Saturday, December 22, 2012

A little Christmas wish. heh.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

"Like" Me on Facebook

You can now "like" me and this site on Facebook. Yes, I caved to the pressure.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Dancing Trees

I took this photo this past weekend at Mount Charleston, near Las Vegas. I loved the tree's resemblance to a dancing couple.
Posted by Picasa

Monday, July 23, 2012

I did an interview with while at the Well Rounded Bash in Vegas. I thought it was just a radio interview, but hey, there's video! Woohooo!

Video streaming by Ustream

Friday, July 06, 2012

My "First Date" Dress

The other day, when digging through the back of my tiny closet of doom, I found my beloved "first date" dress. I wore it A LOT, not to say I went on a lot of first dates. OH, hell, yes I did. LOTS. I would wear it usually on dates in the fall/winter since it is a heavy dark green velour, with a rope tie at the waist. I thought it was kind of classy, simple and nice and warm for Minnesota winters. It was from Dayton's/Marshall Fields, and was one of my first garment purchases that was over 100 dollars.

I proudly hung it on the back of my office door to reminisce.

Ivan sees it. I exclaimed, "I went on a LOT of first dates in this!"
To which he said, "You went on first dates in that? It looks like a monk's robe."

So, ummm, yeah, so it does.

It's difficult to reconcile in my brain. The guys I met in this beast of a dress seemed to like me in it, as I was asked out on second dates fairly often. Maybe it was *in spite of the dress* as I can see that it's a pretty hideous garment for a first date. Nuns and monks don't usually get asked out on second dates, do they?

At this juncture, some ~mumble~ years later, I want to apologize to the guys with whom I'm still friends that were subject to the green monstrosity -- sorry for dressing like a nun on our first date. I appreciate that you were able to see beyond the velour nightmare.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012


Sometimes the timing and lighting is just right for a photograph.
This is one of the few photos I've taken recently that I've liked. I feel as if I've lost my "eye" for pix. Ah..well...

Posted by Picasa

Monday, May 28, 2012

Rock Chuck

How much wood could a rock chuck chuck if a rock chuck had wood nearby?
Posted by Picasa

Monday, April 09, 2012

Nothing Says "Good Eats" like Our Feather Friends Hanging Dead in the Dining Rom

This 19th century pasel piece was found in a woman's garage. While the pastel work is beautiful, the subject matter for the dining room wall is a bit...ummm... old school. These days, we like to believe our dinner flesh comes from a plastic package. Ducks and quails strung up just doesn't ring "good eats" for our modern society.
Posted by Picasa

Monday, April 02, 2012

Meet My Newest Friend

This is Charles. He was kind enough to pose for photos before he scampered off in search of some lunch.
Posted by Picasa

Monday, March 12, 2012

Out Takin' Pictures at the Great Salt Lake

My step-son-in-law snapped this shot yesterday. I think it's purty sweet.
Let me tell ya, I hate, hate, hate walking in sand. Once I got close to the weeds, the sand was light and fluffy. I was quickly in past my ankles and thinkin' I was in quicksand. Luckily, I made it out alive.
Posted by Picasa

Has Spring sprung in Utah Yet? And, what have you got planned for this years garden?

Not quite sprung yet, but it has been lovely. Nothing unusual for the garden. Just basics like tomatoes, peppers, corn, beans, etc. I wish we could grow carrots or cruciferous vegs, but they don't do well in our soil.

Ask me anything

Saturday, March 10, 2012

They come at night, mostly.


Went up north hoping to see the aurora from the most recent sun flares. Unfortunately, no flares, but I did figure out how to take some pretty star shots. I feel like I've developed a new toy! The possibilities of night shots are endless. It takes a LOOOONG exposure time (30 seconds or so), so one can't be too creative in the winter cold, but come out!
By the way, the shadowing in these shots was from a full moon. It turned the night into day!
Posted by Picasa

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Who's your favorite piglet named after a misunderstand artist, who has been a fan of yours for well over 10 years now? xox

Piglet VG! (I don't want to giveaway your full name for privacy reasons, of course.)

Ask me anything

Thursday, March 01, 2012


Posted by Picasa

Purty Hawk

Posted by Picasa

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

More Picture Play

Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

You seem to have a lot of knowledge when it comes to searching old ghost towns for antiques. Do you have any tips? And, is there an online website or book that tells people which towns are the best to search?

I don't think I have that much knowledge about it, but I have hours and hours of experience -- I've chewed on a lot of ghost town dust in my time.
I don't really have any tips aside from just go and peek around.

You can look at sites like for inspiration. And if the music when you're on the town specific pages doesn't inspire you to get out there and kick your heels in the dirt, nothing will. Give this one a try: Ooooh, doggie, that there's one nice n purty ghost town.

Ask me anything

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Any guesstimates on when Spring will arrive this year? Do you have a groundhog on your farm?

It's been a crazy non-winter here, so it seems like spring is here already. There's rumor of an inch of snow tomorrow, so maybe that will help with the winter feel. Don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining at all! Best winter ever!! I suspect spring will be in full swing in March. Tulips and daffodils will once again show their beauty and hope of summer temperatures will abound.

We had a ground hog type creature a few years ago. I think it was just passing through on its way to a less suburban landscape.

Ask me anything

Tuesday, January 24, 2012


I took this "bird on a wire" photo yesterday. When I looked out the window from my office, there were literally hundreds of birds on the line. By the time I grabbed the camera ande went out the back door, the numbers had dwindled to what you see here. I think they must have been watching me as much as I was watching them. Ah, well. So, then I had some plain-jane photos. That just won't do, right? So, I manipulated them later yesterday. I like how each of these looks. I couldn't post just one!
Posted by Picasa

Monday, January 23, 2012


I wish...wish...wish...that this eagle weren't so shy. I also wish...wish...wish...that my camera would have focused on the bird! one of those "could have been awesome" photos from yesterday's adventure. By the way, look at the size of those talons!
Posted by Picasa

Friday, January 20, 2012


I love this ewe's pompadour and the defiant face. The "Haters Gonna Hate" just fits.
Posted by Picasa

Thursday, January 05, 2012

If'n You Need a 2012 Calendar

Some photos of Utah that I've taken combined with your basic month view. More calendar than you know what to do with!

Monday, January 02, 2012

Do you make New Year's resolutions? (I don't)

No, not really. I make some tentative plans and just hope for the best.

Ask me anything