Each Spring, I experience the seemingly inexorable pull towards Arizona flower-related photoremedy. I know those who have not visited the Great American Southwest have a hard time picturing flowers in the desert; it is almost as difficult as trying to imagine a Redneck passing up a cold beer. The colorful gems, though, flourish during the Spring in Arizona’s breathtaking Sonoran Desert. They triumph on the ground and on trees, while consistently painting the ancient mountains in brilliant Spring colors.
Flowers can also be appreciated in well-manicured gardens. Traditionally, I have focused a greater percent of my efforts on capturing Spring wildflowers. This year, however, garden-grown varieties have received most of my photographic attention.
A few of the of the images I have captured (and developed) this year are featured in the gallery below. Just click on any image to view the selections in slide show mode.
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A drive through Washington, Oregon, and California can be as much a cultural experience as it is a breathtakingly beautiful journey. This is particularly true for those, like Mary and me, who have spent numerous years living in places like Kansas and Arizona. The Great American Northwest definitely features different landscapes than what we know best. A wide variety of photos featuring the magnificent scenery we experienced will be shared in upcoming posts.
Bainbridge Island, WA
Before we take a closer look at the scenery, however, we wanted to share a sampling of the signs, plaques, and even tee shirt graphics that we saw on our trip. Why? It helps illustrate that while a region may be different geologically and topographically, a sense of humor can often be a common bond. To Mary and me, the Northwest is very familiar in that it is a diverse, fun, free-thinking region. The signs of this were everywhere. Highlights from our journey included the:
Teens and technology oriented
We loved our Northwest journey and look forward to soon sharing more of the photoremedy we enjoyed. As always, we encourage our readers to directly receive our new posts. You can sign up for this by following our blog (directions are in the right hand column on photoremedy.me pages). If you want to know more about why we publish this crazy blog, check out the “Blog Background and Initial Post” link displayed at the top of the page on all our posts.
In early April, I was able to take my first road trip since my most recent (November 27, 2012) back surgery. The primary purpose of our trip was to visit my sister Kelley, her husband Chris, and my nephew Griffin. There was, however, considerable photoremedy involved.
Chris and Kelley were excellent tour guides, and appeared to be extremely tolerant of my limitations. They did a great job of showing Mary and me an impressive slice of South Carolina. In particular, we got to see a lot of the Columbia and Charleston areas. A sampling of our photographs from those areas and neighboring attractions is featured in the video slide show below. To view the video in high definition, just click the play button. Hover over the video, then click on the sprocket icon to the left of the clock and select 1080p HD.
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This month, we were blessed with the opportunity to participate in our precious granddaughter’s baptism. The ceremony, of course, provided ample photoremedy. More importantly, it served as a great reminder of why I believe in the importance of giving our children the powerful gifts of faith, hope, joy, and love. These gifts can come in many different packages, and often take different delivery routes. The world, however, is always a better place when they are delivered.
Note: The Photo-remedy mission is to encourage those fighting chronic pain and other afflictions to consider using photography as a powerful tool to move their focus away from the pain. In the process, we strive to enhance readers’ ability to see beauty and experience elevated joy in their lives. There are many gifts that can accompany health challenges; one of the greatest offerings is it frequently forces sufferers to set better priorities for their lives and assists them in seeing the world in new and more meaningful ways.