fire on the mountain, porcupine quills, and brass bullet shells.

there is a wildfire here in the mountains.
it broke out about 3 hours ago.
the forest is burning near my beloved Granite Mountain.
in addition to that, my husband is a fire-fighter.
so, I have many reasons to fear these fires.
he may be gone for days, and my forest may burn.
and after reading one of my favorite BLOGS (where my friend wrote about her love for trees), 
I will just say that when I ask my daughter the question "do you know what I love?" she kind of rolls her eyes and says, "Trees."
I spend a lot of time with trees.  
and now some of my most loved ones are burning.  BIG.
on a lighter note:  
I find all sorts of things when I am out in the forests and canyons: 
some cool; some weird; some stinky.
found a porcupine on Mingus Mountain
find pockets full of brass .22 shells
deer legs
bones of all sorts
found a skunks tail (no sign of the rest of him)
an entire drip system for a garden (hmm, wonder what they were growing out there...)
nice cowboy boots
brand new Rayban sunglasses (still have them)
nice camping cup
a dry bag for canyoneering
and two days ago, husband found THIS for me while in an un-named canyon on the Mogollon Rim!  Yippee!
stay tuned for where this beauty ends up.
I have long wondered what to do with all the empty bullet shells I find while I am out wandering around the mountains and mesas.  Not any more.  
I made a test pair of earrings and wore them to the farmer's market last Saturday.
SO many compliments and sales, I just had to make some for the shop.
Also HUGE shop update and more to come.
check out these babes. Ugly, but SO cute.
a hike with an unexpected surprise
Take care,  sweet june bugs.

a little trot through the woods and other things

I just added a couple things to my shop.  Check out the new earrings: both Turquoise Howlite and Jasper with Elk antler.  
Here are a few photos.

Thank you to everyone who purchased before I left for the Northeast.  I can still ship while I am away and if you order today, I think I can get them to you before Christmas.
While I was walking (before I left) I saw these things that made me smile:
I found the blackberry brandy bottle deep in the forest tucked behind a boulder, remnants of the brandy still inside.  I like to imagine what kind of human brought the brandy deep in the forest and tucked the bottle so neatly after he finished.  Was he sleeping nearby? Hunting deer?  javelina?  elk?  mountain lion?  or did he just want to sit in a magical place to sip the cordial?
Have a wonderful Season; enjoy every breath and moment with your loved ones.  
☆ They are precious; as are YOU ☆

infrared excursion

i am extra busy with school (web design - yikes) and with an amazing e-course for creatives by 
Kelly Rae Roberts.  check her out!
my most recent adventure was photographing an abandoned homestead about a mile from my horse pasture.  although i find this place extremely peaceful, it does look like a horror movie should be filmed here.  here is the first shot; more to come.
big love to all my new sisters

Beautiful Forgotten Bottles

As I settle into my last summer here at Walnut Creek, I find myself wandering around remembering (before I'm even gone) all the things I love so deeply about this place.  From the way the mesa looks at sunrise to the way the light filters through the windows in the early morning and late afternoon.  Inside or out, I have camera in hand, capturing it all with the intense love I feel for this place.  This is my sixth summer here (and my last.)  So this summer I can bet nearly all of my posts will be in honor of the Creek (Apache/Walnut) and the Mesa (Juniper) I hold so dear.  This, of course, includes things like the way the late afternoon sun lights the bottles I have collected and put on the old window sill.

Here is the same photo before editing.


Trash or Treasure?

~I have become very passionate, of late,  about what humans leave behind:  old cars, abandoned houses, junk~

This car is in Government Canyon in Prescott, AZ

~Here is the front fender and bumper 1/2 mile down canyon~

My friends turned their old suburban (?) into a chicken coop.

One of my new favorite photographers is Reginald Van de Velde who photographs "urban decay"

Also (for a different reason) I love Catherine Hall, who photographed Burning Man 2009.

~Here is one of her images~

© Catherine Hall