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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Liming in Dominica

During the month of May I had been scheduled to take a repeat of my Indigo/Katazome workshop in Japan. Sadly the Japanese Prime Minister decided the country was not ready to reopen due to an increase in the Covid count. I had an American Airlines credit that had to be used before October so we decided to get out of town.

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Exploring Jonathan Dickinson State Park

Last month, my husband and I decided to take a three day getaway in our RV and camp at a Florida state park that we had not visited before. We selected Jonathan Dickinson State Park, on the east coast. The park was a leisurely three hour drive from Naples using Florida byways, heading northeast to the city of LaBelle with a lunch stop at LaBelle Brewing Company, a favorite of ours.

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A New Painting from an Old Memory

Back in December 2015 when I was celebrating my 30th wedding anniversary on our 30-30-30 trip, I was fortunate enough to visit the country of Myanmar. It was one month after Aung San Suu Kyi had been elected ,so the Burmese (Myanmar’s inhabitants) were all in a celebratory mood.

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Visiting A NewArts and Crafts Museum in Saint Petersburg (FL)

Recently the Friends of Artis-Naples sponsored a day trip to see the new Museum of the American Arts and Crafts Movement followed by lunch and an afternoon stop at the Dali Museum. Knowing nothing about the Arts and Crafts Museum and everything (almost) about the Dali we decided to join along for a pleasant one day getaway.

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