Barbara Cactus (sunrise+sunset winter desert from+the+sky mountains sky trees ). Photo by Lauren517

Barbara Cactus

Uploaded by: Lauren517

Sunday January 2, 2011

Caption: This is the cactus / mountain spot I have submitted 3-4 times and gotten AC on 3. I named it after my wife as she spotted the location. It is taken at 3000 feet near our home and Mt. Wrightson is 9500 feet back in the Santa Rita Mountains. We can drive to 5600 feet to hike / picnic within half hour. Main reason I posted it is to wish all of you the blessings of all kinds for 2011. And thanks to WU for making this venue available to all of us. And thanks to the people here who are so responsive and just good people. (On edit - not sure why comments were not allowed - box is checked to allow them! Ooops, now they might be coming - I did not change anything!)

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About Lauren517

Lauren517

I took early retirement (age 55) from a corporate sales / marketing career in 1995. My wife (now 51 years of marital bliss!), Barbara, and I then built our dream home in Estes Park, CO only to realize we could not live at 8,000' as a base elevation (though we hiked regularly at 10-12,000' and up to 14,000'). So in the spring of 2003 we sold it and built a home at Quail Creek at 3000' in Sahuarita, AZ - just south of Tucson; near the Santa Rita Mountains. Due to a hiking fall in 2008, and subsequent re-constructive shoulder surgery, the "no more golf" mandate brought me back to my photography. God works in mysterious ways!I use PhotoShop minimally; enhance but not create as I say. Want people to see what I saw as I pretty much saw it. I have been blessed to have been asked to do one person gallery exhibits and am frequently published in magazines and newspapers.Although I sell my images, the real reward is the joy I am told I bring to others with my efforts. My motto is, "Shoot The Shot The Others Did Not!"

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