Mountain Harebell

Summer wildflowers abound in Colorado. Some of the flowers are the same as we see in southern Arizona, but ours burn out by the beginning of May, since we are so much hotter, while the ones in Colorado are at their best in summer and into the fall. This is a Campanula routundiforia (Mountain Harebell). It grows […]

I Miss Film

(Don’t worry, this isn’t yet another post on the whole worn-out, tired debate over which one is technically better – film or digital!)   I miss the days of film. On this day, I needed to pull some old medium-format negatives to scan. The process of looking at each negative with a loupe on the light table we […]

Briar Patch Inn – Oak Creek Canyon, Arizona

      Need an escape from work, from the city, from cell phones, from email, from Facebook and from technology in general? The Briar Patch Inn on the banks of Oak Creek in Oak Creek Canyon near Sedona, Arizona is where I would suggest you go. It is a charming family owned property with free-standing casitas […]

Grow Some Spearmint; Make A Mojito

This is the spearmint plant I have growing in a pot on my porch. The slightest movement of the leaves creates a wonderful aroma. I started growing it mostly as an experiment after seeing it for sale at my local nursery. I’ve always liked the smell of spearmint, but wasn’t sure what I would do with it. […]

Once Upon a Time, A Cold One Was Waiting …

This must bring back some memories for some older folks. A-1 beer was a product of the Arizona Brewing company from 1933, when brothers Martin & Herman Fenster founded the company, until it was bought out in 1964. They used the eagle in their logo from 1942 until 1958 when Anheuser-Busch forced them to remove […]