2015 A Year in Review

I will admit to having abandoned blogging lately, I stretched myself too thin this year, but I can hardly justify paying to host it if I don’t at least post a year end summary. When I started this blog, I set myself a goal of posting once a week for a year, and I accomplished that. After the first year I set myself a goal of posting at least once a month, but I also started another 365 project, taking photos every day for a year, and I just couldn’t keep up with both. I did at first, but then Ingress happened and the rest is history.

I thought about doing a month by month synopsis like I’ve done in the past, but I don’t want to rehash the same post over and over again. Les and I did our usual thing this year, we explored.

But this year we stayed mostly in the Southwest, we saw almost all of Arizona. We took a trip a couple trips to California, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, and the edges of New Mexico. And twice we went to Mexico. In the spring we discovered  a game that works very well with our insane traveling habits, and it’s kind of taken over our lives. But it’s fun as hell, and not only have we made a lot of friends (and frenemies), we’ve gone several places and seen things that we might not have otherwise.

So instead of the usual month by month synopsis, I’m going to share some of my best photos from each month.


Blue Mesa are of the Painted Desert
San Xavier del Bac Mission, the oldest European building in Arizona, south of Tucson.
Tuzigoot National Moument



Mt. Tipton Wilderness Area
The road to Crown King, Arizona
Dark alley in downtown Prescott.
Kofa National Wildlife Refuge
Sunset in the desert near Yuma


Spring blossoms in Oak Creek Canyon near Sedona
Yellow-crowned night heron fishing in San Carlos, Sonora, Mexico
Hermosillo, Sonora from Cerro de la Campana
The Grand Canyon from Desert View Tower


The Granite Dells near Willow Lake in Prescott
The Golden Gate Bridge from Fort Point
The Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco
The road less traveled near Nipton, California


Oatman, Arizona, home of many wild burros and a few people hawking souvenirs
There’s a reason they call it Needles, California
Sunset at Saguaro Cactus National Monument
Old Verde River Sheep Bridge


Double rainbow at Watson Lake in Prescott
Tonto National Monument
Price Canyon
Baby Rocks near Kayenta, Arizona


Rainbow after a storm (and a horse who wouldn’t get out of my shot) at the Peavine trailhead in Chino Valley
Colorado River overlook near Lake Mead
A collection of critters having lunch in Chloride, Arizona
Interesting clouds after a storm in Wikiup, Arizona


Great blue heron at Fain Park in Prescott Valley
Walnut Canyon National Monument
Spider Rock at Canyon de Chelly National Monument
Mexican Hat in Southern Utah
Hovenweep National Monument
Cliff Palace at Mesa Verde National Park


Steel Dam near Ash Fork, Arizona
Historic US Route 66 near Seligman, Arizona
Monsoon season arrives in Arizona


View of the Verde Valley from Jerome, Arizona
Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument
Unexpected shore birds at the Quitobaquito oasis
Sunset in Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument


Painted Desert
Roadrunner in Prescott Valley
Golf Ball House near Yucca, Arizona
Parker Dam


Sunset in the Painted Desert
Winter Solstice at V Bar V
Christmas snow storm at the Grand Canyon
Night sky in Chino Valley

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