It’s mother-daughter time, so I’m flying my favorite airlines, Southwest, to Philadelphia for a few days.  Enjoy yourselves while I’m gone, because I’ll be enjoying myself.  See you Tuesday.

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Image  —  Posted: November 15, 2017 in black and white
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One of the pleasures of visiting my parents in Arizona is not only the opportunity to be warm in winter, but to sometimes dip into another culture.  Montezuma Castle, not far from Sedona, looks great for being over 800 years old.  The Sinagua who lived here used a combination of hunting/gathering and subsistence agriculture to live until sometime in the 15th century, they left for no apparent reason.

Originally, visitors were allowed to go through the cliff dwellings, but that eventually stopped to better preserve the site.  That move allowed the site to be one of the best preserved cliff dwellings in the United States.  Visit if you get a chance.

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The colors of fall have finally arrived and are reaching their peak.  But we know that on the other side are scenes like this.  I’m good with that.  I love winter and I love snow.  Without snow, winter is perpetually grey, cold, and boring.  With snow, it’s Christmas every day.

Falling Snow
Amy Lowell

The snow whispers around me
And my wooden clogs
Leave holes behind me in the snow.
But no one will pass this way
Seeking my footsteps,
And when the temple bell rings again
They will be covered and gone.

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Linking to Ailsa’s Travel Theme “Frozen.”

 

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Image  —  Posted: November 12, 2017 in Silent Sunday
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This is my very humble attempt at an Ansel Adams look in one of the most beautiful national parks in the world.  This is for Day 2 of the B&W Challenge issued by Su and, finally, an entry in Six Word Saturday.  🙂

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Although this might not be what you think of when you think of flowers, thistles are flowering plants.  Providing nectar for some insects and butterflies, they also furnish food for one of my favorite birds, the goldfinch. I love the purple topknot that looks like a funky little hat.

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