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A Note from the road: Road Trip Arkansas - Spikey Cones - HWY 549 - Bella Vista, Arkansas

G Getting with the evergreens.

Time to start the Christmas decorating Mom-

Christmas is a holiday that I have a hard time getting into since we moved to the South.

Growing up Christmas mean snow, and here, there isn't any.

I am undaunted!  I will get Christmasfied, without the snow.

Check for updates.


xoxo a.d.

A Note from the Road: Road Trip Nevada - The Conservatory - Las Vegas Blvd - Las Vegas, Nevada

A themed garden on the strip



While we were walking through the Bellagio Mom we found the conservatory.
Within it was this very cool themed (with moving figures) garden.  I totally loved it.
and it was FREE too!  How many things are free in Vegas.
I bet the Christmas garden plans are extraordinary.
xoxo a.d.

A Note from the Road: Road Trip Nevada - Samurai - Las Vegas Blvd - Las Vegas NV

Samurai on the Strip
Samurai on the Strip Mom.....

We stopped by the Bellagio to check out their Samurai exhibit.  They had some interesting pieces and it was quite nicely laid out.
I am convinced that the Samurai are superhuman after looking at this armor.  I would be a puddle of sweat and goo, and I am not quite sure how there were able to lift their arms to swing a sword.
xoxo a.d.

A Note from the Road: Road Trip Arkansas - Stick-bug - Main Street - Eureka Springs AR

T The twigs move by themselves
This is a stick-bug Mom, and a rather big one too.
They are harmless, but can me quite unnerving when you are sitting down, enjoying the 68 degree weather and the twigs start moving around you.
Have I mentioned how much I love the winters in the South?
xoxo a.d.

A Note from the Road: Road Trip Arkansas: Little Golden Gate Bridge - HWY 187 - Eureka Springs AR

Barely a single lane.
This is the "Little Golden Gate Bridge of Arkansas" Mom, (as a comparison here is the real Golden Gate Bridge)
It is official name is Beaver Bridge, but you can see how it got the nickname.
It is unnerving to cross.  It is a single lane bridge, barely.
I don't want to try and ever cross this at night.
xoxo a.d.


A Note from the Road: Road Trip Colorado - Towing Capacity - I 70 - Eastern Colorado Plains

T The little Prius that could?

Did you know your Prius can tow Mom?
I am actually really shocked.  I had no idea that a Prius had that kind of gumption.
My hat is off for these totally fuel efficient travelers.
Bonus points for their groovy bike.
xoxo a.d.

A Note from the Road: Road Trip Arkansas - Sunset Roses - Crossover Rd - Fayetteville AR

Flowers For Friday!

A Note from the Road: Road Trip Colorado - Pike's View - Pike's Peak Toll Rd - Colorado Springs CO

Happy Thanksgiving - What are you grateful for?

I had this vision of what type of card my Thanksgiving card would be Mom.
I then realized I don't have a single picture of a turkey anywhere (a situation that must be remedied).
Instead, I picked the view that inspired America the Beautiful song and at the end of the day, it is views like this that I am grateful for.
I am thankful that I get to drive around the country and see views like this.
I <3 road trips.

xoxo a.d.

A Note from the Road: Road Trip Nevada - The Pairs - Petroglyph Canyon - Valley of Fire - Overton, Nevada.

W Within the canyons of the Valley of Fire. 

These were my main reason for visiting the Valley of Fire Mom.
I wanted to see the petroglyphs.
I had read in Guns, Germs and Steel about the lack of a written language in native US cultures...but couldn't these and other imagery (e.g. hide painting) be indicative of a written language?
I need to write to Jared Diamond and find out.
xoxo a.d.


My Thoughts on Guns, Germs and Steel

A Note from the Road: Road Trip Nevada - Rabbit In the Rock - Mouse's Tank Rd - Overton NV

R Red rocks weather so beautifully.

I found a rabbit in the Valley of Fire Mom.
It has been a fair bit since I have hiked in the desert.  I have missed it.
I specifically miss crawling around, looking at the shapes the rocks turn into, it is almost like looking for cloud pictures.
I guess this means I need to take more trips to the desert.  Bummer.
xoxo a.d.




A Note from the Road: Road Trip Nevada - Lake Mead - HWY 167 - Overton NV

The big lake in the desert.

We ended up taking the scenic route to the Valley of Fire Mom - 
We decided to drive through the Lake Mead recreation area, checking out the big lake in the desert.
I managed to get there early enough for the blue period, but sadly  (sigh) I missed the sunrise.
xoxo a.d.

A Note from the Road: Road Trip Nevada - Paris At Dusk - Las Vegas Blvd - Las Vegas, Nevada

Look at the balloon Mom!
I had so much fun photographing the Strip Mom -
I was surprised that I had as much fun in Las Vegas, as I am not particularly fond of crowds.
Crowds or not, Vegas, in all of its splendor, is incredibly fun to take pictures of.
I love the Paris balloon.
xoxo a.d.



A Note from the Road: Road Trip Nevada - Scowling Sunset - I15 - Mesquite, Nevada

E Eyes in the sky!


Ignore the dumpster Mom - 
Focus on the sky - isn't it amazing?
I *think* this is being caused by the shadow of the mountain, but it does look like the sky is scowling at the dumpster.
Why is the dumpster in the picture you ask?
Because that was the only place I could pull off.
xoxo a.d.

A Note from the Road: Road Trip Arizona - Hoover Dam - Kingman Wash Access Rd - Temple Bar Marina AZ

Minding my mother.

Here I am at Hoover Dam Mom -
You said I couldn't miss it, so I came,  and damn it, it was really crowded at the damn.
Damn engineering marvel too.
Here is a dam picture.
I suppose that is enough dam's
xoxo a.d.

A Note from the Road: Road Trip Nevada - Naked Strip - Las Vegas Blvd - Las Vegas NV

Look, Mom! No cars!


Some months ago I had made plans to run the Las Vegas Rock and Roll half marathon just to get this picture Mom.
Due to some unforeseen training issues (otherwise known as not training enough) I had to pass on running it.  We had thought to cancel the trip, but after #VegasStrong we made sure we came.
I was able to get the picture I wanted and I saw the race from the sidelines.
Next year!

xoxo a.d.

A Note from Road: Road Trip Arkansas - Our Guest - Hwy 549 - Bella Vista, Arkansas

It looked much bigger in real life.

Look who stopped by Mom -
I was outside, raking leaves, minding my own business and then
suddenly
HOP!
Scared me to death, I thought I was going to have a heart attack.
xoxo a.d.

A Note from the Road: Road Trip Colorado - Bullies - York St - Denver, Colorado

Who knew this about fish?



Who knew that fish were such bullies Mom - 
It seems like every fish pond we visit (and we seems to stop by every single one) there is always these big fish trying to eat the little fish.
I get the life metaphor here I still think it sucks though.
xoxo a.d.

A Note from the Road: Road Trip Arkansas - Bee Red - Crossover St - Fayetteville AR

R Red on Fridays

This little red flower is this Friday's flower Mom - 
I was surprised at the time that this delicate looking flower could support the weight of the bee. 
 Plus it is red, and Friday is R.E.D.
Do you have your red on?

xoxo a.d.



A Note from the Road: Road Trip Florida - Southern Belle - Forest Ave - Orlando, Florida

F Frilly and fluffy, petticoats and all.
In the studio again Mom - 
It's really cold and rainy, can you tell?
I am not sure what type of flower this is but it reminds me of the old-timey southern belles - with the frilly on top/tiny waist/hoop skirt look.
I like how the texture of the flower appears when it is black and white.
xoxo a.d.

A Note from the Road: Road Trip Florida - The Mangrove - Forest Ave - Orlando, Florida

Beauty in the alien.
So Mom - 
I was playing around in the studio and I converted the roots of this Mangrove tree to black and white, completely isolating it.
I love how it came out, twisted, alien, almost sensual.
Art print?
xoxo a.d.

A Note from the Road: Road Trip Hawaii - The Fisherman - Hwy 19 - Hilo, Hawaii

Ocean fishing in the early morning.

I love watching fishermen Mom - 
*sigh* I suppose I should say fisherpersons.
It is such an engrossing mediation for those that love to fish.  It becomes like a dance to them, and anyone doing what they love to do is beautiful.
There are of course exceptions to the above statement - (criminals, psychopaths terrorists) - but as a general rule, doing what you love makes you look beautiful.
xoxo a.d.

A Note from the Road: Road Trip Arkansas - Ozark Autumn - Co Rd 5 - Kingston, Arkansas

Happy Autumn 2017
I think that I have my 2017 "Autumn" picture Mom.
I took this photo on one of the few unpopulated overlooks along the Whitaker Point trail.
You have to admit, the Ozarks sure do know the way to put on an Autumn show.
xoxo a.d.



A Note from the Road: Road Trip Hawaii - Pink Bananas - Akaka Falls Rd - Honomu, Hawaii

Who knew you could get them in pink?

I know, I know, bananas aren't flowers Mom but.....
......these are some seriously pretty bananas.  I had heard once that bananas come in pink, but this was my first actual sighting.
We found this bunch on the trail to Akaka Falls.
xoxo a.d.

A Note from the Road: Road Trip Arkansas - Autumn Red - Co Rd 5 - Kingston, Arkansas

Almost, but not quite.
Had this been a calm day Mom......
I found the perfect tree in the perfect light while on our Whitaker Point hike.
Alas, it was very windy and I don't feel like I captured the motion blur very well, and it was too windy for me to avoid capturing any blur.
......here is to another one that got away.
xoxo a.d.

A Note from the Road: Road Trip Arkansas - Poetry - Co Rd 5 - Kingston, Arkansas

* *Sigh* Young love.
I saw these two while we were hiking around Whitaker Point Mom.
The romantic in me likes to think she was reading him her poetry while he sat, enthralled. They picked such a pretty spot for it too.
Who knows what they were actually doing?    Except trying desperately to ignore the photographer interrupting their interlude.
xoxo a.d.