Sunday, July 14, 2019

July 2019 Orations

Happy July!  Hope your fourth was patriotic and safe!  This month I am continuing the driftwood theme begun in June.  I mentioned that driftwood, hollow trees, fallen timber and stark leafless trees are some of my favorite subjects.  This month I am featuring a trip to Alberta, Canada. The northern end of St. Mary Lake in Glacier National Park continues on the Canadian side and becomes Waterton National Park in Alberta.  There is a lot of driftwood strewn on both sides of the border.  Another interesting lake is Cameron Lake, Alberta, and Cameron Creek, which leads into it also featured some interesting driftwood and fallen trees.  These are interesting, intricate formations in themselves and I love the way they look.  Take a look and see what you think. These are available on the website under Trees/driftwood and Trips & Travels/Alberta.

This month Obscure Observations is having a Fine Art Photography Show and Sale as a benefit to the Food Box Program at St. Matthew United Methodist Church in Mesa, AZ. This is an extremely important and beneficial program to feed the needy people in that neighborhood. If you live in the area, come by and see what is available.  The church is located at 2540 W. Baseline Road., Mesa, 85202.  Time: 1-3:30 p.m.

We also have the PayPal reinstated on the website, and you may order from there. I am sorry that we have been without ordering ability for so long, but that is up and running once again and I hope you will explore the website and find something you would like to have. 

Thank you for your patience while we reconstructed the website. Please explore ( and allow us to serve you with some new fine art photography. Until next month…

Peace from the Desert…

Monday, July 1, 2019

JULY 2019

Holiday greetings!  Have a Happy 4th.  I am having a Christmas in July Fine Art Photography Show and Sale on Saturday, July 20th.  It will be held at St. Matthew United Methodist Church, 2540 W. Baseline Rd., Mesa, AZ.  If you live in the vicinity, drop by around 1:00 p.m. and view the selections available. The two photos here are representative of some that will be for sale.

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

June 2019 Orations

Welcome summer!  Kids are getting out of school, vacations are planned, the beach and the mountains are inviting us to come and play!  Where will you go this summer?

I have chosen a trip we made up the Pacific Coast Highway and on into Portland, OR for this month’s photos.  It features the beaches along Cape Meares which were strewn with driftwood, and occupied by a few ravens.  As strange as it may sound, driftwood, hollow trees, fallen timber and stark leafless trees are some of my favorite subjects.  Perhaps it is because they depict Nature’s way of recycling, or perhaps it is the weird formations they often provide.  Take a look and see if you find them interesting!
Until next time…

            Peace from the Desert… Karen

Friday, May 17, 2019

May 2019 Orations

Happy May!  Spring is still playing her “you never know what the weather will be tomorrow” game.  Bad weather remains on the East Coast and in the Midwest, while the Western states seem to be actually having nice balmy weather.  To get your minds off the rain and storms, I have chosen a national park in Utah called Arches National Park. Visiting this amazing park really makes you appreciate the beauty of our Earth. One can discover a landscape of contrasting colors, land forms and textures unlike any other in the world. The park has over 2,000 natural stone arches, in addition to hundreds of soaring pinnacles, massive fins and giant balanced rocks.  I have featured four of the many I visited which I found to be good examples of the park. The park is adjacent to the Colorado River, 4 miles (6 km) north of Moab, Utah.  Check a full page of photos from Arches on our website using the Mountains, Canyons and Caverns link on the left side, then clicking on Utah Mountans.
Utah is really the place to visit for a variety of rock formation and fascinating arches.  Natural Bridges and Bryce National Park are two more places that are really amazing.
Until next time…
Peach from the Desert… Karen

Thursday, May 2, 2019

APRIL 2019
Spring has arrived! Arizonans appreciate the 70-80 degree weather after all the cloudy days and rain. We did appreciate the rain because our drought status is finally alleviated.

Honoring the Spring season, I have chosen Hibiscus as our Flower of the Month, featuring one as the Photo of the Month and a variety of them in the Featured Series. They are absolutely gorgeous flowers that grow well in warmer climates, and come in many beautiful colors.

I wish all of you who celebrate a very Joyous Easter. Have a memorable service, a delightful egg hunt, and lots of good food. In addition to celebrating Easter on the 20th this month, Passover begins on April 19th. There are also many silly holidays that are celebrated nationally, including National Peanut Butter & Jelly Day, National Siblings Day, National Submarine Day, and even sillier Tweed Day and Walk Around Things Day!

It's Spring so get out and enjoy it. Plant some flowers, have some peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, hug your sister, sing "Yellow Submarine", take a walk, get out of the house!

Until next time . . .

Peace from the desert . . . Karen

Sunday, March 10, 2019

March 2019 Orations

Is Spring here?  Not according to the calendar, not yet.  Not according to the weather most everywhere.   But some of the bulbs think it should be and daffodil, jonquils, crocus, hyacinth and perhaps a tulip or two are poking their leaves through the earth.

To bring in Spring, I have chosen tulips for my Photo of the Month and the Featured Series.  Our Photo of the Month is a beautiful array of, what I call, peppermint stripes.  The tulips are white with red stripes and remind me of peppermint candy.  That garden was found in Holland, Michigan one Spring, and this photo is one of my favorites.

The Featured Series consists of variations on the same bed of red tulips.  The first is just a close-up of the bed itself.  The second is a macro of the inside of one of them, which looks to me like a spider inside the flower. The third is a photo taken with my LensBaby which creates a clear focal point, while blurring the surrounding petals and leaves.  I thought they were an interesting subject found one Spring in the mountains of Arizona.

Enjoy your Spring season, when it finally arrives.  Tune in again soon for more beautiful photos
Peace from the Desert… Karen

Monday, February 11, 2019

February 2019 Orations

The groundhog did not see his shadow (of course not, it was cloudy!), but apparently that means that spring is on the way.  We will see how accurate that is with all the bad very cold weather in the East, Northeast and Midwest. 
I had a hard time deciding what to feature this month since we are getting ready for a stock reduction sale.  Preparation has been time-consuming.  I finally determined that Canyon de Chelly (pronounced d-shay) was what I should feature.  You will find Limited Edition series for that beautiful area as well as a page showing more of the gorgeous canyon (click Mountains, Canyons and Caverns link then click on Canyon de Chelly) as well as the adjoining Canyon del Muerto. Canyon del Muerto was the site of the Navajo Wars.
Around 1700, adversaries pushed the Navajo people south and west into the Canyon de Chelly region. They brought with them domesticated animals acquired from the Spanish and a culture modified by years of migration and adaptation. By the late 1700s, lengthy warfare erupted between the Navajo, other American Indians, and the Spanish colonists of the Rio Grande Valley. Canyon de Chelly National Monument preserves and interprets the site of a battle that occurred during this time. On a winter day in 1805, a Spanish military expedition, which Lt. Antonio Narbona led, fought an all-day battle with a group of Navajo people fortified in a rock shelter in Canyon del Muerto (located within the Canyon de Chelly National Monument). By the end of the day, Narbona reported that 115 Navajos were killed. The rock shelter where this occurred is called Massacre Cave. Visitors may view Massacre Cave at the Massacre Cave Overlook on the North Rim Drive of the park.
Our Photo of the Month is Spider Rock a granite spire which houses Grandmother Spider according to the Navajo.  It is probably one of the most photographed places in the entire canyon.  Our Featured Series show Canyon De Chelly from Junction Overlook, the confluence of the two Canyons – de Chelly and del Muerto, and finally a view of White House Ruins.  The canyons hold the ruins of many pueblos from the Anasazi period.
Please enjoy our photos of this historic Arizona monument.  Until next time!
Peace from the Desert…  Karen