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.

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

cowboy cabin for an introvert

it is no secret i am an introvert; not to be confused with a misanthrope.  i love humans and i love my friends.  
  introverts are often drained of energy after lengthy interactions with other humans; contrast this to extroverts who are energized by being with groups.  
introverts think deeply; talk sparingly.
introverts love solitude; they love quiet; they love home.
enter the wilderness cabin (aka:  the bunkhouse), my dream for introversion.  
it's where i hope to go to recover.
to replenish the spirit.
this particular dreamy cabin is about 300 sqare feet of
remote, rustic minimalist living.
cabin is in an undisclosed location in the mountains of Arizona. 

Autumn Love

I have been spending time wandering the mountains near my home.  
There is something about autumn days in Arizona; the days are warm but the nights and early mornings just beg for a toasty woodstove.

~I had a lovely day with some great photographer friends yesterday; thank you ladies!~