Category Archives: Photography

iMovie Basics

iLifeTurning your photos into movies is easy with iMovie, part of the iLife software package. I’ve heard the PC software equivalent to iMovie is Sony Vegas.
Here is a step-by-step instructional video I put together. I’m looking forward to seeing your projects! Let me know if you have additional questions.

• iLife, available at Apple Store, retails for $79.00.
• iPhone iMovie app, downloadable through iTunes, is available for $4.99.
• Sony Vegas, available at Sony Creative Software, priced at $44.95 and up.


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Naked Pirate

I didn’t see any naked pirates, but I did see bikini clad wenches this Memorial Day Weekend at the Naked Pirate Beach Bar. The holiday marks Pirate Cove Resort’s one year anniversary. The resort is located on Park Moabi Road, 11 miles southeast of Needles California, along the Colorado River.
Even though the resort was packed with partiers, we had no wait at the bar for cocktails and a less than five minute wait for a table in the restaurant. Our window seat overlooked the balcony bar plus the river, and there was no shortage of eye candy. Boats of all sizes cruised up and down, and the water taxis were in constant use.
Our lunch was served quickly and the food was delicious! The fried calamari was served on a bed of french fries, and the pulled pork sandwiches were so large, we could have split one.
The dj’s music wasn’t too loud, and the dance floor had more lurkers than dancers. Before leaving, I had to take photos and video of the scene. I will definitely return here, and will bring the children if it isn’t a busy holiday.




Sea Plane

Hubby enjoying a rum & coke.

Water Taxi

Cabins available for rent.
• How are you spending the holiday?
• Would you visit the Naked Pirate?

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Baby Burros

Oatman @ the turn of the century and today.

In the early 1900’s Oatman Arizona was a gold mining town. The mines have closed and miners are long gone, but their burros remain. Oatman is now a tourist attraction drawing in visitors from around the world to visit this ghost town off of Historic Route 66.

Although the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) recently requested that the public stop feeding the burros, I noticed visitors with bags of carrots and hay cubes. One exuberant guest shared a few of her cubes with my daughters who fed the friendly animals. Baby burros (who were still nursing) wore stickers bearing the universal sign for, “Don’t Feed Me Carrots”.

We popped into a few of the shops which line Main Street and admired the assorted souvenirs. There were polished rocks, hot salsas, desert-themed ornaments, Route 66 t-shirts, roadrunner statues, scorpion and tarantula paperweights to name a few. We bought a canned soda and continued our stroll. Cowboys with rifles caught our attention, and I knew a loud gun battle would ensue. Throughout the day there are staged bank robberies and gun fights. Normally I would stick around to enjoy the show, but my daughters’ are sensitive to loud noises, so I herded them back to the car. We had a great day and a nice excursion.

• What attractions draw tourists to your area?
• Do you like burros and staged gun fights?
• What sticker should be on your forehead?


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Picture of the Day ~ Week 4

These past four weeks went so quickly. I was able to meet my goal, and take 1 photo (sometimes more) per day. I can now say I have:
• read my camera’s Owner’s Manual;
• entered a Reader’s Digest Summer Photo contest;
• been asked to submit one of my photos to an Arizona group of photographers on Flickr.

This has been a rewarding challenge, and I encourage everyone to try it.
Pool Time

Tom and the girls enjoy some pool time. ~ June 20, 2009

This playful photo has gotten nearly 60 hits on Flickr! (I usually average between 0-3 hits.)


June 21, 2009

After a long day of work, I only had time to shoot the setting sun.


June 22, 2009

You’ve heard of an iPhone. Here’s my FLYphone! This pesky, persistent fly made himself at home for quite a while. The tricky part was getting my camera to focus on him and not the background.

Cold One

June 23, 2009

After another long day of work, I snapped this photo of Tom’s beer. Speak of the devil, there he goes to spritz his horses with fly spray. Maybe I can borrow some of that for my phone.


June 24, 2009

Captured the view of this power pole from my deck. The Needles Mountains in the background remind me of a huge wave.

Reddish Egret

June 25, 2009

I stopped on the way to Natalie’s school to photograph this Laughlin Ranch water feature. What a surprise finding a bird perched up there! I hope I have identified him correctly. I also snapped a photo of the golf course (below).

Sand Trap

June 25, 2009

This is a combination sand trap / water hazard!

Arizona Mountains

June 26, 2009

What a gorgeous sunset last night! The sun was reflecting off Elephant Tooth and Boundary Cone mountains. I couldn’t stop at just one photo!

Boundary Cone

June 26, 2009


June 26, 2009

Fire In The Sky

June 26, 2009

Thank you so much for coming along with me on this journey.

Will you take 1 photo a day?

Thank you for reading!


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Picture of the Day ~ Week 3

Continuing on my quest to take at least one picture daily, may I present…

Picture of the Day ~ Week 3 

Glider Ride

Overlooking the Colorado River. ~ June 13, 2009

What a way to start! Saturday was my 44th birthday, and Tom surprised me with a glider ride.

Rabbit Chase

Pearl chases a cottontail. ~ June 14, 2009


Our 17 year old cat. ~ June 15, 2009

Our sweet cat became ill 2 weeks ago with an abscess on his left cheek. I’m sorry to report he isn’t doing very well.

On our rock wall. ~ June 16, 2009

Tom ran out of the house in his stocking feet to capture this photo.
Scarecrow Lady

At the corner of Valencia & Hwy 95. ~ June 17, 2009

She has been in this position for over 11 years, and has a different outfit to compliment each holiday, season, or special local event.
Cookie Reflection

Pearl admires the bakery’s thumbprint cookies. ~ June 18, 2009

LOL! How many of these do you think I bought?

Mediterranean Gecko on our back porch. ~ June 18, 2009

We have a pair that hunt insects nightly. Doesn’t his tail look new?

Desert Tortoise

Look who came out to eat this morning? ~ June 19, 2009
Mmmmm…. wilted lettuce and fresh broccoli.
What’s the craziest birthday surprise you’ve ever gotten?
How would you dress the scarecrow lady?
How many cookies DID I have to buy for Pearl?

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Picture of the Day ~ Week 2

I’m really having a lot of fun with this Picture Of The Day. Some days I’m lucky to get one shot, while other days, the creative juices are really flowing.

Picture Of The Day ~ Week 2


Eating birdseed in our yard. ~ June 7, 2009

Dead Cactus

In our tortoise habitat. ~ June 8, 2009

Broken Fence

My 2nd Favorite Picture of June 8th. I hadn’t realized Chief broke the fence until I looked at the photo. Doesn’t he look guilty?!

Pearl Watermelon

Pearl takes a bite out of a watermelon Kleenex box. ~ June 9, 2009

Shady Chairs

Chairs lined against our backyard wall in the morning shade. ~ June 10, 2009


My 2nd Favorite Picture of June 10th. I love the technique of this photo so much, I’ll be posting a PhotoShop tutorial soon.


Dove with twig to build its nest. ~ June 11, 2009

Mi Casa

My 2nd Favorite Picture of June 11th. Our house and Chief as seen from the pasture.

Palm Tree Seed Pods

My 3rd Favorite Picture of June 11th. Palm Tree Seed Pods opened overnight.

Pearl Fence

My 4th Favorite Picture of June 11th. Pearl on Chief’s fence.


A couple of our racks wait for repairs after vandals abused them. ~ June 12, 2009

I’ve begun uploading my daily photos to Flickr, along with notes on the PhotoShop techniques or filters I’ve used. There’s also a photo there that Tom took of a Rosy Boa eating a rabbit. He snapped that pic last week while I was in Vegas. It took so long (the boa/rabbit encounter) that he even took video of it. Oh! Let’s end on a positive note! Here is a Blast from the (not so distant) Past…


Cupcakes from The Cupcakery, Henderson NV. ~ June 5, 2009

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Picture of the Day ~ Week 1

My friend, Jim is blogging one photo per day. He was inspired by our friend, Amy’s World. They have both inspired me to start carrying my camera with me everywhere, and to snap at least one photo a day. Here is my first week.


Colorful Arizona Sunrise ~ May 30, 2009


Pearl swinging ~ May 31, 2009

Purple Paddle Cactus

Maverick Gas Station, Bullhead City AZ ~ June 1, 2009

Produce Cactus

Smith’s Grocery Store, Fort Mohave AZ ~ June 2, 2009

Best Mexican Food…

… in Hell. ~ June 3, 2009

Mesquite Tree

Shading our yard ~ June 4, 2009

Leaving Las Vegas

Las Vegas Strip ~ June 5, 2009


Flamingo Duck

San Diego Zoo ~ June 30, 2008

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