the wandering chick

wildflowers against mountains


When it comes to taking pictures, my motto is this:

Always look behind you.

The scene there may be as magnificent as the one ahead.

Welcome to my picture collection.

Most of my adult life has been spent with camera in tow, always with one eye on the road and the other looking out for the perfect shot.

It never takes long to find.

The graceful weeping willow, the orange sunset, the crashing waves. The joy of capturing such serenity, such quiet beauty always gets my heart pumping and my soul singing.

A novice, yes. But I doubt few pros feel more adrenaline flow than I each time the shutter is released.

Whether traveling with family and friends, or wandering alone down the highways and byways, the beauty is only surpassed by the thrill of finding it.

A collection of photo favorites
My latest trip home to Galveston was a quick one, but I always like to get shots of our lovely waters when I can. You'll have to scroll down quite a ways, but enjoy the pics on the way!


grafton notch sp, maine
It's been awhile, but I've finally had a chance to collect my very, very favorites from a few trips I took in 2015. If you're interested, feel free to take a look-see.


seagull in flight
fishing off pier
super bloom
It was supposed to be a few days on Lake Powell and Monument Valley, but the weather forecast didn't look good, so a travel partner and I headed south --- way south. We must have been destined, because Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument was surely at the peak of its super bloom.


Traveling the main highway through Grafton Notch State Park, in Maine near the New Hampshire border
Great blue heron on Roosevelt Lake
A great blue heron on Roosevelt Lake, Arizona
A trip into California's Anza-Borrego Desert State Park was pretty darn fascinating, but the journey there and back proved a close match. It was a perfect time to go, having heard of the explosion of wildflowers there. Here's a link to the page.


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prairie and mtns
Waterton Lakes National Park, the Canadian version of Glacier Natl Park, turned out to be everything I had expected. See more of this area where foothills don't exist. It's prairie to mountain, right on.
the Bradshaw Mountains
The beginning of the Bradshaw Mountains can be seen from my winter RV-ing spot across the large Lake Pleasant. Recently, I was asked on an off-roading adventure into the vast mountain range, destination: the grave of Isaac Bradshaw, for whom, along with his brother William, the mountains were named. It was my first major off-roading experience, and I truly enjoyed every minute. Here are pictures of our day.
What a lover!!
spring wildflowers
Arizona seems to be having its own explosion of wildflowers. It's no wonder, with all the rain we've experienced the last few months. I took my camera around the Pleasant Harbor RV Resort and over to the Maricopa County Regional Park for some shots of the orange globe mallow, the yellow brittlebush and the purple lupine. That's what's blooming around here. Take a look.