Someday They’ll Fly

Mary and I recently had the opportunity to tag along while our grandsons and our son,  Andrew, enjoyed a sunny day at the park. Instead of trying to write something witty about our journey, I thought we would just share a sample of the photoremedy fruits that were produced along with some of great playground quotes found at scrapbook.com.With M at Park 1 (1 of 1)

“Boys are 90% mischief and 10% dirt.” Author: Unknown

“I see children as kites. You spend a lifetime trying to get them off the ground. You run with them until you’re both breathless. They crash . . . you add a longer tail . . . you patch and comfort, adjust and teach. You watch them lifted by the wind and assure them that someday they’ll fly.” Author: Erma BombeckWith Daniel at Park 1 (1 of 1)

 “One of a parent’s best jobs is waiting at the bottom of a long slide” Author: Dee Ann Stewart from “What Spock Forgot”

“The world is a playground and life is pushing my swing.”  Author: Natalie Kocsis

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Arizona’s Verde Valley

Arizona’s Verde Valley is the Grand Canyon State‘s sleeper region.

Jerome, Arizona

Jerome, Arizona

The area features picturesque high desert and mountain top beauty. Well known destinations–like Sedona–and relatively undiscovered small town gems like Cottonwood, Jerome, Clarkdale, Camp Verde, and Cornville. All of it is close to an hour from my home, and the journey to the Verde Valley from Anthem can take you (depending on the route) through additional charming communities like Dewey, Mayer, Prescott, and Prescott Valley. A lot of the attractions are colorful historic sites and buildings, along with the Verde Canyon Railroad and a burgeoning wine industry.

Javelina Leap Vineyards & Winery

Javelina Leap Vineyards & Winery

It’s a place where I frequently go for photoremedy, and it’s a great place to enjoy with friends and family.  I’ve spent a couple of days in the Verde Valley this fall, and focused primarily on the delightfully grungy photo opportunities that exist in this most interesting region.

Photoremedy is primarily based on the role that photography has played in helping Greg attempt to combat ongoing chronic pain issues that stem from his degenerative cervical and lumbar spine challenges. It is designed to encourage others fighting chronic pain (and other illnesses) to consider pursuing the benefits associated with what is popularly known as art therapy. It’s important to note that many of the photos Greg takes and develops frequently blur the lines between traditional art and contemporary photography, much as art therapy often blurs the lines between traditional and alternative forms of medicine.

Wrapping Up Our Kansas and Kansas City (area) Series

In the three previous posts, I shared a few of the images I captured while enjoying Sunflower State photoremedy. For the most part, the images seemed to fit together. Unfortunately, there were still a few random pics–from the Kansas City metro area and Kansas–that didn’t fit as well under the three major themes.

They include Katy and Chris Wood’s cool truck.Chris W Chevy Truckj (1 of 1)

Kansas City barbecue.

A big, beautiful bee.Bee on Blossom 1j (1 of 1)

A couple of photos of cool Missouri small towns–Parkville and Farley–near Kansas City.

A fine art photo from the deck of the home where my Dad and Sister Julie live.Heavenly View 1 (1 of 1)

And, my favorite redhead (the shoes give perspective on how tiny she is).

Gratuitous granddaughter photo

Gratuitous granddaughter photo

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Kids in Kansas

Traveling to Kansas this summer, as always, provided ample doses of photoremedy. In addition to connecting with some of my favorite rural areas and participating in the Shane Hoesli fund raiser that were featured in previous posts, I also had a chance to snap some pretty important toddler photos. Amanda and Stephen’s Isabella got to meet–and spend some quality time with–her Great Grandpa Bill (my Pop).

Amanda, who has always loved the Sunflower State, got to let Isabella go for a run near a spectacular sunflower field.

I was finally able to take some pictures of Cecily – my niece Katy’s and her husband Chris’s precious daughter.

Isabella got to spend quite a bit of time with Colton – Erin (another one of my nieces) and her husband Jason’s son. The two tiny tots were a little shy with each other at first, but eventually bonded and were especially adorable when they spent time with the animals at the Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead.

We’ll wrap up our Kansas photoremedy in our next post by taking a look at a few more favorite pictures; we will also offer a step back in time with a photo from just across the border in a charming Missouri village.

Farley, Missouri

Farley, Missouri

A Good Cause

One of the primary purposes for the Kansas trip that was featured in our previous photoremedy post was to join the families of Mary’s six brothers and sisters in participating in the 4th Annual Shane Hoesli Memorial Poker Run.

Clay Center, Kansas

Clay Center, Kansas

The event raises scholarship money in Shane’s name. Shane–a tremendous bundle of energy that brought smiles and laughter to his family and large group of friends during his all too short life–was tragically taken from us in a 2010 construction accident.Shane's Headstone 1j (1 of 1)

Shane had a large group of close friends and admirers, and many of them continue to honor him in the Poker Run and in many other ways. The fund raiser participants came on motorcycles, a short bus, and in a few “chase” vehicles. It started and ended in Clyde (Shane’s hometown), and involved stops in four other Kansas communities (where participants received one card).

Clyde, Kansas

Clyde, Kansas

Those with the best “hands” at the end of the run received donated items, while the participation fees supported the scholarship fund. It was a ton of fun, and provided significant photoremedy opportunities of both the run and surrounding scenery.

Clyde, Kansas

Clyde, Kansas

Home on the Range

It’s been more than two decades since Mary and I packed up the kids and headed west to the Phoenix metro area. We love the colorful Sonoran Desert and the southwestern roots we have planted here, but it is always nice to go “home” to Kansas where we were both raised.

Railroad tracks near Aurora, Kansas

Railroad tracks near Aurora, Kansas in Cloud County

I particularly love the photoremedy opportunities presented when we visit Mary’s hometown of  Clyde. During the last few trips to the area, I rise well before sunrise and head out to capture the morning colors presented all around Cloud County. I even find myself returning to many of the same areas–both on the range and in resilient small communities–where I’ve snapped pictures previously. Different times of day, and different seasons, often put some of these favorite sites in surprisingly different light. Below is a sample of some of my favorite Cloud County and other rural Kansas pictures from this year.

I’m working on a couple of additional Kansas photoremedy posts, including one which features our daughter Amanda introducing precious Isabella to her first Sunflower field experience.

Sunflower fields near Waterville, Kansas

Sunflower fields near Waterville, Kansas