Saturday, July 30, 2011

Cloud Fascination

Today's photos once again deal with two of my favorite subjects to photograph: clouds and sunset.  Enjoy!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

At Village Walk

My mom and I stopped to get frozen yogurt at Golden Spoon and I couldn't resist taking some shots of the pond with the plants and flowers in bloom.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Sunset Through Trees

I went out to try to get a photo of Blossom in the big coral tree out back, but she didn't cooperate. Before I came in, I took this shot of the sun setting through the trees.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Out & About in the Backyard

When my mom took the cats out for their evening romp through the backyard, I decided to tag along with them (Blossom mostly) to get some photos. I gave up on kitty photos after a while and gave into my fascination with clouds as it was a stormy looking sky. I love cotton ball clouds! These are a variety of photos I took while out in the yard with the cats.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Joelle & Blossom

Joelle was sleeping on the couch on her blanket one night when Blossom came out to join her.  They immediately started grooming each other and cuddling.  Of course, I ran to get my camera!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Joelle Relaxing on Chair

Here's Joelle (Mom's cat) on one of her favorite blankets on the chair.

Joelle and I have an...interesting...relationship. The very first night I met her (Thanksgiving of 2009), she jumped in my lap and stayed there for hours while I watched TV. Flash forward a year and she's hissing at me every time I try to pet her (and sometimes when I'm just in the near vicinity!)

She's fine when my mom pets her, just not me (or my sister). We do seem to have some temporary truces when she rubs on me, lets me pet her, etc. It's usually when she wants something from me, though (like playing with her or letting her outside).

We keep saying that one day we're going to have to consult a pet psychic or a cat whisperer to figure out what the heck is going on...

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Stained Glass Door

Just before my dad passed away, he and my mom ordered some new custom front doors (wood with two stain glass panels). They weren't ready or installed until after he died, but they're in now and they caught my eye this afternoon.

These photos are all taken in natural light (no flash).

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Through the Desert

I drove through the Arizona/California desert areas today. I've always wanted to stop and take photos of the sand dunes, but it is either crowded, hot as $%#@, or the light is bad. Also, I was never sure where I could get photos without the power lines in the way and usually am not in the mood to explore.

Today, it was still hot and quite bright, but I wasn't feeling rushed, so I decided to stop and explore! I also stopped along the winding road to get the rock shot.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Sunrise Photos

Amazingly, I was awake at sunrise this morning. As usual, though, it meant I hadn't been to bed yet. That's generally the only time I see sunrise. As I peeked outside, the clouds and light looked interesting, so I went out to take some photos. Here are a few of my favorites I took from my backyard.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Estrella Mountains & Sunset Over White Tanks

Leaving campus the last few weeks, I noticed a nice view of the Estrella Mountains and made a mental note to make sure to take some photos at some point in the future. I decided to head out to do some errands when it cooled off. I didn't make it far before I noticed a nice sunset in the making, so I made the first u-turn I could and went back for my camera. I decided to head for campus to get both some sunset shots over the White Tanks and a shot of the light at sunset on the Estrellas from the vantage point I noted before. It inspired me to try to get some better shots from closer in the future.

Here are the results from today!

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Record Heat Sunset

We set the record for how hot is was today (118 degrees!!)  I didn't even venture outside until sunset to get these photos.  Even then, I didn't venture further than my backyard.