Shots from around the neighborhood, as most shots are these days. It’s interesting how many things I’m seeing that I haven’t seen before, despite walking, running, and biking in the same places not only in the last month and change, but in the few years we’ve lived here.
Locks on a gate that I’ve passed at least 100 times:
Along the canal are many back yards. I hadn’t noticed this guy:
A different yard got a new gate:
A third yard had these growing. They’re fun to look at and it was a good challenge photographing them while avoiding lots of other garbage in the background—the roof, wires, other plants. Also, I’m glad they’re not in my yard:
View from the canal:
And, as always, cactus:
I learned this week that these yellow-topped weeds are invasive and are causing some significant problems in certain areas. If you’re in Arizona and you have them around, hack them down!
I love catching the birds in the cacti!
Three shots of similar plants. The second one is The Kid’s favorite.
I love the contrast of the bougainvillea against the white wall. Also, this is someone’s front yard and the front of their house. I wonder if or when people are annoyed, paranoid, or irate about my photographing. (I’m not snapping people or identifying information or inside people’s houses, so I figure it’s fine, but they don’t necessarily know that… No one has said anything yet.)
It was a good day to catch a reflection in the canal:
And finally, not on a walk, we made banana muffins, one third plain, one third with almonds, and one third with mini chips.
I’ve started to learn some about how to manipulate my flash and how to use the external one I got for Christmas. Hoping to have some good shots for you next time using some of that new knowledge!