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South Africa Travel Photos
South Africa Travel Photos

Check out my new book of travel photos from South Africa: Buy on Blurb     Locations: Johannesburg SA Rail train to Cape Town Simon’s Town Kirstenbosch botanical garden Garden Route to Durban Drakensburg Kruger National Park...

Beached Whale at Kincaid Park
Beached Whale at Kincaid Park

Recently a small baleen whale beached near Kincaid Park in Anchorage, Alaska. If you can stand the smell, it's well worth a visit to see the decomposition process in action. I hiked with a friend northwest from...

Gold Mint Valley to Reed Lakes Backpacking
Gold Mint Valley to Reed Lakes Backpacking

For my husband Bill's birthday, we backpacked from the Gold Mint valley trail to Reed Lakes in Hatcher Pass over a hanging valley: we had spectacular bluebird weather, a super cute sendoff by my sister and 1- and 3-year old nieces, and tons of fun watching our pup...

Nurse trees and saguaro cacti
Nurse trees and saguaro cacti

Saguaro cacti, which can take 5-10 years to grow to the size of your thumb, often get their start at the base of a protective nurse tree, like the palo verde, mesquite, ironwood, or ocotillo cactus. Here's a very high resolution image of a saguaro growing through a...

ring microscopy
ring microscopy

Photos of my diamond ring taken with a Samsung Galaxy S5 and a $10 smartphone microscope made like this Instructables.

EGL 31
EGL 31

Thirty one years, coming up next week! Photos from 2015-2016 travels to Zion National Park, UT and Tempe, AZ. Fonts include Futura Bold, Blenny Black, KG All of Me, and KG Geronimo Blocks.

NCECA 2016: Makers, Mentors and Milestones in Kansas City, MO
NCECA 2016: Makers, Mentors and Milestones in Kansas City, MO

Strange days at NCECA 2016 in Kansas City, Missouri: photos were taken from the more than 100 sponsored and concurrent exhibitions of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts. Special thanks to conference roomies Alanna Derocci, Jonah Amadeus, and Bill...

radial GIF
radial GIF

An animation of some of my Radial Book wall sculptures in multi colors on laser cut plywood.

day 344: storm warning
day 344: storm warning

Photos taken from the San Francisco peaks in Flagstaff, Arizona and along I-10 south. Big thunderstorm clouds formed all over the valley: drama city.

day 342: july third friday
day 342: july third friday

July Phoenix Art Walk, featuring fantastic installations by Takashi Hara and Danielle Wood at Roosevelt Row.

day 287: chiricahua national monument
day 287: chiricahua national monument

Photos of hiking in Chiricahua National Monument, outside Willcox, Arizona. This beautiful, tranquil and quiet wilderness area features rhyolite rock...

day 286: peppersauce cave
day 286: peppersauce cave

Photos taken in Peppersauce Cave, outside Oracle, Arizona. We were all amateur spelunkers, but I'd definitely try caving again: fun, challenging, and a great experience in the great "indoors."

day 277: tonto natural bridge state park
day 277: tonto natural bridge state park

Tonto Natural Bridge State Park features North America's most notable travertine natural bridge: worth a stop along highway 87 between Pine and Payson, Arizona. This naturally beautiful site has it all: gorgeous greenery,...

day 265: hendricks park flora
day 265: hendricks park flora

Flora from Hendricks Park and Owen Rose Garden, Eugene, Oregon: rhododendrons, azaleas and more native plants were in full bloom this May.

day 261: oregon coast
day 261: oregon coast

I just returned from a trip to Portland, Eugene and Florence, Oregon: I enjoyed beautiful weather and QT with family. We stopped at North Jetty, South Jetty, and Haceta Beaches.

day 241: wilson mountain
day 241: wilson mountain

  A hike up Wilson Mountain, in Oak Creek Canyon just north of Sedona, Arizona, rewarded us with gorgeous views of red rock and lush creek greenery.

day 240: peralta trail and geronimo cave
day 240: peralta trail and geronimo cave

Intrepid explorer Layna (of Detours Destinations fame) and I hiked the Peralta Trail to Geronimo Cave: a beautiful day in the desert overlooking Weaver's Needle.

day 233: TAG open studios
day 233: TAG open studios

        The Art Grads hosted an open studio on April 10: a chance to sneak a peak into the process and work-in-progress of the many graduate students at Arizona State University.

day 232: tintypes
day 232: tintypes

Tintypes taken at the ASU Grant Street Studios Open Studios by the incomparable Buzzy Sullivan & co. No, we're not coal miners.

day 206: pi day wedding, part 2
day 206: pi day wedding, part 2

I highly recommend getting married in a hot air balloon with 7 strangers: just cross your fingers that the balloon doesn't crash land! We really enjoyed the color, blue skies, and serious sun over the...

day 203: boulder creek
day 203: boulder creek

Photos from a lovely spring break hike along Boulder Creek Trail at Canyon Lake in the Superstition Mountains near Phoenix, Arizona.

day 200: darkroom
day 200: darkroom

Photos from my sketchbook, processed the old-fashioned way in a darkroom.

day 188: kodiak sketchbook
day 188: kodiak sketchbook

Photos from my sketchbook / scrapbook: Kodiak Island in 2006 including an EPIC rope/buoy swing, docks, harbors, and stunning landscapes.

day 179: salton sea
day 179: salton sea

Photos from the Salton Sea, the giant environmental catastrophe just south of Joshua Tree National Park. This body of water was created when the Colorado River flooded a dry lakebed. For a few decades, the lake was a hot...

day 178: joshua tree, part 2
day 178: joshua tree, part 2

Photos from Joshua Tree National Park, including hiking to Lost Palms Oasis, juniper, Coachella Valley, and White Tank granite.

day 177: joshua tree, part 1
day 177: joshua tree, part 1

Photos from Joshua Tree National Park, including the park's namesake tree, Pinto gneiss, Skull Rock, and Ryan Mountain.

day 175: sonobe unit origami nightlight
day 175: sonobe unit origami nightlight

  These Sonobe unit origami models include a hexahedron, stellated octahedron, and stellated icosahedron, made with 6, 12 and 30 units respectively. I've been a little... obsessed... with origami since second grade, and the bright colors of this night light are...

day 171: neptune room
day 171: neptune room

    Photos from the Neptune room in the Allerton section of the National Botanical Garden in Kauai, Hawaii, featuring beautiful garden rooms, sculpture, and tropical plants.

day 170: palmistry
day 170: palmistry

Photos of the amazing variety of palm trees in the Allerton section of the National Botanical Garden in Kauai, Hawaii, featuring beautiful garden rooms, sculpture, and tropical plants.

day 169: entrancing
day 169: entrancing

  Photographs of the entrance to the Allerton section of the National Botanical Garden in Kauai, Hawaii, featuring beautiful garden rooms, sculpture, and tropical plants.

day 168: diana thanksgiving
day 168: diana thanksgiving

The Diana and Thanksgiving rooms are highlights of the Allerton section of the National Botanical Garden in Kauai, Hawaii, featuring beautiful garden rooms, sculpture, and tropical plants.

day 167: jurassic figs at allerton
day 167: jurassic figs at allerton

The oft-photographed fig trees of Jurassic Park fame: part of the Allerton section of the National Botanical Garden in Kauai, Hawaii, featuring beautiful garden rooms, sculpture, and tropical plants.  

day 165: bamboo room at allerton
day 165: bamboo room at allerton

The bamboo room of the Allerton section of the National Botanical Garden in Kauai, Hawaii, featuring beautiful garden rooms, sculpture, and tropical plants.    

day 164: kauai flora
day 164: kauai flora

The flora of Kauai: 99% invasive species, 1% and dropping indigenous species. Can you guess which are which in these photos? Hint: Queen Emma planted just a little of her favorite purple bouganvilla once upon a time....

day 163: waimea canyon
day 163: waimea canyon

  Waimea Canyon, Kauai, Hawaii is the place for spectacular views of the Na Pali coast: photographs seldom capture the drama of this volcanic landscape.

day 125: 10:30 sunrise
day 125: 10:30 sunrise

Photographs taken with my Canon EOS Rebel T3i in Palmer, Alaska, featuring Matanuska Peak, Lazy Mountain, Country Garden Farms, and our local flock of bohemian waxwings.

day 124: in memory of olive
day 124: in memory of olive

Olive, a maine coon mix adopted from the Anchorage Animal Care & Control, lived with my family for more than 17 years. After at least 10 lives, we sent her to kitty heaven on December 22, the same day as my uncle's passing. I'll miss them both tremendously but am...

day 115: catharsis
day 115: catharsis

Sometimes the project just doesn't work out. Rather than getting upset, I prefer a little (plasma) catharsis.

day 113: baby wrapping paper
day 113: baby wrapping paper

No, not for wrapping babies: your baby can help you make this paper! Use a puree of beets and water, protect any non-pink clothing, and have at 'em.

day 112: greek goods
day 112: greek goods

Photo shoot of handmade goods, imported from Greece by Alaska Liturgical Supply.

day 83: gratitude
day 83: gratitude

To Bill Jamison: thanks for four years of very unserious art, travel, outdoor adventures, and love.   Click here to view this photo book larger

day 77: mt. kimball, tuscon
day 77: mt. kimball, tuscon

More snapshots, this time from a hike to Mt. Kimball, Pima Canyon, Tuscon, Arizona: blood was spilled, but good times were had.

day 70: phoenix art museum
day 70: phoenix art museum

Snapshots from a recent visit: Favorites were Yayoi Kusama's Infinity Room and the ceramic piece Movement of Nature by Fujikasa Satoko, 2013, made of stoneware. Special thanks to Travis Ivey...

day 65: antelope canyon
day 65: antelope canyon

Lower Antelope Canyon is one amazing place. Page, Arizona is a little out of the way, but it's well worth the visit.

day 64: family visit
day 64: family visit

My sister, brother-in-law, and niece visited Arizona for the first time last week, so we traveled to the Grand Canyon and Antelope Canyon on a whirlwind tour of some of the desert's beautiful sights. [gallery type="rectangular"...

day 58: o’neil printing
day 58: o’neil printing

Phoenix Design Week featured a tour of celebrated O'Neil Printing. Their digital 4 color plus clear ink press really wowed all the designers: so many possibilities at much lower quantities than traditional offset. The die-cut machine, basically unchanged for many...

day 56: sky train terrazzo
day 56: sky train terrazzo

The Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture Public Art Program hosted a tour of the Phoenix Airport's Sky Train terrazzo floors and the glass murals by Prof. Dan Mayer of ASU, as well as the other artists involved. Advance Terrazzo of Phoenix also shared their...

day 54: ain’t life grand?
day 54: ain’t life grand?

We've done the undoable: Bill and I hiked from the South Rim to the Colorado River and back in one day. From South Kaibab to the Black Bridge took 2.5 hours; from there back to the rim via the Bright Angel trailhead took another 4 hours for a grand total of 16 miles...

day 52: book artist laurie alpert
day 52: book artist laurie alpert

A Buncha Book Artists (ABBA) hosted the wonderful Laurie Alpert from Curry College at the Arizona State University School of Art. She showed slides and shared some of her recent accordion books that feature techniques like pronto plates, joomchi, and paper string plus...

day 45: reflection
day 45: reflection

Today I'm harkening back to my summer visit to beautiful Dutch Harbor/Unalaska, Alaska. 45°F and sunny with Mr. Shakespeare at hand: perfect summer beach weather and reading on the Aleutians. Quote from Julius Caesar, font by Lost Type Collective.

day 44: air apparent
day 44: air apparent

James Turrell ASU Skyspace: Air Apparent The placement of James Turrell's new Skyspace: Air Apparent on the ASU Tempe campus near “three of the most sophisticated science facilities on Earth” was not an accident. Faculty and research staff in Interdisciplinary Science...

day 36: flatiron
day 36: flatiron

Bill & I ventured up Flatiron this weekend, a popular trail into the Superstition Mountains in Lost Dutchman State Park. A heavy rainfall the night was still flowing down the gulleys, fattening up all the cacti, tempering the temperatures, and making for a...

day 30: bee lab
day 30: bee lab

I tagged along on a class field trip to the ASU Bee Lab today and enjoyed an extraordinary tour led by Dr. Osman Kaftanoglu, who generously shared the research happening there and the hard-earned honey of his 120 hives with us. [gallery type="rectangular"...

days 23-29: oklahoma
days 23-29: oklahoma

I just returned from an interesting visit to McCurtain County, Oklahoma, and, as promised, here are the challenge entries I missed. day 23: intro to broken bow Broken Bow, Oklahoma was quite the cultural experience; it also impressed me with the beauty of its forests,...

day 3: quilling & origami
day 3: quilling & origami

Another part of Bill's papercut assignment was to test out quilling. My homemade toothpick quilling tool (per these instructions) worked really well, but it's definitely not a technique for the impatient. I made the origami box per my mom's old trick of making holiday...

day 2: papercuts
day 2: papercuts

Today, Bill had me test out an assignment for his 3D design class at ASU. The challenge: create a 12"x12" relief using paper with a natural (animal, vegetable, or mineral) inspiration. I chose to use photos of the desert southwest national parks that I took a few...