Saturday, October 31, 2009
Friday, October 30, 2009
It's the end of the harvest season and I was surprised to find a grove of dates that hadn't been picked yet. The Coachella Valley is the largest date producing region in the United States. And we have all kinds; Deglet Noor, Barhi, Blondes, Brunettes, Zahadi and my favorite - Medjools. Date trees can bear fruit for over 100 years.
"Harvest Time" © Kathy Dunham 2009
Thursday, October 29, 2009
"Breakfast is Ready" © Kathy Dunham 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Some flowers have very simple centers - stamens, pistil and pollen. But this one has a unique center. Same components but very different in shape and form. That's one of the joys I have photographing flowers. I see some of the neatest things.
"Medusa's Head" © Kathy Dunham 2009
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
"Drummer Girl" © Kathy Dunham 2009
Monday, October 26, 2009
I normally don't find orchids in sunlight so during breakfast in Tuscany one morning, the drapes had been pulled and the sun spilled through the windows onto the orchids on our dining room table.
"Magenta Heart" © Kathy Dunham 2009
Sunday, October 25, 2009
These Peaches 'n Cream salvia are beautiful. The delicate peach color is stunning against the white throat and stamen. But when I looked again, I saw hummingbirds. Isn't Mother Nature great??
"Flock of Hummingbirds" © Kathy Dunham 2009
Saturday, October 24, 2009
I had a special treat this morning. I was able to visit a lovingly cared for garden dedicated to the memory of the owner's sister. I was amazed at the variety of plants. Many that would normally not survive our desert heat were happy campers. It's all about location, location, location.
"Just Watered" © Kathy Dunham 2009
Friday, October 23, 2009
"Look at My Stamens" © Kathy Dunham 2009
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
I like to eat at Wendy's, and tonight our local eatery was holding a fundraiser for a nearby school. When we walked in we were greeted with a hearty handshake and "thanks for coming" from this lovely lass. I thought it was great everyone at the school got in the spirit, even though tattoos are not normally part of the Wendy's look.
"Wendy's New Look?" © Kathy Dunham 2009
Monday, October 19, 2009
"Ain't She a Beaut!!!" © Kathy Dunham 2009
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Farmer's markets have become a hot boutique item here in the desert. We now have three, each open on a different day, providing locally grown produce (usually withing a 50 mile area). Today was my first visit. It was small but had plenty of selections. Organic herbs, fresh flowers, vegetables, dates and even a performance by the Boys and Girls Club Band. A great way to spend a leisurely morning.
"At the Farmer's Market" © Kathy Dunham 2009
Saturday, October 17, 2009
"Collecting Pollen" © Kathy Dunham 2009
Friday, October 16, 2009
"In the Pumpkin Patch" © Kathy Dunham 2009
Thursday, October 15, 2009
"Dinner Fixin's" © Kathy Dunham 2009
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
"Bermuda Palms" © Kathy Dunham 2009
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
California is getting hit with a big storm. From San Francisco to Los Angeles. But here in the desert we get entirely different weather. There are two tall mountains (both over 10,000') guarding our valley and very little wet weather makes it over. We get plenty of wind as storm fronts move through, but very little moisture. Right now it's really blowing where I live but I doubt we'll see any of the rain hitting the rest of the state. Too bad, we're in a drought and need the water.
"Storm's a Comin'" © Kathy Dunham 2009
Monday, October 12, 2009
When in Rome it's customary to toss a coin into the Trevi Fountain to assure your return to Rome. I tossed mine in three trips ago and I enjoy seeing the sights everytime I go. So it must work. And for those of you old enough to remember, the movie "Three Coins in a Fountain" was about this fountain.
"Three Coins in a Fountain" © Kathy Dunham 2009
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Fall is here and soon it'll be Halloween. One of the best memories children have is getting to pick the pumpkin they'll get to carve. There's plenty in this wagon. And look at all the different shapes and colors.
"Wagon Load of Pumpkins" © Kathy Dunham 2009
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Friday, October 9, 2009
Sunset in Tucson offers a multitude of awesome sights. No matter which way you look, north, south, east or west, the fading rays of the sun paint colorful portraits. Just be sure to carry your camera.
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
On a whim, I started taking pictures of door knobs and knockers when I was in Paris this year. Well, several hundred photos later, after visiting both French and Italian cities, I have a huge variety of knockers and knobs. This was one of the unusual ones. Very ornate and beautifully polished.
"Parisian Door Knocker" © Kathy Dunham 2009
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
I always think of Arizona as state with lots of cactus and red rocks. They do have plenty of that but the other day I saw another side of the "Grand Canyon State". We drove through the small rural town of Patagonia, south of Tucson, then headed east on a dirt road into this wonderful valley of grassland. No telephone poles or cell towers. Just plenty of cattle, horses, clean air and spectacular blue skies. Taking the road less traveled certainly has its rewards.
"San Raphael Valley" Kathy Dunham
Monday, October 5, 2009
I've joined some friends in Tucson to shoot photos and enjoy the scenery. It's been several years since I've been here and the town is growing. Today we spent most of the day driving and seeing the rural sights near the Mexican border. I mean dirt road rural and cattle ranches. It was beautiful. But not as gorgeous as the sunset that awaited us when we returned to Tucson.
"Sunset in Tucson" Kathy Dunham
Sunday, October 4, 2009
As luck would have it, the tech guy made a late night call (on Sunday no less) and I have internet!!! So here's today's photo. The White Dove of the Desert. As the mission is so affectionately know as for it's pristine white exterior. We didn't go inside as there was a long line, but we did a 360 and took lots of photos. don't you just love that clear blue sky?
"San Xavier Mission" Kathy Dunham
"San Xavier Mission" Kathy Dunham
Here I am in Tuscon, the weather's perfect, great places to photograph and I can't get on the internet with my computer, which has all the wonderful pictures I shot today. So sorry. I may not be able to connect until I return home on Tuesday so be patient. You will be rewarded.
Friday, October 2, 2009
There aren't many flowers in the desert this time of year but we do have our share of hibiscus. However, most of them have a single row of petals and aren't too exciting. I found this ruffled number in downtown Santa Barbara while having lunch last year. It pays to carry your camera.
"Red Ruffles" © Kathy Dunham 2009
Thursday, October 1, 2009
The plazas in Paris, or as they are known in French - "place" - are beautifully appointed, many with wonderful fountains such as this bronze dragon spouting water. But it was the early morning light creating dramatic highlights and shadows that caused me to stop, but only after I had finished my "petit dejeuner" of fresh orange juice, a warm croissant and hot chocolate on a clear morning along the Seine.
"Fountain - Place St. Michel - Paris" © Kathy Dunham 2009