I was looking back at the weeks we spent in Arizona and remembering the sky … that huge blue dome of a sky, like no sky I’ve ever seen and wishing we could go back again to the west. There are few places I’ve been that I really want to revisit, but this is one. So, in lieu of plane fare and all that stuff that we cannot afford, here is Arizona again … our western adventure.
There are good things and not-so-good things about digital cameras.
Among the great things about it are auto-focus (how did I live without it?) and not being limited by the amount of film you have and how much it will cost you to process it.
Among the bad things? Not being limited by the amount of film you have and how much it will cost you to process it.
Good grief, you ask, how can the same thing be the good and the bad? I didn’t really understand it myself until the day I came home from our vacation in Arizona and realized that I had taken thousands of pictures. Not hundreds. Thousands.
I love the names of places in the west … just like the movies I’ve been watching since I was a kid.
It was almost a year before I felt able to even do an initial sorting through of the downloaded images and now, 4 years later, I realize that most of those images had never been processed.
It isn’t because they were all perfect: it’s because the idea of having to sort through and edit so many photographs, many of them very similar to one another, is so daunting a task that I did nothing at all. Procrastination … sometimes it’s the better choice.
Today, I gave in and began to approach the project and so … better late than never … I present to you Arizona through my lens.
I should mention that it never fell below 100 degrees the entire time we were there and it got up to 124 — and stayed there — for the entire time we were in Phoenix, so if the current heat wave is bothering you, I share your pain.
Among the places to which we roamed were the Grand Canyon, locally known as “The Big Hole,” Tombstone, Flagstaff, Navajo, Apache, Apache Junction (a ghost town), the Painted Desert … we did some serious travelling.
I think I could fall in love with the southwest. I think maybe I did.