July 28, 2014

App Mini-Review - Frax

When Mr. Jim got sick earlier this year and we began to spend a lot of time at the Cancer Institute, I was mighty grateful to have an iPhone and iPad to pass the time and stay connected. I also decided to abandon my overly frugal attitude about purchasing apps. I concentrated on searching for helpful photography-related apps, but I also investigated the availability of art-related apps.

My mobile device world changed when I discovered Frax. I don’t even remember how I stumbled across it, but I’m sure glad that I did!

July 26, 2014

Photographic Mischief

Do you remember that I promised a post about some senior-style havoc that was afoot, thanks to the assistance of some photographic equipment? Well, I’m not going to keep you in suspense any longer. We haven’t created innocent mischief yet during our 2014 summer staycation. However, we hope to get out of our learning mode shortly. 

I can hear your thoughts now. “Gosh, what on earth is she blathering about?” Bear with me.

July 23, 2014

Photo of the Week - Small Blind Arch

Burr Trail, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument

One of the many amazing geologic features in Utah’s sandstone is the blind arch. An inset like this is created when upper rock layers remain intact and lower portions have fractured and fallen. Some of these blind arches can be quite large, but this one is a bit on the small side, approximately 15 or 20 feet tall.

Believe it or not, we traveled down a road in this photo. If you look closely, you can see the faint outline of the road’s edge about a quarter of the way down from the top of the frame.

July 21, 2014

Anniversary Celebration!

To Mr. Jim:
We’ve been through thick and thin, enduring some tough times lately.
But we have rejoiced during many incredibly fun times.
I couldn’t have picked a better person to share the past 33 years.
In the journey of life, you have been the ultimate adventure.
You are my love, my best friend, my everything.

July 20, 2014

Wyoming Trip Cancelled

We’re in the process of canceling reservations for our planned trip in late September to the Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks. As in the case of the Newfoundland trip (where we were supposed to be touring right now), it just wasn’t meant to be. Having our hearts set on doing some landscape and wildlife photography during the spectacular fall season, we’re understandably disappointed and upset. But, that’s the way the cookie crumbles.

We don’t know what will be happening in September (chemotherapy or not), and whether Mr. Jim would be able to travel. However, we aren't comfortable in risking the loss of a substantial amount of money if we wait too long to cancel. The national park lodges, in particular, are very ruthless in their cancellation policies.

We’ll explore the possibility of an automobile trip later on this year.

July 18, 2014

It's Bear Cam Season Again!

I remember with great fondness our grand adventure trip to Alaska exactly three years ago.  The itinerary included the famed Brooks Falls area of Katmai National Park so that we could photograph brown bears.

There are live video cams operating now, so you can watch the bears without leaving the comforts of home!  Click HERE for the web link.

This journey was such fun, I would go back again in a heartbeat!  The bears are truly magnificent creatures.