them for your little worker.

I’m Back.

Monday, June 19th, 2006

As soon as I got back, I got busy.

Training trips can be fun or boring. The day starts with training and then you get cut loose in the evening. Sometimes you get to see a few sights. Sometimes all you get to see is restaurants and the hotel. We did get out a little on this trip.

This is me somewhere between Jerome and the Verde Valley.

This is the front of my hotel during what Arizona calls a “haboob.” In Odessa we called it wind.

We did get to go to a couple of ball games. Chase field, also known as the BOB, is a great place for a ball game. The ball park at Arlington may be bigger and more nostalgic but, this one is air conditioned.

I took this outside of Sedona. I took many of these types of pictures. The thing is, when you see the Arizona scenery it is breathtaking. When you look at the pictures, it is like thumbing through postcards. Sometimes the best photography can’t do justice to Creation.

I’ll post some more about the specific places later. For now, I’ll just be standing on a corner in Winslow Arizona.

Some flowers for you

Saturday, June 3rd, 2006

Here is a little macro photography to make your day smell good.

I may not post very often for the next two weeks. I’m headed out west to the sands of Arizona.