Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Lizard Head Mountain

Indian Summer Greetings! We are having a balmy fall here in Arizona, which means it is actually too hot with the temperatures hovering around 90 degrees. This week the weather forecasters have been predicting cooler temperatures, and all we can say is "they'd better be!"

I said in October that I would continue featuring photos from my trip to Colorado. As we were winding our way northward we passed some beautiful country while following the Dolores River (when viewing the photo of the horses along the river, note the one almost hidden by the brush nearer the river). We headed up to Lizard Head Mountain which stands at 13, 113 ft. (featured), and on through the Delta Divide to Ridgeway State Park. Then we traversed breathtaking McClure Pass and went into mining country. The weather was mostly cooperative; some showers every afternoon, but only one day were plans rained out. That's a story for next month.

Meanwhile enjoy your Thanksgiving holiday. Just in case you are celebrating another holiday besides Thanksgiving, here are a few to consider: November 3rd- Sadie Hawkins Day (the first Saturday in November); November 6th-National Saxophone Day (I can relate to that one); one we should all try to do is November 13th- World Kindness Day; November 15th- Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day - maybe we should postpone that till after Thanksgiving. November 28th is RedPlanet Day, and November 29th is National Square Dance Day. Honest! I don't make these up! Whatever you do, have a great November! (Christmas shopping anyone?)

Peace from the desert . . . Karen

Friday, October 27, 2017

Our recent trip to the old mining towns of Colorado resulted in many beautiful pictures. I am going to start at the beginning of the trip and offer some selections from the red rocks of New Mexico. The Photo of the Month was taken in the middle of the desert, rising up from sand, and showing in brilliant red against the cloudy sky. The Featured Series photos were taken nearer the New Mexico-Arizona border, and show the weathering of the red sandstone producing caves deep into the rock. I found them interesting and beautiful. As we crossed the Navajo Reservation in northern Arizona, we stopped to allow a small herd of wild horses cross the highway. I have featured a photo of three of them entitled "We Three" on our Animals page. They are strikingly beautiful and healthy. (The third one is hidden between the other two!)   Another find, later in Colorado, was a red day lily, which I have added under the Beautiful Blossoms. It is extraordinarily different from others I have photographed.

I will continue with other photos from the trip to Colorado mining towns as we progress into 2017 and then 2018. Meanwhile, I wish you a joyous and beautiful fall, full of calmer days, decreasing temperatures, and fun celebrations. Happy Halloween!

Peace from the desert . . . Karen

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Last month, I promised I would bring more views of flowers that grow in a ball shape. This month the Photo of the Month is the Allium, which you may know is a member of the onion family. Onions, shallots and garlic are members of the Allium family that belong in the vegetable garden. But there are many ornamental alliums that deserve a hearty welcome in your perennial gardens. In addition to that, our Featured Series (see website www.obscureobservations.com) offers the Snowball bush (often mistaken for the Hydrangea), Queen Anne's Lace (which my grandmother really did grow in her garden), and a group of blue Hydrangea. Each is spectacular in its own right and beautiful to behold.

I am offering a new Grunge selection. (see website under Grunge tab under Mixed Myriad)  This is a photo of a gorgeous Orange Calla Lily. I turned it into black and white, and restored the color of the lily itself, and then added layers of vectors and abstracts to bring it to its present status. For those of you who do not appreciate the Grunge effects, the Orange Calla Lily is offered in its original state under "Beautiful Blossoms", and again in the "Neons and Special Effects" section where I offer the black & white version with painted lily. Check out other additions in the "Beautiful Blossoms" section featuring some grass selections.

As we venture slowly into fall, get out and enjoy Nature as much as possible before the weather cools down. Here in Arizona, that won't happen until late October, but for the rest of the states, you should begin to enjoy some wonderful temperate days.

Peace from the desert . . . Karen

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