Visiting Antelope Canyon has been on my life list for ages. The photos I’ve seen are surreal and I always thought they were photoshopped to look so, well, amazing. I’m here to say it’s all natural. The photos practically take themselves.
We started the tour with Lynette, who was amazing. She was super knowledgeable about how the canyons were created, discovered, and even the best way to shoot inside them. She had all the photographers set their cameras to the right ISO and shutter speed before we went in. I was giddy with excitement and words cannot explain how breathtaking the interior is. I teared up a little bit as I walked through the orange glow and almost really cried when we spotted a sunbeam later in the tour. After walking through with our group for about 30 minutes, we were given about 20 minutes to spend some time exploring on our own before meeting the group back at the entrance. Overall, a dream come true. Check out some of the snaps I took with my new Nikon 1 camera. With the exception of the black & white shots, these are straight out of the camera.
Last week, I was in Phoenix for work. Because it had been so long since I was last there, I bookended the work-week with two fun weekends. The first weekend was spent visiting all the stores and restaurants that I had been missing. The second weekend was a girls’ weekend that I had been planning since January.
I’d always wanted to see Antelope Canyon but never made it north to do the tour when I lived there. Determined to make it happen, I asked all the girls in the office to join me on a little road trip. Five of them took me up on the offer. One of the spots that we checked out on our way to the canyons was Horseshoe Bend. It’s a part of the Grand Canyon where the Colorado River has carved out a horseshoe shape in the rock. It’s actually the most photographed spot in Arizona.
Here are a few photos that I took with my new Nikon 1 camera. I was pretty impressed with how great the photos came out with minimal processing. (I only adjusted the tone and made the last image black & white.)
This past weekend, the weather was GLORIOUS. It was in the 50s and sunny. I spent all day Saturday in Soho checking out pastry shops, galleries, and boutiques. It was a fab day filled with amazing food and no set agenda. Here are some snaps of my adventure.
Dominique Ansel Bakery – Home of the Cronut
African Burial Ground National Monument
Lunch at Le Pain Quotidien
I had some eggs that were reaching their expiry date, so I hit Pinterest to see what kind of quiche recipes I could find. I typically keep a box of frozen pie crust in the freezer along with a box or bag of spinach and I happened to have a tomato, cheese and some bacon in the fridge, so I knew I could make something tasty.
I ended up using this recipe and it was delicious. The only change for the next time is to first saute the onions to bring out their sweetness. The oven time didn’t cook them enough and their bite was more overwhelming than I prefer. I ended up freezing half of the quiche and enjoying some as leftovers for breakfast.
It’s been crazy with snow here, so I’ve spent my weekends bundled up in my sewing studio putting quilts together. There is no shortage of half-started projects that need to be wrapped up. Thank goodness for winter!
This beauty is a sampler of squares I received in a quilting bee on Flickr. It’s definitely one of my favorites!
And here is a stack of quilt tops and backs all bundled up and ready to go to the longarmer. Can’t wait to get them back so I can bind them and move them into the cozy rotation!