Spring in the Desert

Even in the extreme heat, spring still shows its colors. I think people forget that spring actually goes well into June, so there is still lots of room to grow!

This blooming cactus was up in the Sedona mountain trails.  I was excited to find a trail with a bit more shade, but the sun shinning on the life around the trails is so breathtakingly beautiful.

After several days of hiking I was really excited to make it to the summit of one of the mountains, so I wanted to break the mold a bit and share this personal accomplishment photo.

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Greetings from Sedona

Well technically I am writing this from Phoenix because I was having internet issues in Sedona, I will be back up there later tonight for some more shooting tomorrow.  Hiking up in the Sedona is an amazing experience, through make sure you bring a lot of water, there isn’t much shade along the way.  The views are just breathe taking though.  As you walk around the mountains the rocks will show you different shapes just like clouds do.  I love the beauty of the desert, even if your not a huge fan of heat it’s still a breath taking thing to see that is unlike any other mountains.

A Long Awaited Escape

I still love the aerial shoots. There was a flood of fog pouring through the mountains, it reminded me of a background from a Rococo era painting.

I know I shouldn’t complain.  I did get to spend three months living the dream exploring Asia, but it has been two years since I last got out of Wisconsin (Chicago excluded, they are too close to count as travel).  This year everything worked out perfectly for me to get out to Arizona to visit my Grandfather in Sedona, and my brother in Phoenix.  I just arrived in Phoenix and I already feel a great pressure lifting off my shoulders.  I was not meant to be a stationary person, I’m hyped and ready to explore.  Not to mention this Texas baby feels perfectly at home in the desert.

First stop in any new town…a Coffee House!

I’m writing this from a coffeehouse with a garage door entrance.  I think that is a super trendy fun way to make a building (also incredibly popular in Thailand).  In Milwaukee we only have those at a very small number of bars, and they aren’t actually open that often…stupid cold.

A sense of how Phoenix is more trendy compared to Milwaukee’s bohemian feel.

Lazy Spring Days in Killiney

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This was from a wonderful lazy day spent exploring Killiney, Ireland.  It was windy and a bit overcast, but still wonderful strolling weather.  Only a short train ride from Dublin, I recommend it for anyone visiting Dublin who wants to see some of the countryside.  They have nice little shops for picking up wool and other local goods, as well as a castle you can tour!  It wasn’t so filled with tourists that it was cheesy either, which made taking a walk through town even more enjoyable.

Trail of Magic

Magic Trail

I love paths look like they could lead to a magicalplace.  I think it’s my refusal to accept that magic isn’t possible, or maybe just my overactive imagination.  This particular magical trail was in Kilkenny, Ireland.  The door at the end almost blew my mind with the possibilities of other realms it could lead too.  Ireland is suppose to be a magical little island after all isn’t it?