Year in review

I’ve never been one to do year end retrospectives, but I thought I’d give it a try this year.

01Jan 2014-web

Tony Bennett, an Anna’s Hummingbird that hangs out in our back yard

In January we spent time getting to know one of our resident hummingbirds.  We’ve since named him “Tony Bennett” since  he comes out and sings to us in the morning when we exercise the dogs.

02 Feb 2014-web

Discus fish at Wildlife World Zoo

In February we tried our hand at some animal photography at the Wildlife World Zoo.  This was a workshop put on by wildlife photographer Kathleen Reeder  for Arizona Highways Photography Workshops.  A busy and fun day.

03 Mar 2014-web

Produce market in Dubai

March found us flying to the United Arab Emirates for a week of workshops in Dubai.  Ranging from street photography through portraiture, fine art and technique it was quite the trip.  Next time we’ll probably stay a few extra days.

04 Apr 2014-web

Back home in the desert

April found us back home in the Sonoran desert taking advantage of the local parks and trail system.  The Saguaro cactus only exists in a limited range, and it’s kind of nice to live smack in the middle of it.

05 May 2014-web


Even in the desert, there’s water to be found.  May saw us shooting a local pond.

06 Jun 2014-web


For the summer solstice we did a sunrise hike to an area that has petroglyphs from cultures ranging from 300 to over 1000 years old.  With a practiced eye (and the aid of the local archeologist) you can see signs of the early settlements.

07 Jul 2014-web

Tony Bennet showing off

Come July, it’s getting to be a little too hot to do much, so I spent some time figuring out how to photograph a humming bird with the help of Tony Bennett.  It turns out that he’s pretty good at posing for you, but loses interest quickly.

08 Aug 2014-web

Lightning struck trees near Flagstaff

In August we went up to the high country to do a weekend of landscape photography.  There’s a lot of beautiful scenery up there, and landscape photographer Shane McDermott gave us some insight on how he selects, shoots and processes his work.

09 Sep 2014-web

Fly demonstrating that it’s really a Border Collie at the end of the rainbow

We had heavy rains and some flooding in September.  While we didn’t have any damage ourselves, there were some areas nearby that weren’t as lucky.

10 Oct 2014-web

Fly, the Missus and Whiskey out back

October was a sad month for us as Whiskey, our senior Border Collie suffered failing health and had to be put down.  We miss her.

11 Nov 2014-web

Local chicken

In November a chicken decided to take up residence in our back yard.  I think he hangs out for the bird seed the Missus puts out.  Trix, a Border Collie/Australian Shepard mix also joined us in November, and loves chasing the chicken out of the yard.  Neither she or the chicken seem to take each other too seriously.

12 Dec 2014-web

The Missus throws the ball for Trix

December found us at home and well.  After a nice Christmas at home we’re both relaxing and making plans for 2015.

It’s been a good year…

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