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#Sunday Stills: #Textures in Prescott, Arizona

Prescott Walk #1 Tanglewood Hills

When Terri Webster Schrandt challenged us to shoot pictures with textures for her Sunday Stills Challenge, I was inspired. Arizona is nothing but textures. Nothing is smooth and silky. So come with me, put on your helmets and gloves and let’s take off for a rough, hilly walk through my sister-in-law’s new neighborhood. Since the Lens-Artist Challenge #125 invited us to choose anything, these pictures all fit both challenges. Yay!

Part of the concept of Wabi-Sabi is being aware of our surroundings and looking for beauty in everyday life – in its impermanence and imperfection.

Tina Schell

I tried some filters on some of these shots to make them more Wabi-Sabi, but you really want to click the link and look at Tina’s pictures and read all about Wabi-Sabi then judge for yourself if I even made a dent in achieving it.

We all moved to Prescott from sunny CA on November 17. On Friday, less than two weeks after we arrived, it snowed here – a beautiful dusting and all the highways if you look into the hills you can see in the shadows that the snow remains. We have shadows in Tanglewood Hills. We found textures of tufted grasses sticking out from the snowy blanket like cowlicks on the rocky soil.

We stayed on the pathway where textures abounded. I loved this tree. It reminds me of how my hands and legs feel right now – rough and dry – textured! I bought some Gold Bond “healing cream” not simply hand cream. I feel sorry for this tree if it feels as itchy as I do.

The weather was cool and sunny making the views easy to capture. Vince trotted on ahead while I stopped to admire the Wabi-Sabi display just feet from my back door. These photos were taken with our new iPhone 12 phones which we bought to replace the phones we both dropped during our month of moving. Our new phones have upscale photography tools built in. For example, they turn each still photo into a micro-video. On my phone you can see Vince take a couple of steps. Just look at all this texture! Wow!

glances down
yield an abundance
of textures
Haiku by Marsha Ingrao

Wasn’t that spectacular, and I don’t even know if it’s alive. It’s probably how the development got it’s name, Tanglewood Hills.

Depending on the type of tree, many of them are bare or nearly bare revealing layers and layers of texture. Charlotte has woven a tiny filament of texture of her own. Can you see it? Notice how blue the sky is. This leafy picture also works for Cee’s Flower of the Day Challenge.

This next picture takes you out of Tanglewood Hills and into a housing development. I took this picture because of the sharp contrast between the rock landscape and the soft fuzz of grass and the smooth concrete stairs. To heighten the contrast between textures I used a filter, it might have been poster edges. I played with all of them.

As you can see Prescott is quite hilly. Many residents have steep drives or walkways to their home. This picture is also for Cee’s FOTD Challenge. She accepts pictures of leaves.

sanded rust erodes
Hoosier stickers on windows
working man's textures
Haiku by Marsha Ingrao

Vince informed me the Hoosier meant the tires, but I still liked it because that is my home state where Hoosier means, “Who’s there?” It is a sign of friendliness because the next words are, “The door’s open, come on in.”

This proud political sign got torn, tangled and crumpled in the textures of life. I thought it made its own political statement.

I have more pictures from today’s walk, but I’ll close with a picture of Wabi-Sabi texture that saves lives. We had more than our share of fires in California this year. If only there had been one of these every few feet in every forest.

I’m very late in the week to hook to Restless Jo’s Monday walks, but here it is a day early. We walk every day, but I don’t always shoot pictures. Thanks to all the Challenge Hosts for inspiring me to take my camera and shoot to a theme. πŸ™‚ Have a great week.

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    • I thought about you when I took that picture! LOL. Just as accurate as the cat by the same name. πŸ™‚ It’s what happens to bullies. Did you read my story about bullying? Search for Jenny on my blog. Leave me a comment.


  1. Hmmmm…..why am I suspicious that you didn’t BOTH drop and destroy your old iPhones Marsha ?!?!?!? LOL, lucky you for getting the 12s tho – I’m on the cusp and very tempted by the camera. If your images are any indication I need to make the move sooner vs later! You’re so right, when I saw Terri’s challenge I thought it would be a perfect fit for Wabi-Sabi and told her so in my comments. Your post simply proves the point. Well done…the truck and the tangled wood are my favorites of this set. Hope the move went well and that you’re enjoying your new home!

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    • LOL, Tina. I never suspected you of having a suspicious nature, but … I have to agree, it was suspicious. I had a case that was supposed to charge my phone because it went dead after just an hour of so of use. Then the charger case started sucking charge off the already limping battery. So when it slipped off my purse and whatever else I was carrying and landed on the porch, I can’t say that I was heartbroken. I guess Vince felt the same. I’m super excited about the quality of the pictures. There were several choices with the 12, but we chose the middle ground, and it is fabulous. I just loved your Wabi-Sabi photos. I have no idea how you manage to get the results you do. Some of them are just dreamy. If you ever teach classes, I want to attend!!! πŸ™‚ Have a great week, Tina, and thanks for the fun comment! πŸ™‚


        • You are a way above-average student. I did not get the pro, but one step down from it. I debated for a minute, and since I am not a professional, I opted for the smaller price tag. You should definitely go for the pro because I’m sure you would make use of all the camera has to offer. πŸ™‚


  2. You managed to be inspired by several photo challenges, Marsha! Your neighborhood textures are wonderful, your new iPhones really do the job. I shoot in HDR mode in my Samsung galaxy note 10+ which has excellent camera elements. I’m glad you can walk everyday and up and down hills. I may have to get some snowshoes this winter to do some walking. Packed our POD all day today (and with an ear infection, too.) Errg! Keep up those walks, my friend, and enjoy that phone camera!

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    • Oh no, an ear infection! That’s awful. I’ll be praying for that! Are you close to being done after spending a day? Do you have any help? I hope so. Take care of yourself.

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        • That’s good. I was about to send Vince over there! LOL We should be moving again right around Christmas. I think movers are coming January 7th. The people that lived there are leaving a lot of things. I wish I had known when I was selling things off. You did it a smart way knowing where you were moving first.

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Hi, I'm Marsha Ingrao, a retired educator and wife of a retired realtor. My all-consuming hobby is blogging and it has changed my life. My friends live all over the world. In November 2020, we sold everything and retired to the mile-high desert of Prescott, AZ. We live less than five miles from the Granite Dells, four lakes, and hundreds of trails with our dog, Kalev, and two cats, Moji and Nutter Butter. Vince's sister came with us and lives close by. Every day is a new adventure.

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