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Lens-Artist Photo Challenge # 176 One Photo One Story

For Lens-Artist Photo Challenge #176, Leya invites not just to post one photo, but to tell a short story about it, the essence of photo blogging. As I understand the prompt, the theme is up to us.

Prescott has its best weather in the fall. Visitors leave their sunny 80-degree weather in Phoenix/Scottsdale or their 32-degree and raining weather in Detroit, Michigan to walk the fresh autumn Prescott trails.

We walk Peavine Trail, a former railroad bed because it is not only beautiful but a safe, flat, easy walking surface perfect for running, biking, walking, and photographing. As we began the trail we spotted our pastor running towards us. Even though he was jogging in preparation for a marathon, he had stopped to take a picture of this tree on the side of Watson Lake. Because he told us about the beautiful tree, we kept our eyes open and took a snapshot too.

The more we walk a trail, or drive a road, the more it becomes a routine – something we do for a reason, not just to enjoy. I appreciated that our pastor took the time to mention this tree. Otherwise, I would have kept my eyes down scouring the path for jutting rocks that might trip me. I might have hurried past a beautiful photo opportunity without taking the time to enjoy my surroundings.

Blogging is wonderful because it provides each of us a forum or platform to highlight what inspires us. Our readers take note and aspire to see and experience places and events they would never have known about before we mentioned them. As we chat and read each other’s blogs, we also notice similarities in our own experiences and relate stories about our lives in response.

Blogging takes the mundane out of every day.

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  1. The photo of the tree is incredible. I love the color of the leaves juxtaposed against the blue sky. We all blog for our own reasons, but for me it is to share truth, have fun, and make friends along the way. Love it when I find other bloggers who have the same attitude.

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    • I agree with you 100%, Ally. Blogging takes a lot of thought and time and gives a forum for sharing ourselves. It develops solid relationships that last years and it keeps our photographs from sitting alone and dusty in a box in our closets.

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  2. Very true Marsha, I’m always blogging in my head but never seem to get it written down. I love the blogging community and it keeps me very busy when I do make a post.

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  3. I love your photo. And I have learned a lot from blogging. Well to be precise I have learned a lot reading the blog posts of others. (just as an aside : I got out what we call an ‘oh…….!” strap to attach to the saddle for Manny to hold onto when he comes to ride Biasini in January.I have put it with the Florida things ready to go .)

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    • We still have lots – not much rain or wind to knock them down. Only the weakest are gone, and that means most of the red trees are bare. This is definitely fall country.

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  4. I like the idea of a platform and what we view as we stand there.
    Each of us has a different perspective.

    If I stand looking out my kitchen window and call my husband to see a bird, a deer, a flower or another human ….. we see it just a bit differently. Sometimes he doesn’t see what I am seeing. And I get a little irritated trying to explain what I mean.

    When viewing bloggers’ posted pics I used to scroll through fairly quickly. Now I try to look more closely at some and evaluate what I see from my platform. Of course we can’t write about everything we see. But sometimes it’s a good exercise for the imagination. Something brilliant might just pop up. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • I don’t know. I assumed it was a cottonwood, but it looks like a palo verde that I looked up. Those are common in Tucson about four hours south of here by car. I’ll have to go back and look at the leaves and bark.

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        • I agree, Judy. Scottsdale and Phoenix have the most beautiful plants. The summer monsoons keep them so green and healthy looking. I was shocked really knowing how scarce water is here. Everything seems more rustic up here in Prescott. Autumn is our best look, and this tree is perfect for fall colors! ๐Ÿ™‚

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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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