Last month when Ramblin’ Kathy came to town and visited me and Magpie (gee, was it really last month already?) all three of us took a photo of the same reflection. Actually, this happened a lot, but we decided we would all post this on the same day without having seen what the others were posting to see what we got. I was playing with my Olympus PL-1 because I hadn’t played with it in a while and I always like using the Dramatic Filter on buildings.
I took this photo from our hotel room during our trip to San Francisco last year. It was one of the rare clear days during our trips, and I thought the colorful buildings looked so pretty framed between the skyscrapers. This has become one of my very favorite photos.
I have been having tons of fun trying to learn how to use PSE and Topaz Adjust, and boy do I have a lot to learn!
This makes me sad.
What a difference a year makes. This empty Borders book store sits quietly among the others bustling with holiday traffic in the shopping center. And in case you are wondering, yes I do feel a touch of remorse – as the owner of both an iPad and a Kindle I am a willing accomplice to this crime, and I know I have ink on my hands.
From my trip to the Midwest. Also called Brick Art by my blogger friend, Ramblin’ Kathy.
In 1901, Theodore Carlton Schnebly left Missouri and headed west. In 1902, he made the area that we know as Sedona his home. The area was named after his lovely wife Sedona Schnebly (because the Postmaster General in Washington, D.C. decided the names “Oak Creek Crossing” and “Schnebly Station” were too long).
Their restored home is on the grounds of the Los Abrigados Resort and Spa. Oak Creek, which flows from the San Francisco Peaks in Flagstaff and runs through Los Abrigados, was used by Schnebly as a water source for his farm. The Owenby Irrigation Ditch, established in 1902, still runs in front of the historic Stone House on the property. It was not far from there that Schnebly opened Sedona’s first hotel, a 10 room two-story building that included a general store and post office. You can actually spend the night in the “Stone House,” the Schneblys original home, for what most of us would call a small fortune. I’m sure it is quite different from the house the Schnebly’s inhabited. It features a full kitchen, large living room and dining room, beds for six, fireplace, and sitting room. The Stone House’s master bedroom even has a Jacuzzi!
That all sounds very luxurious, but the idea of living in a simple stone house like this with beautiful red rock formations springing up from the earth all around appeals to me even more. Put that hammock from Saturday a few feet away, and I think I might have an idea what heaven is like.
I have always dreamed of owning a home with a white picket fence lined with buoys. I even tried to recreate my little dream home by hanging buoys around my backyard. It’s just not the same. Oh, snap! I seem to be missing an ocean and the lush vegetation that comes with it.