When you're young and waiting for your life to really begin, time seems so slow... the good things seem to be constantly out of reach and it feels like you're always waiting. Now that I'm a little older, life seems to be zipping by. I try to remember that I need to take time to enjoy the moments, to take that mental snapshot in my mind so I'll always have that memory. Perhaps that's what attracts me to photography... it helps me to capture those moments and remember what I thought, how I felt.
Earlier this month, K3 and I went to visit Oma and Opa in Arizona. K3 had been before, but I'd avoided it. Actually, I was scared to go. The air quality in Phoenix is typically not good and I was so worried my lungs would pitch a fit. Once I agreed to go, I was anxious because TOG couldn't get the time off to go with me. He tends to know my lungs better than I do sometimes. Phoenix airport was pretty bad, and I think I might have scared my Dad and my Step-mom, who had never seen me have a serious attack. Happily, my lungs were much happier up in the surrounding hills and we had a lovely visit!
I took a lot of photos in Arizona. Some were scenic, like the photo of the mesa at the top of this post. Others, like this tree at Montezuma's Castle, seem quite ordinary. When I took it, I was warm and the sun was beating on my shoulders. The sky was this obscene, crazy blue. The cliffs were muted and fractured and the trees... the trees were all this beautiful, stark white. But the contrast between tree and sky just caught my eye and I knew I'd want to remember the moment and the warmth.
You can see more of the Arizona photos in the main gallery of the site. I've mixed them in with the photos of Utah, Florida, California, Canada and Washington.
Sending you warmth and joy from the rainy, green spring in Seattle!