Tuesday, August 22, 2017

I have been working on some more Grunge photos and thought I'd post this one even though it won't be on the website till September.  This was a photo of a beautiful orange calla lily, which then endured four steps to bring it to this composite.   It will be offered as a 12x12" photo.

Peace from the Desert... Karen

Saturday, August 19, 2017

San Francisco Ranch (c) Obscure Observations Photography 2017

Wood Planks & Creek (c) Obscure Observations Photography 2017

I saw so many beautiful flowers this past month that I wanted to share them with you.  Browsing through my many photo files, I discovered I have an abundance of pink and white blossoms.  Some of the most unusual are the hydrangeas which have many different varieties known as cultivar. These cultivars are developed by breeding and are given a designated name.  My Featured Series includes a variety known as Vanilla Strawberry Panicled Hydrangea. My Photo of the Month is the hydrangea with which we are most familiar, and one that grandmother might have grown in her garden.  That species is the tight ball-shaped bunch of individual flowers that are so beautiful and come in a variety of colors (Hydrangea macrophylla).  See it on the website www.obscureobservations.com

This is the Panicled Hydrangea

Next month I will show more of the “ball-type” flowers, including the Snowball bush, often mistaken for Hydrangea, and Allium, which is no relation, but grows in a round ball of tiny flowers.

I am featuring (above) my first two ventures into the Grunge type of photos, which involved layers of different things over the original, with the original then exposed.  They will be available as 8x10 or 11x17” images.  Price to be determined.

Peace from the desert… Karen

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

For July, I wanted to feature an area of Arizona that we have not featured for eight years. That is the Granite Dells area of Watson Lake north of Prescott, AZ. It is a fascinating area of multiple rock formations rising out of the beautiful lake splashed with varying arrays of sunlight and clouds. It is a photographer's delight with ever changing lighting and colors. If you have not had the opportunity to go there, do plan a trip. I understand the fishing isn't bad, and you can boat on the lake. I just added 10 beautiful shots to a special section titled Granite Dells in our Lakes section. Go to www.obscureobservations.com. Find the links on the left side, scroll to Wonderful Water and when you click on that you will see a link for Lakes. 

Peace from the desert . . . Karen

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

JUNE 2017
The Featured Series and Photo of the Month for June are of the Grand Canyon. It has been a long time since Obscure Observations has featured the Canyon, and since it is the biggest attraction [both in size and number of visitors] in the state of Arizona, it is fitting that we showcase it periodically. Nearly five million people see Grand Canyon each year, and primarily from the South Rim. Our images for this series were taken from the North Rim. Hopefully, some obscure views not seen by many.

The hike across the canyon from South Rim to North Rim is 21 miles (34 km). However, driving from the South Rim to the North Rim by automobile requires a five-hour drive of 220 miles (354 km). The South Rim is the most accessible part of the park and it is open all year. During winter months, the North Rim is closed due to snow. It is open from May 15th through October 15th.

Geologically speaking, Grand Canyon is very young. The oldest rocks at the canyon bottom are close to 2000 million years old. The Canyon itself - an erosional feature - has formed only in the past five or six million years. Unique combinations of geologic color and erosional forms decorate a canyon that is 277 river miles (446km) long, up to 18 miles (29km) wide, and a mile (1.6km) deep. The park includes over a million acres of land - 1,218,375.54 acres / 493,077 hectares, to be exact, or 1,904 square miles / 4931 square kilometers.

Enjoy our views this month. Then plan a trip to go see the awesome Grand Canyon in person.

Peace from the desert . . . Karen

Sunday, April 30, 2017

MAY 2017
I'm in the mood for some beautiful flowers this month. I checked the files and found I had not featured as many of the gorgeous blooms from Nova Scotia that I would have liked, so have added a few to the Beautiful Blossoms page under Flowers & Foliage. There is a luscious Columbine and a beautiful double Begonia as well as a new Waterlily.

I am featuring Bleeding Hearts this month; a childhood favorite since my grandmother grew them in her garden in Colorado. Two views were taken in Nova Scotia; one was taken in the state of Washington near Mt. St. Helens, and one was taken in Alabama at the Bellingrath Gardens. They are such delicate little drops of a flower -- heart shaped and fascinating.

Check these out as well as a new footbridge also taken in Nova Scotia. Remember we can provide a variety of sizes and finishes for every image on the website.

Peace from the desert . . . Karen

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

April 2017 Orations
April and spring have arrived.  April is a busy month with the Christian observances of Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter; Orthodox Easter; and Jewish Passover.  Earth Day is also celebrated this month.  The spring equinox has happened, daylight savings time kicked in, and the weather may be a bit nicer.  Wildflowers around Arizona began blooming in March, and the Mesquite trees were abundant with yellow puffs. Palo Verde and other trees and cactus are blooming profusely.  The central part of the state around Phoenix is a sea of yellow.  Happy Spring!  Happy Easter!

I have decided to feature roses this month on the website – a bit off my usual tradition of featuring lilies or tulips for Easter month.  Roses will be in full bloom soon, and they are my favorite flower. I am featuring shades of red, peach and pink and hope you enjoy them as much as I do. You can check out more roses and other beautiful blossoms under the Flowers & Foliage tab on the left of the website pages.  I am also adding a new page under Wonderful Water, Lakes link which will feature the Granite Dells.  This is a wonderfully rocky area rising from the northern end of Watson Lake near Prescott, AZ.  I am a lover of big rocks and mountains, and these are indeed spectacular as they rise from the lake to form multiple large and jumbled formations.  Pictures from Granite Dells are featured here.

Don’t forget every photo on the website is available for purchase for your online ads, stationery, office and home d├ęcor or billboard in a variety of sizes. Click on the purchase prints link found on each page.  Let me know what you like and what size; price will be quoted and you will be on your way to owning great photography! Visit us at:

Peace from the desert… Karen 

Thursday, March 9, 2017

MARCH 2017
It should be spring! It's an event that is coming soon; although we know how fickle spring is. Sometimes nice; sometimes cold; blustery, snowy, rainy, sunny, warm, tulips and crocus popping up their heads - sometimes though the snow, and trees are budding, only to be nipped by a late frost. But when March ends and April comes, spring blooms in all its glory! I have picked a variety of things that are spring-like and may perk you up if it is blustery where you are and you have winter doldrums. The Photo of the Month and the Featured Series are of a cute little desert flowers called a Turk's Hat.

In addition, in our Flowers & Foliage section, click on the link to Trees and you will find two new photographs of Mesquite, a tree that blooms profusely in the spring in Arizona. Its flowers are fuzzy yellow tufts and some have pods. The images are mesquite05 and mesquite06. You will also see a new photo of a Mountain Laurel with its beautiful purple flowers. It is mountainlaurel03. While in Flowers & Foliage, click on the Cactus link and you will find a new Cholla (cholla05) and two new gorgeous yuccas which also bloom profusely here in Arizona in the spring (yucca21 and yucca22). There is a new Fairy Duster in the Fairy Duster section- fairyduster08. It is such a beautiful desert plant with a delicate flower. There are two new bromeliads in the Beautiful Blossoms link.

Under the Macro section you will find three new grasshopper photos, one with a butterfly. Just viewing all the flowers and things in that section should cheer you up! There are some new butterflies under the Animals section, Fliers, Flitters and Floaters link.

And just for fun, we have added a new link under the Mixed Myriad section. It is Feet! Check it out and get a chuckle. It is something I do when passing time and there is nothing to photograph of interest. People have the most out-of-the-ordinary shoes and socks and sometimes toes! Who knows? I may catch you some day with a bizarre pair of socks on!

Peace from the desert . . . Karen