Update

I just wanted to make a quick update about something.

I have moved to a new blog home, Lifeful Life. The reason behind this is explained on the new blog, so I encourage those of you who are interested in continuing to follow me, to please head on over there and read my newest posts. 😀 I will tell you this, I am tired of having split personalities when it comes to all of my different hobbies and interests, and beliefs. I am a single person with a lot of faces, but I am still just a single person. I hope you all head on over there and check out the new blog!

Loki and The Dragon

I won’t lie – I am a cat lady. I love cats. They are wonderful, mysterious, graceful creatures. We have two black cats – Toothless, who is between 3 and 5 years old and has a bob-tail, and Loki, a 3 month old kitten. Toothless has generally been an indoor/outdoor cat, but when I brought Loki home, it was immediate curiosity and he stopped wanting to go outside so much. Now, they cuddle and Toothless bathes Loki, and the presence of the young kitten has livened Toothless’ old bones so he is playing again.

This morning, my boyfriend came back and told me to grab my camera for some pictures because both kitties were laying on D’s bed. So, I snuck out there and sat on my knees, resting on the bed. Toothless has always been an attention hog, and very curious about cameras. He loves posing! Loki, however, has shown a definite aversion to my camera in the past, but today he was surprisingly calm and let me get pretty close to his face with my camera for some neat macro shots.

10 Day Photo Challenge

Yeah, not going to happen… So, instead of doing 10 days, I am committing to 10 WEEKS. Yup. That seems like it would be better for me. I don’t really do too good on strict, short deadlines with my photography, mostly because I don’t get inspired every day… It takes something different to inspire me. I work better long term, and weekly photos is better for me. I wanna try 10 weeks before I commit to a full 52 week challenge. So, my first picture still stands as the beginning to this project, and I think Fridays will be my Challenge day. I just wanted to tell ya’ll that I didn’t slack, just re-evalutated everything and chose a different route.

This weeks prompt is ABANDONED, so I get to keep my eyes open for something abandoned. This could prove to be interesting. There aren’t really that many abandoned things here in town – this prompt would have worked wonders if I were still in my home town, where there is a mostly abandoned military base that used to be my play ground.

Let’s see what I can come up with!

September 8, 2014

We had a serious day of storms yesterday – you may have seen the news about Phoenix flooding; well, we are quite a few hours south of Phoenix, but we still had some insane rainfall. Our washes were flowing like raging rivers! It has been like that for a few days – well, a few weeks because we are in Monsoon Season. Happily, there was a break late yesterday afternoon and I was able to hop out of the house and take a few shots. There weren’t really many good ones that really caught my eye, but these are the ones I was able to shoot.

Adventure Update

Our adventure had a slow start – we started to head out, decided to get the car checked because it was doing some weird things, then visited a friend who owned the car before Sly (one of my good friends) did. She took a look at the car, and while she and Sly talked about it, I hopped out of the car and snapped these pictures. The first image was taken on the drive to her house, the others are of flowers in her garden, and her garden bench.

 

After we finished up at her house, we continued our journey through Hereford, trying to find the Hereford Bridge – it is a one lane bridge that goes over the San Pedro River. It definitely has an eerie feeling surrounding it, I won’t lie. This bridge, and the old Charleston Bridge, give me the heebie-jeebies.We ended up getting quite lost in the process, and before and after finding the bridge, I took some more shots.The following are pictures of the Hereford Bridge, and other shots taken during this leg of the adventure.

 

Our final stop on the journey was to a place I have never been before: The US-Mexico border. Sly drove us down Naco Hwy and I was able to see the station where you enter into Mexico, and the actual fence the marks the border between our two countries. It was surreal, standing in front of a physical marker of such segregation. It really made me realize how feeble the lines that divide humanity are. The fence looked rusted, stained with the red dust of the desert. Beyond the wall I could houses, fields, mountains. They live just like we do, day to day, trying to enjoy our lives. It is interesting to feel shut out, and for a moment I imagined how it would feel to be on the other side of the fence – the sadness, the fear, the desire to find something better for myself and my family… Even as a writer, where it is my duty to get into the minds and hearts of my characters, it was difficult to pull those deep, dark emotions up.

 

And finally, as I was taking those last two shots, Border Patrol descended upon us like ravenous hounds. Not even kidding. Three trucks and one helicopter rushed to the scene of me taking photos. The helicopter dropped to about 10 feet above the car, and continued to circle us as I ran to the car and buckled up. We explained to one of the BP drivers that I was just taking some pictures because I had never seen the border before. He reassured us the they were not there for us – but we were not convinced. Sly nearly had a heart attack from the experience, and we had three children in the car – I seriously thought I was going to be detained. I am grateful I wasn’t. It was one of the most exciting experiences I have had, and is just one more point toward the list of KEEP YOUR CAMERA WITH YOU AT ALL TIMES, IT MAY BE USEFUL IN GETTING YOU OUT OF TROUBLE. Also, a college ID or Press ID is good for numerous occasions, especially when trespassing or what not. At least that is my experience. May not work for everyone.

Well, there was our adventure from September 7th 2014. It was pretty epic.