Photos I love to crow about (Personal Best 2021)

Hole in the rock, Monument Valley Navaho Tribal Park, Arizona

I know you have probably seen more pictures of the year for 2021 but I thought I would jump on the bandwagon with a few of my own. After traveling far and wide across the US from Florida to New Mexico, Colorado, and Utah, I was busy. It was difficult for me to select my favorites but I figured I would share a few of them with you–believe me I have plenty more.

Sunrise, Big Cypress National Preserve

While taking my maiden voyage in the Roge Mahal, I woke up to see the fog rising and the sun shining through.

Golden Gator

On that same trip while we were driving the Loop Road, we stopped to watch a bull alligator cross the road ahead of us when I spied this guy sleeping on the limestone rocks. The tannic acid tinted water made for a wonderful contrast!

Mono and Gasali

For over ten years I have taken Mono the monkey with me on my travels. Here he is with Nigerian artist Gasali Andeymo at the Aya Fiber Studio in Stuart, Florida. Mono was a gift from a dear friend and he has traveled with me ever since. I have photographed him all over the world and he even has his own calendar! You can find his calendar on my website and he even has his own Instagram account!

Swimmer at Gilchrist Blue Springs

I first visited Gilchrist Blue Springs State Park in December 2020 and returned in May 2021. The colors of the spring water there have inspired me with many special photographs and paintings-One of them “Crystal Blue Persuasion” even won first prize this year in an art show in Miami curated by the Florida chapter of the National Association of Women Artists!

Night Lights at the Lavender Farm

One of our overnight camping spots was staying at the Southern Grace Lavender Farm outside of Panama City, Florida. I loved the patterns thrown by these lights on the walkway!

Sunrise San Angelo State Park, San Angelo, Texas

After a night camping next to a near dried up reservoir deep in the heart of Texas I was treated to this beautiful sunrise. The colors just shimmered in the morning light!

Carlsbad Caverns, New Mexico

We stayed in the Carlsbad, New Mexico area for several days. Our highlight was a visit to Carlsbad Caverns National Park. I was totally impressed by the quality of the photos I shot in the dark with my iPhone 12 Pro Max!

Abiquiu Reservoir View, Abiquiu, New Mexico

Our Fourth of July was spent staying at Ghost Ranch. Ghost Ranch was the home of artist Georgia O’Keefe for may years and later on it became a retreat center. There were many activities at the ranch on the Fourth including kayaking on the reservoir and a balloon glow. The views of the redstone cliffs from the water were stunning!

Sacred Heart Door, Cerillos, New Mexico

I stumbled upon this wonderful door while walking the streets of this old turquoise mining town on a quiet Monday morning. This photograph even looks cool in black and white!

Window in the rock, Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, Arizona (top)
I loved this abstract view of the red rocks looking into the sky while on a tour of Monument Valley. This image along with the other two shown here were the highlights of our two day visit to this Navajo tribal park!

Sandstone dunes
Double rainbow at chimney rock Kodachrome Basin

While camping at this state park in the middle of nowhere a sudden afternoon storm swept through and left us this beautiful view looking towards Chimney Rock. It is not often that I have seen a double rainbow as bright as this one!

Blue Shutters, Taos, New Mexico

I hadn’t visited Taos in years and wanted to revisit the beautiful little church at Ranchos de TaosThe sight of the hollyhocks with the blue shutters of the adobe home became the subject for a watercolor I did while traveling as well.

There were many others that I would have added but thanks
for enjoying these images.

I wish you all the very best in 2022!

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Pining for a getaway on Pine Island

Back in October we attended a charity auction at The Alliance for the Arts in Ft Myers, Florida. One of our bids successfully purchased a two night getaway at the Tarpon Lodge in Pineland, Florida. This last week we thought it would be a fun way to celebrate my recent birthday so I made a reservation and off we went.

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Lights Aglow in the Garden

Every year the Naples Botanical Garden has had their “Johnsonville Night Lights in The Garden” event. I had not attended for many years as it had always quickly sold out. I almost didn’t go this year but after a friend showed me a picture she had taken that was full of color and vibrancy, I managed to get a last minute opening on New Year’s Day.

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Holiday in the Hammock

After focusing for the last few weeks on art marketing, working with several art organizations and somewhere in between a batik and a portrait commission, I was tired. My husband and I needed a holiday getaway. As it is snowbird season (a term local Floridians call their visiting guest tourists), I was lucky to book us a campsite at one of my favorite Florida parks and Florida’s oldest state park, Highlands Hammock.

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One Day Getaway

I have been really focused for the last few weeks on getting my online Basic Batik workshop ready for showtime.(see below if you are interested in joining me). In between meetings on Zoom ( one day I had five one hour plus meetings-whew!) and trying to work on my recent projects, I was exhausted.

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Experiencing Miami Art Week

After a 2 year absence Art Basel Miami and some of the international satellite art fairs returned this last week. I always love attending these shows because they give me inspiration for new artwork to create. Snagging a VIP pass I attended two of the smaller but mighty fairs: Art Miami and Context. These sister fairs share a beautiful location alongside Biscayne Bay on the site of the former Miami Herald building.

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Not Getting Buffaloed in North Platte

Earlier in our Summer adventure after driving past miles of cornfields and grain elevators from Sterling, Colorado, we crossed the southwest border of Nebraska and arrived in North Platte. We spent the night at an RV campsite by a lake on I 80. It was a welcome relief after two nights with no showers and no water!

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