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Prescott Walk # 14 Blooming Hills Drive with Sony

Since I’ve been blogging for nearly ten years and I bought my camera before that, I have been wanting to get something lighter that shoots better pictures. When I told Cee what I was thinking, she guided me towards buying a Sony mirrorless camera. Here are a few pictures I took for Cee’s Mid-Week Madness Challenge.

Blooming Hills looks pretty sparse in the winter months, then in May trees, bushes, weeds, and flowers start opening up like a symphony warming up for the summer concert in the park. This maroon plant opened up in Prescott Lakes Apartments parking lot.

This next photo came from the parking lot at our condo.

The next day I headed back down Blooming Hills to the apartments again and find these beauties as I’m taking a picture of the steep streets that lie below the row of bushes and budding trees. Even the tiniest buds are crystal clear.

Now It’s Your Turn

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Cee’s Midweek Madness Challenge

What camera are you using, and how pleased are you? If you want to improve you photographic abilities like I do, check out Cee’s new page Tips from Cee.

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  1. These are fabulous images Marsha, well done on getting some tips from Cee. I have an Olympus camera which I am still learning how to use but generally these days I use my iPhone which takes brilliant shots. I’m currently doing a short online photography course with some blogging friends and am enjoying learning new skills. I particularly love that second shot taken in the parking lot!

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    • Thanks, Debbie. How fun to take a course with friends online. I did that with my friend Carol. We took a course with the Australian Writing Center on writing children’s books. We both learned a lot, and had great fun. I don’t think either of us have published a children’s book, but she has a new grandbaby, so who knows. She may yet. πŸ™‚

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      • I did that course last year too! I got a lot out of it but haven’t pursued it as yet. I wrote a story for my granddaughter who was born prematurely at 25 weeks but just for family.

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        • Wasn’t it good? The instructors were tough, too. Who knew you could pack so much in to 300 words or less? I’ve attempted a few, but never tried publishing them. It’s still a struggle to show not tell, but I improved during the course. πŸ™‚

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    • Very cool, Donna. I have been using my iPhone almost exclusively since we moved to AZ. It is fairly high powered. Phones are amazing aren’t they? Good to hear from you. I don’t think the iPhone has an S-pen.

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  2. The best way to learn how to use your new camera is to get out there and stay playing with it. You’ve done a great job with these flower photos. πŸ™‚ We both have Panasosnic Lumix cameras and we love them.

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    • If I don’t know them. He looked up the Autumn Sage, I think it is. It’s the light purple one. He didn’t look it up in time for my blog post, though. I think the dark purple is lantana. We have a Desert Willow in our tiny little patio area. It has one scrappy little faded flower.


  3. A person I knew – since they use their smart phone for everything gifted me with a Nikon COOLPIX it has a 3x zoom. I take close ups of flowers. On a walk here today (while visiting in Wisconsin) I took a photo of a bee in a Linden Tree bloom. I’m still not quite good at getting images onto my pc. But I’ll send you one I took while in NM for a wedding. Flowers are wonderful subjects πŸ˜€

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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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