Desert Golfing: one of my favorite forms of relaxation. This is Mary taking her shot from the wash that she landed in.
Since some of you wanted to know more about what a Pinzgauer is, I thought I’d show you a few more photos of this primitive mode of transportation… actually it is highly mobile all terrain six-wheel drive (or in the smaller models, 4 wheel drive) vehicle, used for military applications. From that point of view it is not a primitive vehicle. But if you look at from a comfort point of view, believe me, it feels quite primitive, with its natural air conditioner and bench seating.
This was processed with the Topaz products (deJpeg and deNoise), most specifically Topaz Adjust- HDR POP. Until I ran it through this filter, the interior was dark and unseen.
This is from our desert ride last Thursday. The vehicle is a a Pinzgauzer. The park owns a few of these and takes residents out for a free ride once a month during the high season. FUN!
Some would say that a room with a view such as this represents true prosperity. This is taken from inside the walls of a miner’s stone cabin.
I used the Polarize paintbrush to improve the view out the window, and then touched up further with some burning and dodging. I also straighten and cropped.
The following photo shows the Stone Cabin as we approached it on foot.
I would have preferred to use the Canon SX10… but this was an unplanned excursion. Glad I always carry the little camera… although, it might have been better if I had also carried the spare battery on this day. Ugh!
I’m a little slow on getting this one posted. I took it the day I visited the Hi Jolly Cemetery. I tried a few different discrete shots of these two… would have loved to have known the whole story. Do they come out here and drink often? Was it a recent death? An anniversary of a friend’s death? How long had they been sitting here? (It was only 8:30 in the morning.) The only conclusion I could come to is that drinking in a cemetery has to be for sentimental reasons. And drinking often makes you sentimental.
This was taken through the new windshield. Too bad it won’t stay this clean and clear for very long! Anyway, payback for the down side of having to write a check for insurance deductible; the upside is that it makes the car feel new. Considering that we just made the last payment on our 5-year loan, it’s not a bad birthday present for “Ms. Prius.”
This is the camel that sits atop the Hi Jolly Monument. I converted to monochrome, then painted the camel with the Tint brush in Aperture.
This is our Hi Jolly Monument located in our cemetery of the same name in Quartzsite.J
This pyramid of native stone marks the resting place of Hi Jolly, a Greek born in Syria, also known as Philip Tedro and Hadji Ali. Hi Jolly was hired in 1857 as a camel herder in the U.S. Army’s short-lived historic Camel Corps by Lt. Edward F. Beale in his expedition to chart a wagonroad across New Mexico and Arizona, ending at the Colorado River. In 1861 the Civil War commenced, ending the Camel Corps. Hi Jolly returned to Quartzsite trying his hand at mining, packing, scouting, delivering the “Jackass Mail,” and selling water to travelers. Legend has it that the ashes of Topsy, Hi Jolly’s favorite camel and companion are also placed in the pyramid.
The camel atop the pyramid symbolizes the legend of The Red Ghost that roamed the desert, terrorizing man and beast with what amounted to a corpse tied to his back.
Quartzsite is preparing to celebrate Arizona’s Centennial. I’ve been told by a couple people that they need photos of Quartzsite. So, I’m half fooling around with the idea of participating. The cool thing about the above image is that I can easily change the colors and come up with different looks: