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#TreeSquares 19: Sunday Stills: Prescott Evergreens

My original plan with Becky B’s Tree Squares was to spiral out of control away from Prescott to trees far away. But Sunday Stills brings me back home to take you down Senator’s Highway to Goldwater Lake in the middle of the Prescott National Forest to see some Sunday Stills Evergreens.

Prescott Drive #1: On the Way to Goldwater Lake

It’s a very short drive through the older, wealthy part of Prescott on Senator’s Highway to head out of town to Goldwater Lake. The houses and trees along the way are charming, if not evergreens. The weather changed as we drove away from town.

We drove a few blocks in this gorgeous neighborhood. I missed the canopy short just before this one. I couldn’t shoot fast enough. Seriously, by the time I shot my second shot, we were almost out of the city and Vince wasn’t speeding.

Once we rounded this corner, the left side of the street bordered the cliffs of the Prescott National Forest, which I missed. Within minutes, we approached Goldwater Lake Park.

Monsoon season is from July to September here in Prescott. We have had monsoon rains for several days, but on this trip we traded the gray clouds in town for beautiful white ones a few miles away at the lake. We have learned that Prescott weather is not uniform from street to street depending on how big the clouds are.

Arrived at Goldwater Lake Park

We parked and walked a few steps to the lake. Several families enjoyed an evening picnic but we all had to leave by 8:00 pm. The temperature was about 75 degrees, perfect for any activity. It was nearly sunset, so we tried to get reflections of it in our pictures..

Goldwater Lake at sunset
Goldwater Lake
The reflected evergreens in this photo are almost as beautiful as their real counterparts. This picture was shot in the same direction as the one above, but with much smoother water. That is not an alligator in the water.
I didn’t see the person sitting next to the dam until I squared the picture. To be fair, he or she probably did not see me either. I did not get permission to take her picture.
Kayaking is on my bucket list for this summer. He was the only one out on the lake. I did not get his permission either.
This experience was all a walk in the park. In this square I had a choice of cutting off the moon, or missing the tips of the trees as they comingled in the sky. I chose to cut the moon.

On the Road Again

Soon we were on our way home zooming past evergreens and leaving them in our dust. The mountains that surround the city held a soft mist that might have been clouds, smoke from a fire that was clearing up, or just haze. It was beautiful whatever caused it.

Minutes later we stopped at a stop sign just long enough for me to snap of picture of the second house as we entered town.

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    • Thanks, Becky. I reworked several of them after talking to Cee yesterday. She is giving me lessons on Bridge and with my camera. I am having so much fun.


        • I enjoy learning, and she is a great teacher. I think with our next session I need to spend more time investigating with her what she is hoping to accomplish and how I can help. In all of our zoom meetings I jump in with my questions, and we jump right in and go in the directions my frustrations have led. Its a marvelous way to learn. I wrote curriculum for a living, and I’m not sure how you could write and market this, other than knowing that other people would have the same frustrations that I have. But there is no way to manufacture a product with that personal touch, enthusiasm for your work, and gentle guidance that she displays naturally. I’ve joined in many zoom meetings, both live and recorded for viewing later, and there’s nothing like the personal touch. However, if anyone can figure it out, Cee can.

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  1. It looks like you had a lovely day out. I don’t know what the rules are there but here if people are out in public areas permission isn’t required. But I’m careful to make sure if I do have people in photos they aren’t identifiable. Yours look fine to me.

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    • It is perfect. I went on another short trail today with a friend that was about a mile away. Almost nothing. I can’t wait to process those pictures. No kayaking there, though.


  2. I had no idea that evergreens abound in your area, Marsha! Your photography is particularly stunning today–that reflection and other images are on point!! I can’t wait to see it! Also, as I understand random people in pics, they seem unrecognizable, so no permission is needed. Plus they appear to be over 18. If they were kids, I would have blurred their faces. But you are all good from what I know. We are coming up on our blog-fest visit anniversary from last year–around July 21-ish? So much fun, memories I will cherish forever. Soon we can make new ones! Your weather looks welcoming and refreshing!

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    • It’s been wonderful. It only got to 80 degrees today and the clouds covered the sky and made it bearable to walk in the late afternoon even. Thanks for the good advice. I have taken pictures of kids with parent’s permission, but not written. I never use names. I think if they are in a public place, it’s okay especially if they are not the main object of the photo. I’m ready to celebrate our blog-fest anniversary. I can’t wait to see you again. We will have a wonderful time! Cee and I worked on some of my photos from this post this morning, so I’m happier with them that when I did them last night.

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    • My next door neighbor is going on a walk around the lake. There are two, an easy and a harder one. I think she is going on the seven-mile harder one. My sore knee is not up to that, so I didn’t sign up, but the photographs would have been great. 🙂

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  3. that looks like a nice lake to visit; kayaking is something I would like to take up when I retire. and those houses are very nice, and I am guessing very expensive…

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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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